Metal and Cultural Impact Conference
Coordinated keynote speech, oral history and associated appearances for Josh Bernstein and Alex Skolnick at Metal and Cultural Impact Conference taking place at the University of Dayton on Nov. 6 - 8, 2014.
This conference aims to examine metal culture’s role in society throughout the world. Does metal seek to bring people together or pull them away from mainstream culture? Does it serve as a rallying cry for the oppressed throughout the world? Has its development over time negatively affected the quality of the music, or has the changing nature of our world made it that much more important to its fans, musicians, and those who control the industry? How has metal music and its culture adapted with the changing world - or has it? And, as metal continues to be a part of world cultures, how will it not only affect the world, but also how will it be affected by the world?
There will be more than 30 presentations over three days, including a presentation by Alex Skolnick, guitar virtuoso and member of the legendary thrash metal band Testament. The conference will draw presenters from nine countries on four continents.