"Songs of Protest and Resistance" featured in Thursday Forum series

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2018-02-22 07:03:00 - General

Marc Falk
Marc Falk,
Pearl M. Taylor Associate Professor of Music


Steve Shanley
Steve Shanley,
Assistant Professor of Music

Inspired by an idea from an audience member at an earlier Thursday Forum, in this series Pearl M. Taylor Associate Professor of Music Marc Falk and Assistant Professor of Music Steve Shanley will explore the powerful role of music in movements of protest and resistance. "Songs of Protest and Resistance" will be presented March 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Thursday Forum presentations are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with registration and refreshments from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. An optional luncheon is offered at the conclusion of the series on March 29.

Music has always been a powerful voice for protest and social change. It speaks to the heart and soul as well as to the mind, and can say different things, in different ways, than a speech or an article. It can enable a crowd of thousands to sing with one voice. It can use metaphor and allusion, hidden meanings and code words to share critical ideas in a public space. Music takes its message to the streets, to the concert hall, to meetings, talk shows, front porches and bars, and to anywhere that people have a radio, a guitar or a voice.

The four weekly sessions cover "This Land is Your Land": The Roots of U.S. Protest Music; "Strange Fruit": Jazz as Activism; "If You Miss Me From the Back of the Bus": Equal Rights for All; and "I Ain't A-Marching Anymore": Music Against War.

"Songs of Protest and Resistance" will feature lecture, dialogue, audio and video recordings, as well as live performance and song-leading by the presenters.

The Coe College Thursday Forum Series

Coe College Thursday Forum courses are open to all adults. Admission to the entire four-week course can be purchased for $35 on the first day or in advance. Admission to individual lectures is $12 per week. The closing luncheons cost an additional $8. Payment can be made in person on Thursday mornings by cash or personal check. Credit card payments can be processed online only. For more information about paying by credit card or directly from your checking account, or to order gift certificates, call (319) 399-8623.

For the remainder of the 2017-18 academic year, the Thursday Forum schedule includes:

  • "Saints, Sinners and Secularists: Religion and Politics on the World Stage" - April 5, 12, 19, 26