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Teaching Tolerance Through Music

  • America House

Human rights are often taught through advocacy campaigns and legislation, but music can be also a tool. Songs, for example, can reveal a lot about diversity and equality by exploring the emotions evoked by musicians, singers and songwriters.
To find true and lasting peace in this world, we must go beyond tolerance. Through the universal language of music, we can imagine a world that does not merely tolerate its diversity, but embraces those differences in a spirit of peace, love and compassion.

Join us for a lively and thought provoking discussion geared towards university students. As a group, we will explore:

- What is music? Is music meant purely for our enjoyment?
- What messages can music communicate?
- Are some lyrics meant to protest wrongdoing?
- What emotions do various songs elicit?

We will look at a few good examples of how music can help to promote tolerance and have an interactive discussion with Potomac Fever – an American a cappella group that has made promoting equality through song their mission.

Discussions will be in Ukrainian and English with translation.

Remember to bring your passport or driver's license.

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