William Cheng

Professor William Cheng's Feature in Pacific Standard

PACIFIC STANDARD

The Radical Compassion of Frederick Douglass
The abolitionist's 200th birthday is a good occasion to unravel the peculiar mystery behind his most (mis)quoted words.

William Cheng
Feb 14, 2018

At a press event for Black History Month a year ago, newly inaugurated President Donald Trump went off-script. "I am very proud now that we have a museum on the National Mall where people can learn about Reverend King," he recited from his paper, before switching to improv: "Frederick Doug ... Douglass is an example of somebody who's done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice ... big impact."

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William Cheng Wins 2016 AMS Philip Brett Award

Assistant Professor William Cheng won the 2016 Philip Brett Award from the American Musicological Society for his new book, Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good.  Read the press release from the University of Michigan Press that includes an interview with Professor Cheng from the Harvard Music Department Newsletter.  Additionally, Professor Cheng was interviewed by Hannah Silverstein for the Dartmouth News regarding his award.

New Publication by William Cheng

Read Professor William Cheng's interview with Junction Magazine about his newest book Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good.

NEW BOOK by PROFESSOR WILLIAM CHENG
JUST VIBRATIONS: THE PURPOSE OF SOUNDING GOOD (UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN PRESS, 2016)

Just Vibrations bends our collective ears toward the vitality and precarity of optimism, dependence, and reparative agendas in academia and in daily life. William Cheng calls for a radical embrace of interpersonal care as a core--as opposed to extracurricular--component of intellectual labor. In the event we break, who will rush to criticize and who will stop to offer aid? Should our voices crack, who may take pains to listen all the more closely? Traversing the resonant archives of reindeer games, personal impairment, scholarly strife, queer hope, and accessible soundscapes, this book advocates for care work as a barometer of better worlds.

William Cheng in a Washington Post Opinion Piece

From Dartmouth Now published 1/21/16:

I’m a Musician Who Can’t Play Music (‘The Washington Post’)

“History sparkles with stories of musicians overcoming illness, impairment, and adversity,” writes Dartmouth’s William Cheng in a Washington Post opinion piece. “Beethoven composed his ‘Ninth Symphony’ while deaf. Ray Charles performed blind. Itzhak Perlman plays through polio. Watch American Idol this season and you’ll hear tear-jerking tales of contestants beating herculean odds.”

But sometimes suffering doesn’t produce better art, writes Cheng, an assistant professor of music. Sometimes suffering prevents it from happening.

Quoted: William Cheng on Meritocracy’s Dark Side

From the Dartmouth Now (May 26, 2015):

“In our perpetual race to get ahead by ‘merit alone,’ we would do well—more importantly, do good—by reflecting on what and who we're willing to leave behind,” says Assistant Professor of Music William Cheng in a Huffington Post opinion piece about the downside of meritocracy.

William Cheng is a Dartmouth Public Voices fellow.