dear sustaggie friends:
Back when folks were talking about keynote speakers, I didn't say anything,
but like several other people I thought first of John Ikerd. But I'm
writing now to step back and look at the idea of keynoting.
Keynote, I'd like to point out, is a musical concept, and should set a
"tone" for a conference, and maybe a rhythm. Upbeat, encouraging,
positive, proactive, motivating, celebratory. To complete the keynoting
function, IMHO, nothing can match the effectiveness of music. Real, Live,
Ahem. I did a "keynote" presentation last month that combined speaking and
musical performance. The topic wasn't agriculture. It was "Overview of
Latin America: an Anthropologist's Story." At Saint Mary of the Woods
College in Terre Haute, Indiana. Equally important as what I could SAY
about Latin America, I think, was what I could PLAY from Latin America, on
my harp, distinctive sounds typical of Mexico, Venezuela, Paraguay, and
Well, as always I'm looking for ways to bring my harp music to bear on
ecological and farming issues. Please keep me in mind if you or someone
you know is planning an event where I might participate. I'll travel
anywhere. I've met quite a few of you in my travels as a street musician
to ag conferences and farm markets coast to coast.
For more information: www.harpingforharmony.org.
At 04:20 PM 3/23/00 -0500, MariavHM@aol.com wrote:
>Who are the three best keynote speakers you have ever heard?
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