Mayta Cohen ’24 Awarded Outstanding Soloist in A Cappella Competition

Mayta Cohen ’24 recently participated in a virtual a cappella competition, “The International Championship of A Cappella Open,” with her a cappella group, “Inside Voices.” The group took third place in the semifinals and Cohen, a first-year music major, was awarded outstanding soloist.

The event was held through Varsity Vocals, a global tournament which showcases the art of student a cappella and “encourages singers to bring together groups of any age, experience or origin to form a cappella ‘dream teams.’ ”

Cohen, of Boston, Massachusetts, competed with her virtual a cappella group, made up of 14 singers who come from all over the U.S. and Canada. “By connecting in a Facebook group during the beginning of the pandemic, we virtually joined together as a way to keep our love for a cappella music alive during such a challenging time,” Cohen says. “With members from different countries, backgrounds, and skill sets, we created a passionate team where we arrange and produce all our own music.”

Cohen says it also was a great project to be a part of because she was able to play a large part of arranging the set. She co-arranged the first song in their set, “Just Fine,” by Mary J. Blige, with another group member, Nick Gomez-Colon of the University of Delaware. “Although we’ve been a group for about a year, I’ve never met any of our members in person. Regardless, Nick and I were able to collaborate on a product we’re both really proud of by sending sheet music back and forth and talking over the phone,” she says.

“This was a very exciting award for me. I learned about this competition through the movie ‘Pitch Perfect,’ and since then, I’ve hoped to get to compete in it someday,” she says.

The competition was live streamed in early April, but the set can be viewed here. (FYI: Cohen is the vocalist with the snow and mountain Colorado backdrop. Eve Stewart ’24 took the video on the Tiger Trail walkway, west of McGregor Hall.)

“The Toilet Paper Pitch:” How Caitlin Soch ’24 Advocated for Free Menstrual Products in Denver Public Schools

By Shannon Zander

Denver Public Schools has installed free menstrual product dispensers in restrooms across the district. This change is due to relentless advocacy of one in our own community, Caitlin Soch ’24, who was recently interviewed by Denver 9News for her role in advocating for the change. Soch also attended Denver Public Schools.

The initiative began when Soch approached DPS district officials about the need for menstrual products to be free and easily accessible, as she was concerned for those who couldn’t afford them and the toll that not having access to them can take. 

“We need to provide for all the basic needs for every student. Obviously, a student who menstruates is going to have different needs than a student who doesn’t,” Soch says.

Soch was motivated to push for the change because she realized that for some students, spending money on menstrual products, which are taxed as a luxury item, may be inaccessible: “If parents can’t afford, or can hardly afford, to put food on the table, then feminine products are not going to be that high on the list,” Soch told 9NEWS. 

The easy response is, “why don’t students go to the nurse’s office?” But Soch points out that it fails to acknowledge the complexity of the situation given that menstrual body-shaming can make students feel uncomfortable asking. The privacy and convenience of having products accessible in restrooms sidesteps the discomfort of having to go out of one’s way to ask. 

Soch initially brought up the issue with the leaders at her former high school, George Washington High School, but she was encouraged to advocate for an even bigger change. She brought the issue to the district’s attention. “Navigating a deeply bureaucratic administrative system of a public school district was slow-going at first,” explains Soch. “I definitely had to push consistently to get an audience, but once I had their ear, getting my advocacy out there was progressively easier. It’s always that first barrier of having your concerns tabled for a week, or three, that’s the most difficult to overcome. But I knew that what I had to say was important for not just me, but every other person who needed these products.”

The district was initially resistant due to precedent: “Nobody had ever tried this before for Denver Public Schools, and it was like I was uncovering something that was just to the periphery of the agenda.” Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology Tomi-Ann Roberts, who was formerly the president of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research and currently serves on the board of directors, attributes the unwillingness of many places to provide free menstrual products to misogyny: “The only answer I can possibly come up with is misogyny. Menstruation is treated as taboo across history, religions, and in secular societies. So being someone who menstruates carries stigma.”

District officials also brought up concerns about the issue of toxic shock syndrome, liability, and cost. “I think it’s difficult for folks in government positions not to be tight with the budget, but I made clear from the beginning that we couldn’t make these decisions on purely budgetary grounds when basic necessities were at stake,” Soch says. And in the arguments about the cost, there was an undercurrent of the “internalized notion that menstruators’ problems aren’t just ‘people problems.’” They’re problems relegated to only a certain subsection of individuals, and therefore less worthy of addressing. “There’s just this nagging preconception that period products are a luxury which underwrites tax policy as well as resource allocation in public facilities like our schools.”

In response to questions about cost, Soch became rather infamous for her “toilet paper pitch.” Of those opposed due to the potential cost, she would ask the simple question, “would you ever cut the budget to exclude the provision of toilet paper in public schools?” The response was always, “no.” So, Soch would push back and ask, “why not?” She’d receive responses about sanitation, public health, and human dignity. “Providing toilet paper was always a given in a way that period products were not. It has always been my position that comparing two basic necessities which have clear ramifications for public health is the best way to remove the issue of sex.” 

Allowing officials to make the same argument about toilet paper that she’d soon make about menstrual products proved effective. Although it can be a common assumption that individuals on their period always carry menstrual products with them, many don’t realize the crisis which occurs when that’s not the case. Those menstruating have no choice but to halt whatever they’re doing until the crisis is resolved. Reframing it as such allowed Soch to add on other important points: Improvised toilet-paper tampons are considerably more likely to cause toxic shock syndrome; and lower-income students miss out on more class time by being forced to take a detour to the nurse’s office or to find a peer to ask. 

Although DPS’s efforts were put on pause due to the pandemic, all dispensers were installed by Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. Trena Marsal, the executive director of facility management at DPS, worked with the district to find a sustainable source of funding to resupply the dispensers. 

“There are so many students who are going to grow up in this system where we have these products provided,” Soch says. “It starts a conversation, having them out in the open instead of hidden away at the nurse’s office.”

While providing free menstrual products is a first step, Roberts points out that there’s still a long way to go in reducing stigma and addressing sustainability issues. “On some level products are still all about concealing menstruation — and in this way providing such products does nothing to address stigma,” Roberts says. Roberts also points out that there’s a sustainability issue with single-use products as well. Most menstrual products are produced by three global corporations, which create immense amounts of waste. The solution going forward, she says, is to push for reusable products such as menstrual cups and reusable/washable cloth pads to be affordable and de-stigmatized. Roberts also adds, “bathrooms can become spaces where people encounter one another at the sink and TALK MORE about menstruation.” We hope this story opens up a conversation. 

Note: The terminology in this article is intentionally gender neutral when discussing the experiences of those who menstruate (“feminine hygiene products” vs. “menstrual products”; “women/girls” vs. “those who menstruate”). As Soch points out, “not all women menstruate and not all menstruators are women.” Soch tries to avoid gendered terminology like “feminine” hygiene products when discussing the topic, and in doing so, hopes “to help change this assumption which is exclusionary to trans women, trans men, and nonbinary folks who have a period.”

Caitlin Soch ’24

Two Library Areas Named in Honor of Jill Tiefenthaler

The Tiefenthaler Entryway and the Tiefenthaler Study Area are two areas of Charles L. Tutt library that are being newly dedicated to the former Colorado College president. PHOTO BY SKYE SCHELZ ’21

The CC Board of Trustees recently approved the naming of an entrance and a study lounge in the Charles L. Tutt Library in honor of former President Jill Tiefenthaler.

The library’s east entrance, which faces Palmer Hall, will be named the Tiefenthaler Entryway, and the large study area next to Susie B’s café on the library’s third floor will be called the Tiefenthaler Study Lounge.

The college’s naming policy provides for honorific naming to recognize individuals who have “provided exemplary, meritorious or philanthropic support or service to the college.” President Tiefenthaler, the college’s 13th president, led CC from 2011-20. Under her leadership the college achieved significant advances including the expansion and renovation of Tutt Library, the largest carbon neutral, net zero-energy academic library in the country. In making its recommendation to the Board, CC’s co-presidents and Advancement Office stated, “It is fitting to recognize President Tiefenthaler’s commitment to the college and its students by naming these two prominent, and active, spaces within the library.” Tiefenthaler left the college in July 2020 to become the first female CEO of National Geographic.

An Update from Bon Appetit

We heard you…

During Fall Semester, we learned a lot! We approached COVID-19 head on and tried to open most of our locations, as we have done in previous years.  We were met with many challenges, particularly with Rastall Dining Hall. We knew we would have to remain fluid in our operations and we would need to have the ability to pivot. What we did not know was how much we would actually have to pivot. We were dealing with opening locations, closing locations, mass quarantine and isolation meals; all while trying to serve the community hot, made-from-scratch food. 

Rastall Dining Hall was the most trying during these times; changing the location from ‘all you care to eat’ to a bag pricing system, was not sustainable. Food waste, single-use paper products, and health and safety concerns for both student guests and Bon Appétit staff were a few of the deciding factors that led us to try a new approach for Spring Semester. We also heard from many students that they craved multiple locations, one main café and a coffee bar was not the variety they desired. 

With health and safety being a campus-wide priority, and from what we learned with quarantines during Fall Semester, we knew we had to make some adjustments. Our top priority was to create pods within our operations staff, allowing us to keep staff members who tested positive for COVID isolated and not affect food service to the CC community. By opening multiple locations across campus (see below), we are able to disperse guests around campus and not funnel them to a single location, and keep our staff and guests as safe as possible.

We understand Rastall is a desired location and while there is no timetable for Rastall to re-open, we look forward to the day we can serve you again. Meanwhile, in our five open locations, thanks to feedback from the campus community, we have lowered pricing, increased our portion sizes, and continue to offer a variety of meal options, still made from scratch and utilizing local vendors. 

Do you have a question we did not answer?

Contact me, Bon Appétit General Manager Shannon Wilson, 
(719) 389-6152

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Benjamin’s Café (Worner Center)

Benjamin’s is a retail location featuring all-natural farm-to-fork beef burgers with your choice of assorted toppings and many other grill selections, made-to-order salads and sandwiches, and a rotating global entrée. 

  • HOURS* 
    Monday – Sunday
    Hot breakfast served from 8–9:30 a.m.
    Lunch served from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
    Dinner served from 4:30–8 p.m.
  • This café has dietary preference and allergen-friendly options. If there is uncertainty on how to find these options, a chef and/or manager is always available to help guide the guest through the café and daily menu.
  • Standard entrée prices range from $4 to $10
  • What’s Happening?
    • Holiday Pop Ups to provide fun specials related to holidays and special events like Lunar New Year, Fat Tuesday, and Valentine’s Day, when we offered chocolate covered strawberries, house-made truffle boxes, roses, cards, and other items.

Colorado Coffee (Worner Center)

Designed for those on the go, Colorado Coffee, located in Benjamin’s, offers healthy, freshly made grab-n-go choices, including signature sandwiches and abundant salads. Enjoy your favorite coffee or espresso drink, fruit smoothies, house-made desserts, and a variety of retail and bottled beverages.

  • HOURS*
    Monday – Sunday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Boost Mobile available from 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • This café has dietary preference and allergen-friendly options. If there is uncertainty on how to find these options, a chef and/or manager is always available to help guide the guest through the café and daily menu.
  • What’s Happening?
    • $5 Breakfast Fridays
    • Use Boost Mobile and be entered to win a free hand-crafted drink, drawing one winner weekly

The Picnic Box (Parked Under the Olin Annex)

A uniquely branded, pop-up retro food truck offering quick and easy bites. Currently serving a daily rotating entrée, always featuring a meat and vegetarian option.

  • HOURS* 
    Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., or until sold out
  • Standard entrée prices range from $5 to $10
  • What’s Happening?
  • $5 Fridays – Sourdough Soup Bread Bowls. 
  • Pop-up events!

The Preserve Café (Lower Level of the Western Ridge Apartments)

Featuring everything you need to stock your in-room refrigerator, and snacks for your next Zoom meeting, The Preserve, is a retail location offering local produce, snacks and groceries, health bars, and a wide variety of bottled beverages. Take a study break and enjoy house-made pizza (whole pie or by the slice), freshly prepared grab-n-go, gourmet, made-to-order entrées and side dishes.

  • HOURS*
    Monday – Sunday, 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
    Hot breakfast served from 8–9:30 a.m.
    Lunch entrée served from 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
    Dinner entrée served from 5–7 p.m.
    Boost Mobile Pizza available from 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m.
  • This café has dietary preference and allergen-friendly options. If there is uncertainty on how to find these options, a chef and/or manager is always available to help guide the guest through the café and daily menu.
  • Standard entrée prices range from $6 to $9
  • What’s Happening?
    • $5 Dinner Fridays
    • Wanderlust, culinary block education series
    • Steak Nights, Bi-weekly
    • Fun concepts including BYO Omelet Bar and BYO Yogurt Parfait
    • Wings, Soda, and House-made Desserts coming to Boost Mobile this week!

Local Goods (Mathias Hall)

Local Goods is a retail location featuring all of the essentials including a wide variety of natural foods, seasonal produce, specialty snacks, and bottled beverages. 

  • HOURS* 
    Sunday – Thursday, Noon–8 p.m.
    Friday – Saturday, Noon–10 p.m. 
  • What’s Happening?
    • Munchie Mondays, serving a HOT, low-cost, familiar classic.
    • Golden Tiger Ticket, find this special ticket hidden in one of your retail items. The ticket is good for one whole pizza at The Preserve.
    • Bag of the Block, purchase items at Local Goods and be automatically entered to win a fun bag of goodies – One giveaway per block.
    • COMING SOON – Online ordering!

*Hours are subject to change; block break hours will vary.

Ángela Castro Publishes Article in ‘Racialized Visions’ Anthology

Ángela Castro, a visiting assistant professor in CC’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese, is one of 12 contributors to the edited volume “Racialized Visions: Haiti and the Hispanic Caribbean.” Castro’s article is titled “Haitian and Dominican Resistance: A Study of the Symptom in Edwidge Danticat’s ‘The Farming of Bones.’ ”

Her article proposes that “The Farming of Bones” portrays Dominican-Haitian history through a symptomatic trauma imprinted through bodily and mental traces that also can be seen in recent interactions between the two nations. Castro’s current project explores representations of “beyond-blackness” in the Panamanian writer Melanie Taylor’s edited anthology, “Camino a Mariato.”

“Racialized Visions,” edited by Vanessa K. Valdés with Suny Press, is the first volume in English to explore the cultural impact of Haiti on the surrounding Spanish-speaking nations of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.

As a Francophone nation, Haiti is seldom studied in conjunction with its Spanish-speaking Caribbean neighbors. “Racialized Visions” challenges the notion that linguistic difference has kept the populations of these countries apart, instead highlighting ongoing exchanges between their writers, artists, and thinkers. Centering Haiti in this conversation also makes explicit the role that race — and, more specifically, anti-blackness — has played both in the region and in academic studies of it.

Castro’s research areas include 20th-century Afro-Caribbean female writing, Afro-Caribbean bodies, and diasporic studies. She earned a B.A. in literature from the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Jared Richman Publishes Essay on Disability and ‘The King’s Speech’

Associate Professor of English Jared Richman has published an essay in Disability Studies Quarterly. “The Royal Treatment: Temporality and Technology in ‘The King’s Speech’” examines the intersections of class, technology, and disability in the 2010 Oscar-winning movie “The King’s Speech.”

In the essay, Richman argues that the film complicates modern scientific and critical understanding of communication disorders by rendering stuttering as a moral failure rather than by attempting to understand it as a socially constructed condition contingent upon established societal and temporal norms. The essay identifies the social codes enforcing correct and eloquent speech that create a political and social climate for “compulsory fluency,” the socially imperative verbal facility promoted as necessary to participate in public life.

With its emphasis on the nobility of the title character, the film masks an inherent tension between media technology and the lingering social stigma surrounding disability, says Richman. “ ‘The King’s Speech’ thus situates compulsory fluency as an essential component of modern kingship,” he writes. By examining the film’s strategic deployment of radio technology alongside its troubled representation of class and its fraught invocation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the essay frames attitudes toward vocal disability within the context of royalty, patriarchy, and national identity.

Language Learning and CC’s Japanese Garden

By Sarah Senese ’23

Professor of Japanese Joan Ericson recently published a chapter in the book “Language Learning in Foreign Language,” titled “A Case Study in Integrated Learning: Building a Japanese Garden.” As the faculty liaison of the Asian Languages House at CC, Ericson was interested in and intrigued by presenting different ways in which language houses can be integrated into general classroom curriculum. 

Ericson has always been interested in experiential learning and how she could combine typical classroom activities with hands-on, innovative ways to get students interested and involved — sometimes even beyond the classroom. Ericson knew that the founding of a Japanese garden at CC could provide the framework for such a multi-faceted project. “Students were able to take what they learned from our textbooks and apply those historical and aesthetic concepts to creating something tangible,” Ericson says, noting that from day one all students were able to learn hands-on by speaking Japanese with experts like Master Gardener Takeshi Hayashi.

The editors of this volume of “Language Learning in Foreign Language” brought together a diverse group of ideas based on papers presented at two different conferences that focused on foreign language housing. While some examples of papers were more practical or theoretical, Ericson’s goal was to “examine the ways in which we can coordinate what we teach in the classroom through a project that can benefit our students, while involving many parts of the campus.” 

Ericson thinks back fondly on the building of a CC Japanese garden during her very first First-Year Experience class way back in the fall of 2003. The class was a culmination of a multi-year process involving faculty, staff, and students — a feat that doesn’t occur in an FYE often. The students in the class were given the opportunity to create the garden on the side of the brand-new Asian Languages House, in collaboration with Groundskeeper Jerry Switzer and Master Gardener Takeshi Hayashi.  

Ericson, while proud of her publication and integration of multi-disciplinary learning, is most proud of what the Japanese garden brings to the CC community. Ericson loves the garden “especially in winter, where residents of the house who find a spot around the kotatsu (heated table) atop the tatami-mat platform in the living room can enjoy the peacefulness of the small Japanese garden surrounding their residence while doing homework or chatting with friends.” 

You can find more information and pictures of the Japanese garden in the Asian Languages House website, in Ericson’s publication in “Language Learning in Foreign Language”, and in this short video:

Alumni Use Comedy to Bring Climate Chins to Life

By Sarah Senese ’23

Despite the setbacks that life under quarantine has caused, five CC alumni have decided to put their respective expertise to the test and create something meaningful together. The culmination: The Climate Chins.  

Jake Sullivan ’15Rayna Benzeev ’15Holly Pretzky ’16James Dinneen ’17, and Soeren Walls ’17have been meeting weekly over Zoom to collaborate, brainstorm, and physically create the product that is The Climate Chins. The idea began with Benzeev, who as a PhD candidate at CU Boulder overheard an idea from a fellow professor in the department about a way to create a climate-themed comedy—to turn a subject that is usually filled with gloom and doom into something engaging, funny, and digestible for those who truly want to interact with ways to save the planet and reduce waste. Benzeev, knowing four other friends from CC with varying talents and knowledge, banded together the group that now comprises The Climate Chins to create improv-style, climate comedy videos that are both incredibly entertaining and unbelievably informative. 

So, what really are The Climate Chins? At first, before interviewing this incredibly bubbly group of alumni, I was under the impression that “Chins” was an abbreviation for a word I hadn’t put together yet. In reality, though, The Climate Chins are truly just that—chins. Sitting upside down on their couches at home and drawing silly faces on their chins, the group films early 2000s-style YouTube videos in which their chins (with various personas) explain climate policy and doable change that their viewers can implement at home. Occasionally, the chins even interview serious climate scientists, further bringing the serious element into something that is quite simply ridiculous.  

Each member of the team, through their experience at CC and after, bring something important to the project. For most, it’s having participated in TWIT, the improv group at CC, and for others, it’s the knowledge on climate change and policy that’s important to the actual content of the videos. Their combined knowledge is what makes the project so engaging and hilarious, and for Benzeev, it’s “the best way I could’ve imagined reconnecting with some really important people at a really difficult time for everyone — I’ve enjoyed every step of this project with every person in this call.” 

The Climate Chins are still publishing videos and helping to educate college-aged adults on what they can do, realistically, to make change in their own lives and in the climate policy they vote for. You can watch The Climate Chins on their Facebook page, and see the expertise and hard work of five CC alumni come to life.

Butler Center’s Masculinity Project Adapts, Continues

By Sarah Senese ’23

Although COVID-19 has made life on campus quite complicated this semester, activities and projects are still powering through. The Masculinity Project and its subsequent discussion group supported by the Butler Center have still been meeting through Zoom and creating connections.  

The CC Masculinity Project and discussion group are comprised of masculine-identifying students, staff, and faculty who meet blockly to discuss masculinity in the context of the CC community, their own lives, and the greater world. The goal of the discussion group is to extend the conversation about masculinity with those who identify as such, and how they can make CC a more comfortable place for all. The Masculinity Project also hosts guest speakers and film screenings related to topics of masculinity. Although this is a student-led group and project, the Butler Center provides the advisory support needed for a program as big and as important as this one.  

Clay Pierce ’21, a senior this year, founded the CC Masculinity Project discussion group along with three other CC students. His hope is to “spark meaningful dialogue about masculinity in the CC community, as well as exemplify what conversations about positive masculinity can look like.” Pierce hopes to change the dialogue within the entire CC community, even if it only begins with the discussion group. He also hopes that the discussion group can integrate into other departments and programs to implement these conversations among many groups of male-identifying students, whether that be in a club, a sports team, or a friend group. He has high hopes for what the Masculinity Project and discussion group can achieve, even if they never get to meet in person this school year. 

Although COVID has put an obstacle in the way of the Masculinity Project’s work, these students’ dedication to the project does not go unnoticed — they still continue to meet via Zoom to discuss, reach out, and extend the dialogue, although Pierce misses the personal connection of meeting in person.  

Samuel Schavoir ’19, another co-founder of the group, is excited that the group is still having discussions and continuing the important dialogue throughout this strange year. For Schavoir, a former fraternity member and rugby player, “the mission was to have a space where young men could talk to their peers about any kind of topic surrounding sexuality,” in the context of male-dominated spaces. He began the group with the hope of not only beginning a dialogue, but also making CC a safer and more comfortable place for all — starting with dismantling the idea of masculinity among those who identify as masculine. Although Schavoir started the group with the knowledge that it needed to evolve and grow with each year, he is thrilled with the progress and traction it’s gained.

Although the Masculinity Project must adapt to the new COVID circumstances, they continue to hold productive conversations. Pierce notes that, whether it be with the Masculinity Project or not, “everyone can find a community at the Butler Center,” which is now available for online projects, activities, and events. Find out how you can get involved in the Masculinity Project

Book by Professor Emerita Victoria Levine Receives Two Major Awards

Professor Emerita of Music Victoria Lindsay Levine has received two major awards for the book “Music and Modernity among First Peoples of North America,”which she co-edited with Dylan Robinson (Stó:lō First Nation) of Queen’s University in Canada. The Society for Ethnomusicology awarded Levine and Robinson the Ellen Koskoff Edited Volume Prize at their annual meetings earlier this fall. In addition, the American Musicological Society presented them the Ruth A. Solie Award for an edited collection. Both awards honor a collection of essays of exceptional merit.

Photo by Gray Warrior.

Each prize acknowledges “the value of the collective contributions to a volume, while recognizing the central role of the editors in conceiving and shaping the whole.” In presenting the Koskoff Prize, Aaron Allen of the University of North Carolina, said “the contributors and editors are both Indigenous and settler scholars from the US and Canada working together to implement a decolonized orientation to the musical, cultural, and theoretical materials interrogated by the book. Each chapter has been finely tuned, with excellent writing that reveals thinking that has unfolded after long gestation, both by the authors themselves and by the generations of wisdom they reference and build upon. The book is inspiring in its form, approach, and diverse contents. [The volume’s premise is] that there is no traditional-modern binary; instead, there are multiple, simultaneous Indigenous modernities, many of which fly in the face of popular and scholarly assumptions about Indigenous music and sound. [The co-editors and contributors] have affirmed and situated Indigenous ways of knowing, doing, and being-in-the-world. They have provided an exceptional resource for teaching about First Nations and Native American music. And they have offered us an exemplary path forward in our collective efforts to decolonize ethnomusicology.”

In announcing the Solie Award, Suzanne Cusick of New York University referred to the book as “a shining achievement of collaborative endeavor . . . With uniformly strong chapters investigating how Indigeneity and modernity have been experienced, reconfigured, and reimagined in sound by Native communities in North America, the book foregrounds the insights of Indigenous scholars and their interlocutors while remaining sensitive to hybridities with non-Indigenous cultures. The result is a robust contribution to a planetary understanding of modernity and its effects.”

Christina Leza, associate professor and chair of CC’s Anthropology Department, also contributed an important chapter to the volume. “Music and Modernity among First Peoples of North America” was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2019.

Levine taught ethnomusicology at Colorado College from 1988 until 2020 and held the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professorship, the Christine S. Johnson Professorship in Music, and the NEH Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities. She served as the W. M. Keck Foundation Director of the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies from 1999 to 2004. Robinson is assistant professor of ethnomusicology at Queen’s University, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts. Levine and Robinson received support for this project through a Connections grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada together with funding from CC’s Humanities Division and the Southwest Studies Jackson Fellows program. Levine’s summer research assistants Emily Kohut ’16, Rishi Ling ’18, and Breana Taylor ’16 supported manuscript preparation with funds from CC’s Faculty-Student Collaborative Research grants, the Christine S. Johnson fund, and the NEH Professorship.