It Bears Mentioning: Is music theory really #SoWhite?

One dustup over antiracism these days has been inspired by an Austrian music theorist who died 86 years ago. Heinrich Schenker’s music theory is still widely taught today. He was a genius – and also an open racist who wrote extensively of his sentiments thereabout in uncompromising language. Musicologists have commonly…
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New York Times: Obscure Musicology Journal Sparks Battles Over Race and Free Speech

A scholar’s address about racism and music theory was met with a vituperative, personal response by a small journal. It faced calls to cease publishing. A periodical devoted to the study of a long-dead European music theorist is an unlikely suspect to spark an explosive battle over race and free…
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Legal Insurrection: UConn Must Pay $63,000 to Victim of Title IX Kangaroo Court

One way to make colleges stop using kangaroo courts is to make it financially painful for them. Nearly a year after a male student and University of Connecticut jointly submitted a plan to end his litigation against the school for its sexual misconduct investigation, the judge in the case has figured out…
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Denton Record-Chronicle: Music professor files suit against UNT for alleged retaliation over racism accusations

A University of North Texas music professor filed a lawsuit against the university for violating his constitutional rights. The suit comes after UNT said it would remove Dr. Timothy Jackson from his position at the head of a music theory journal, defunding the journal itself as well as the research…
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Federal Judge Orders UConn to Pay Attorney Michael Thad Allen $63,000 for Violating Due Process Rights of Student

Judge Michael Shea of the Federal District Court of Connecticut has ordered the University of Connecticut to pay Attorney Michael Thad Allen over $63,000 in reasonable attorney fees due to the university’s violation of a student’s due process rights in a sexual misconduct hearing. Attorney Allen sued on behalf of…
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National Review: Universities Circumvent New Title IX Regulations

Published on nationalreview.com For years, universities have denied basic procedural protections to students accused of sexual misconduct. Despite the seriousness of such allegations, schools routinely condemn students as responsible without so much as a hearing or the opportunity to confront their accusers. This was supposed to change when the Department of…
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