SMRForum discussion on Academic Ableism

Earlier this week, SMR members braved the smoldering temperatures of Burton Tower for a discussion of Jay Dolmage’s book Academic Ableism: Disability in Higher Education. The meeting was the second edition of the Forum’s pedagogy reading group. Dolmage’s book (published by The University of Michigan Press, incidentally, and available to read online for free) offered a helpful way to engage with this pressing topic.

photo credit: Steve Lett

SMR discussion session with Dr. Nancy Rao

On March 30th, SMR members attended a discussion session with Dr. Nancy Rao of Rutgers University. This event provided students the opportunity to connect with an alumna of the Music Theory program and engage in conversations about the academic job market after graduating from the University of Michigan. Dr. Rao provided the students with invaluable information about the nuances of interviews, applications, and teaching. Afterwards, the group continued their conversations over lunch.

The members of SMR thank Dr. Rao for her time!

–Alyssa Wells

This event was sponsored by Dr. Gabriela Cruz through the DEI Faculty Allies Initiative, the Society for Music Research Forum, and Excel.

SMR Winter 2019 Lightning Talks

Last Friday, SMR members gathered for its first-ever series of lightning talks. Several SMR members presented five-minute papers, presenting on topics related to current dissertation work, term papers, or side projects, after which members discussed and provided feedback. Given the success of this event, lightning talks will likely become a regular SMR offering.

Photos by William van Geest