Blue Ribbon Panel
Mold-breakers from all corners of the music industry, including The Shins’ James Mercer, hip hop artist Common, singer-songwriter Fiona Apple and Perry Farrell from Janes Addiction have signed on to help us pick the mtvU-Fulbright fellows below.
School: Georgetown University
Country Visiting: Israel
Aaron Shneyer, earned a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from Georgetown University, and traveled to Jerusalem to develop a year-long music program bringing together Israeli and Palestinian high school students to write and play music together, culminating in performances in their own communities.
School: New York University
Major: Individualized Study
Country Visiting: Panama
Larnies Bowen, who graduated, cum laude, from New York University with a B.A. in Individualized Study (Deconstructing National Identity in the Hispanophone Caribbean) traveled to Panama to study Spanish Reggae music as a vehicle for understanding West Indian-Panamanian identity, culture, and collective experience. She culminated the academic year by producing an audio-visual history of Panamanian Reggae music to be used as an educational supplement in Panamanian and American schools.
School: Harvard University
Major: Visual and Environmental Studies
Country Visiting: South Afria
James Collins, graduated from Harvard University in June 2007 with a Bachelors of Arts in Visual and Environmental Studies, and traveled to South Africa to create a documentary film exploring the impact and influence of marching band music on underprivileged South African youth.
School: Temple University
Major: Film and Media Arts
Country Visiting: Cambodia
Phally Chroy, graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts at Temple University in Film and Media Arts, and traveled to Cambodia to make a documentary examining the reclamation of Cambodia’s lost musical heritage of the 1950s and 60s – music outlawed during the reign of the Khmer Rouge regime – and how the post-Khmer generation has used this music to reconstruct their identity and rediscover their cultural roots.