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
Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 8 a.m. Jesse Auditorium
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 10 a.m. Jesse Auditorium
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 2 p.m. Jesse Auditorium
Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 9:30 a.m. Jesse 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
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
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
The Kinks, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
Woody Guthrie, Dust Bowl Ballads
The Coup, Steal This Album
Stevie Wonder, Innervisions
Bob Marley, Legend


Undefeated (2012)
Erin Brockovich (2000)
*Boys Don't Cry (1999)
*Crash (1996)
All the President's Men (1976)
Starship Troopers (1987)
Rectify (2013 TV series)
Snowpiercer (2013)
8 Mile (2002)
What happened, Miss Simone (2015)

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

*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.