Stephanie Shonekan and Special Guests

January 16, 2021 - 3:00pm
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 Music Institute celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.


Keynote Lecture: To Be Free: Black Lives Matter and Music

Panel Discussion:  The Intersection of Music and Race

Featured keynote speaker Stephanie Shonekan is the Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Science and Professor of Music at the University of Missouri. Shonekan earned a PhD in ethnomusicology and folklore with a minor in African American Studies from Indiana University. Her publications explore the nexus where identity, history, culture and music meet. Her most recent books include: Black Lives Matter and Music (2018), and Black Resistance in the Americas (2018).


A panel discussion including Shonekan, composers Carlos Simon and Daniel Bernard Roumain, and Alyce Claerbaut, President, Billy Strayhorn Songs, Inc. follows.


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