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Lectures in Musicology: Shana L. Redmond, UCLA

Shana L. Redmond, UCLA, presents "'I'll sing with my friends again': The Antiphonal Life of Paul Robeson." This lecture is co-sponsored by the Departments of African American & African Studies and Comparative Studies.

The present world regards death as a final state of being—"dead and gone" is what we're told. Paul Robeson (1898–1976) refused this teleology, instead recurring throughout the twentieth century in various states of matter that challenged the science and belief systems held during and after his lifetime. Shana Redmond is interested in the methods of reanimation that make possible the radical antiphony occurring between Robeson and his publics. With his music and that made of/for him as her foundation, the speaker pursues him through metamorphosis from sound to solid and back again.

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