Meeting the Moment
with Michael Mwenso
and guest B. Stephen Carpenter II
Welcome to episode one of Meeting the Moment with Michael Mwenso.
Michael Mwenso, a Harlem-based cross-genre artist and leader of jazz-funk band The Shakes, is partnering with the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State to provide opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and community members to engage in thought-provoking conversations that speak to the topics of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
B. Stephen Carpenter II, dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State, opens the series by interviewing Mwenso and sharing in a discussion about their backgrounds and work. Each monthly episode, during fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, will feature Mwenso speaking with artists about what it means to be a Black creative.
The free live series will be broadcast via the Zoom video conference service, and questions will be taken in real time from audience members through the chat function.
Meeting the Moment is part of the Center for the Performing Arts Fierce Urgency Festival.
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