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Confronting Racism and Sexism in the Music Academy

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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Conservatory of Music is honored to present a series of 6 talks from our virtual scholar in residence Dr. Philip Ewell. The overarching theme of this series is entitled “Confronting Racism and Sexism in the Music Academy.”

All members of Pacific community are welcome to attend. Conservatory students/faculty will find Zoom links in Canvas; other members of Pacific community should contact

Fall schedule:

Wednesday, Sep. 2, 12-2 p.m.: Initial Keynote, Racism I
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 12-2 p.m.: Racism II
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 12-2 p.m.: Sexism

Philip Ewell is an associate professor of music theory at Hunter College of the City University of New York, where he serves as director of graduate studies in the music department. His long-term research on racism and sexism in the Music Academy culminated in Ewell’s essential plenary talk “Music Theory’s White Racial Frame” at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory, his subsequent blog articles entitled “Confronting Racism and Sexism in in American Music Theory,” and his long article “Music Theory and the White Racial Frame,” which recently appeared in Music Theory Online. His explorations of these topics were heralded immediately as candid discussions of the ways in which American music school settings have perpetuated systemic racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination. Read more here.

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