2015-2016 Weekly Convocations
The weekly convocation series is a shared campus experience that brings students, faculty, and staff together for one hour for a lecture or presentation from specialists in a variety of fields. The goal of the convocation series is to stimulate thought and conversation on a wide range of subjects. Convocations are open to the public and free of charge.
Convocation: Anthony DeCurtis
Editor at Rolling Stone magazine discusses the music of social protest.
Anthony DeCurtis is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, where his work has appeared for more than thirty years. He has also written for The New York Times, Relix and other publications as a respected author and music critic. DeCurtis is the author of In Other Words: Artists Talk About Life and Work and Rocking My Life Away: Writing About Music and Other Matters. He is editor of Present Tense: Rock & Roll and Culture and Blues & Chaos: The Music Writing of Robert Palmer, and he co-edited the third editions of the Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll and the Rolling Stone Album Guide. DeCurtis holds a PhD in American literature from Indiana University. He helped design the arts-and-culture curriculum at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism and currently teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Pennsylvania. A frequent member of the judging panel for the annual Independent Music Awards, DeCurtis has also appeared as a commentator on MTV, VH1, the Today Show and many other news and entertainment programs. The title of his presentation is “The Music of Social Protest.”
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