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ONLINE — Meklit: How Music Connects Us

UW Office of Public Lectures: Free Livestream Presentation

Feb 04

Performance Dates

  • Thu Feb 04 2021 6:30 PM


Office of Public Lectures

How Music Connects Us: Belonging, Wellbeing, and Sonic Lineage

In this talk, presented through the Office of Public Lectures, Meklit explores how music knits people and communities together, whether or not social distance divides us. Moving between personal history, behavioral psychology/neuroscience research and post-COVID landscapes, Meklit brings together creativity, wellness and the power of collective community narratives. 

Meklit Hadero is an Ethio-American vocalist, songwriter, composer and cultural activist, making music that sways between cultures and continents. Known for her electric stage presence and innovative take on Ethio-Jazz, Meklit is Chief of Program at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, as well as a National Geographic Explorer, a TED Senior Fellow and a Mellon Creative Fellow at the University of Washington. Meklit has received musical commissions from Lincoln Center, the Creative Work Fund, the MAP Fund and the Center for Cultural Innovation. She is a featured singer in the UN Women theme song, as well as co-founder of the Nile Project, and a former Artist-in-Residence at Harvard, NYU and Purdue. Her last album When the People Move, the Music Moves Too reached #4 on the iTunes world charts, and her music has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, CNN, the BBC and many more. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.


Note: This event is held through the Office of Public Lectures. The registration process clicks through a few pages. To register:

1. Click the Register button:

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2. On the Office of Public Lectures event page, below “About the Speaker,” click Register.

3. This will take you to the UW Graduate School Public Lectures. 

4. Click Register Now then fill in your information and click Next

5. Select the Meklit lecture

6. scroll down to bottom, click Next.

7. Click Submit.

You will receive additional information about the lecture via email from the Office of Public Lectures.