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The McKelvy House Scholars invite the campus to join a dinner discussion on the state of the music industry Sunday evening.

Dinner begins 6 p.m. at McKelvy House, 200 High Street; no reservations are required, but an email to English major Nana Opoku ’05 (Easton, Pa.) would be appreciated. Opoku will lead the discussion at 6:30 p.m.

The discussion will focus on the problems with popular music and the root causes in the industry.

Some questions to consider:

  • Why does the music industry produce careers that don’t last?
  • Why are musicians audio-tracking songs in live performances?
  • Why do artists today seem molded and almost without creativity?
  • When did music change from music to product?

Recommended background reading is an article by Opoku’s former roommate, Africana Studies and English graduate Molefi Asante ’04, which was recently published in USA Today.

Since 1962, the McKelvy House Scholars program has brought together Lafayette students with a wide range of majors and interests to reside in a historic off-campus house and share in intellectual and social activities. Sunday dinner discussions that engage the students in debate and exchange of ideas are the hallmark of the program; several Wednesday discussions have been added this school year. Most members also contribute to the annual McKelvy Papers, written on a topic of each member’s choice. McKelvy Scholars participate in activities together such as field trips to plays, concerts, and exhibits, and sponsor events for the campus as well.

Previous discussions:
Nov. 14 – Consistent moral arguments
Nov. 7 – Privilege
Oct. 24 – Modern religion
Oct. 17 – Capital punishment
Oct. 3 — Revenge
Sept. 26 — Suicide
Sept. 22 – Sexual lust
Sept. 15 — Envy
Sept. 12 – Themes from A Clockwork Orange
Sept. 8 – Materialism, satisfaction, and poverty
Sept. 5 — Obesity in America

April 25 — Anti-foundationalist critique of philosophy
April 18 – Dark humor
April 11 — Cults
April 4 — Link between ethical behavior and intelligence

March 28 — Five Images of Man

March 7 — Idealized body forms

Feb. 22 — Countercultures

Feb. 15 — Eternity

Feb. 8 — Bisexuality

Dec. 7 — Anger toward computers and technology

Nov. 9 — “Unnecessary” crimes

Nov. 2 — Genetic alteration

Oct. 26 — Social construction of gender

Oct. 19 — Greed as an economic force
Sept. 28 — Value

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