Category: Music & Sound

  • Career Guidebook (for Free) on the Arts and Humanities

    Career Guidebook (for Free) on the Arts and Humanities

      Arts and Humanities: Don’t Leave College Without Them is a FREE career guidebook for high school and college students wondering how the arts and humanities can further their careers. It includes essays by students, faculty, and young professionals, as well as short portraits of young innovators, information about majors, success stories, interviews, and more. Please share widely, […]

  • Introductory Post: Kira Schukar

    Introductory Post: Kira Schukar

    Hi everyone! My name is Kira (she/her). I’m a third-year undergrad at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where I study English Literature and Geography. Right now, I am in the early exploratory stage of my senior honors project in English. My research focuses on the intersection between audio storytelling, literature, and identity. Through a […]

  • Walking through Virginia’s Revolutionary History

    Walking through Virginia’s Revolutionary History

          I am very fortunate to live within a close radius of many diverse historical places across the state of Virginia. On September 26th, I went for a long walk around the grounds of Gunston Hall, the former home of George Mason, one of the “founding fathers” of the United States of America. […]

  • How To Remake (i.e. Save) the History Major in 7 Steps

    How To Remake (i.e. Save) the  History Major in 7 Steps

    People often ask me how I might, for example, remake a college history major.  Given the drastic decline in students majoring in or even taking history courses, it’s time to think about remaking history, not to train future professors of history (the replication model we are now in) but because history is a vital and […]

  • Complicating Latinx (Anti)Blackness in Media

    Complicating Latinx (Anti)Blackness in Media

    “Complicating Latinx (Anti)Blackness in Media” By Diana Melendez and Solange Castellar As if Latinidad was not complicated enough- there is so much work to be done around addressing anti-blackness within people who identify as Latinx, Latino/a, hispanic, Latin, Spanish…and how Blackness is even defined. Our collaboration took us from a quick review of the celebration […]

  • Surrealist Film and Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You

    Surrealist Film and Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You

    The purpose of this presentation was to discuss the characteristics and artistic and thematic impacts of surrealist film elements, especially within films that engage with mediations of race. To that end, we focused specifically on one film that has been labeled surrealist and Afro-surrealist by various critics: Boots Riley’s 2018 Sorry to Bother You (while […]

  • Critical Karaoke Comes to “Mediating Race”

    Critical Karaoke Comes to “Mediating Race”

    What is Critical Karaoke, you ask? Here are the rules: (1) You get to talk about a single song, (2) for as long as the song is long, (3) while the song is playing in the background. You speak while the song plays. You might pause at special moments where your analysis meets the music. […]

  • A Video History of Upstate New York III: Electronic Media as Second Skin: Proto-Digital Public Pedagogies of Intermedia Television Art

    A Video History of Upstate New York III:  Electronic Media as Second Skin: Proto-Digital Public Pedagogies of Intermedia Television Art

    cover photo credit 1994 Barbara Moore/VAGA, New York, NY A Video History of Upstate New York III Electronic Media as Second Skin: Proto-Digital Public Pedagogies of Intermedia Television Art (This is the THIRD installment in a blog series on the Experimental Television Center exploring the community and institutional culture of experimental media education in an under-examined […]

  • Unsettling Colonial Mapping: Sonic-Spatial Representations of amiskwaciwâskahikan

    Unsettling Colonial Mapping: Sonic-Spatial Representations of amiskwaciwâskahikan

    Originally featured on the femlab blog (a feminist exhibition space on the University of Alberta campus): https://ualbertafemlab.wordpress.com/ Unsettling Colonial Mapping: Sonic-Spatial Representations of amiskwaciwâskahikan This project is supported by the Digital Rights Community Grant Program, a partnership between Digital Justice Lab, Tech Reset Canada and Centre for Digital Rights. This map is a sonic exploration and representation […]

  • Complicating the Limits of the Viewer’s Gaze in Film

    Complicating the Limits of the Viewer’s Gaze in Film

    We began our Wednesday class on Feb 6, with a quick inventory of the room: everyone read one sentence or short passage from the readings that they wanted to share with the class. After sharing, the Professors left the class to give students space to fill in parts of the syllabus left blank for them […]