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Black Music Matters

As part of the series, “Black Studies Matter,” the Department of African American and African Studies will host a webinar that focuses on Black Music, its role and importance at a time of heightened racial consciousness and pronounced social injustice, and its presence, status, and expression at Ohio State.

Our panel will include Professor Juliet White-Smith, a world-class violist, master teacher, and faculty member in the School of Music; Dr. Mark Lomax, a critically-acclaimed composer, recording artist, and drummer and lecturer in the School of Music; and Dr. Jason Rawls, a trailblazing hip hop artist and producer, educator, and lecturer in the Department of African American and African Studies.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Ryan Skinner, Associate Professor in Music and The Department of African American & African Studies.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, click here.

If you require accommodation such as an interpreter to participate in this webinar, please contact Candace Gaiters at or call 614-688-1354. Requests made two weeks before the event generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

Unable to join the event live? No worries, register anyway. All registrants will receive a recording of the webinar and additional resources about a week following the event.