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RefleXions Music Series is a project funded by the University of Arkansas Chancellor’s Grant for the Humanities and Performing Arts Initiative and is a celebration of music, musicians, advocates and audiences, and fosters creative justice and diversity through opportunities to reflect, learn, grow, change and teach.Through a series of masterclasses, panel discussions, podcasts and more, RefleXions' mission is to propagate sound and messages; express the highest standards of music and artistic interpretation; reverse the dynamics of Eurocentric standards; carefully consider contexts, intersectionality, relationships and crossroads with other disciplines; and represent diverse identities.Check this page for more news from RefleXions, podcast episodes and more. Visit the RefleXions page for more on the project.RefleXions Music Series' first initiative is to bring "Sing for Hope" co-founders Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora’s fall virtual residency.

The Role of Art Educators and Empowering the Voices of Students

Panelists from RefleXions podcast

Today we hear part two of the latest episode of the RefleXions podcast. In November, the RefleXions Music Series facilitated a conversation with three distinguished guests about the social impact of the arts in peacebuilding, reconciliation, and healing. The third episode of the RefleXions podcast is a continuation of that conversation. We hear from three international artists who have been creating art as a response to and as a way to confront violence happening in their native countries and across the globe. 

Hosts: Dr. Lia Uribe, Leigh Wood, Dr. Erika Almenara and Rogelio Garcia Contreras

GuestsLuis Fernando Restrepo, University Professor and director of the Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies Program at the U of A, and member of the Scholars at Risk Committee; Ana Baer, video-choreographer, and professor of Dance at Texas State University; and Cesar Lopez, musician, composer, activist, UN Non-Violence Messenger and Amnesty International Emissary of Consciousness, and creator of the Escopetarra. In the conversation, Cesar is heard through interpreter, Erika Almenara.

Producer: Leigh Wood

Kyle Kellams is KUAF's news director and host of Ozarks at Large.
Leigh Wood was the General Manager of KUAF from August 2019 to February 2024. She also produced several KUAF podcasts including Resilient Black Women, The R Word and RefleXions.
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