In this episode, we talk about how music can help us through crisis and also some of our favorite music that itself arose out of crisis.
Helping us with this topic is professor and musicologist Stephanie Shonekan. Professor Shonekan is a familiar name to us here in mid-Missouri as she spent seven years as a faculty member in MU’s Black Studies Dept as well as the School of Music. Her latest book is Black Lives Matter & Music from Indiana University Press. Professor Shonekan is now Chair of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. But she happens to be in town right now during this crisis and so we thought we’d take advantage of the opportunity to get Professor Shonekan’s expertise on music, history, crisis and inspiration.
Also we have Faramola Shonekan joining us to talk about what it’s like to be a student athlete right now. She is an MU Track and Field co-captain whose signature event is the 800-meter run before the season shut down this spring. But Faramola hasn’t stopped. She’s running laps around us all academically. She recently was a prestigious Rhodes Fellowship finalist and she won MU’s Mark Twain fellowship this year.
You might have caught that our guests today share the same last name. Indeed, they are a mother and daughter team which is just a whole lot of fun for us on a Friday.
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