Tue, October 27
In today's recap,?four distinguished Black alumni share their vision of what NEC looks and feels like when it has lived up to its commitment of cultural equity and belonging. Our panelists are?Carmen Johnson-Pájaro ’18 MM Violin Performance, deVon Russell Gray ’01 Composition, Darynn Dean ’18 Jazz Studies, and John Alexander Garner ’06 Vocal Performance.
Mon, October 26
Cheryl Susheel Bibbs?’70 MM discusses the social and political turmoil that led to the cancelation of the 1970 graduation ceremony, and?shares her ideas and suggestions?in support of?breaking down "otherness" and increasing?inclusion and diversity at NEC.
Fri, October 23
In today's recap, we revisit the third NEC Perspectives Forum, in which?Stanford Thompson?sat down for a conversation with alumnus?Dr. Darryl Harper?'08 DMA, examining the history of NEC in the larger context of Black Studies and Jazz Studies programs across the United States.
Thu, October 22
In today's recap, we?examine the beginnings?of?Jazz Studies?at NEC through conversation with founding chair?Carl Atkins, current chair?Ken Schaphorst, and alumna?Susan Calkins?’83 MM, whose doctoral dissertation and book focuses on the history of Gunther Schuller and jazz at NEC.
Wed, October 21
The NEC Perspectives Forums, launched this summer, have provided an opportunity for students, alumni, and faculty to discuss how the past, present, and future of an NEC where everyone feels that they belong. The first set of forums focused on the Black experience at NEC, and lays the groundwork for future forums discussing a wide array of opportunities to create equity and belonging.