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Distinguished Lecture Series 2015-2016

  • “The Sound of Politics: Music and the Struggle for Democracy in Myanmar”
    Gavin Douglas, Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology, UNC Greensboro
    The past two decades have witnessed tremendous political unrest in Burma/Myanmar. Minority separatist movements, economic stagnation, chronic detention of political prisoners and a multitude of other obstacles have plagued the history of this once prosperous nation. Focusing on a wide variety of cases, supplemented by numerous audio and video examples, this presentation questions what role music has played in this tumultuous history. Not simply reflective of society, the role of music in Myanmar’s politics is not neutral but has been tied to the policies of the oppressing dictatorship and the prodemocracy resistance movements. From national unity festivals to monastic revolutions and from education policy to prodemocracy Internet campaigns, music has been a tool to both justify oppression and demand liberation and has been an active force in Myanmar’s struggles. (See Gavin Douglas DLS Flyer [pdf] )

    • Monday, October 19, 2015, 12:20 PM, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, Room G68

  • “Learning Music in Paradise: Multicultural Encounters in Balinese Edutourism”
    Elizabeth Clendinning, Assistant Professor of Music, Wake Forest University
    (See Elizabeth Clendinning DLS Flyer [pdf])

    • Tuesday, Febuary 2, 2016, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, Room 110

  • “‘Musical Mishaps’: The Transgressive Power of Film Music”
    Kathryn Kalinak, Professor, Rhode Island College
    (See Kathryn Kalinak DLS Flyer [pdf] )

    • Friday, February 26, 2016, 1:30 PM, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, Room G25
The Winners of the 2016 Student Research Contest In Music

  •  Konstantine Vlasis & Megan Whiteman, 2016 Winners Student Research Contest“Rímur: Defining the Sound of Sigur Ros,” Konstantine Vlasis
  • “‘Psychologically Witched: Women of the French Tragedie Lyrique,” Megan Whiteman

Monday, April 25, 3:30 PM, Room G9, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center

See 2016 Contest Winners DLS Flyer [pdf]


Musicology wishes to thank Dr. Jeffrey Pappas, Director of the School of Music, for his support of this series.

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