How Do You Solve a Problem Like Katerina Izmailova?


“What struck me most, initially, was the overall harshness of the opera. There is a lot of sex, violence, coercion, derision, and passion, and none of it is portrayed coyly. Within the first act there are two sexual assaults, and in the second, Katerina Izmailova is the victim. I sat in my seat and squirmed, squinting through the darkness to discern if anyone else was as uncomfortable as I was…”

Student-Faculty Reading Group: Ritchey, Composing Capital 


Earlier this week, the Student-Faculty Reading group, organized by SMR Forum and the Musicology Department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative, met to discuss Marianna Ritchey’s book Composing Capital: Classical Music in the Neoliberal Era. Apart from the usual stimulating discussion of a pressing topic, those present at this month’s meeting had the opportunity to pose … Continue reading Student-Faculty Reading Group: Ritchey, Composing Capital 

SMR research showcase


Recently, SMR Forum hosted an event that we hope will be the first edition of many: a research showcase featuring literature pertinent to our individual areas of study. The event works as follows: each member receives SMR funds to purchase a book, and members later meet to present on these books and discuss the contribution … Continue reading SMR research showcase

Dissertation Presentations: Kristen Clough and Patricia Moss


Earlier this week, SMR members Kristen Clough and Patricia Moss offered a preview of their dissertations (see abstracts below) in the final stage before their dissertation defenses. Congratulations, Kristen and Patricia, and all the best in the last furlong! Abstracts Kristen Clough, “Opera in Crisis? Reinterpreting and Revealing the Cultural and Political Impact of French Fourth … Continue reading Dissertation Presentations: Kristen Clough and Patricia Moss

SMR at SMT 2019


This past weekend, several SMR members were in Columbus, OH for the 2019 annual conference of the Society for Music Theory. Three—Joshua DeVries, Ryan McCulloch, and William van Geest—also gave talks (with the last of these also chairing his session; see abstracts and video below). SMR alumni Stephen Lett and Evan Ware also gave talks, … Continue reading SMR at SMT 2019

Elizabeth McLain leads training sessions on Disability and Universal Design for learning


On Thursday, October 24, SMR member Elizabeth McLain led two DEI-Office-sponsored training sessions on Disability and Universal Design for learning, one for faculty and staff at SMTD and one for GSIs from across the university. Several SMR members attended the afternoon session. In this session, Elizabeth shared valuable insight into how an understanding of the … Continue reading Elizabeth McLain leads training sessions on Disability and Universal Design for learning