Ed Sarath, professor of music in the Department in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation, has been named one of seven recipients of the University of Michigan's 2014 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award. Sarath was chosen because he champions diverse ways of thinking about music and the world, and has fought to make sure Afrological musical traditions and ways of thinking about music are presented in equal parts to Eurological practices.
Recently, Sarath has given the keynote address to 300 leaders of music schools at the annual meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music, strongly emphasizing the diversity imperative. He is founder and president of the International Society for Improvised Music, a consortium of improvisers from all over the globe. In conjunction with the National Center for Institutional Diversity, in which he is a fellow, he created an initiative called Diversity in Musical Academe.
"There is no one on this campus who has influenced my thinking about diversity more deeply and no one that I know of who has done more to try and introduce diversity in all of its forms to both the School of Music, Theatre and Dance and to the university at large," wrote Ellen Rowe, professor and chair of the Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation.
Established in 1996, the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Award is given in honor of the dean emeritus of the School of Social Work. The award provides $5,000 to recipients to further research scholarship and student service opportunities. The complete list of 2014 winners can be found in The University Record.
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