Climate Crisis: Music, Nature, Culture

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Climate Crisis

Spring 2022

Taught By: Tanya Kalmanovitch

Section: L

CRN: 11319

Credits: 0

"We might think that music is untouched by climate change. But when we consider the modes of production and distribution, music is utterly dependent on the same structures that drive climate change. 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 form of environmental design. 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 makes a better world. Readings and case studies will explore themes from musicology (e.g. soundscape studies, acoustic ecology, and animal musicality), critical geography 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: R. Murray Schafer, John Cage, Tanya Tagaq, and the Esso Trinidad Steel Band; field recordings, soundwalks, and animal song; and musical responses to environmental crises in New Orleans, Fukushima, and Alberta’s “tar sands.” Assignments may include: assessing the environmental cost of musical actions (concert-going, touring, streaming); re-designing the physical environment of music-making; and media projects that animate alternative narratives about music and climate change. [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 Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Modality: Online - Synchronous

Max Enrollment: 50

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

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: 9:32pm 9/28/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 2:10pm - 3:25pm

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 1/24/2022 - 5/16/2022