To Sing a Troubled Song: Music, Conflict, and Reconstruction in Northern Ireland

This lecture is co-sponsored by Vanderbilt's Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities and is part of our ongoing relationship with Queen's University, Belfast, in which we explore music and culture on both sides of the Atlantic.

This lecture (with discussion and reception to follow) features Stuart Baile, Industry Fellow at The Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities. CEO and founder of Oh Yeah music centre in Belfast, music industry veteran Stuart Bailie has been a press officer for Warner Records and a talent scout for Sony Records and written on music for The Times, The Irish Independent, Uncut, Classic Rock, and Hot Press. Bailie present a weekly BBC Radio Ulster music show and also narrates the walking tour on the iPhone app, Belfast Music. His current work tells the story of music's impact on the Troubles in Northern Ireland, covering events from the Miami Showband massacres to the "Yes' concert at the Waterfront with U2 and Ash in 1998.

TONIGHT – Meet and Greet with Warby Parker – jobs available!

Exciting news! Lifestyle brand Warby Parker is hosting a meet and greet with members of their Customer Experience team at Pinewood Social this Tuesday, 9/16 from 5:30-8:00pm! A few members of the Warby Parker team will be in town to meet with anyone who would like to learn more about opportunities on their Customer Experience team. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a member of their founding team in Nashville, don't be shy! Please spread the word to anyone you think might be a good fit—Warby Parker would love to meet them. Anyone interested in event details can email Rachel Wintermute directly at rachel.wintermute@warbyparker.com. For more information about the current job openings, check out the Warby Parker jobs page.


Advanced Skillshop series: Pitching, Publishing & Catalog Management 101


The Advanced Skillshop series brings you a 3 part seminar on…Pitching, Publishing & Catalog Management 101

Learn from tech startup Songspace how catalog management and creative teams work. In this session you'll learn everything from working in A&R, pitching music, registering songs with PROs to marketing music to film & TV music supervisors.  Songspace's business product is used by companies like Secret Road Music Services (Los Angeles), mtheory (NYC) and 2 Chord Georgia Music (Nashville).

Wednesday, September 24th @ 10am – Massey 109

Friday, October 24th @ 10am – Massey 109

Friday, November 7th @ 10am – Massey 109

RSVP to Tish Stewart (tish.stewart@belmont.edu) for this 3-part series. We look forward to seeing you there!


Will Brown Nosing Get You The Job?

You may have heard that the music and entertainment industries are built on personal relationships. You've also probably heard that it’s a good idea to research the person with whom you’ll be interviewing in order to find some commonalities and create a bond to increase your chances of getting hired. But where does this practice cross the line into brown-nosing, or even worse, stalking?

My advice is this:  instead of spending your efforts researching the interviewer, spend that time researching the company and figuring out which challenges it faces and ways you can help it overcome those challenges. That is what will most impress the person interviewing you. Besides, when being considered for a job, you may go through several rounds of interviews with several different people and therefore will not have the time to research each person. You may not even know who you will be interviewing with until you actually walk in to the interview.

This does not mean however that you cannot make small talk during your interview when you happen to notice that the interviewer has in her office a medal for completing a half marathon and you also ran a half marathon. Feel free to bring up any noticeable commonality or area of interest when it feels natural to do so, but don’t gush about or dwell on the topic. Share a little chit-chat about the topic and then allow the interviewer to direct the conversation and move on to the purpose of the meeting. Always be yourself and never feign interest in something you know nothing about just to try to impress the interviewer.

If you do happen to know ahead of time the person with whom you’ll be interviewing, it is okay to check out his or her LinkedIn profile to see if he or she happens to have listed anything in the personal interests section. This is appropriate since LinkedIn is used specifically for professional networking purposes, but do not cross the line into his or her personal life by immediately friending him or her on Facebook. Only bring up the fact that you noticed his or her interests on LinkedIn if the conversation heads in that direction or the opportunity to mention it arises.

The bottom line is to always remain professionally friendly and genuine in your interview conversations and focus how you can help the company be successful.


Volunteers Needed for Women in the Workforce Awards

We will need about 15 student volunteers from 6:50 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 30.  Student volunteers will help directing attendees at the many entrance doors and to help with signage. We’re expecting several high profile individuals to attend. Contact Madison Brinnon for more information. madison.brinnon@pop.belmont.edu



Abolition International looking for Production Volunteers 9/10

Abolition International is looking for 4 volunteers to help with their production load in on Wednesday, September 10th from 2-5pm.  If interested contact Phil Shay at phil@abolitioninternational.org.


Bear House Writer Management Applications are up on BruinLink!

Bear House Writer Management is now accepting applications for the following positions:

- Treasurer

- Manager

- Social Media Manager


Applications can be found on BruinLink!



Maymester 2015 in Hawaii for MBU majors

Need a Learning Community Cohort (LCC)?

Take the Study Away LCC in Maymester!!


Venue:  Honolulu, Hawaii

ECO 2015: Economic Geography-3 sem. hrs.- Dr. Howard Cochran, prof.

(also counts as Social Science Gen Ed; GS; EL credit)


HUM 2015: Cultural Pluralism-3 sem. hrs. - Dr. Ronnie Littlejohn, prof.

(also counts as Humanities Gen Ed; GS; EL credit)


May 10-29, 2015
Students will use the Hawaiian Island of Oahu as a laboratory to examine cultural pluralism and economic geography of Hawaii. The coexistence of globalization and pluralism in Honolulu, Hawaii provides insight into being global citizens without giving up cultural identity in a more economically interdependent world.  This study away program in Honolulu will offer opportunities for student learning that are not available at our mainland campus and will create a uniquely original approach to this LCC experience. Students may also choose to enroll in Third Year Writing, Religion Junior Cornerstone, or International Business.

  • Students will be issued IDs from the University of Hawaii (UH), Manoa, College of Pacific and Asian Studies and have classroom, library, computer lab and WiFi network access privileges.
  • The Program Fee for the Maymester LCC covers:
    • Room and Board on the campus of UH (3 meals M-F, 2 meals Sat/Sun)
    • Roundtrip Airfare Nashville to Honolulu.

o   Travel to class-related field excursions. A partial list of sites includes: Polynesian Culture Center, Honolulu Chinatown, Pearl Harbor (w/overnight on USS Missouri Battleship, Iolani Palace and Missionary Houses; Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve; Atlantis Submarine Tour, Hawaii Port Authority

    • Visiting lecturers from the UH School of Pacific and Asian Studies, College of Social Sciences, Shidler College of Business, the Center for International Business Education and Research, and the Pacific Asian Management Initiative.
    • 8 Convocation Credits in Cultural Arts
    • 6 hours of Global Studies Credit
    • 6 hours of Experiential Learning Credit


LCC Tuition for Maymester (6 hours)  $2,080

Program Fee                                          $4,799

Total Maymester Costs                         $6,879

(Tuition for 6 hours in Regular Term is $5,970. Comparative cost of Maymester trip is plus $639. If enrolled in 9 hours there will be a savings of $1,242)


See our VIDEO LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7osJNFC6MM


APPLY HERE: http://www.belmont.edu/studyabroad/apply/short-term_faculty-led/application_process.html


Come to the Information Session: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM Hawaii Maymester Information Meeting, Massey Center, 103


For further information, contact:

Dr. Howard Cochran, Professor of Economics and Finance, Belmont University


Dr. Ronnie Littlejohn, Chairman, Department of Philosophy



Belmont East/West applications

Belmont East/West applications are due October 1.   The application and information are under the Applications tab.


Volunteer @ Musicians Corner TOMORROW

Musicians Corner is in need of a few volunteers tomorrow-- Saturday 9/6. The shift is from 10:30am - 5:30pm. Lunch is provided.

Interested? Contact Sam Callahan.