[Smt-talk] Advocating for the humanities

Nicolas Meeùs nicolas.meeus at scarlet.be
Tue Apr 8 12:52:45 PDT 2014

Dear friends of SMT-Talk,

Let me stress that seen from outside it appears only normal that a 
community like yours discusses matters that concern its daily 
activities. I did not read your recent messages very closely, as many 
aspects escape me and as I am not really involved (but for some of my 
former students now working in the US), but I found that this discussion 
was perfectly justified for an American professional list. My own 
similar list in France, musiSorbonne, which, I think, several of you 
know, also often exchanges on political issues.

As to people leaving the list for such reason, I must say that I find 
some of the comments about Schenker and Schenkerian analysis much more 
aggressive and despicable. After all, commenting American politics is 
your affair and I can easily skip these messages. Schenkerian analysis, 
on the other hand, also is _my_ business and I usually find attacks 
against it of the lowest, most contemptible level.

But I trust that most of us agree on this point.


Nicolas Meeùs
Professeur émérite
Université Paris-Sorbonne
nicolas.meeus at scarlet.be
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