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Daniel Beaumont

Assoc. Professor
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

Department of Religion And Classics

Areas of expertise: Arabic languages and literature, history of the blues, the music of delta bluesman Son House

Press contact:
Valerie Alhart

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In the News

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Geva taking Son Houses heroic life to the stage
January 03, 2015

All About Jazz
Daniel Beaumont: Preachin' the Blues - The Life and Times of Son House
August 27, 2011

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Son House blues
July 23, 2011

Clarion Ledger
Books Q&A: Daniel Beaumont
July 03, 2011

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News Releases

'Hot Blues for the Homeless' Benefit Concert: A Tribute to Son House
June 02, 2008

Course and Show Spotlight "The Devil's Music"
July 07, 2003

Professor Beaumont grew up in the Pacific Northwest. After working in Libya in 1981-82, he began study of Arabic. In 1991, obtained a Ph.D. from Princeton in Arabic literature, and came to Rochester the next year. In 2002, Slave of Desire, his study of the Arabian Nights, appeared. Since 2001 he has also taught a course on the blues. In recent years he has published articles on Arabic literature, contemporary American and European literature, and the blues. He has also made several video documentaries, among them, So Much Truth about bluesman Joe Beard, and "Room Tone," a critique of contemporary life. He is also the author of PREACHIN’ THE BLUES: The Life and Times of Son House (Oxford Press 2011).