Upcoming Event: Disability Inclusion Panel–July 22

On July 22, SMR member Elizabeth McLain will be participating in a panel at a university-wide discussion on the topic of disability inclusion at U-M. The event will take place between 12:00-1:45pm in the Rackham Auditorium. Details below. (Note in particular the live-stream link.)

For more information and to RSVP, please visit the event page at the following link: https://ii.umich.edu/ii/news-events/all-events.detail.html/64110-16153509.html

Please also see here, some tips on what you can do to support the disabled community at the University of Michigan: Practicing Allyhood- What You Can Do to Support the Disabled Community at UM

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DCUM

Image description: Above the words “Disability Culture at the University Of Michigan,” there are 10 dark blue silhouettes of people with diverse bodies, including some people using wheelchairs, crutches, and canes. Large translucent, overlapping speech bubbles in various shades of blues, purples, pinks, yellows, and greens float to the left and above the silhouettes. One purple speech bubble contains the braille symbol for “power.” A yellow speech bubble contains the image of a keyboard/Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) device. A green speech bubble contains the ASL symbol for “love.” Text at the top right of the image in maize and blue lettering says, DC@U-M.

Students with disabilities at U-M report some of the highest rates of discrimination and overall negative experiences on campus. At this interactive panel discussion and workshop, you will meet students, faculty, and staff with different kinds of disabilities, both visible and invisible. The panelists will share personal stories, as well as concrete advice on how to make your events, meetings, and classes more inclusive and accessible. Everyone is welcome at this free and public event, which is organized in accordance with universal design principles.

Our panelists include:

  • Ashley Wiseman (she/her): Associate Director, Global Scholars Program (panel moderator)
  • Shanna K. Kattari (she/her): Assistant Professor, School of Social Work and LSA Women’s Studies Department
  • Elizabeth McLain (she/her): PhD Candidate, School of Music, Theatre & Dance
  • Seif Saqallah (he/his): U-M Alumnus; Graduate Student, Middle East and North African Studies MA Program and JD Program at the School of Law
  • Solomon Furious Worlds (he/his), Staff Member at the Ross School of Business; Graduate Student, JD Program at the School of Law; Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Disability Rights Student Organization
  • Dr. Feranmi Okanlami (he/his), Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Director for Medical Student Success in the Medical School’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The RSVP form includes an opportunity for you to tell us about your access needs and how we can ensure this event is inclusive to you. Event co-organizers Ashley Wiseman (wisemana@umich.edu) and Ashley Bates (asbates@umich.edu) are eager to help and answer any questions.

The building, event space, and restroom are wheelchair accessible. A lactation room (room #2521) and gender-inclusive restroom (third floor, east wing) are available on site. The nearest reflection room is in the Michigan League (room #347). CART and ASL services will be provided at the event, and presentation materials can be emailed in advance upon request. This event will be video-recorded, as well as live-streamed via this link

The Palmer Parking Structure is the closest public parking structure (two blocks away); it is free for U-M employees with a blue pass and $1.70 per hour for anyone else. It includes parking spots for individuals with disabilities.

This event is co-presented by the International Institute’s Inclusion Culture Liaisons Committee and the Disability Culture at U-M Committee. Co-sponsors include: the Global Scholars Program, the Residential College, the Department of American Culture, the Barger Leadership Institute, the LSA Dean’s Office, the Council for Disability Concerns, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Disability Inclusion Panel–event flyer

 

Welcome back, SMR Members!

Hello, all!
Welcome back! We are excited to begin our tenure as co-chairs for SMR for the 2018–19 academic year. Following a successful 2017–18 academic year, which included events such as our second graduate student conference, “Music and Borders,” we are eager to offer professional development activities and deepen support for our organization within and beyond the Michigan academic community.
The many events planned for this upcoming year reflect SMR’s commitment to fostering an enriching and supportive community for Michigan’s graduate students in music research. With the help of our social committee and the Michigan Music Forum (MMF), we will continue to expand the variety and number of social and professional events offered by SMR, from barbecues to abstract writing workshops and a dissertation writing group. In addition to visiting our website for news on our society’s events, please be on the lookout for blog posts that will reflect the diverse research interests and experiences of our constituency.
If you are an SMR member and have ideas for SMR, an initiative to suggest, or any other feedback, please let us know! If you are a prospective student and would like to find out more about us, please contact us at societyformusicresearch@umich.edu.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank William van Geest and Austin Stewart, who run the SMR website, as well as incoming dean David Gier and the music theory and musicology faculty for their continued advocacy on behalf of our organization.
With our best wishes,
Anna Rose Nelson and James McNally

SMR Publications, 2017–18

This past academic year was a productive one for SMR members, not least of all for their publications. The below are a few of them (but see also our post on Vivian’s MTO article).

Jessica Grimmer had a review of the book Playing for Their Lives: The Global El Sistema Movement for Social Change Through Music, authored by Tricia Tunstall and Eric Booth, appear in Notes 74, no. 3 (link).

James McNally had two articles come out. The first, entitled “Favela Chic: Diplo, Funk Carioca, and the Ethics and Aesthetics of the Global Remix,” appeared in Popular Music and Society 40, no. 4 (link).

James’ second article is entitled “Azealia Banks’s ‘212’: Black Female Identity and the White Gaze in Contemporary Hip Hop” and appeared in the Journal of the Society for American Music 10, no. 1 (link)

And finally, Austin Stewart had a review of Bach and the Organ. Bach Perspectives, vol. 10, edited by Matthew Dirst, appear in The Society for Eighteenth-Century Music Newsletter, no. 31 (Spring 2018).

Next Week: SMR Graduate Student Conference, Music & Borders

Next weekend, March 10–11, SMR will be hosting a graduate-student conference titled “Music and Borders” right here in Ann Arbor. We will attend the UMS performance of Company Wang Ramirez’s “Borderline” as a group; our keynote speaker, Dr. Alejandro L. Madrid of Cornell University, will give a talk titled “The Importance of Being from ‘The Other Side’: Music, Estrangement, and Border Studies in the 21st Century”; and we will hear ten great presentations from graduate students around the country. If you are interested in joining us for this event, which will be hosted in the new Glenn E. Watkins lecture Hall at the School of Music, please register for the conference via the link found here, or contact arnels@umich.edu. We look forward to a weekend full of stimulating discussion on the many types of “borders” that influence music scholarship! We hope to see you there!

Image: José Bedia, “Empezando a echar raíces al otro lado (Beginning to Grow Roots on the Other Side),” 2002.

Welcome message from the Co-chairs

Hello, all!

We are thrilled to serve the Society for Music Research at the University of Michigan (SMR) as co-chairs for the 2017–18 academic year.

Following a very successful first year in 2015–16, during which SMR hosted a graduate student conference, among other achievements, we spent 2016–17 diversifying our social and professional activities, developing support for our organization, particularly within SMTD, and raising our visibility at U-M and within the broader academic community.

The many events planned for this upcoming academic year reflect our intention to further SMR’s commitment to fostering an enriching and supportive community for Michigan’s graduate students in music research. With the help of our social committee and the Michigan Music Forum (MMF), we will continue to expand the variety and number of social and professional events offered by SMR, from barbeques and apple-picking to abstract writing workshops and a dissertation writing group. In addition to visiting our website for news on our society’s events, please be on the lookout for blog posts that will reflect the diverse research interests and experiences of our constituency. This year, we are particularly excited to host our second graduatestudent conference in March 2018, which will incorporate a live performance hosted by the renowned University Musical Society.

If you are an SMR member and have ideas for SMR, an initiative to suggest, or any other feedback, please let us know! If you are a prospective student and would like to find out more about us, please contact us at societyformusicresearch@umich.edu.

We’d like to take a moment to thank William van Geest and Dorian Mueller, who run the SMR blog and our website, respectively, our colleagues, and particularly our former Dean Aaron Dworkin and the music theory and musicology faculty for their continued support of our organization.

With our best wishes,

Lena Leson and Vivian Luong
SMR Co-chairs, 2017-18