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Do Good Dialogues: What is a Socially Engaged Song? A Conversation with Ste...

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Artists are innovators, change makers, and, more often than not, are proponents of justice and action.

The Clarice and the Do Good Institute are proud to present several artists whose beliefs in the power of the human spirit and social justice inform everything they make. These powerful voices will speak about their work through a series of panel discussions, public interviews and audience roundtables in Do Good Dialogues.

Singer-songwriter Stew Stewart spins improvisatory songs drawn from his seemingly endless stable of stories and ideas. His musical Passing Strange won a Tony Award for Best Book in 2008. For fun, Stew likes to view mass-marketed music though a tripartite filter of three communication systems: Love Songs, Gospel Music and Socially Engaged Art-Songs. Along with the titular query, this talk/discussion will play with various questions, among them “What makes a song political?” “What makes a song apolitical?” and “How do you critique capitalism while using it?” along with a host of others. The goal is to understand how words and music - and which words and which music - influence - and do not influence - people’s everyday lives. Further areas of exploration include understanding the difference between “topical” and “political,” Gospel’s untapped potential as a revolutionary music and the radical refusal of reality exhibited in love songs. Free and open to the public.

Designed to complement UMD’s Do Good campus initiative to create a hub of activity for philanthropy, nonprofit management, public policy, social change and leadership, these events will educate, inspire and reinforce the importance of taking action to make positive change in our society and in the world.

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