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CBMR Digest is a publication of the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago

ISSN # 2168-3301spring 2013 | Volume 26, No. 1

Staff Notes

In February, Catalog Librarian Janet Harper attended the conference SphinxCon.org: Empowering Ideas for Diversity in the Performing Arts, held in Detroit, Michigan, and sponsored by the Sphinx Organization.

Executive Director Monica Hairston O’Connell attended the SphinxCon: Empowering Ideas for Diversity in the Performing Arts conference sponsored by the Sphinx Organization this February in Detroit. The CBMR is a founding partner and Hairston O’Connell gave a presentation titled “Artists Make Archives Make Artists: Why We Must Move from Simple Support towards Deep Collaboration.” She presented a paper titled “The Center for Black Music Research and Archival Authority” as a part of the panel “Beyond and Beneath Disciplinarity: The Research Centerʼs Cultural Forms” at the annual Cultural Studies Association meeting this May in Chicago and spoke on the Tradition of Chicago Blues Women as a part of the Black Arts Chicago: Moves and Movements Inaugural Conference of the Black Arts Initiative this May at Northwestern University.

Archivist and Digital Librarian Laurie Lee Moses participated in an invitational workshop and dinner hosted by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture and the Arts + Public Life Initiative at the University of Chicago. The 2013 artist-in-residence avery r. young presented new work at the Arts Incubator in Washington Park—participants read aloud and discussed texts from his music/poetry project, which is in development. Earlier this year, Moses joined a meetup of the Chicago UX (User Experience) Book Club in a free-wheeling discussion of Tim Brown’s book Change By Design, and usability and information access in the enterprise (mostly business, but also some arts and design organizations). Moses continues to explore new ways to present and discover cultural heritage materials online—she took an advanced mobile and web applications design course at Columbia College’s CITES training center and attended an online workshop on access to audio collections presented in the May conference of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.

Deputy Director Morris Phibbs has been appointed a continuing music panelist for the Illinois Arts Council in 2013.

This spring, Manager of Web Applications Peter Shultz taught the undergraduate Honors Seminar for the Department of Music at the University of Chicago. In April he taught a class in open-source technologies for humanities dissertation writers, funded by a Graduate Innovation Grant. He will move to Minnesota this summer but will continue to work for the CBMR.

In addition to teaching Western art music for music majors at Columbia College Chicago during the 2012–2013 academic year, Research Assistant Melanie Zeck also taught Advanced/Professional Writing for the University of Chicago’s Little Red Schoolhouse. In June she won the 2013 Francis X. Kinahan Award for excellence as a teacher of advanced undergraduate writing. She is currently finishing her dissertation, for which she has received generous funding through a Swift Endowment Scholarship, a Laura Campbell Rhind Research Fund Award, and, most recently, the Parker and Julie Hall Dissertation Scholarship. At the 2013 Society for American Music conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, Zeck presented a paper whose contents reflect the intersection of her dissertation research with her work at the CBMR. In her paper, “‘A Higher Order of Citizenship’: Early Sacred Music Recordings and the (Re)definition of America’s Ethical Value System,” she examined the promulgation of African-American spirituals to listeners of the Victor Talking Machine recordings. In May she gave a talk at the University of Chicago’s Ethnoise on the same topic, emphasizing the role of the Victor Talking Machine Company’s educational department in disseminating a variety of American musics to school children in the United States. She also gave a presentation to undergraduate music students on Florence Price and her “reconstructed” piano concerto at the University of Chicago. This summer, she returns to the classroom at the University of Chicago through the Graham School of Continuing Studies, where she will teach an introductory course in Western Art Music.

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