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ROMP! (Reediana Omnibus Musica Philosopha), Reed College's annual conference on music and the liberal arts, will turn its attention on February 21—24 (schedule follows) to the problem of music and censorship in the 1930s, that turbulent decade when political confrontation and economic crisis shaped all the arts. How did composers attempt to attract broad audiences in the name of revolution? When and how did the state, or other groups, intervene to suppress the work of composers in the Soviet Union, Germany, and the United States? What was the relationship of music to other, often visual media? ROMP! will address these questions and more, bringing together speakers from different academic disciplines to speak on music and film, music and the state, and the limits of musical freedom. ROMP! is sponsored by the Roth Family Foundation.

ROMP! conference tickets are $20, payable at the door or in advance, and include admission to the Sunday performance. Tickets for the Friday evening concert are available from Chamber Music Northwest at 503/294-6400. Tickets to other individual events are $10 at the door. (Films are free.) For information and reservations: 503/788-6651 or


8 p.m., psychology auditorium
Screening of Sergei Eisenstein’s film Ivan the Terrible

8 p.m., Kaul Auditorium
Chamber Music Northwest concert: David Finckel and Wu Han perform Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev

11 p.m., psychology auditorium
Screening of Sergei Eisenstein’s film Ivan the Terrible

10:30 a.m.—noon, Vollum lounge
Yuri Tsivian, professor of art history, Slavic languages and literatures, cinema and media studies, University of Chicago, "Ivan the Terrible, Part II: On Unquotable Imagery from a Censured Film. " Respondent: Lena Lencek, professor of Russian and humanities, Reed College

2—4 p.m., Vollum lounge
Pamela Potter, associate professor of musicology and German, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Music Censorship in Germany from Kaiser Wilhelm to Hitler." Respondent: James A. van Dyke, assistant professor of art history and humanities, Reed College

8 p.m., Psychology auditorium
Screening of Tim Robbins’s film Cradle Will Rock

11 a.m.—12: 30 p.m., Vollum lounge

Carol Oja, David N. and Margaret C. Bottoms professor in music, the College of William and Mary, "Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock and the Ironies of Censorship." Respondent: Jacqueline Dirks, associate professor of history and humanities, Reed College

2—3:30 p.m., Vollum lounge
Roundtable, featuring entertainment technology leader Jim Griffin, CEO of Cherry Lane Digital and co-chair of Evolab, who will speak on music, ideology, censorship, and the internet.

9 p.m., Kaul Auditorium
Squall, a music and video installation performance, featuring Dave Allen, formerly of the British post-punk band Gang of Four; John Askew, of Tracker, co-owner of Film Guerrero Records; Ned Folkerth, formerly of 5 Style and Pinetop Seven; Eric Johnson, video artist; and special guest Ezra Ereckson of Systemwide.

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