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Dr. Daniel Cavicchi is Provost and Professor of History, Philosophy, and the Social Sciences at Rhode Island School of Design. His ethnographic and historical research explores the role of the arts in everyday life. His books include Listening and Longing: Music Lovers in the Age of Barnum; Tramps Like Us: Music and Meaning Among Springsteen Fans; and My Music: Explorations of Music in Daily Life. He has contributed essays to publications such as Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences; Popular Music; Fast Company; Journal of Popular Music Studies; and Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, as well as numerous anthologies, including Cultural Sustainabilities; Oxford History of Popular Print Culture; and Music Education in a Changing Society.
His public work includes developing high school curricula for Experience Music Project and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), as well as curating exhibits for the Grammy Museum and the Grammy Museum Mississippi, including Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom. With furniture maker Dale Broholm, he developed the Witness Tree Project, an ongoing history and design curriculum with the National Park Service. He regularly hosts artist events for Rhode Island’s First Works and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. He was the inaugural editor of Wesleyan University Press’s Music/Interview Series and served on the editorial boards for American Music and Ethnography; he is currently in the editorial board of Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies.
Cavicchi is the recipient of both the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from Brown University and the John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching from Rhode Island School of Design. His book Listening and Longing: Music Lovers in the Age of Barnum won the 2012 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, as well as the Peter C. Rollins Book Prize from the Northeast Popular Culture Association.
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