Westport Flea Market, Kansas City
Presentation 6:30 p.m., reception to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
“Mizzou Students, Mizzou Values, Mizzou Music” a presentation by Talking Drum
Stephanie Shonekan, Associate Professor of Music, Chair of the Department of Black Studies
Talking Drum provides an innovative way of thinking, writing, and talking about the diversity of American identity and culture through a focus on American popular music. Because of its inclusive rather than exclusive nature, popular music provides a platform for the study of the various sub-cultures that comprise the complexity of American identity. Talking Drum focuses on the rich and recent history of American popular music, extracts a spectrum of music across genres, rearranges and covers them using new performance aesthetics, composes narratives that frame the music, and creates a unique series of programs that provoke discussion about what this contemporary music tells us about American identity. These programs are designed to inspire interactive engagement with various audiences.
Committed to engaging with the communities it serves, MU's College of Arts and Science offers Beyond Campus, a series that showcases the range and relevance of the college's research and programs, which serve as the foundation for all undergraduates at MU, whether they major in an A&S discipline or not. The events in this series are intended for the general public, including alumni, business and community leaders, and prospective students. All are welcome.