Intersections (with lunch) | Music-making in prisons

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Music-making in prisons

Presenter: Mary L. Cohen, Ph.D.
Author; Associate Professor of Music Education, University of Iowa


MARCH 1, 2024  |  11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Cedar Rapids
** in-person event **

“On its own, prison is profoundly isolating and drives counter-social behavior. Integrating music, specifically, offers a tangible experience of the value of resonance over dissonance. Music-making is a communal act that drives pro-social behavior.” ~Little Village magazine

Join us for Intersections in March as Mary Cohen, author and Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Iowa, shares her experience and expertise around the role music-making can play in achieving goals of accountability and healing – and in challenging the widespread assumption that prisons and punishment keep societies safe.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Mary L. Cohen (she/her/hers), Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Iowa, researches music-making and well-being, and is lead author of Music-Making in U.S. Prisons: Listening to Incarcerated Voices (2022)She founded the International Music and Justice Network: IMAJIN Caring Communities, researchers from 15 countries who meet monthly and collaborate on projects. From 2009 to 2020 Mary led the Oakdale Community Choir ( with incarcerated and non-incarcerated participants. She has been a keynote for conferences in Germany, Canada, and Portugal, interviewed by the BBC3 Music Matters radio show, and has over 40 publications in journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings.

You may make your reservation to attend in-person by clicking on the "Register Now" button. Three boxed lunch options are available: turkey, ham, and vegetarian; boxed lunches are $15 each (new cost). You must pre-order and pay for your lunch by 12:00 PM on Tuesday, February 27. Late orders or walk-in requests for lunch will NOT be available.

If you have any issues registering, please email or call 515.279.8715.

Intersections is a monthly gathering of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa in Cedar Rapids. It's an opportunity to learn, to participate in civil dialogue, and to discuss issues at the crossroads of religion and politics.

March 1, 2024 from 11:45 AM to  1:00 PM
1340 3rd Ave SE
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
LUNCH OPTIONS (new price)
TURKEY SANDWICH boxed lunch $15.00
VEGETARIAN WRAP boxed lunch $15.00
HAM SANDWICH boxed lunch $15.00