Bruno and Wanda Nettl Distinguished Lecture Series - Alejandro Madrid, Cornell University
Diversity and Inclusion: Ghostly Gimmicks and the Relevance of Contemporary U.S. Music Academic Institutions
Diversity has been a buzzword in U.S. academia for several decades. However, in many cases, calls for diversity have translated into tokenist instances that often reproduce oppressive social structures within and outside of academia. The current political climate in the United States has forced disciplinary fields in the humanities to become more aware of their social relevance. By taking musical mementoes of Americana that conceal a Mexican heritage as points of departure this lecture explores what diversity would mean in a socially and intellectually relevant music academia.