Music & the Viet Nam War

Music & the Viet Nam War Presented by Erin R. McCoy. This program gives an overview of different genres of music of the war, with lyrics displayed while songs play. “Top 40” hits are interspersed with “deep cuts” from the Viet Nam War era, and the discussion includes global cultural, social, and historical contexts for … Read more

Water as Vehicle and Healing in Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust

Water as Vehicle and Healing in Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust Presented by Len Lawson. The 1991 film Daughters of the Dust was the first to portray the Gullah culture on film to a national audience from St. Helena Island in South Carolina. Water in the film takes on the symbol of flight, migration, and separation … Read more

Arts Entrepreneurship

Arts Entrepreneurship Presented by Eric J. Lapin. How should we best be preparing students for sustainable lives in the arts?  This talk will look at the historical role of the arts, current education models, and the skills needed for the current marketplace. Click here for the Speakers Bureau Application.

Music and Politics

Music and Politics Presented by Eric J. Lapin. An in-depth look at the relationship between political structures and musical movements.  Depending upon the interests of the group, this talk can include Beethoven’s Musical Treatment from Napoleon to Hitler, Baroque Music and Absolutism, Mozart and the Enlightenment, Jim Crow and Jazz, or many others. Click here … Read more

Classical Music History (including any specific artists or individual composers)

Classical Music History (including any specific artists or individual composers) Presented by Eric J. Lapin. Can include specific descriptions of different eras, major works, and/or individual composers.  Any talk will feature in-depth historical context and stories about major composers of the time period. Click here for the Speakers Bureau Application.

Jazz History (including any sub-genres or individual artists)

Jazz History (including any sub-genres or individual artists) Presented by Eric J. Lapin. A discussion of jazz history from its inception in New Orleans through the modern day.  This talk can easily be tailored to fit the interests of the particular group and can include any combination of eras/styles, a broad overview, a focus on … Read more

Skilled Hands and Thinking Minds: Craft and the Humanities

Skilled Hands and Thinking Minds: Craft and the Humanities Presented by Christopher Johnson. Our society tends to divide work into neat categories. There is, for example, the work of the mind, and the work of hands. Universities are thought to prepare students for the former, technical colleges for the latter. This talk will explore the … Read more

Women Taking Charge: The Rise of the Novel and Resistant Reading

Women Taking Charge: The Rise of the Novel and Resistant Reading Presented by Christopher Johnson. One of the most interesting dynamics of eighteenth-century literature is the emergence of women writers. This talk will examine how early women novelists took the stories they inherited from male authors and retold them in ways that were quietly subversive. … Read more

The Holocaust Through Film

The Holocaust Through Film Presented by Lucy Beam Hoffman. Film is a major component of society’s understanding of history. How have films about the Holocaust changed over time, and how have these films changed our understanding of the Holocaust? Films such as The Diary of Anne Frank in 1959 hardly touched on the Jewish catastrophe and, in … Read more