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Just a basic update on schtuff. I registered for my classes for the fall quarter, so you can expect to hear musings on the following three topics: 1) Jazz, 2) Bartók, and 3) Capital, Class, and Music Matters. I'll be heading out to SEM, the annual conference of the Society for Ethnomusicology, in October, and I'll be giving a presentation here at school on What I Did On My Summer Vacation -- apparently, you're allowed to do these in graduate school if you did something sufficiently exciting and if you can dress it up in a fancy title. I'm actually giving two versions of the presentation. Once will be in Yiddish, for the second-year Yiddish class (which I'm not taking because the music department has not-so-subtly hinted that "enough with the languages, already!"), and once will be in English, for the EthNoise workshop series. The EthNoise version will focus more on music, and the Yiddish-class version will focus more on linguistic and cultural aspects of the program, possibly also featuring the Chinese Restaurant Story.

But, of course, you lovely people saw it here first!

Went to the music department's orientation dinner tonight, which was entertaining. Decent food, and I got to meet the new postdoc, Eric The Half-A-Bee. It's definitely shaping up to be a good year.

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perelleth
Sep. 27th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
Capital, Class, and Music Matters I must be very tired, because it took me three readings to puzzle what it might be about. NIce class. I'll love to read bout that.

As a whoel it sounds like another entertaining year full of things that you like to learn about. Go and enjoy! :-)
frenchpony
Sep. 27th, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
Since that course is a seminar, the course title is only a vague hint as to what the content might actually be. I admit that I'm very curious. The professor is one of our two new ethno hires, a young guy who was a post-doc last year, and somebody I like very much as a person. I'm excited to see how I like him as a teacher.
jelazakazone
Sep. 27th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
Why is he "Eric The Half-A-Bee"?

I went to a contradance and got to sing two shape note tunes at the break. A good evening, I tell you. Very restorative.
frenchpony
Sep. 27th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
Dancing and singing in one evening! Just the sort of thing that you've been needing.

I'll put my answer about "Eric The Half-A-Bee" in my reply to meggins below.
meggins
Sep. 27th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
Also curious about Eric The Half-A-Bee.
frenchpony
Sep. 27th, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
His given name is Eric. One of my colleagues knew him for several years, and told me about him over the summer. She told me his last name several times, but for some reason, his last name never did stick in my mind. Instead, the Monty Python song "Eric The Half-A-Bee" stuck where his last name ought to go, and I kept thinking of him as Eric The Half-A-Bee. It makes a good LJ nickname for him, so there you go.
meggins
Sep. 27th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
Ha, ha, ha. Tee, hee, hee.

My husband will chide me that I didn't get the Python reference.
elliska
Sep. 27th, 2008 10:52 am (UTC)
The classes sound cool and I think your presentations will be great. But I must say as a former language teacher, your department's discouragement in that area disappoints me.
frenchpony
Sep. 27th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
The department isn't so much discouraging the general studying of languages, certainly not by an ethnomusicologist. What they're actually doing is saying "you have to take a certain number of music classes to graduate, and you can only do three classes per quarter, and you spent last year doing two languages and one music class -- you need to do more music classes and, yannow, actually fill your requirements!"

Besides, I figure that I can audit language classes once I'm ABD, so that's all good.
ns_tulkas
Sep. 27th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
They want you to give up languages? Here's to fitting them outside school hours! Talk Yiddish at the market, talk Hebrew to your neighbors... endless fun.
Jazz!! Somehow did not take you for a jazz fan. Looking forward to your musings.
frenchpony
Sep. 28th, 2008 05:28 am (UTC)
My thoughts are that I have access to novels in both Hebrew and Yiddish, so I'll keep up my reading skills at least, and maybe even try to audit a course if the scheduling works out. And after I'm ABD, I can audit as many language courses as I like.

Part of the trouble, of course, is that I've done almost all the Hebrew courses on offer. I skipped third-year Hebrew, so I could always go back and audit that, but since I passed fourth-year Hebrew, that may or may not be the thing to do. Anyway, rhobike gave me a novel in Hebrew, so I can dig into that, and it's long enough that it should keep me occupied for quite a while.
kaikias
Sep. 28th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
the music department has not-so-subtly hinted that "enough with the languages, already!"

The music department are poo-heads.
frenchpony
Sep. 28th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
They do have a point -- I need more music classes -- but it is pretty poo-headed of them. Oh, well. I can audit all the language classes I want after I become ABD.
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