Earlier this week, SMR members met to discuss the book A Third University is Possible. The book, published in 2017, develops a framework by drawing on Third Cinema and Black filmmaking for decolonizing the academy—another challenging and pressing topic.
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
Earlier this week, the SMR Forum’s pedagogy wing hosted a discussion of Samantha M. Inman’s 2017 article “Teaching Analytic Writing in the Form Classroom” published in Music Theory Pedagogy Online. This session was one of a series of bi-weekly(-ish), pedagogy-focused reading groups organized by SMR Forum for this summer. Stay tuned for the next one of these!
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!
This event was sponsored by Dr. Gabriela Cruz through the DEI Faculty Allies Initiative, the Society for Music Research Forum, and Excel.
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
Earlier this week, SMRForum hosted an abstract workshop to exchange and discuss submissions for the many upcoming conference-proposal deadlines. Several abstracts received helpful feedback and guidance. Look for a good SMR showing at conferences in the upcoming season!
photo: William van Geest