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Music Studies Colloquium: Shana Redmond (UCLA)

In Windows and Wood: Curating Paul Robeson’s Voice


Friday, November 17, 2017
4:30 pm
128 Morrison Hall

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ABSTRACT: Once a household name, Paul Robeson (1898-1976) is, in our current moment, either fading or gone. The victim of a comprehensive, mid-century political erasure by the U.S. federal government, his radical history and vision are streamlined, his image no longer recognizable, his songs forgotten. Yet, in spite of this effort, he recurs in less conventional ways through the poetry, exhibitions, and myth of working people throughout the African World, composing a dense sonic repertoire informed by the sciences—those that we inherit and those that we invent. In this discussion, Redmond will observe one state in which Robeson recurs—installation—and discuss how we might hear him, still and through stillness.


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