Adolescents, parenting, and music

by Anna Blanch on April 23, 2012

Today I want to share a couple of interviews.

The first is with Leon Kass, on how new technologies have changed the assumptions many people have about their children. The second is with Julian Johnson on music and the expectations of immediate gratification and the third is with Murray Milner, Jr., on how the choices of parents create the institutional framework for the lives of adolescents.

Leon Kass is currently the Addie Clark Harding Professor in the Collegeand the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and the Hertog Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His books include Toward A More Natural Science: Biology and Human Affairs; The Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of our Nature; Life, Liberty, and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics; and The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis. He was the chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2001 to 2005. He has been engaged for more than 40 years with ethical and philosophical issues raised by biomedical advances and, more recently, with broader moral and cultural issues. His most recent book, What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song, seeks to promote American identity, character and citizenship. Along with co-editors Amy Kass and Diana Schaub, Dr. Kass is presently working to expand this project by creating video discussions and curricula materials that demonstrate how short stories can be used to enhance understanding of the Meaning of America. Here is A Conversation with Leon Kass – an interview that you might find interesting.

Julian Johnson is the Head of Department (Music) at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has published widely on Viennese modernism (Mahler, Webern, Berg and Schoenberg) but his research interests extend across the broad period of musical modernity from the late 18th-century to the present.  His historical studies of music are shaped by questions of musical meaning, evident in an engagement with the philosophy of music, ideas of nature and landscape in music, and the relation of music to the other arts (literature and painting).

He was an active composer for many years and his music has been professionally performed in Europe, the USA and Japan. His Three Pieces for Orchestra (1992) was performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and his  choral work, The Kingfisher (1993), has been performed by the BBC Singers.

Murray Milner, Jr. is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Virginia and is currently Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. Currently he is working on a general model of elites and non-elites and the application of this theory of status relationship to celebrities and ethnic groups. His most recent book is Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kids: American Teenagers, Schools, and the Culture of Consumption (Routledge, 2004), which applies the theory of status relationships that was developed in Status and Sacredness to the behavior of adolescents.

These are  volumes 66, 65 and 68 respectively of the free Mars Hill Audio bonus tracks ! Here is the full list of free interviews.  If you are interested this is a good reason to join the Emerging Scholars Network, which is free, because Mars Hill Audio offers all ESN members a substantial discount on new subscriptions for one year (six issues) of the Mars Hill Audio Journal in either format: cassette for $33, CD for $35, or $25 in MP3 format. (That comes to $5 to $13 off their usual rates, by the way.) Non-US residents receive this discount but will need to pay an extra shipping cost. Even before you subscribe, you can order a free demo CD or cassette or listen to several bonus interviews for free in MP3 format.
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Anna M Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD student in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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