Dancing the African Diaspora: Cynthia Oliver & Thomas DeFrantz

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Event Date: 
December 10, 2020 - 4:00pm
Venue: 
Online event - Spurlock Museum
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The Spurlock Museum’s Contemporary Conversations series instigates conversations around contemporary cultural issues, themes, and ideas. In connection with our temporary exhibit, "Blues Dancing and Its African American Roots," we have convened a conversation with the professional dancers, choreographers, and educators, Dr. Thomas F. DeFrantz and Dr. Cynthia Oliver.

This Zoom event will also be available using FB Live.

Bios about the participants:
Cynthia Oliver is a prolific and award-winning dancemaker from St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Her work joins textures from the Caribbean, Africa, and the United States. Oliver has toured the globe as a featured dancer, with the contemporary companies David Gordon Pick Up Co., Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, Bebe Miller Company, and Tere O'Connor Dance. She has appeared as an actor in works by Laurie Carlos, Greg Tate, Ione, Ntozake Shange, and Deke Weaver. She earned her doctorate in Performance Studies from New York University, is widely published, and has won numerous awards, including a New York Dance and Performance (BESSIE) Award, for her choreography. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she is a professor in the dance department, affiliate in African American and Gender & Women’s Studies, University Scholar, and recent Center for Advanced Study inductee. She currently serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation in the Humanities, Arts, and Related Fields. Her most recent evening-length performance work, “Virago-Man Dem,” premiered at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival in New York, toured the country, and closed here at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in the fall of 2018.

Thomas F. DeFrantz is Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies and the Program in Dance. DeFrantz is also core graduate faculty in Computational Media, Arts, and Culture at Duke University. DeFrantz’s expertise is in Black expressive cultures and their impacts on everyday life.DeFrantz studied music composition and computer science as an undergraduate. Currently, DeFrantz directs SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology, a research group that explores emerging technology in live performance. The group deploys bespoke live-processing systems in performance, crafting interfaces that translate movements into light and sound to underscore the creative concerns at hand. DeFrantz taught for the Mobile MFA in Dance at the University of Arts, Lion’s Jaw Festival, Movement Research MELT, ImPulsTanz, and the New Waves Institute. DeFrantz also held faculty positions at Hampshire College, Stanford University, Yale University, MIT, NYU, and the University of Nice. In 2017, DeFrantz received the Outstanding Research in Dance award from the Dance Studies Association. DeFrantz is a consultant for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, contributing concept and voice-over for the permanent installation on Black Social Dance, which opened with the museum in 2016. In 2013, working with Takiyah Nur Amin, DeFrantz founded the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD), a growing consortium of 300 researchers committed to exploring, promoting, and engaging African diaspora dance as a resource and method of aesthetic identity.

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Amasong - Songs of the Winter Season

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Event Date: 
December 12, 2020 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Virtual, online concert
Description: 

Included in this semester’s concert are songs of warmth and love through the winter sung in many languages: Hebrew, Spanish, Japanese, English, Georgian.

Admission: 
Admission is free, donations accepted.
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“BTS and ARMY: A Case Study of Transcultural Fan Activism and Accountability”

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Event Date: 
December 10, 2020 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Venue: 
Online event - Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
Description: 

Global Korea/CEAPS Speaker - Candace Epps-Robertson

The global success and recognition of BTS, a seven-member South Korean music group, demonstrates that their artistry and message has captured the attention of millions. In addition to providing music and entertainment, BTS inspires their global fandom, ARMY, to engage in a myriad of actions connected to social issues. The combination of how BTS expresses this call to social action, and how the fan community receives and responds to this call, provides a rich case study of fan-based activism. While BTS and their fandom are pushing against and connecting across borders that often seem impermeable, this work does not happen with ease. In this presentation, Dr. Epps-Robertson will discuss the complexities of transcultural fan activism that involves both public-facing projects and teaching within the ARMY community about social issues.

Dr. Candace Epps-Robertson is an assistant professor of English and Director of the Writing in the Disciplines Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she holds the Jonathan M. Hess Term Professorship. Her primary research investigates the ways in which communities teach, practice, and understand what it means to be a citizen at both local and global levels. Her first book, Resisting Brown: Race, Rhetoric, and Citizenship in the Heart of Virginia (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018) examined a literacy program designed to promote citizenship skills created during the American civil rights movement. Currently, she is working on several projects connected to BTS and their fandom ARMY that examine the complexity of transcultural social justice efforts, community and accountability, and global citizenship education.

This event is part of our 2020 Global Korea series on the globalization and impact of South Korean popular culture.

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Global Korea - An Evening with Tiger JK

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Event Date: 
November 17, 2020 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
online discussion
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Tiger JK; Rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur

In the age of social distancing, music continues to prove its vital role in connecting people, cultures, and histories. We invite you to join us in an exciting conversation with Tiger JK. In 1999, Drunken Tiger—a duo consisting of Tiger JK and DJ Shine—debuted in South Korea with their album, Year of the Tiger. In 2005, DJ Shine left the group and Tiger JK would continue alone as Drunken Tiger until 2018. Creating ten full-length albums under the name Drunken Tiger, Tiger JK has led a trailblazing career as one of the most influential and important figures in Korean popular music. Often credited as the “Godfather of Korean hip hop,” he continues to expand and transcend artistic horizons not only with his solo work but also as a member of MFBTY (a trio with Yoon Mirae and Bizzy). In an engaging discussion moderated by Professor Myoung-Sun Song (East Asian Languages and Cultures), Tiger JK will share his experiences and thoughts on various themes including the travel of hip hop from America to Korea, hip hop as a global culture and art form, the transnational power of Korean popular culture, and many more.

Tiger JK (Birth name: Seo Jung-Kwon) is a South Korean-American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur best known as a founding member of the Korean hip hop group Drunken Tiger. He has also founded two record labels, Jungle Entertainment and Feel Ghood Music. He is currently a member of hip hop trio MFBTY. He is considered a highly influential figure in the development of Korean hip-hop and is credited with helping bring the genre into the Korean mainstream. The Los Angeles Times referred to him in 2011 as "perhaps the most popular Korean rapper in America, Asia, and the world."

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Webinar Registration Available at CEAPS Event Page
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“BTS and ARMY: A Case Study of Transcultural Fan Activism and Accountability”

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Event Date: 
November 5, 2020 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Venue: 
online seminar
Description: 

CEAPS Speaker: Candace Epps-Robertson (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

“BTS and ARMY: A Case Study of Transcultural Fan Activism and Accountability”

The global success and recognition of BTS, a seven-member South Korean music group, demonstrates that their artistry and message has captured the attention of millions. In addition to providing music and entertainment, BTS inspires their global fandom, ARMY, to engage in a myriad of actions connected to social issues. The combination of how BTS expresses this call to social action, and how the fan community receives and responds to this call, provides a rich case study of fan based activism. While BTS and their fandom are pushing against and connecting across borders that often seem impermeable, this work does not happen with ease. In this presentation, Dr. Epps-Robertson will discuss the complexities of transcultural fan activism that involves both public-facing projects and teaching within the ARMY community about social issues.

Dr. Candace Epps-Robertson is an assistant professor of English and Director of the Writing in the Disciplines Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she holds the Jonathan M. Hess Term Professorship. Her primary research investigates the ways in which communities teach, practice, and understand what it means to be a citizen at both local and global levels. Her first book, Resisting Brown: Race, Rhetoric, and Citizenship in the Heart of Virginia (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018) examined a literacy program designed to promote citizenship skills created during the American civil rights movement. Currently, she is working on several projects connected to BTS and their fandom ARMY that examine the complexity of transcultural social justice efforts, community and accountability, and global citizenship education.

Admission: 
Webinar Registration Available at CEAPS Event Page
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Word is Seed: A Celebration of International Voices through Poetry and Languages

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Event Date: 
October 29, 2020 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
online event
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Center for African Studies and Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies presents:

Word is Seed: A Celebration of International Voices through Poetry and Languages

Dissident Rhythms - Poetry Against Injustice

https://afrst.illinois.edu/future-events

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CWM at C-U Folk and Roots Festival 2020

Robert E. Brown Center for World Music programming returns with a video premiere at the C-U Folk and Roots Festival, scheduled for Friday, October 23, 2020 at 7pm. (subject to change)

The program highlights unique instruments of the world presented by four international artists based in Urbana-Champaign. Denis Chiaramonte, Jean-René Balekita, I Ketut Gede Asnawa, and Joy Yang introduce themselves and instruments they play, which are then featured in a final work realized by Jason Finkelman, program coordinator for the center.

Nick Rudd Music Fund

The School of Music at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce a new gift fund in honor of the memory of Nick Rudd that advances programming of the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music. A beloved figure of Champaign-Urbana’s music community, guitarist Nick Rudd’s joy of improvised music, the jazz avant-garde, progressive rock, and music traditions of the world will be celebrated in annual concerts billed “Nick Rudd Music Experience.”

Musicology Colloquium: Philip Ewell

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Event Date: 
November 16, 2020 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
online event
Address: 
contact Prof. Michael Silvers: msilvers [at] illinois.edu
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Musicology Colloquium: Philip Ewell

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Musicology Colloquium: David Irving

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Event Date: 
October 19, 2020 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
online event
Address: 
contact Prof. Michael Silvers: msilvers [at] illinois.edu
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Music and Indigenous American Rights in the 16th Century:
New Perspectives on the Campaigns of Bartolomé de las Casas

David R. M. Irving
ICREA & Institució Milà i Fontanals de Recerca en Humanitats (CSIC)

The atrocities committed in the Spanish invasion of the Americas and the staggering loss of Indigenous American lives in the sixteenth century triggered a decades-long campaign for Indigenous rights by the Dominican friar Bartolomé de las Casas (1484–1566). In his vast written output and in speeches to multiple courts, he argued for the dignity and rationality of Indigenous cultures, based on over thirty years’ experience of living in the Americas. He asserted that war against Indigenous peoples and the use of force in evangelization were illegal and sinful, thus directly challenging the political, economic, moral, and theological bases of Spanish colonialism. His campaigns resulted in some reforms, and in 1542 the Spanish crown outlawed all enslavement of Indigenous Americans. Although these laws were not extended to enslaved Africans, Las Casas’ views underwent a profound transformation over the course of his life, and he ultimately argued for equal freedoms for Indigenous Americans and Africans alike.

The place of music in Las Casas’ voluminous writings has been largely overlooked by musicologists and ethnomusicologists. While some scholars have cited several of Las Casas’ observations on Indigenous performing arts, there remain many other musical references that appear in fleeting and abstract ways throughout his historical, philosophical, and comparative-ethnographic oeuvre. This colloquium aims to bring new musicological attention to Las Casas and interrogate how he used music in his legal, theological, and philosophical arguments for the common humanity and rationality of Indigenous Americans, as part of the earliest debates about global human rights.

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free event
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