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      From: The Chronicle [mailto:daily@...]
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      Subject: 10/22/2002 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education


      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers
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      Good day!

      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education
      for Tuesday, October 22.

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      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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