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Ted Hearne’s Katrina Ballads

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Presented by TCNJ Institute for Social Justice in the Arts & Humanities
March 2-7, 2015

[As of Monday, March 2, registration for the Institute for Social Justice on Saturday, March 7 is now closed].

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This March, TCNJ Schools of Arts & Communication and Education are pleased to present an interdisciplinary week-long series of events revolving around the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Katrina Ballads joins together disciplines including music, education, communication studies, and the humanities and will include musical performances, film screening, lectures, and a day-long symposium by leaders in the arts and social justice. Katrina Ballads ties heavily to TCNJ’s 2014-15 theme of “Justice” by drawing attention to how the arts and music can contribute to economic and social development.

MONDAY, MARCH 2

Film screening: When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts by Spike Lee 
7PM, Kendall Hall Screening Room, free and open to the public

A 2006 documentary film directed by Spike Lee about the devastation of New Orleans, Louisiana due to the failure of the levees during Hurricane Katrina.

TUESDAY, MARCH 3

Social Justice and Music Education
Dr. Colleen Sears and Dr. David Vickerman
12:30-1:30PM, Mayo Concert Hall, free and open to the public

Film screening: When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts by Spike Lee
7PM, Kendall Hall Screening Room, free and open to the public

[Second Viewing]

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4

Cooking Cajun: Celebrating Creole Culture
11-4PM in Eickhoff Dining Hall, $8 at the door
A lunch buffet celebrating the food and music of the Louisiana people.

Panel Discussion
6:00-7:30PM in the Library Auditorium, free and open to the public
A panel discussion with contributing authors of Teaching the Levees curriculum. Teaching the Levees, “a curriculum for democratic dialogue and civic engagement” uses Spike Lee’s film When the Levees Broke to engage students in discussions about citizenship, economics, democracy, media, and systemic injustice.

FRIDAY, MARCH 6

Brown Bag Lecture Series: Ted Hearne, Composer of Katrina Ballads
12:30-1:30PM in Mayo Concert Hall, free and open to the public

Ted Hearne will be speaking on Katrina Ballads, a dramatic song cycle set entirely to primary-source texts from the week following Hurricane Katrina. Performances of Katrina Ballads will take place on Friday, March 6 at 8:00PM and Saturday, March 7 at 1:00PM.

Katrina Ballads
8:00PM in Mayo Concert Hall, free and open to the public

Performance by contemporary music ensemble X Trigger.
Tickets available at TCNJ’s Box Office

SATURDAY, MARCH 7

Katrina Ballads
1:00PM in Mayo Concert Hall, free and open to the public

Performance by contemporary music ensemble X Trigger.
Tickets available at TCNJ’s Box Office

The culminating event is on Saturday, March 7, and is open to all high school students with interests in music, art, media, communications, social studies and/or social activism.

For High School Students

The College of New Jersey Institute for Social Justice in the Arts and Humanities
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9:00 – 3:00 PM
The College of New Jersey, Music Building

We welcome all high school students to attend a LIVE performance of composer Ted Hearne’s Katrina Ballads, a piece that explores issues of social justice through media sound bytes from the weeks that followed Hurricane Katrina. You are also invited to:

  • Engage in a post performance discussion with composer Ted Hearne
  • Participate in pre-performance discussion groups facilitated by TCNJ music and education faculty and students
  • View portions of Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed Hurricane Katrina documentary, When the Levees Broke
  • Enjoy lunch at TCNJ and connect with other high school students who share your interests in activism, equity, and social change through engagement with the arts!

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Dr. Colleen Sears at colleen.sears@tcnj.edu.

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