Thursday, March 20th

African-American Music in World Culture:
Art as Refuge and Strength in the Struggle for Freedom
Thursday, March 20, Conference Day 1
8:30-9:00 AM Registration
8:40-8:50 AM Opening Remarks Allison Blakely
8:50-9:00 AM Welcome to Boston University Virginia Sapiro, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Boston University
9:00-11:15 AM Session 1: “A Rock In A Weary Land” – Negro Spirituals: Folk Art to the Concert Stage
9:00- 9:45 AM Lecture/Recital-The Sound of Freedom: African American Expressions of Refuge, Strength, Struggle and Hope Emmett Price / Leonard Brown / Eric Jackson
9:45-10:05 AM Paper – African American Music in the Land of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms: The Fisk Jubilee Singers in 19th-Century Germany Kira Thurman
10:05-10:40 AM Lecture/Recital – Classically Black: Piano Compositions by Composers of African Descent Richard Alston
10:40-11:00 AM Paper – Over My Head, I Hear Music in the Air: The Strength and Song of the Slaves Genithia Hogges
11:00-11:15 AM Q&A Moderator: Lori Hicks, Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera, Claflin University
11:15 AM-12:15 PM Keynote Address-“I Woke Up This Morning…Are There Any Rights I’m Entitled To?” Bernice Johnson Reagon
12:15-1:00 PM Lunch
1:00-2:00 PM Keynote Lecture Recital Joshua Rifkin
2:00-3:35 PM Session 2: “I Got A Home In That Rock” – Ragtime, Blues, and Jazz: Musical Migrations
2:00-2:20 PM Paper – Ecos de México: Young Scott Joplin and His Secret Role Models Marcello Piras
2:20-2:40 PM Paper – Black women artists as organic intellectuals: a study of the role of blues women during the Great Migration Keivan Djavadzadeh-Amini
2:40-3:00 Paper-Great exchanges at Chez Honey: Art, Jazz, and Herbert Gentry’s Parisian Club-Gallery Rachel Tolano
3:00-3:20 Paper-Ella Fitzgerald, Berlin, 1968: The Art of Subversive Improvisation Judith Tick
3:20-3:35 PM Q&A Moderator: Victor Coelho, Professor of Music, Boston University
3:35-3:45 PM Break
3:45-5:20 PM Session 3: “O Freedom Over Me” – Negro Spirituals: A New Slavery and New Freedom
3:45-4:20 PM Lecture/Recital – “Hope for You”: New Spirituals Emerging from Modern Mass Incarceration Catherine Roma
4:20-5:05 PM Panel – Freedom is Coming: African-American Spirituals in Prison Emily Howe/
Jamie Hillman/ Andre De Quadros
5:05-5:20 PM Q&A Moderator: Dr. Charles Terrell, Af-Am Studies Alumnus (’71)
Satellite Event at 5:30 “Famous Men of the Negro Race: African-American Literature and the Problem of Reconstruction” talk by Amanda Claybaugh, Professor of English Harvard University Room CAS 200  725 Commonwealth Avenue
5:30-6:30 PM Dinner Break
7:30-9:00 PM Concert Dee Dee Bridgewater & the BU Faculty/Alumni Jazz Combo