LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts to Host Annual Convocation Aug. 27

08/10/2012 11:46 AM

BATON ROUGE –The LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts, or CMDA, will kick off the 2012-13 school year by hosting its fourth annual convocation on Monday, Aug. 27, at 4:30 p.m. in the Claude L. Shaver Theater, located in the Music & Dramatic Arts Building on Dalrymple Drive.


The convocation is an event where CMDA students, faculty, staff and community partners can gather to hear from college leaders and learn more about the college’s plans and goals for the coming school year.


The event’s keynote speaker will be Steven J. Tepper, associate professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University and executive director of the university’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy. He is also the former deputy director of the Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies. His academic research and teaching focus on creativity in education and work; conflict over art; and culture and cultural participation.   


Tepper’s convocation speech will explore the topic, “For the Love? For the Money? Purpose and Passion in Creative Work.”


In addition to his academic career, Tepper is a leading writer and speaker on U.S. cultural policy and his work has fostered national discussions around topics of cultural engagement, everyday creativity, and the transformative possibilities of a 21st century creative campus. His 2011 book, “Not Here, Not Now, Not That! Protest Over Art and Culture in America,” explores the conflicting debates and controversies over movies, books, paintings, clothing, music and sculptures to figure out what turns personal offense into public protest.


Tepper also serves as senior scholar to the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, a national initiative focused on the careers and training of former arts students in America. In 2012, Tepper was named facilitator for Leadership Music, a national leadership and training program for top executives and artists in the music industry.


Tepper holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; and a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University.


More information on Tepper is available online at


Following the ceremony, students, faculty, staff and community partners are invited to take part in a group photo.

Aaron  Looney 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, August 10, 2012