Alex Frank is a graduating senior who’s working on his thesis with Prof. Wald. Below is Alex’s description of his current work.
[My] thesis is about the philosophy, art, and life of jazz musician Sun Ra through the lens of various contemporary critical theories. Sun Ra thought human beings would have to travel to another planet in search of a utopia that would never come on earth. He played the keyboards and liked Moog.
The Iowa City Conference is the International Association of the Study of Popular Music, where I will be giving a paper (http://www.iaspm-us.net/conferences/) at the end of this month.
Best of luck, Alex!