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A good person and a good academic: a conversation with Tracey Nicholls

Elizabeth Jackson, Tracey Nicholls

Published: 2012-04-27

Dr. Elizabeth Jackson engages in a telematic interview with ICASP post-doctoral fellow Dr. Tracey Nicholls of Lewis University. Dr Nicholls identifies fundamental principles of improvisation in relationship to ethics and politics more broadly conceived. The principles identified are also discussed in regards to pedagogical methods, notions of justice vs. charity and conceptions of the future (rusty vs. shiny).

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  • Interview_Tracy_Nicholls_full.mp4

    185 MB | video/mp4

  • A_good_conversation_Transcript.pdf

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Improvisation implies a deep connection between the personal and the communal, self and world. A “good” improviser successfully navigates musical and institutional boundaries and the desire for self-expression, pleasing not only herself but the listener as well.

– Rob Wallace