Saturday, October 27th
10:00am - 2:15pm
All ages, Free
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.
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
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
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.
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