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Cassandra Voss Center to Host Kyra Gaunt

From St. Norbert College, September 3, 2015
by Mariah Doughman, mariah.doughman@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

The Cassandra Voss Center (CVC) at St. Norbert College will host Dr. Kyra Gaunt, adjunct associate professor at Baruch College, City University New York, on Friday, Sept.18. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Cassandra Voss Center; she will be presenting "Mirrors, Monsters and Webcams: On the Consequences of Tweenage Twerking on YouTube".
Gaunt will share her research about tweenage twerking from the "private" rooms of black girls and investigates who profits from these acts and what the unforeseen consequences are for these girls.

At Baruch College, Gaunt teaches ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology, and sociology. Besides being a professor, she has a spot as a fellow at the Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conference; which brings together innovators in many different areas ranging from design and science to music and film.

Gaunt has also had success as an artist. She enjoys singing, and released a CD in 2007 titled "Be the True Revolution". She was also named a co-winner of the prestigious Alan Merriam Prize in 2007 by the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), and is the author of "The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop".

The Cassandra Voss Center, established in 2013, houses the Joan P. Schaupp Women's Center, the Men's Initiative, the women's and gender studies discipline, and other student amenities. The CVC honors Cassandra Voss who lost her life in a car accident in 2007 during her senior year at St. Norbert College. Voss was to be the first student on campus to complete an individualized major in women's and gender studies.

For more information on the concert and the Cassandra Voss Center, email cvc@snc.edu or call 920-403-1342.