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Diversity Next! Series: Dr. Kyra Gaunt

Black Music Matters: On the Power of Shared Song Leading and Silence in Mass Protests

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Based on her participant-observation in the Black Lives Matter protests and an Anti-Trump project called BrickxBrick in NYC, Dr. Gaunt poetically and creatively shares a love song to the world. She will also provide insights from her research of systemic intersectional biases on YouTube and Wikipedia.

Ethnomusicologist and vocalist Kyra Gaunt received her Ph.D. from the School of Music at University of Michigan in 1997. She is an award-winning author, a TED Fellow, and a digital ethnographer who studies the intersectionality of race, gender and adolescence on YouTube. She is the award-winning author of The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop, and adjunct associate professor of ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology and sociology and as a social media expert at Baruch College in NYC.

Dr. Gaunt’s current work examines performance of musical blackness and digital ethnography on YouTube. As both a scholar and a performer, she brings a committed advocacy for empowering emerging adults to become consumers of their own productivity—great citizens and professionals now, not when you graduate—while demonstrating the value of a diverse and communal intellectual and cross-ethnic engagement that needs to be cultivated in our gadget-distracted age, especially in higher education.
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Diversity Next! is an arts-inspired series of conversations convened by the Center for World Performance Studies (CWPS) that seeks to broaden the horizons of diversity deliberations on the U-M campus and beyond. The arts cut across wide-ranging cultural and disciplinary boundaries, harness the expressive power of creativity in new modes of perception and understanding, and help individuals and communities critically interrogate and liberate from conditioned assumptions and behavior that run counter to diversity. This invites new perspectives on familiar topics and also helps place front and center areas that may elude diversity discourse altogether.
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