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Suffolk University’s Alumni Weekend

On June 11, Suffolk University (in Boston) will hold a “One-Day University” during alumni weekend, during which alums can “re-engage with Suffolk at its core — teaching and learning.” One of the presentations will by by the dean of the law school:

10:00-10:45 a.m. Dean Camille Nelson, Law School. Colonial Optics: Dancehall and Legal Imperatives Against the “Unnatural.” Where do art and law collide? What of music and law? Unlike other art forms, music is easily accessible, nationally and internationally. Given the reach of music, how might the North-West interpret and address musical messages out of sync with our accepted rights discourse? By examining a contemporary genre of Jamaican music we can interrogate the involvement of law in the construction of identities and consider an appropriate response to controversial lyrics in the transnational marketplace.

You’ve got to wonder if Suffolk alums will be happy to find out that stuff like that is part of the school’s “core.”


George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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