Music in the Climate Emergency

University Curriculum: University Curriculum

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Music in the Climate Emergency
Spring 2024
Taught By: Tanya Kalmanovitch
Section: L

CRN: 11319

Credits: 0

Exploring the intersections of music, culture and nature, this course offers participants a site to connect musical practices to current environmental contexts, politics and practices. We begin with the premise that music is a human universal; a crucial component of every healthy society. We are all musical beings, and use music to describe and define the spaces we occupy; therefore, music serves as a meaningful site for environmental actions. This course shifts music from the margins to the center of our conversations about climate crisis. At a time of planetary peril, we convene a critically-, socially- and scientifically-engaged inquiry into the ways in which music might make a better world. Readings and case studies will explore themes from musicology, geography, psychology, and sociology, placing them in the context of historical, traditional and contemporary musical performance and musical activism. Sessions may include music from a broad range of social locations and practices; guest speakers whose research, social, and creative practice animate our course themes; and studies of musical impacts and responses to environmental crises in New Orleans, Fukushima, and Alberta’s “tar sands.” Assignments are grounded in practices of reflexivity and social praxis, connecting the subject matter of this course to lived experience and direct action—as scholars, as citizens, and as musical beings. **Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course.** [This ULEC is in category 1, Tools for Social Change.]

College: University Curriculum (UL)

Department: University Curriculum (UNIV)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 75

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:34am EDT 7/13/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 2:10pm - 3:25pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 500
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/7/2024