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Bergren Forum to focus on the DJ, audience

Dr. Athena Elafros, assistant professor of sociology at Keuka College, Keuka Park, will present “Crowd Commander or Crowd Pleaser? The DJ and their Audience” as a part of Alfred University’s Bergren Forum Series.  The presentation will take place on Thursday Oct. 31at 12:10 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center. The event is open to the public free of charge.

Elafros is a qualitative cultural sociologist who studies cultural production, popular music cultures, and the formation of ethnic communities. Prior to joining Keuka College, she taught courses at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and Alfred University. Her research uses a Bourdieusian perspective to examine musical communities in Toronto, Canada and Athens, Greece. She has previously had research on a variety of subjects published including hip-hop culture, popular music magazines, and gay-straight alliances.

She earned a doctorate in sociology McMaster University, a master of arts degree in sociology from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario; and a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and criminology from the University of Toronto.

The Bergren Forum, sponsored by the Alfred University Division of Human Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, meets Thursdays during each academic semester at the University. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch; coffee and tea will be available.