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REF NO.: 221

SUBJECT: Noted ethnomusicologist to speak at Memorial University

DATE: Sept. 5

Kay Kaufman Shelemay, G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music at Harvard University, will be visiting Memorial University and will deliver a lecture on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003. The lecture is titled Hearing Silent Voices: Women in the Syrian Jewish Musical Tradition and begins at 7:30 p.m. in Room MU-1032, located in the Music Building on Memorial's St. John's campus. The lecture is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Kay Kaufman Shelemay was educated at the University of Michigan (PhD, 1977). She taught at Columbia University (1977-1982), New York University (1982-1990), and Wesleyan University (1990-1992), before joining the Harvard faculty in 1992. At Harvard, she has served as chair of the Department of Music (1994-1999, acting chair, spring 2002) and is active in interdisciplinary studies across several domains, including African studies, ethnic studies, the arts, and the mind, brain, and behavior interfaculty initiative. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and past president of the Society for Ethnomusicology, she is currently chair of the board of trustees of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Dr. Shelemay's primary research areas include Ethiopian music and musical diversity in North America, with interests in musical ethnography and music and memory. Recent publications include Let Jasmine Rain Down: Song and Remembrance Among Syrian Jews (1998), and Soundscapes: Exploring Music in a Changing World (2001). She is currently editing the volume Pain and Its Transformations: The Interface of Biology and Culture (with Sarah Coakley) and is researching a book of musical ethnography in the field at home.

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