inside Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St. (map)
Born in Saudi Arabia to Syrian parents and raised in the Washington, D.C., area, hip-hop artist Omar Offendum uses his lyrical talents to bridge his Middle Eastern roots to his Western upbringing. Offendum began his rap career as one-half of the N.O.M.A.D.S., an Arab/African-American hip-hop duo. In 2010, he released his first solo album, "SyrianamericanA." His songs, which are often political, resonate with Arab youths, many of whom have embraced one of America's most popular forms of protest music: hip-hop. Offendum has been featured on several major news outlets and toured globally, helped raise thousands of dollars for various humanitarian relief organizations, and lectured at a number of academic institutions, including Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Columbia, American University of Beirut, and NYU-Abu Dhabi.