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Soundscapes of the Connecticut River Valley

– with Jeffers Engelhardt


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Tuesday September 26, 20232-4pmJohn Zon Community Center

Jeffers Engelhardt will draw on the archives of his unique community-based course at Amherst College, Soundscapes of the Connecticut River Valley, in which students experience the challenges and joys of musical and sonic ethnography. His presentation, based on the online archive of 39 film and sound documentaries produced since 2009 by his students, will illustrate his teaching philosophy: the rewards of learning by doing, demonstrating how ethnomusicology is connected to the liberal arts. In presenting this trove of sounds, images, and stories, Engelhardt hopes to start a conversation with a local audience about its familiarity with some of these sounds and its encounters with new sonic communities in our region.

About the Presenter

Jeffers Engelhardt, an ethnomusicologist, is Professor of Music at Amherst College; he also teaches in European Studies and in Film and Media Studies. He holds a B.M. in Piano from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Music and Religion.

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