Sixth Annual Robert Kelly Memorial LectureConcerts & Performances
Ethnomusicologist and social media researcher Kyra Gaunt studies gender, race, and technology from YouTube to Wikipedia. Her feminist counter-history The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop, funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, won the 2007 Alan Merriam Book Prize awarded by the Society for Ethnomusicology. Her publications on kinetic orality, musical blackness, girls’ musical play, and hip-hop contributed to the emergence of black girlhood studies and hip-hop feminism. She also performs operatic song, R&B, and jazz, as well as her own material as singer-songwriter. Admission is free, no ticket required.