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MIT/Harvard Cool Japan Present: Music, Culture, and Transformation (2/26-27)


Music, Culture and Transformation:

A two-day series of events including  live music (2/26 W) and panel discussions (2/26-27 W/Th) 

organized by MIT/Harvard Cool Japan

All events are FREE and open to the public.

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2/26 (Wed)

3-5pm  MIT, Room E25-111 (map) Panel Discussion moderated by Ian Condry

Artist Talk + Panel on  Fukushima Activism, Postwar Pop, Intermedia Art and Global Hip-Hop


  1.  Artist Talk with Zeebra (Japanese hip-hop emcee) and Ian Condry, followed by presentations:

  2.  Marie Abe (BU) “Sounding Against Nuclear Power in Post-Fukushima Japan”

  3.  Miki Kaneda (Harvard) “Sonic Encounters Between Art and the Everyday in 1960s Japan”

  4.  Hiromu Nagahara (MIT) “The Politics of Pop Music Before J-Pop”

  5.  Murray Forman (NEU) “Move the Planet: Post-National Hip-Hop Diaspora” 

8pm LIVE HIP-HOP from Tokyo, Japan @ Middlesex Lounge, 315 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge, MA (no cover charge)



  1. 8pm WTF (Wallys Tuesday Funk, local funk jazz band)  

  2. 9pm  Miss Monday (hip-hop emcee and reggae legend from Tokyo) 

  3. 10pm  Guest DJ set by Zeebra (Tokyo-based emcee and international recording artist) 

  4. 11p – 1a  international dance party with DJ Ian C. and more . . . 

Please note:  Free and open to public (18+ event), 18-20 year-olds – please RSVP to Kevin McLellan (poet at mit dot edu) 

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2/27 (Thurs)

5-7pm MIT, Room E14-633 (map)  MIT Cool Japan / CMS Colloquium:  “Music, Culture and Transformation” (Part 2)


  1. Meredith Schweig (MIT) “Gender in Taiwanese Rap Music: Hope for the Future?” 

  2. Rebecca Dirksen (MIT) “A Musical Model for Development? Haiti’s Mizik Angaje Re-Imagined”

  3. Moderated by Ian Condry (MIT)

7-8pm CMS headquarters, Public reception with the panelists, light food and drink

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MIT Foreign Languages & Literatures

For more information or press inquires: fll-events at mit dot edu

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