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Conference Program

Click on underlined titles to view abstracts. All photos by Andrew Leach.

Thursday, February 14
   1:00–3:30 p.m. Session 1
Reassessing the Black Music Diaspora: What Is It, Why Is It Important, and How Should It Be Understood?
Ingrid Monson (Harvard University), moderator

Samuel A. Floyd Jr., (Founder and Executive Director Emeritus, CBMR), Of Music, Sailing Ships, and Diasporal Ports of Call
Peter Wade (University of Manchester, Manchester, England), African Diaspora and Colombian Popular Music in the Twentieth Century

   3:45–5:15 p.m. Session 2
Implications of the Mission of the MayDay Group for Facing the Nexus between Research and Teaching in Higher Education
Teresa Reed (University of Tulsa), moderator

8:00 p.m. Performance
Sones de México Ensemble Chicago (ticketed event)

Friday, February 15
   8:30–10:00 a.m. Session 3
Music Performance: Ensembles, Selected Repertoire, Research Materials, and Methodology
Horace Maxile (Center for Black Music Research), moderator

John Gordon Ross (Western Piedmont Symphony, Hickory, NC), Music for All Seasons: Building Inclusive Concert Programs

   10:15–11:45 a.m. Session 4
Music in the Black Diaspora of the Northern United States: Theory and Practice
Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr. (University of Pennsylvania), moderator

Jayna Jennifer Brown (University of California, Riverside), "Ancestry in Progress": Cyberspace, Transdiaspora, and Global Pop Music
Gayle Wald (The George Washington University), Up North: Placing Gospel Music

   1:15–2:45 p.m. Session 5
From Talking Drums and “Heebie Jeebies” to Rap and the Art Song: Phonological and Poetic Aspects of Black Music
Johann S. Buis (Wheaton College, Illinois), moderator


Elaine Richardson (The Ohio State University), The Selecta as Agent of Diaspora Literacy

   3:00–5:00 p.m. Session 6
The Spoken Word in Black Music Cultures: From Griots to MCs
A Multi-Media lecture-performance
Stephanie Shonekan (Columbia College Chicago), host and lecturer



Mr. Greenweedz, hip hop artist
C. Sharp, comedian
LaTonea Miller, poet
De'Mar Singleton, krump dancer

6:30–7:30 p.m. Reception—complimentary for all conference registrants

7:30–9:30 p.m. Keynote Banquet (ticketed event)
William F. Ferris, keynote speaker

Saturday, February 16
   9:00–10:30 a.m. Session 7
Music in the Black Diaspora of the Southern United States: Theory and Practice
Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje (University of California, Los Angeles), moderator

John Szwed (Yale University), The Origins of Jazz

   10:45am–12:00 p.m. Session 8
Music in the Black Diaspora of the Mediterranean
RoseAnna Mueller (Columbia College Chicago), moderator

Gianfranco Salvatore (Università del Salento, Lecce, Italy)
Stefano Zenni (Socíeta Italíana di Musícología Afroamerícana, Prato, Italy), Black Music Elements in Renaissance and Early Baroque Music: A Preliminary Overview

   1:45–3:15 p.m. Session 9
Facing Race: Bridging the Racial Divide
Stephanie Shonekan (Columbia College Chicago), moderator

Denis-Constant Martin (Centre d'études et de recherches internationals, Paris), Can Jazz be Rid of the Racial Imagination? Creolization, Racial Discourses, and Semiology of Music
Ronald Radano (University of Wisconsin, Madison), On Ownership and Value
Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr. (University of Pennsylvania), Can the Object Speak?

   3:30–5:00 p.m. Session 10
Black Music in the Circum-Caribbean Diaspora: Theory and Practice
Ernest D. Brown Jr. (Williams College), moderator

Gage Averill (University of Toronto) Tracing Africa: Social Memory and Performance in Haiti

7:30 p.m. Performance (ticketed event)
Sweet Thunder: The Billy Strayhorn Story
A musical revue
Bobbi Wilsyn, vocalist
Maggie Brown, vocalist
Andrew Schultze, vocalist
Martez Rucker, vocalist
Members of the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble

Sunday, February 17
   8:30–10:00 a.m. Session 11
The CBMR’s Expanded Mission to Include “The Americas”
Dominique Cyrille (Lehman College–CUNY), moderator

Ernest Brown (Williams College), paper to be announced
Barbara Browning (Tisch School of the Arts, New York University), "O Herói": The Ambivalent Heroism of the Circulation of Black Musics in the Americas

   10:15–11:45 a.m. Session 12
New Orleans Collections—The Lost and Saved: Implications for Future Research and Scholarship
Howard Reich (Chicago Tribune), moderator

Connie Atkinson (University of New Orleans), "Brother John is Gone": The Lost Musical Artifacts of New Orleans
Florence Borders (Amistad Research Center, Tulane University), The Past as Prologue: The Future as Challenge

12:30 p.m. Gospel Brunch, Chicago House of Blues