Ya’ll may (or may not) have been curious where Alisa Rose has been in the last many months… okay, year. I was finishing up a degree in Cultural Anthropology at the University of California and have now officially graduated… FINALLY! I walked this June with honors, as well as both the Dean’s and Chancellor’s Awards in Undergraduate Research for my thesis, “Performing Irish: The Evolution of the Irish Identity through Music”. I am absolutely relieved to see that portion of my higher education behind me and am looking forward to so many possibilities in the near and far future. I have a couple of gigs on the horizon and am working on expanding my horizons both as a performing artist and an academic. Here’s to more time for music!
However, my time at the University was still and will always be extremely valuable to me, as a musician, an academic and as a human being. I had the opportunity to study under internationally acclaimed anthropologists and musicians who shared the knowledge generously, treating all of us students with respect and equality. I want to thank, especially, Professor Danilyn Rutherford who advised me and guided me as a completed my thesis. Danilyn encouraged me to seek my own voice and prove my own thoughts, which resulted in a excellent and intelligent piece of work (or so she says). I also want to thank Professor Dard Neuman who let me join his graduate seminar in my final quarter of official courses to study ethnomusicology with him and his graduate students. His course helped me fine tune my ideas and thoughts around tradition as it is practiced in a contemporary and diasporic culture. I also want to include Professor Triloki Pandey whose lectures inspired more than anthropological thought, but also esoteric, and humanitarian inspiration. Finally, I want to thank my parents, siblings and friends for seeing me through all of my hard and dark times on the way to such a triumphant finish. You are the ones who held me up when all hope seemed utterly lost.
If you would like to read my award winning thesis, “Performing Irish: The Evolution of Irish Identity through Music” please, contact me in a comment below and I will email you a copy of the thesis. Or, you can find a hard copy in the University of California Santa Cruz, Anthropology Department’s Ethnographic Library- Social Sciences Building 2- third floor.