Bonnaroo University, the second annual Belmont study away program with the Tennessee music and arts festival, concluded Sunday night following four intense and full days of research, interviews, arts experiences and concerts.
Led by faculty members Dr. Sarita Stewart (creative & entertainment industries) and Dr. Ken Spring (sociology), the “Belmont at Bonnaroo” program delivers a unique and innovative academic immersion into festival culture while providing students hands-on experience in timely and relevant music research. Students also attended guest lectures each day of the festival from various “visiting professors.”
Steward said, “Since the overall class content is dovetailed together, Dr. Spring and I are working with the students to determine questions related to issues of Symbolic Identity, Production of Culture, Authenticity and Consumption of Culture at the festival. This research builds upon the themes of Community, Design, Branding, and Consumption that our first group of participants studied last year.”
The students are slated to present their research findings to Bonnaroo executives on June 27.