4/07: Plugged In at IASPM Conference at Northeastern University
Plugged In participated on plenary panel at the 2007 IASPM Conference at Northeastern University.
On April 29, 2007 Plugged In co-founders, Tom Pugh and Sandra Rizkallah, were invited to participate on the plenary panel, “Using Music as a Community Resource and an Educational Tool,” at the annual conference of the US and Canadian branches of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) at Northeastern University in Boston. The goal of the panel was to demonstrate the community and educational uses of music to academics attending the conference from all over the world. Other participants on the panel, which was moderated by Jeff Melnick, professor of American Studies at Babson College, included the East Boston Youth Music Program – ZUMIX, the Rock and Roll Library, Boston empowerment through media program – Project: Think Different, and Genuine Voices – an organization that teaches computer-based music sequencing to youths in juvenile detention centers and other educational and institutional settings across the United States and Worldwide. The plenary panel was the idea of Reebee Garofalo, chair of the IASPM Music and Action committee, internationally known scholar of popular music studies, author, and professor at the College of Public and Community Service at U Mass Boston, where he heads the Community Media and Technology program.