The 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.
We've invited an incredible group of scholars, musicians, and writers to 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. The panels will be moderated by Barnard's own Professor Monica Miller and Professor Manu Vimalassery. Please see attached for the full program.
The event is free, ticketed, and scheduled for February 13th and 14th of 2015, on Barnard's campus in Morningside Heights. The link for registration is here: http://blues-symposium.eventbrite.com.
The Barnard College and Columbia University Blues Symposium
Event Oval, Diana Center
Feb. 13, 2015 - 3:00 AM