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Friday, May 19 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Grassroots Musical Activism

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How can musicians use their artistry to promote important social and political causes? Join this conversation with a group of acclaimed musicians and scholars, and learn how they are working to improve their communities and the world, through music... and discover how you can do the same.

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WE are the agents of change in this world. We are the artists, activists, and innovators who can raise consciousness and organize resistance to redesign our future. The forward movement of science and society doesn’t have to mean dystopia—it could mean more advanced problem-solving... Read More →

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Laila Nur

Lead singer, song-writer and guitarist of LNLR, is a self-taught musician from New York, currently living in North Carolina. As an out-spoken Black Queer Muslim and community organizer, Nur brings charged lyrical content and an experimental style of rock, hip-hop & indie-folk to the... Read More →
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Mark Katz

Mark Katz, Ph.D., is the Ruel W. Tyson Jr. Distinguished Professor of the Humanities and the Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A scholar of music technology, popular music, and musical diplomacy, his books include... Read More →
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Pierce Freelon

Pierce Freelon is a professor, musician and social entrepreneur. He is the founder of Blackspace, a digital makerspace for Afrofuturists. He is also the co-founder/host of Beat Making Lab, an Emmy Award winning PBS web-series. He is an emcee and band-leader of jazz/hip hop quartet... Read More →
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PlayPlay is the DJ/producer alias of Jess Dilday, music scholar & current lecturer for the UNC-based class, "The Art and Culture of the DJ." As a scholar, PlayPlay is especially interested in DJ'ing as it relates to location, activism, & nostalgia. They have presented at past music... Read More →
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Shirlette Ammons

Shirlette Ammons is an award-winning poet and musician who's latest album entitled LANGUAGE BARRIER features  guest appearances from Meshell Ndegeocello, The Indigo Girls, Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso) and others and was co-released by Churchkey Records and SugarQube Records, a label... Read More →

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The University of North Carolina

UNC is one of the 16 public state Universities of North Carolina, specializing in medicine and law. At Moogfest 2017, we will be joined by Professor Mark Katz of UNC. Professor Katz teaches courses on music and technology, popular music, and modern art music. In 2011 he received... Read More →

Friday May 19, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm EDT
American Underground Bullpen