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The University of Rochester Institute for Popular Music Inaugural Lecture

Jocelyn Neal

"Ladies Love Country Boys: Gendered Narratives and the Meaning of Country Music"

Jocelyn Neal, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Co-sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies

Hawkins Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library, River Campus

James Davis

"Maryland, My Maryland: Regionalism, Patriotism, and the Song of a Divided Nation"

James Davis, SUNY Fredonia
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Co-sponsored by the American Studies Program

Hawkins Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library, River Campus

Maureen Mahon

"And the Colored Girls Go . . . African American Women Vocalists and the Sound of Race, Gender, and Authenticity in Rock and Roll"

Maureen Mahon, New York University
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Co-sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies

Gowen Room, Wilson Commons, River Campus


"Pink Floyd's Interstellar Journey to The Dark Side of the Moon"

Shaugn O'Donnell, City College, City University of New York
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hubbell Auditorium


"Stonewall, The Second Wave, and Jazz Hands: The Origins of the 1970s Adult Musical"

Elizabeth Wollman, Baruch College, City University of New York
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Gowen Room


"I Am Hip Hop: Religion and Identity Construction in the Music of Erykah Badu"

Margarita Guillory, University of Rochester
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Gowen Room


"The Beatles and Their Gear"(Beatles Celebration Lecture)

Andy Babiuk, author
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Dewey 1-101


"Instant Combustion: Fairly Sensational, Dramatic, Wonderful, Funny, Exciting! (Beatles Celebration Lecture)

Walter Everett, University of Michigan
2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 9, 2014

Lower Strong Auditorium


"I'm Looking Through You: Black Britons in the Rise of British Rock and Roll"

Lauren Onkey, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Gowen Room


"What Remains After the Song: Led Zeppelin, Inc."

Dave Headlam, Eastman School of Music
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Gowen Room 


"Hip-Hop Diplomacy: Opportunities and Challenges"

Mark Katz, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Gowen Room


"We Can’t Rewind – We've Gone Too Far: New Wave as the Inheritor of 'No Future!'"

Cevin Soling, independent filmmaker and author
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 12, 2014

1-101 Dewey Hall


"Classical Music For People Who Hate Classical Music: Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops"

Ayden Adler, New World Symphony
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Messinger Hall, 10 Gibbs St. at East Avenue

UMThe Institute for Popular Music, in partnership with the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, recorded the following keynotes at the Ann Arbor Symposium IV: Teaching and Learning Popular Music. These talks may be viewed here.

November 18-21, 2015, (Ann Arbor)

Ruth Wright (Western University), "The Long Revolution and Popular Music Education: or Can Popular Music Education Change Society?"

Lori Burns (University of Ottawa), "Popular Music Video Analysis: Genre, Discourse, and Narrative in Music, Words, and Images"

John Covach (University of Rochester/Eastman School of Music), "High Brow, Low Brow, Knot Now, Know How: Music Curricula in a Flat World"

Lauri Väkevä (Sibelius Academy), "The Politics in Teaching Popular Music: A Rancièrian View"

Jacqueline Warwick (Dalhousie University). "Child's Play: Mimicry, Nostalgia, and Child Musicians"

Davy Temperley

"Mediant Mixture in Rock Music"

Davy Temperley (Eastman School of Music)
4:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Room 305, Eastman School of Music

Co-sponsored by the Eastman Department of Music Theory

Theo Cateforis"Soft/Loud: Form and Meaning in Alternative Rock of the 1990s"

Theo Cateforis (Syracuse University)
7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 28, 2016

Messinger Hall 1, Eastman School of Music

Co-sponsored by the Eastman Department of Musicology

Mark Spicer"The Question of Tonality in Pop and Rock Songs"

Mark Spicer (Hunter College and City University of New York Graduate Center)
3:30 p.m., Friday, April 8, 2016

Messinger Hall 1, Eastman School of Music

Co-sponsored by the Eastman Department of Music Theory