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CKLN Network Launch Celebrated With Multi-Site Music

Feb 27, 2013, by Todd Sedmak
Tags: Audio Video Communications Infrastructure, Events, imported, International, Video Services, Workshops & Webinars

During the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network (CKLN) launch celebration February 26, Internet2, CKLN, Northern Illinois University (NIU),and UK's Janet offices, hosted a multi-site, steel pan music master class. Students performed an original steel pan piece at the University of Trinidad and Tobago by Trinidadian Liam Teague, now a faculty member at NIU, who then critiqued from the DeKalb, Illinois campus. The networks used for the demonstration were Internet2, GEANT, C@ribNET and Janet.

"What excites me most about the demonstration is not only the launch of the network, but also the ongoing implications of this master class," says Ann Doyle, interim director of global programs, Internet2. "We have created a three-country collaboration that will continue beyond today's celebration."

Cambridge University Steel Pan Society Professor Debra Romain participated from Janet's headquarters in Oxfordshire, UK. Romain was impressed and emboldened by the possibility of research and education networks bringing cultural roots to students who are second and third generation Trinidadians. After the demonstration, Romain committed to use the technology for future classes.

Colleen Wint-Smith, communications and international relations manager, CKLN, was pleased with the success of the master class, especially by the ability of the arranger and pannists to interact as they interpreted the music. "Everyone really appreciated Liam Teague's talent and expertise, and the constructive critique of his own composition and the establishment of such a positive exchange between NIU and UTT," said Wint-Smith.

Also in attendance was Internet2's CEO David Lambert, who participated in a Futures panel, along with leaders of national research and education networks from Latin America and Europe. The panel was hosted by CKLN CEO Ken Sylvester.