Dartmouth music professor William Cheng talks about the Loud Music Trial—the trial of 47-year-old white man Michael Dunn for his 2012 murder of unarmed black teen Jordan Russell Davis in Jacksonville, Florida. Dunn’s lawyer implied Davis’s loud rap music was dangerous—in effect putting blackness itself on trial. Cheng studies the intersection of music and social justice. This lecture will shed new light on the trial by presenting the murderer’s declassified phone calls and jailhouse letters.
Opening remarks by Dean Rachel Edens.
Q&A with special guest Ron Davis, father of Jordan Russell Davis.
Reception to follow.