People learn much about themselves and the rest of the world through popular music. It is an important and consequential cultural activity because of its ubiquity as well as its richness and variety. The Center for Popular Music Studies at CWRU exists to promote excellence in scholarship and teaching about popular music. The Center sponsors lectures, conferences, seminars, research, and performance opportunities for students. The Center aspires to enable valuable research and learning experiences that will enhance the local, national, and international stature of Case Western Reserve University.
In the short time since its founding, in 2010, the Center has achieved a local and national reputation for hosting speakers and programs that serve that end. Its faculty and programming make Case one of the premiere destinations for popular music studies in North America. The Center is also dedicated to fund-raising for both its public programs and to keep CWRU fully competitive with peer institutions that support popular music studies at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
At the same time, the Center seeks to expand its support of conferences on popular music themes, events that bring renowned scholars to Cleveland to offer insights and intellectual stimulation to faculty, students, and community members, and that reciprocally add to the reputation of CWRU as a hub of research and teaching activity in popular music. The Center also seeks to develop partnerships with community-based and other local institutions, such as the Progressive Arts Alliance, adding to the substance of CWRU as a contributor to the culture of the Cleveland area as well as the broader national and international scholarly communities.