Congratulations to the Lectureship award recipients for 2010-2011: Young Kim, Department of History; Benita Wolters-Fredlund, Department of Music; and Jamie Skillen, Department of Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies.
About the Award
The Calvin College Faculty Lectureship Award recognizes the scholarly achievements and professional contributions of individual Calvin faculty members. The lecture series aims to share the awardees' work with the faculty as a whole. Each lecture, while open to the public, should promote mutual interest, discussion, and understanding within the faculty of Calvin College. Awards will be determined in the fall. (more about the award)
Lecture: Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Hearing Torture and Control: The Music of Concentration Camps and Beyond
Department of Music
4 p.m., Covenant Fine Arts recital hall (reception to follow lecture)
Professor Benita Wolters-Fredlund holds an undergraduate degree in music and philosophy from Redeemer University College (1996), and graduate degrees in musicology from the University of British Columbia (M.A., 1999) and the University of Toronto (Ph.D., 2005). Her research interests include a wide array of intersecting topics, including music of the Holocaust, music and politics, Jewish music in North America, and Canadian music history. She has taught at Calvin since 2006 and offers courses in American music, popular music, world music and music theory.
About the lecture: Histories of music in western culture tend to paint music as a sublime and redemptive art, no more so than in histories of Nazi concentration camps, where music is understood to have humanized and soothed Holocaust victims and used by them as a tool of so-called "spiritual resistance." But as the neglected work of several music historians over the last twenty years has shown, music was also used as a tool of oppression by SS guards to humiliate, torment, deceive, control and even kill camp inmates. This lecture uses the history of concentration camp music to explore music's less-touted darker functions and to understand how music might inflict harm, both in extraordinary contexts such as the extermination camps and in more ubiquitous contemporary life.
Monday, October 18, 2010, Meeter Center lecture hall