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.

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The Center's inaugural event, a one-day symposium entitled Anthem: Remixing Race and Nation, took 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

"Race and the Cultural Politics of Nationalism in the 19th Century", Cecilia O'Leary (CSUMB History and Communication)

“’I, Too, Sing America’: Jimi Hendrix's Anthems”, Robert Fink (UCLA Musicology)

“Marvin Gaye: Groovin' Defiance, Black Subjectivity and 1980's Socio-Political Culture”, Wade Dean (UCLA Musicology)

“Sports and Activism in a Social Media World: What is the role of media in covering the likes of Colin Kaepernick and protest in 2017?”, Jason Jones (Sacramento Bee)

Afternoon Reception, 5:30pm-6:15pm

Schoenberg Music Building Courtyard

Evening Performances and Panel Discussion, 7:30pm-9:15pm

Schoenberg Hall

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 DG Kelley (UCLA History), Shana L. Redmond (UCLA Musicology), Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

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.

Director: Raymond Knapp (Musicology)

Program Director: Holley Replogle-Wong (Musicology)

Advisory Board

Alicia Gaspar de Alba (LGBT Studies, Chicana/o Studies)

Jocelyn Ho (Music)

Suk-Young Kim (Theater, Performance Studies)

Mark Kligman (Ethnomusicology, Jewish Studies, Musicology)

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)

Teofilo Ruiz (History, Spanish & Portuguese)