Ears to Hear

Listening to Music in a Culture of Distraction

December 3, 2013 in the Lounge of Clementine Cafe

In his 2007 commencement address at Stanford University, poet Dana Gioia, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, told his audience: "I worry about a culture that bit by bit trades off the challenging pleasures of art for the easy comforts of entertainment." Join us as cultural critic and former NPR editor and producer Ken Myers examines why our habits of treating music merely as a sedative or stimulant is preventing us from receiving some of the greatest gifts of beauty and wonder.

Wine & Cheese; Lecture; Q&A with the Audience

Presenter: Ken Myers (Former arts and humanities editor for NPR, Morning Edition. Founder, Producer, Host of Mars Hill Audio.)