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Fernando Orejuela, Shonekan, and Martin to Give Botkin Lecture June 5
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4/18/2019 at 2:28:54 PM GMT
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Fernando Orejuela, Shonekan, and Martin to Give Botkin Lecture June 5

The editors of Black Lives Matter & Music: On Documenting Contemporary CultureDr. Fernando Orejuela and Dr. Stephanie Shonekan, as well as contributor Allie Martin, will present at the American Folklife Center's Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 in Washington D.C.

The 2018 scholarly volume Black Lives Matter and Music: Protest, Intervention, Reflection (Activist Encounters in Folklore and Ethnomusicology) collected critical studies which draw from ethnographic research and personal encounters to illustrate how scholarly research and teaching about the role of music in the Black Lives Matter movement can contribute to public awareness of social, economic, political, scientific, and other injustice in our society. Four years have passed since Michael Brown was shot and killed catapulting digital activism from social media hashtags to uprisings in the streets. #SayHerName followed. We said her name: Sandra Bland. We said his name: Eric Garner. And his: Tamir Rice. And hers: Charleena Lyles. Black Lives Matter as a movement has been ardently committed to revealing who people are, but it is also rooted in a concern with revealing how things work. Systematic inequality was the reason for Alicia Garza’s rallying cry for #BlackLivesMatter in 2013 after the acquittal of the killer of the unarmed 17-year old Trayvon Martin. This panel of ethnomusicologists and contributors to Black Lives Matter and Music look beyond their chapters and towards the present state of the movement to discuss economic injustices, gentrification and cultural displacement, as well as education disparities as enduring kinds of violence. Panelists will also discuss how musicians continue to provide the soundtrack for the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Presenters are Dr. Fernando Orejuela, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and Adjunct Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Latino Studies at Indiana University; folklorist and ethnomusicologist Dr. Stephanie Shonekan, Professor and Chair of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and Alison Martin. PhD Candidate in Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University.

For more information about the fill lecture series, visit the Library of Congress's website. All lectures are recorded and archived for those that are unable to attend in person. 

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