“African-American Music in World Culture: Art as Refuge
and Strength in the Struggle for Freedom”
The Boston University African American Studies Program is hosting an international scholarly conference on “African-American Music in World Culture: Art as Refuge and Strength in the Struggle for Freedom” from March 19th to 22nd, 2014 at Boston University.
Keynote Speakers for the event are Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Professor Joshua Rifkin and Mr. George Wein. The conference is in part a tribute to the musical legacy of Mr. Wein and his late wife Joyce Wein. Highlights include an evening concert by Grammy Award wining jazz vocalist, Dee Dee Bridgewater.
The conference will cover a wide range of topics including, but not limited to:
- The Negro Spiritual, blues, jazz and its international appeal
- African-American folk songs, work songs, prison songs
- Hip hop – its interdisciplinary nature and universality
- African-American music in civil rights movements
- African-American classical composers and conductors
- African-American music’s influence on literature, graphic arts and dance
- African-American music’s impact on communication media
The designation ‘African American music’ here refers to the distinctive forms that emerged from Afro-descendant people and cultures in North America, borrowing from African traditions, but inspired mainly by the Black experience in the United States. The myriad interactions of African American music with other music genres, as well as other art forms, both in the Americas and in other parts of the world are of course of vital interest for this conference.
Thanks to our BU Co-sponsors and Collaborators: BU Arts Initiative, College of Arts and Sciences, BU Center for the Humanities, College of Fine Arts, African Studies Center, African American Studies, Office of the Provost, Department of History, New England and American Studies Program, the School of Music and the College of Communication.