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I'm interested in a rather eclectic combination of subjects; primarily in how they relate to each other. As such, I lean towards a strongly interdisciplinary approach to learning and academics. My research and teaching in these subjects are finding their voice in two books I am presently writing.
Firstly, there is a book for students entitled To a Certain Degree: The Art of Graduating, which contains my thinking on learning in general and success in college in particular, and which combines my own ideas on these subjects with those of my students, other professors who are my colleagues, and historical figures who have expressed thoughts on the issues discussed. I love to teach, and can honesty say I have never met a 'bad student', and impossible class', or a 'disadvantaged community' when it comes to learning potential.
Secondly, there is a book for those interested in the social and political motives of music, entitled "Things Come Together: The Music Indaba of late-Apartheid South Africa." This book examines a remarkable non-violent music initiative of a country in transition through an analysis of the intricate and dynamic developments of the time. It traces the lives of five influential musicians in the political transition from Apartheid to Democracy, placing them in the context of their social affiliations, their musical pursuits and their personal convictions- as representative of others working towards a vision for a New South Africa.
While most of my initial experience and academic coursework was in music, literature and education, I am particularly interested in the fusion of these disciplines, which finds it's voice clearly in forms of resistance art (particularly music and social writings). I am intrigued by how they reflect and affect cultural histories, and by how they educate social groups. I completed my doctorate in Cultural Anthropology at Duke University, my dissertation focus being in the South African protest music described above. By designation, then, I am an anthropologist (with a specialization in ethnomusicology), but by nature I am more inclusive in my leanings. When all is said and done, filmmaking is to me the ultimate form of creative initiative, and when films reflect individual or social histories, they represent the most sublime fusion of art and academics.
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