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PSU Department of Music to launch SUSTAINABILITY + MUSIC Lecture Series
Monday, January 3, 2011 - 6:00am to Monday, January 3, 2011 - 6:00pm
(January 1, 2011)–Understanding the role that music plays in building a sustainable world is the impetus behind PSU’s new Sustainability + Music Lecture Series. The free lectures, which begin in February 2011, are presented by the Portland State University Department of Music, with support from the PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions. Lectures will be held in the newly renovated Lincoln Recital Hall (1620 SW Park Avenue). 

Drawing on fields as diverse as acoustic ecology, cultural tourism, technology, neuroscience, and economics, the Sustainability + Music lectures will explore the myriad ways in which the musical arts affect the vitality of individuals, communities and our world.  Themes to be addressed include: Music’s Connection to the Physical EnvironmentMusic’s Connection to Human Development, Music’s Connection to Culture and Community, and The Sustainability of Musical Traditions.

The series begins on February 4th with noted ethnomusicologist Jeff Todd Titon, a Professor of Music at Brown University and creator of the “Sustainable Music” blog (  Other speakers include composer and professor Barry Truax (March 3rd), trombonist and teacher Jan Kagarice (April 14th), and anthropologist Dr. Rory Turner (May 19th).

Each of the 90-minute lectures will be supplemented by an interactive roundtable discussion with the guest lecturers, PSU faculty and students that will further explore issues of cultural sustainability facing our community and region.