The Barnard College and Columbia University Blues Symposium will be a 2-day series of panel discussions and presentations engaging with the musical origins and cultural importance of the greatest American art form: the Blues. The Symposium has been organized by a group of Barnard and Columbia students.
An incredible group of scholars, musicians, and writers will present on topics like the 12-bar blues, the collection of blues 78 rpm records, the 1969 Ann Arbor Blues Festival, and blues empress Bessie Smith. Panelists include Columbia's own Professor Farah Jasmine Griffin and Professor Bob O'Meally, Yale's Professor Daphne Brooks, as well as "Do Not Sell At Any Price" author and Pitchfork contributing writer Amanda Petrusich, and the Alan Lomax Archive's chief curator Nathan Salsburg.
For the full program, please click here. [6MB PDF file]
The event is free, but ticketed, and scheduled for February 13th and 14th of 2015, in the Event Oval of the Diana Center on Barnard's campus in Morningside Heights.
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