Since federal funding for prison education programs was eliminated in 1995, Eastern New York Correctional Facility has had one of the few U.S. programs granting college degrees to prisoners. Recently, it produced an underdog story that made headlines.
Prisoners on the debate team of New York's maximum security Eastern Correctional Facility beat the Ivy Leaguers just months after Harvard took a national title.
The conventional left wisdom that music functions primarily as an occasion for the liberated expression of “collective joy” is all washed up. The carnivalesque spectacles are dead ends, channeling what might find political expression into narrowly personalized exercises in adolescent subjectivity.
The resignation this month of Osmo Vanska from his decade-long role as director of the Minnesota Orchestra over salary disputes with the board spurred John Halle, director of studies in music theory and practice at Bard College, to argue that "the virtues of classical music are inherently hostile to [the] neoliberal mindset now dominant in all sectors of society."