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MA in Musicology student Brittany Greening places in the Dalhousie finals of the 3MT competition

Posted by Communications Officer on March 8, 2017 in News

Congratulations to Brittany Greening, who represented the Fountain School of Performing Arts graduate program in Musicology in the Dalhousie finals of the Three-Minute Thesis competition! This international competition encourages graduate students to present their research projects in engaging ways for large, non-specialist audiences — a wonderful skill that helps scholars avoid the “ivory tower” stereotype of out-of-touch academics.  

Brittany was the only graduate student from a FASS program, and she was one of the few MA students to advance to the finals. She made a compelling case for the importance of her research on Patti Smith, an artist whose incendiary work in New York’s 1970s rock scene earned her the nickname “the godmother of punk”. Brittany’s work explores how Smith’s musical choices, androgynous presentation, and performance style disrupted the male-dominated world of rock culture.  

Brittany’s poised but passionate presentation earned her third place, outranked by students presenting on cancer and anti-pollution research, and adjudicated by a panel including Dal president Richard Florizone and VP Research Fiona Black. It is wonderful to see FSPA’s commitment to excellence in this context!  

Congratulations to Brittany and to all involved in the Grad & Research area.

Jacqueline Warwick, PhD
Director, Fountain School of Performing Arts

See the Dal News story for the complete coverage of the 2017 Dalhousie Three-Minute Thesis finals.



Brittany Greening presenting at the Dalhousie 3MT finals on March 2, 2017