SEM 2017 Preliminary Program 

The preliminary program for the SEM 2017 national meeting is now available:

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SEM Newsletter 51.3 (Summer 2017)

The Summer 2017 (51.3) issue of the SEM Newsletter is now available online. To view this issue, please visit the SEM website at Be sure to first sign in to the site with your SEM username and password. After you sign in, select “Members’ Area” / “SEM Newsletter” to view current and back issues.

Among the items in the Summer 2017 issue are:

  • Music, Social Justice, and Resistance, By Jeffrey A. Summit, Tufts University Department of Music
  • The Role of Ethnomusicology in the 21st Century Curriculum, By Anne K. Rasmussen, SEM President
  • The Aesthetics and Ethics of University Music Curricula, By Timothy Rice, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Four Strategies for “Sound” Activism, By Donna A. Buchanan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • SEM and NASM: A Call for Collaboration?, By Anne K. Rasmussen, The College of William and Mary
  • The Society for Ethnomusicology’s Sixty-Second Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 26-29 October 2017 – Local Arrangements, By Sarah Morelli, Chair, Local Arrangements Committee
  • The SEM 2017 Pre-Conference Symposium: Sound Alliances, By Victoria Lindsay Levine, Colorado College
  • SEM Disciplinary Intervention for a Practice of Ethnomusicology, By Katherine Meizel, Bowling Green State University
  • British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference, 20-23 April 2017, By Ruth Hellier-Tinoco, University of California, Santa Barbara and Timothy J. Cooley, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Plus News and Announcements

For information on contributing to the SEM Newsletter, please contact Jennifer Milioto Matsue, Editor, at matsuej -at-

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SEM Student News 13.1

The Spring/Summer 2017 issue of the SEM Student News is now available!  (Click here to read it.)  This issue includes a recap of the 2017 MIDSEM meeting as well as a wonderful article about the value of attending regional chapter meetings by MIDSEM’s very own Jessica Hajek (University of Illinois), who recently won the chapter’s JaFran Jones Prize.

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Save the NEA and NEH!

An important message from the SEM national office:

Save the NEA and NEH!

SEM, like many other scholarly societies, is currently mobilizing its members in support of continued funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Though the Trump administration, on May 23, reiterated its call for the elimination of the NEA and NEH, there is potential for significant bipartisan support for both agencies in Congress.

Now is the time to contact your representative and senators and emphasize the importance of full funding for the NEA and NEH for FY 2018 and beyond. Though an email message is very helpful, a phone call, posted letter, or personal visit is even better.

You can find information on advocacy for the NEA on the Americans for the Arts’ Arts Mobilization page; and information on advocacy for the NEH on the National Humanities Alliance’s Resources page. The National Humanities Alliance also provides advocacy information on other cultural agencies, such as IMLS, Title VI, and Fulbright-Hays. Appeals for support for the NEA, NEH, and other agencies can be combined in a single communication.

Contact your representative and senators:

U.S. House Contact Information

US. Senate Contact Information

Over the past several decades, ethnomusicologists have worked with many organizations that have received grants from the NEA, NEH, and other cultural agencies. Thank you for supporting continued federal funding for ethnomusicology and the arts and humanities as a whole!

Anne K. Rasmussen, SEM President

Stephen Stumpfle, SEM Executive Director

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2017 JaFran Jones Prize

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Jessica Hajek (University of Illinois) has been awarded the 2017 JaFran Jones Prize, awarded annually by the Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (MIDSEM) in recognition of the best student paper presented at our annual meeting.  Her paper was titled: “The Capital of Carnival: Advocating for Alibaba and the Implications for Cultural Policy in Santo Domingo.”

Congratulations Jessica!

David McDonald, MIDSEM President

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2017-2018 Chapter Officers

As voted by the participants at the MIDSEM Business Meeting, chapter officers for 2017-2018 are:

  • PresidentDavid McDonald (Indiana University)
  • Co-Vice Presidents (Program Co-Chairs):  Megan Rancier (Bowling Green State University) and Esther Clinton (Bowling Green State University)
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Ann Spinny
  • WebmasterJoshua S. Duchan (Wayne State University)
  • Student Representative: Aliah Ajamoughli (Indiana University)
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