A Taste of Things to Come

Talking Drum band members challenge Citizenship@Mizzou participants to think critically about issues of citizenship on campus by performing musical selections that span several genres
Talking Drum band members challenge Citizenship@Mizzou participants to think critically about issues of citizenship on campus by performing musical selections that span several genres.

Citizenship@Mizzou is a two-hour interactive program designed to introduce students to the values of Mizzou and to the ways in which we engage with issues of citizenship on a richly varied and diverse campus. The goal of the program is to prepare students to critically think about the work of Mizzou and to recognize that the faculty, staff and student population includes people from a wide range of places, spaces, identities and views.

Sessions will comprise brief faculty presentation, a music performance by students of Talking Drum*, and a moderated discussion with new students about global and national identity in general and Mizzou identity in particular. The ultimate aim of Citizenship@Mizzou is to orient new students to the potential of a great experience on the Mizzou campus, both in and out of the classroom. Sessions are designed to inspire interactive engagement with various audiences.

Attendance at one session is mandatory for all new undergraduate students. Participants should bring their student ID with them to check-in and have their attendance recorded. New freshmen and transfer students must attend one of the sessions in order to avoid a registration hold for second semester classes.

Upcoming Sessions

Date Time Location
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 5 p.m. Waters Auditorium
Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 2 p.m. Waters Auditorium
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 6 p.m. Waters Auditorium
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 4 p.m. Waters Auditorium

For students who could not attend, we will have one make-up session at 4 p.m. Friday, March 16 in Memorial Union's Jesse Wrench Auditorium.

This educational program was developed by the Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity in collaboration with the Department of Black Studies.

Please email questions about registration and session offerings to

To request accommodations, including captioning or interpretive services, call the New Student Programs Office at 573-884-9868.

After Your Session: Further Reflections

After you have attended at a citizenship@mizzou session we encourage you to complete this reflection. Please study one of the works below and write a brief 200 to 300 word reflection explaining what this text teaches us about concepts of citizenship, identity, diversity, and/or unity.

Within a week after you have entered your reflection, you will receive an email with instructions on where to collect your reward(s).


James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room
Leslie Feinberg, Stone Butch Blues
Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Jaime Ford, Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Khaled Khalifeh, In Praise of Hatred
Leon Trotsky, The History of Russian Revolution
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis

Music Albums

John Cameron Mitchen and Stephen Trask, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Janelle Monáe, The ArchAndroi
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Alone in IZ World
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Facing Future
Woody Guthrie, Dust Bowl Ballads
The Coup, Steal This Album
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
Bob Marley, Legend


*Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Moonlight (2016)
Fences (2016)
The Last Samurai (2016)
Rectify (2013 TV series)
Snowpiercer (2013)
8 Mile (2002)
Avatar (2009)

*Content warning: Boys Don't Cry and Crash contain deptictions of sexual assault/violence

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I can't attend any of the August sessions (Greek rush/Marching Mizzou). You may attend one make-up session. The dates for these sessions are listed below.
  • When are the sessions and how do I register? Sessions are listed on the website. You do not have to register. Just be sure to attend with your student id card.
  • I have a hold on my account and I need to register for classes. If you have a Citizenship@Mizzou hold on your account, you will need to attend a make-up session before you can register for the next semester’s classes. The website has dates for the make-up sessions. If you have missed the make-up sessions, send an email to explaining your situation. In certain instances, we can arrange to lift your hold temporarily.
  • I went to a session and swiped in, but my ID did not register. Please email to
  • I'm a graduate student. Do I still have to attend? You do not have to attend if you are a graduate student.
  • I take all my classes online. Do I still have to attend? You do not have to attend if you take ALL your classes online. However, you will have to provide official verification of this status from your academic advisor or your department.

*Talking Drum provides an innovative way of thinking, writing, and talking about diversity of American identity and culture through a focus on American popular music. Because of its inclusive rather than exclusive nature, popular music provides a platform for the study of the various subcultures that comprise the complexity of American identity. Talking Drum focuses on the rich and recent history of American popular music, extracts a spectrum of music across genres, rearranges and covers them using new performance aesthetics, composes narratives that frame the music, and creates a unique series of programs that provoke discussion about what this contemporary music tells us about American identity.