The Center for Musical Humanities is dedicated to advancing the interests of music and the humanities across the whole of UCLA, engaging its faculty, students, and surrounding communities in a series of events that will bring together scholarship, performance, and outreach. Our inaugural event, a one-day symposium entitled Anthem: Remixing Race and Nation, will take place on May 8, 2017.
Anthem: Remixing Race and Nation
May 8, 2017, Schoenberg Music Building
Afternoon Session, 3:30pm-5:30pm
Schoenberg Music Building 1420
Panelists: Cecilia O'Leary (CSUMB History and Communication), Robert Fink (UCLA Musicology), Wade Dean (UCLA Musicology)
Afternoon Reception, 5:30pm-6:15pm
Schoenberg Music Building Courtyard
Evening Performances and Panel Discussion, 7:30pm-9:15pm
Featuring a performance of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing/The Star Spangled Banner" by Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Rene Marie
Panelists: Rene Marie, Robin Kelley (UCLA History), Shana Redmond (UCLA Musicology)
The event is free and open to the public. Pay-by-space parking is available in Lot 2, off Hilgard Avenue and Westholme Avenue.
About the event:
This symposium takes a critical view of 2016 through a controversial song that announced a cultural turn toward a Trump presidency: “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The dichotomies announced by national anthems do not end with the composition but are always reheard and further entrenched with each performance. As 2016 demonstrated around the world, anthems are also weaponized in service of identifying those who belong and those who do not. Yet resistance to the racial and national common sense of the U.S. anthem continues, in large part thanks to Black performers and celebrities who use the song as an opportunity for dissent. Our task will be to historicize this formation, discuss its ongoing presence and urgency, and imagine alternatives.
Hosted by the UCLA Center for Musical Humanities, and sponsored by the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, UCLA Department of Musicology, UCLA School of Arts and Architecture, UCLA Theater Film and Television, UCLA Department of History, UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology, Critical Race Studies Program - UCLA School of Law, UCLA African American Studies, UCLA Department of Music
About the Center for Musical Humanities
The Center for Musical Humanities is dedicated to advancing the interests of music and the humanities across the whole of UCLA, engaging its faculty, students, and surrounding communities in a series of events that will bring together scholarship, performance, and outreach.
The mission of the Center is to foster the study of music within an interdisciplinary context by bringing together scholars and students in a variety of disciplines from around the nation and world to collaborate with scholars and students at UCLA and its associated communities, and to create an effective and vibrant face for the Herb Alpert School by fostering public musical events inspired by its scholarly ventures, featuring faculty and students from across the School.
Conceived along the lines of other centers on campus—that is, dedicated to a constellation of interests shared across disciplines, and serving the needs of faculty, students, and larger community—the Center for Musical Humanities will provide support for a number of different kinds of events, including conferences, concerts informed by scholarship and other arts, or other collaborative ventures that include both scholarly and musical components. The Center is administered and funded by the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, but works closely with the Division of Humanities and other academic units on Campus; faculty on its Advisory Board are drawn from all three Arts schools, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
Alicia Gaspar de Alba (LGBT Studies, Chicana/o Studies)
Jocelyn Ho (Music)
Suk-Young Kim (Theater, Performance Studies)
Mark Kligman (Ethnomusicology, Jewish Studies, Musicology)
Ray Knapp (Musicology), Director
Efrain Kristal (Comparative Literature, Spanish & Portuguese)
Victoria Marks (WAC/D, Disability Studies)
Mitchell Morris (Musicology, LGBTQ Studies), Assistant Director
Laure Murat (French and Francophone Studies, CERS, LGBTQ Studies)
Shana Redmond (Musicology, African American Studies)
Teo Ruiz (History, Spanish & Portuguese)