FW: 10/22/2002 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education
for Tuesday, October 22.
MAGAZINES & JOURNALS
A glance at the October 14 issue of "The National Review":
Not all music is created equal
As part of a special section on education, Jason Steorts, a
senior at Harvard University, challenges the foundations of
ethnomusicology. The field links music and anthropology, he
writes, making the unreasonable claim "that music cannot be
understood as anything but a cultural phenomenon."
Ethnomusicology mistakenly assumes that there is "no Music, a
capital-letter art form that can be evaluated by objective,
universal standards," he argues. Instead, the discipline only
allows for aesthetic comparisons within a musical tradition --
an absurd approach, according to Mr. Steorts. In order to
critically examine works of art, he counters, one must "reject
the idea that what constitutes good art is simply a matter of
personal tastes, be they instilled by upbringing, education, or
-- yes -- culture."
"Doubtless, there is ample room for Music ... to grow, and there
is no reason that non-classical traditions cannot contribute to
this process," he concludes. "But the fact that the West has a
Beethoven is something of which we should be unabashedly proud.
Those who teach in our colleges and conservatories would do well
to recognize this -- and to disabuse themselves of the idea that
all music is created equal."
In the other articles from the section, Matthew Continetti, a
senior at Columbia University, criticizes that institution's
president, Lee C. Bollinger; Melissa A. Seckora, an editorial
associate at the magazine, describes the trials of conservative
campus groups; and Kathryn Jean Lopez, an associate editor of
the magazine, warns heterosexual women to be wary of joining the
college softball team.
The articles are not online, but information about the journal
is available at http://www.nationalreview.com/
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