NEC Perspectives Forum | Race's Influence on Culture @ NEC

The establishment of a jazz program at NEC influenced the culture of teaching and making music across the institution in many ways. In actuality, the new opportunities provided complex challenges beyond the integration of Black Americans in society and integration of musical styles being studied at NEC. The informality of jazz education—hanging out, listening, and talking—provided a space for powerful musical and social dialogue. Leading this Perspectives Forum, Dr. Darryl Harper '08 will lead a thought-provoking session on Monday, August 10th at 8pm ET about ethnic identity and artistic self-expression at NEC and what questions we should examine in today's environment.

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The NEC Perspectives Forums provide opportunities for the NEC community to explore how we all can make a better NEC and ensure it lives up to its commitment of Cultural Equity and Belonging. By listening to the experiences and perspectives of our students, alumni, faculty and staff, we will explore ideas that will have a positive impact on our community and build a more hopeful future for our current and prospective students.


In 1969, NEC President Gunther Schuller established the “Afro-American Music and Jazz Studies Department”, the first nationally accredited program of its kind in the United States. The institution had...