Guest Lecture: "The Language of Jazz and What it Says to Us"

November 21, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-11-21 at 10.11.16 AMThe Department of Linguistics is sponsoring “The Language of Jazz and What It Says to Us” event on Monday, November 25. This event for Linguistics 100 will include a special guest lecture by Dr. Wesley J. Watkins titled “The Nature of Language” in LA1-214 from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Dr. Wesley J. Watkins, Founder of The Jazz & Democracy Project®, will discuss the language of jazz and how jazz musicians communicate. He will explore what is required for artists to “speak” jazz and how  jazz communication can apply beyond the bandstand. Join this event for an interactive talk that will include music and insights from today’s top jazz artists.



Dr. Wesley J. Watkins, IV of The Jazz & Democracy Project® has developed a music integrated curriculum that uses jazz as a metaphor to bring American democracy to life, enrich the study of U.S. history and culture at K-12 level, and inspire all youth to become active, positive contributors to their community. “Dr. Wes” created this approach as part of his Stanford University School of Education Undergraduate Honors Program.

For more information on Dr. Watkins and the Jazz and Democracy Project, check out Dr. Watkins’ TED talk, a video on the Jazz and Democracy Project, and the Jazz and Democracy Project’s Facebook page.