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Music-making in prisons

Friday, MARCH 1

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
in-person and virtual event
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
1340 3rd Ave SE, CEDAR RAPIDS

Presenter: Mary L. Cohen, Ph.D.
Author; Associate Professor of Music Education, U of Iowa

Portrait of Mary L. Cohen, Ph.D., Author and Associate Professor of Music Education at U of Iowa

“On its own, prison is profoundly isolating and drives counter-social behavior. Integrating music, specifically, offers a tangible experience of the value of resonance over dissonance. Music-making is a communal act that drives pro-social behavior.” ~Little Village magazine

Join us for Intersections in March as Mary Cohen, author and associate professor of Music Education at the University of Iowa, shares her experience and expertise around the role music-making can play in achieving goals of accountability and healing – and in challenging the widespread assumption that prisons and punishment keep societies safe.

There are three ways to attend Intersections. Registration is required for all three:

About our presenter: Mary L. Cohen (she/her/hers), Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Iowa, researches music-making and well-being, and is lead author of Music-Making in U.S. Prisons: Listening to Incarcerated Voices (2022). She founded the International Music and Justice Network: IMAJIN Caring Communities, researchers from 15 countries who meet monthly and collaborate on projects. From 2009 to 2020 Mary led the Oakdale Community Choir (http://oakdalechoir.lib.uiowa.edu/) with incarcerated and non-incarcerated participants. She has been a keynote for conferences in Germany, Canada, and Portugal, interviewed by the BBC3 Music Matters radio show, and has over 40 publications in journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings.

Intersections is a monthly gathering of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa in Cedar Rapids.