A CHRISTIAN DEMAND: TO CONFORM TO GOOD

Professor ANNETTE KREUTZIGER-HERR teaches musicology and cultural studies at the Hochschule fur Musik Koln [University of Music in Cologne], Germany. From her hometown in Berlin, she shared her thoughts and encounters with conformity and nonconformity in her life and work. The Sentinel's Maike Byrd had the following conversation with her via e-mail.

Let's start out with one of the most famous figures of the 20th century, Albert Einstein, who is known for his free spirit and nonconformity. Talking about himself he said, "It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed." Do you think nonconformity is a springboard to creativity and great accomplishment?

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