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The Conference

The Music and the Written Word Conference was principally sponsored by the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM) and was organized by a group of UCSB graduate students. The conference was held over two days — Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16-17, 2010 — at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In addition to student papers, the conference featured a keynote address by Josh Kun, Associate Professor at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.

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Organizing Committee

Music and the Written Word organizing committee with keynote speaker Josh Kun

Top row, left to right: Scott Dirkse, Dennis Russell
Center row: Emma McCullough, Meghan Joyce (Program and Poster Designer), Lily Wong, Linda Shaver-Gleason (Webmaster), Michael Joiner (President)
Bottom row: Vincent Rone (Secretary), Sasha Metcalf (Communications Liason), Michael Vitalino (Treasurer), Josh Kun (Keynote Speaker)

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The Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM) is an association of faculty and students at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) that promotes the study of music across academic disciplines. CISM begins with the position that music is an important and powerful cultural practice in which all people participate on some level. By sponsoring diverse projects that engage multiple disciplines, CISM works to expand the boundaries of traditional music research by creating an environment for high-level study and discussion of music that is not restricted to specialists.

Previous conferences hosted by CISM include Music and the Moving Image in 2006 and Music and Politics in 2008.

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The University of California, Santa Barbara is located on nearly a thousand acres of land on the California coast about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Set on a peninsula, the campus has two ocean beaches on the its south side while the Santa Ynez Mountains, part of the California Coastal Range, provide a dramatic backdrop to the north.

UCSB is one of only 62 institutions elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. The Newsweek guide to America's best colleges has named UCSB one of the country's "hottest colleges" twice in the past five years.

In addition to five winners of Nobel Prizes, UCSB's faculty includes many elected members or fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (25), the National Academy of Sciences (30), the National Academy of Engineering (28), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (38).

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Famous for its beautiful setting and consistently pleasant weather, Santa Barbara is located on a narrow strip of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. Downtown is home to numerous shops, bars, and world class restaurants, all featuring the city's trademark red-tiled Spanish revival architecture. Mission Santa Barbara — founded in 1786 and nicknamed "the queen of the missions" — is one the 21 original California missions.

The typical average temperature in Santa Barbara in January is 53°F (12°C), with a normal high of 65°F (18°C) and a normal low of 41°F (5°C).

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