Institute for Popular Music
Announcing the Institute for Popular Music and the Inaugural Lecture and Series
The University of Rochester is pleased to announce the founding of the Institute for Popular Music. Under the direction of John Covach, the UR IPM has enlisted the expertise of the top scholars in the field of popular music studies from North America and the United Kingdom, as well as from the UR campus, to develop a series of initiatives that will support the best work in popular music research. The UR IPM will enrich not only the intellectual and musical environment at Rochester, but will also strive to enrich the many academic fields that popular music touches.
To celebrate the founding of the Institute for Popular Music, the UR IPM is pleased to announce that Jocelyn Neal will deliver the Inaugural Lecture, entitled "Ladies Love Country Boys: Gendered Narratives and the Meaning of Country Music." Jocelyn Neal is Associate Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Director of the UNC Center for the Study of the American South. Professor Neal received her Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music.
The lecture will take place at 7 pm on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, in the Hawkins Carlson Room of the Rush Rhees Library on the River Campus. A reception will follow. This event is co-sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies. Mark your calendars now for what will prove to be a stimulating and exciting event.
The Institute's lecture series will continue on Wednesday, February 13, with a talk by James Davis (SUNY Fredonia) entitled "Maryland, My Maryland: Regionalism, Patriotism, and the Song of a Divided Nation." The lecture will begin at 7 pm in the Hawkins Carlson Room. This presentation will include live performances of the music discussed and is co-sponsored by the Program in American Studies. A reception will follow.
On Wednesday, April 3, at 7 pm, Maureen Mahon (New York University) will deliver a talk entitled "And the Colored Girls Go . . . African American Women Vocalists and the Sound of Race, Gender, and Authenticity in Rock and Roll." This event is co-sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies. The lecture will begin at 7 pm in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons on the River Campus. A reception will follow.
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