Yale University

Music and Social Action

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Sebastian Ruth

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There are 9 modules in this course

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In this module, we will discuss philosophers John Dewey and Maxine Greene, and their respective views on the possibilities contained within aesthetic experiences. How can aesthetic experience meaningfully contribute to public life?

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4 videos10 readings1 quiz1 peer review1 discussion prompt

How can artistic and aesthetic experiences make a more engaged public? Is there a connection between individual transformative experiences with art and any broader societal impact? What is the role of the artist in a democracy?

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6 videos6 readings1 quiz1 peer review

How have we conceived of the artist's role in American society? What are examples of artists furthering civil society? How do we continually imagine fulfilling the promise of a democracy, embracing Maxine Greene's notion that it is always unfinished?

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5 videos6 readings1 quiz1 peer review

How have the arts been a driving force for change in American cities? What are the potentials and pitfalls when positioning artists in this role? This class will pursue these questions through a series of case studies, including a video tour of arts organizations focused on urban renewal in Providence and New Haven, and the development of Lincoln Center in New York City.

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4 videos8 readings1 quiz1 peer review1 discussion prompt

This class will explore examples of artists from the past hundred years who have been committed to making positive contributions to political or social issues of their time.

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4 videos11 readings1 peer review1 discussion prompt

This class will involve a discussion with performing musicians and a look at examples of artists and musicians from the past hundred years who have been committed to making positive contributions to political or social issues of their time.

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5 videos7 readings1 peer review2 discussion prompts

In this final lecture, we will discuss traditions of social action, and how artists work toward building civil society.

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4 videos5 readings1 quiz1 peer review

One of the primary goals of this course has been to explore the connections between key concepts from the philosophy of aesthetics, historical examples of musicians who worked toward social action, and contemporary artistic initiatives. This final response is intended to help you consider how these theoretical and historical issues relate to the role of artists and the arts in contemporary life, and how they might apply to your own community and your own involvement with the arts.

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4.9 (30 ratings)
Sebastian Ruth
Yale University
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