The Covid diaries: how SMR is working from home


The lockdown incurred by the recent pandemic has forced graduate students across the country to find new ways to continue to learn, teach, research, and generally stay sane. The SMR blog team recently checked in to see how our constituency is dealing with this unprecedented situation. It was encouraging to hear some notes of positivity … Continue reading The Covid diaries: how SMR is working from home

Elizabeth McLain innovates with social media during COVID-19


Recently, SMR member Elizabeth McLain was featured in several news stories for her innovation in courses she teaches at Virginia Tech. In her history and analytics of musical style class, she had her students make videos on the popular social media app TikTok.You can read some of the stories here and here and here.

Message from SMR co-chairs


Like many academics across the globe, SMR members are currently confined to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, despite the physical distance, we are doing our best to stay connected! We have now hosted a digital General Assembly, our Dissertation Writing Group forges on, and there is a virtual game night in the works (stay … Continue reading Message from SMR co-chairs

Lena Leson gives dissertation presentation


Recently, SMR member Lena Leson gave her dissertation presentation, one of the final steps before defense. Not to be undone by coronavirus-related social-distancing measures, Lena delivered the presentation electronically. Please see below for dissertation title and abstract! Making Balanchine an American Modernist: Cold War Aesthetics and Franco-Russian Practices in the Ballets of George Balanchine Among … Continue reading Lena Leson gives dissertation presentation

Patricia Moss defends dissertation


Earlier this week, Patricia Moss successfully defended her dissertation, entitled “Interpreting Race and Difference in the Operas of Richard Strauss” (abstract below), before a raptly attentive audience. Congratulations, Patricia, and all the best on final revisions! Interpreting Race and Difference in the Operas of Richard Strauss After World War II, Richard Strauss’s life and compositions … Continue reading Patricia Moss defends dissertation