The Bay College Diversity Committee invites you to attend the upcoming free presentations by Rev. Robert Jones and Matt Watroba. Rev. Jones and Matt Watroba will present of four topics throughout the day, all of which focus on diversity through a lens of music. The sessions are:
- 9-10:30am - Cultural Diversity: This session will illustrate the common links in American Folk and Popular music, and introduce key American historical musical figures and point out where their music intersects with African American, Native American, and Latino musical influences.
- 12:30-2pm – Songs of Freedom and Struggle: This session will explore music’s role as a weapon of change in the Civil War era, during early labor protests and union struggles, through political change, and American protest.
- 3:30-5pm – Music Improvisation: This workshop is designed to show the improvisational genius that underpins American Folks and Roots music. The session will show how artists can use tools such as the 12-bar blues structure, call and response, chord substitution, and the use of different scales to unlock new ways of addressing familiar melodies.
- 7-8:30pm – American History Through Music – This program describes how American Roots music has chronicled and helped to bring about change in American society. Beginning with the slave spiritual, working up through Rock and Roll, and continuing through Rap music, this program shows that American music has always been at the forefront of American life and has much to teach us about our history and culture.
All sessions on 2/24 will be in the Besse Theater on the Escanaba campus, and be on Eastern Standard Time. All sessions on 2/25 will be in Fornetti Hall on the Iron Mountain Campus, and be on Central Standard Time. All presentations are free, and the public is welcome!