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William Cheng Public Talk "His Music Was Not a Weapon"

Black Noise, Breakable Skin, and the Plundered Voice of Jordan Russell Davis.

Monday, April 23, 2018
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Visual Arts Center 104 Loew Auditorium
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars

Dartmouth music professor William Cheng talks about the Loud Music Trial—the trial of 47-year-old white man Michael Dunn for his 2012 murder of unarmed black teen Jordan Russell Davis in Jacksonville, Florida. Dunn’s lawyer claimed Davis’ loud rap music was dangerous—in effect putting blackness itself on trial. Cheng studies the intersection of music and social justice. This lecture will shed new light on the trial by presenting the murderer’s declassified phone calls and jailhouse letters.

Opening remarks by Dean Rachel Edens. Q&A with special guest Ron Davis, father of Jordan Russell Davis. Reception to follow.

Cosponsored by the African and African American Studies Program, Department of Music, Ethics Institute, Leslie Center for the Humanities, Office of the Associate Dean for Arts & Humanities, Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences.

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