Third Rebel Music Conference

Students from the Honors Seminar on Rebel Music will present their research projects on music used for protest and advocating for social justice, feminism, human rights, democracy, and other causes. Presentations include papers, live performances, and video and audio documentaries.

Keynote address will be delivered by musician/scholar/activist Jen Shyu.

The conference is open to the public. Attendees can come and go as they please.

"'This Isn't a Concert; This is a Protest!' How Activism Can Manifest in Music and Life." In this keynote address, Jen Shyu will dive into the origins behind some of her works of resistance and protest, including "The Chinese-Cuban Question," "The Human Color," "Raging Waters, Red Sands," "Song for Naldo," "Living's a Gift," "Lament for Breonna Taylor," and "When I Have Power." She will explore how not only one's artistic creations, but also one's actions and organizing within and among communities can be acts of resistance against racism, sexism, patriarchy, and other oppressive forces in our world today. She will also talk a bit about her mentorship initiative she co-founded with Sara Serpa called Mutual Mentorship for Musicians.

9:00-9:10: Opening remarks from Dr. E. Taylor Atkins (HIST)

9:10-9:25 Gabrielle Hayes (ART): “Gaelic or English? Why They Could Not Coexist in the Irish War of Independence (1916-23)”

9:30-9:45 Ben Roehrig (ELE): “Flying Blind While Seeing Red: Right-eous Rebellion”

9:50-10:40 Keynote address: “‘This Isn’t a Concert; This is a Protest!’ How Activism Can Manifest in Music and Life”

10:45-11:00 Spencer Mackey (MUSP): “‘But No Freedom for Me’: Charles Mingus and Civil Rights”

11:05-11:25 Yuxuan Liu (GEOG): “Leslie Cheung: TheWind of LGBTQ+ Rebellion in ChineseCulture”

11:30-11:45 Justin Houston (LESM): “The Aura of Tupac Across the Globe”

11:50-12:05 Lupita Platas Madera (ART): “The Waves of Defiance: Tlatelolco’s Effect on Mexican Rebel Music”

12:10-12:25 Victor Wright (MUTC): “The Warning: How Nine Inch Nails’ Year Zero Blurs the Line Between Art and Reality”

12:30-12:45 Fernando Marroquín Mendoza (MUSP): “La Morena del Chicamocha: Bullerengue, Gender, and Politics”

12:50-1:05 Ethan Patterson (MUSC): “Recovering the Revolution: Rethinking ThomasMapfumo’s Use of Traditional Shona Musical Elements”

1:10-1:25 Haven Evans (BGS): “Revelations: Moving Our Sorrow Through the Water”

1:30-1:45 Sky Wuestenfeld (HIST/ANTH): “From Madness to Massacre: Horror Music as Rebellion”

1:45-2:00 Q&A/Closing remarks

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

NIU School of Music, Recital Hall

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