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Gospel Music: Cultural Artifact or Cross-Cultural Opportunity?

  • Adriane Thompson-Bradshaw
  • Margaret Cullen
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Part of the The Arts in Higher Education book series (AHE)

Abstract

This chapter explores how the 30-year experience (1987–present) of the Gospel Ensemble at Ohio Northern University illuminates an approach to one of the most pressing challenges for university educators in a diversified American society: facilitating the interaction of people with varied perspectives and backgrounds within the context of an academic community. Originally an all-African American organization, the Ensemble has become multicultural, maintaining the roots of a distinct musical tradition while experimenting with ethnic identities and culture formation within a supportive campus arts organization. The legacy of the Ensemble demonstrates the value of innovative use of music in a liberal arts education to prepare students for openness and adaptability, both in their careers and in their broader engagement with a complex diverse world.

Keywords

African American gospel music Diversity Student arts organizations Campus life 

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© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Adriane Thompson-Bradshaw
    • 1
  • Margaret Cullen
    • 1
  1. 1.Ohio Northern UniversityAdaUSA

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