A conversation with the outspoken rapper, actor and film producer Ice-T and a performance by the dynamic pedal steel guitar player Robert Randolph and his Family Band will be part of this year’s edition of the annual WAMFest! Words-Arts-Music Festival, taking place Oct. 5 and 7 at the Florham campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison and Florham Park.
All the events are free and open to the general public as well as FDU students, though advance registration is recommended for some events. The festival coincides with Family Weekend at FDU.
The theme of the festival this year is “The Art of Change.”
Here is the schedule. For information, visit fdu.edu.
4 p.m.: Toast/Ribbon Cutting, featuring site-specific sculptures by FDU students, at the Secret Garden.
4:30 p.m.: Toast/Ribbon Cutting, featuring site-specific sculptures by FDU students, at the Sculpture Garden.
5 p.m.: Talk on “Rap and Social Change,” featuring Bill Stephney (first CEO of Def Jam Records) and Sway Calloway (rapper, reporter and co-host of the syndicated radio show “The Wake Up Show”), at Lenfell Hall.
6 p.m.: Reception, with music by Michelle Foster, at Lenfell Hall.
7 p.m.: Music by Robert Randolph and the Family Band at Italian Gardens.
Noon: Music by Kathy Moser, tied into the theme of “Recovery as Change,” at Italian Gardens.
1, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.: Student performances at Italian Gardens.
1:30 p.m.: Music by SisterMonk at Italian Gardens.
3 p.m.: Music by Dina Hall and Andy Kilcoyne at Italian Gardens.
5 p.m.: Music by Brynn Stanley at Italian Gardens.
6:15 p.m.: Family Weekend reception at The Great Hall.
8 p.m.: A conversation with Ice-T at Lenfell Hall.
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