In a Feb. 15 forum, the Jandoli Institute \explored the role that musicians’ fans can play in promoting social justice. Dr. Alex Gillham, an assistant professor of philosophy at St. Bonaventure University, led the program, which was titled “Prevention, Proliferation, and Prioritization: The Good You Can Do as a Fan.”
Gillham explained that fans of musicians can satisfy their underlying moral responsibility to prevent bad things from happening when doing so is within their power by promoting social justice causes that are relevant to their fandom.
I – Introduction and Diversity Statement
II – Alex Gillham’s Presentation
III – Discussion
Gillham’s presentation, part of the institute’s “Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts” series, was followed by an online discussion with:
David Freeman, a musician, producer and cultural arts educator. Freeman is a faculty member at Pace University’s Department of Media, Communication and Visual Arts and Director of Education for Brooklyn Raga Massive. He also serves on the board of The Association of Teaching Artists.
Richard Lee, an associate professor in the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University and executive director of the Jandoli Institute. He writes and comments regularly on the intersection of music and public policy. During his career as a journalist, he covered rock’n’roll for several years before establishing himself a political reporter.
Stephen Wilt, an archivist at Media Transfer Service in Rochester and host of a weekly podcast, Street Corner Talking. As station manager and music director at 88.3 WSBU-FM, he interviewed professional musicians, celebrities and athletes. They included Stephen Stills, Judy Collins, Louis Anderson, Doug Flutie, Dr. Oz, Jimmy Page and many others.
Paul Ziek, chair of the Department of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts at Pace University, where he teaches strategic and organizational communication in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.
Audience members also took part in the discussion.
The Jandoli Institute launched “Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts” in October to explore the connection between music and social justice. The institute developed the project in collaboration with the Department of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts at Pace University. Through the project, scholars, musicians, journalists and others plan to show how music has been – and can continue to be — a positive tool for social change.