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Olean Times Herald featured Dyson Professors David Freeman and Paul Ziek in "SBU's Jandoli Institute will explore how music fans can promote social justice"

02/10/2021

Olean Times Herald featured Dyson Professors David Freeman and Paul Ziek in "SBU's Jandoli Institute will explore how music fans can promote social justice"

A Jandoli Institute online forum will explore the role that musicians’ fans can play in promoting social justice. The forum, “Prevention, Proliferation, and Prioritization: The Good You Can Do as a Fan,” will begin at 7 p.m. Monday on Zoom. Gillham’s presentation, part of the institute’s “Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts” series, will be followed by an online discussion with: David Freeman, a musician, producer and cultural arts educator who is a faculty member at Pace University’s Department of Media, Communication and Visual Arts and director of Education for Brooklyn Raga Massive. Paul Ziek, chair of the Department of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts at Pace University.

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Tap Into featured two Dyson Professors David Freeman and Paul Ziek of the Department of Media, Communication and Visual Arts in "‘Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ Will Spark Discussion of Music and Social Justice"

11/13/2020

Tap Into featured two Dyson Professors David Freeman and Paul Ziek of the Department of Media, Communication and Visual Arts in "‘Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ Will Spark Discussion of Music and Social Justice"

That question will be the focus of the institute’s forum. Lee, who covered rock ’n’ roll as a reporter, will lead the discussion and will be joined by other members of the Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts team:

  • 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.
  • Alex R Gillham, an assistant professor of philosophy at St. Bonaventure University. Gillham’s research focuses on topics in ethics, ancient philosophy and philosophy of religion. He is particularly interested in the connection between music, identity and morality.
  • 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, an associate professor in 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. 
  • Lee is an associate professor in the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University. 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 as a political reporter.

Chris Mackowski, associate dean and a professor in the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure, will join the panel. Mackowski is the editor-in-chief of Emerging Civil War and the author of more than a dozen books about the Civil War.

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.

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The BV newspaper featured Dyson Chair of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts Paul Ziek and Professor David Freeman in "Jandoli School roundtable discusses roles of art and music"

10/23/2020

The BV newspaper featured Dyson Chair of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts Paul Ziek and Professor David Freeman in "Jandoli School roundtable discusses roles of art and music"

The Jandoli School of Communication’s new “Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts” platform aims to be a way for students and staff to productively discuss the moral obligation of fans of musicians, and the musicians themselves, to promote social justice. On Oct. 19, 2020, the introductory roundtable discussion for the program took place discussing whether there were more opportunities to promote social change due to COVID-19. Most of the discussing and debating was done by Alex Gillham, assistant professor of philosophy at St. Bonaventure University; Paul Zeke, chair of the department of media communication and visual arts at Pace University and David Freeman, a musician, producer and cultural arts educator, and faculty member at Pace University’s department of media and communication and visual arts.

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