About the Conference

The Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology and the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University are pleased to present a conference on “The Jewish Influence on American Popular Music,” a one-day event to be held at Boston University on Thursday, April 25th, 2013.  The aim of this conference is to examine and celebrate the central role that Jewish writers and composers had in shaping American popular music throughout its history.

Featured speakers will be Ben Sidran, jazz and rock pianist, singer, and author of There was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream, and Seth Rogovoy, journalist, editor, blogger, cultural critic, and author of Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet.

The conference will be held at:
Mugar Memorial Library
771 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

All presentations will take place in the Richard-Roosevelt Room on the first floor of the library.


This conference is made possible by support from the Boston University Jewish Cultural Endowment.