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Music and Healing: Finding Our Voice

The week of October 14 – 18, 2019 Michigan State University is hosting events centered around the “It’s On Us,” Fall Week of Action at MSU. The events are organized as part of MSU’s commitment to prevent, respond to and raise awareness of relationship violence and sexual misconduct (RVSM), sex and gender discrimination, and sexual harassment.

In conjunction with the exhibition, “Finding our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak,” survivors, performers, scholars, and practitioners will discuss the healing power of music in the shadow of gender-based violence. What makes music such an effective tool in the recovery from trauma? How can music broaden participation and inclusion, engaging diverse audiences in supporting survivors and building awareness about sexual violence and recovery?

Amanda Cormier, a sister survivor, will perform her song “Sometimes,” which she composed in April 2019 to mark the opening of “Finding Our Voice”. We will also hear from music therapist Bob Huffman, GRAMMY Nominated singer-songwriter Isaac Kalumbu, and student performers in Professor Marcie Ray’s classes, “Music and Violence,” (MUS 992) and “Music, Gender, and Sexuality” (MUS 424).

Co-sponsored by Survivor Strong, the MSU Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence, MSU Center for Gender in Global Context, MSU Center for Survivors, MSU College of Music, and MSU African Studies Center


Resource tables will be set-up throughout the Museum from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.


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