Sunday, January 1, 2012

PAST: SYMPOSIUM: The Humanities Council of Washington, DC hosts a Symposium this SAT, Oct 27th at the Shaw Library as part of their "World House Series" inspired by MLK, Jr. on the theme of "Voices of Change, Sounds of Freedom" 10:00am - 2:15pm All ages, Free, RSVP requested

The Humanities Council of Washington, DC hosts a Symposium this Saturday at the Shaw Library as part of their "World House Series" inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Saturday, October 27th
10:00am - 2:15pm
All ages, Free
RSVP requested

The Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. presents its biennial World House International Symposium.The theme of the 2012 Symposium is, Voices of Change, Sounds of Freedom.The symposium will examine the ways in which music expresses cultural identity, is used as a tool for diplomacy, and has the ability to promote culture and freedom by bringing people together through a universal musical DNA.Musical genres: Calypso, Classical, Jazz and D.C.’s native sound Go-Go will be explored.

The Symposium will focus on the following themes:
  • Music as a tool of diplomacy and social change 
  • Music’s power to bridge generations and people together through its universal appeal. 
  • Music and artists, intentionally or unintentionally, aiding in raising the consciousness of a people around various societal ills. 
  • Exploration of how music shapes cultural and ethnic group identity and pride. 
The World House Symposium is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a "World House" in which all nations and peoples put aside difference and work toward a common good, which can be found in his last book Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? In this chapter, Dr. King espouses how individuals with different cultural and religious backgrounds, interest, and ideals must live with each other in peace.

World House Symposium Agenda

Welcome from Micheal L.Chambers, II of the Humanities Council & Film Screening
10:00am - 11:00am
Film Screening Marian Anderson: Voice of Conscience
Welcome Speaker - Michael L. Chambers, II, Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.

World House Keynote Address
The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial and the Concert that Awakened America 
11:00am - 11:50am
Keynote by Ray Arsenault, Ph.D., American Historian and Author, University of South Florida

Lunch Plenary 
All That Jazz: Melodious Diplomacy
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Panelists: Kevin Strait, Ph.D., Panel Chair & Project Historian, National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Smithsonian Institution Joshua Sternfeld, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities Michelle G. Los Banos-Jardina, Cultural Programs Deputy Division Chief, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Panel Presentation
Chocolate City Sounds: The Politics of Go-Go, Calypso, Funk and Hip-Hop 
1:15pm - 2:15pm
From New Orleans to the Bronx, Port of Spain to Washington, D.C., black music genres express the political structures that gave birth to them. Panelists:

  • Natalie Hopkinson, Ph.D., Panel Chair & Author of Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City 
  • David Boothman, Celebrated Artist/Musician and Educator. Founder CAJE, Caribbean Art Jazz Ensemble and Caribbean Arts Central
  • DJ Soul Sister, A self-proclaimed "DJ Artist" and known worldwide as the "Queen of Rare Groove" has hosted "Soul Power" and "Right on Party Situations" for WWOZ-FM, New Orleans for nearly two decades. 
  • William E. Smith, Ph.D., Jazz Musician and Hip-Hop Ethnographer.

Watha T. Daniel - Shaw Library 
Watha T. Daniel - Shaw Library
1630 7th St, NW
 at 7th & Rhode Island Ave, NW
Metro: Shaw, directly above the metro exit!

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