ARRK – June 2022 Discussion

ARRK June 2022 Discussion with Robert Mowry

Participants restricted to Kalamazoo College Faculty, Staff, Students, and Administration

A continuing celebration of Black Joy by exploring the influence and creation of techno music.

4:10 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14th
ARRK Meeting Space (MS Teams)
Discussion Leader: Robert Mowry

To continue the celebration of Black Joy, we will consider Black contributions to musical joy by focusing on the style of dance music commonly called techno. Most people associate African American musical history with spirituals, jazz, blues, gospel, and hip hop. Techno is an electronic music style first developed in Detroit in the eighties. Since its origin, Detroit techno and its creators have become global phenomena, but remain underappreciated in the U.S.

As preparation, please check out one of Rob Mowry’s playlists:

As part of the discussion, please share and talk about your favorite track from one of these playlists and how it gives you joy.

The AntiRacism Reading Knook (ARRK) is a collaboration between the K College library staff and our Inclusive Excellence (KCIE) leadership team. This initiative is NOT a book club, but seeks to facilitate campus-wide engagement with the books in the KCIE Reading for Change book collection. This collection was created to encourage learning about and facilitate greater access to antiracism information to all members of the campus community.

ARRK aims to:

  1. reduce barrier to entry into reading antiracism books,
  2. identify and highlight campus facilitators with experience teaching and/or disciplinary expertise who can provide context and guide discussions of specific texts,
  3. foster broader relationships among faculty and staff, and thus
  4. build greater capacity for an inclusive campus through sustained and focused engagement with shared texts.
  5. help catalyze members of the campus to engage in small group discussions of entire books in the collection (self-organized book clubs, if you will).

For further information on #ARRK see the KCIE AntiRacism Reading Knook page. To volunteer to lead one of these sessions complete the ARRK Discussion Leader application.