Jennie Gubner, PhD

Assistant Professor of Music, the University of Arizona
Chair, Applied Intercultural Arts Research Graduate Interdisciplinary Program
Portrait of Jennie Gubner

WONDER HOUSE @ SXSW 2022 Project & Talk:

Awe Walk With Us
Friday, March 11, various times
Stay tuned for details

Creative Encounters in Awe Walking
Saturday, March 12, 12 p.m.
Surround Stage


Awe Walk With Us
Take a moment during the hustle of SXSW to creatively explore and document the awe-inspiring heart of Austin. Recent neuroscience research shows the health benefits of going on short walks while looking for things that inspire and awe. Awe walks are affordable, accessible, and uplifting, and have been shown to reduce stress and promote emotions like empathy and compassion. Join Jennie and Sydney from the UArizona Applied Intercultural Arts Research Program who will teach you how to use creative prompts to enhance awe walking as they send you out to help them document awe in Austin. Stay tuned for details.


Creative Encounters in Awe Walking

Join us for an interactive deep dive into the awe walk mapping project. Recent research shows that going on walks looking for things that inspire childlike wonder can promote wellness and decrease stress. Learn about it, and how creative prompts, documentation, and sharing platforms can help you develop an awe-walking practice to promote healthy aging across the lifespan. If you came on a Friday awe walk with us, you just might find your photos here!



Dr. Jennie Gubner is a socially engaged ethnomusicologist, visual ethnographer, and violinist. She holds a PhD in ethnomusicology from UCLA and works at the University of Arizona as Chair of a Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Applied Intercultural Arts Research and Assistant Professor of Music.

Her research interests include Latin American popular music with a focus on intergenerational tango music scenes in Buenos Aires, creative and applied approaches to the study of music and dementia and aging, ethnomusicological filmmaking, public and multimodal approaches to ethnography, and the use of the arts and arts-based research methods to promote intercultural community health and wellness. In 2019, she became an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute in San Francisco.

Her current research projects involve building and documenting a house-calls musical serenade program for LatinX older adults in Tucson, and designing an interactive digital map to promote creative encounters in awe walking. As a violinist she loves playing folk and popular music styles from North and South America.