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UT Humanities Center Sixth Annual Distinguished Lecture Series

Wednesday, 20 September, 2017

Laurent Dubois is the first speaker of the UT Humanities Center Sixth Annual Distinguished Lecture Series.  He will present “On the Trail of the Banjo:  America’s African Instrument.”

What is the banjo?  As an iconic American instrument, it has been part of a wide range of musical traditions.  In this lecture, renowned historian Laurent Dubois traces the instrument’s origins, focusing on the earliest known descriptions from the 17th and 18th century Caribbean and North America, and offers an explanation for the banjo’s adaptability and enduring power as a creator of both sound and symbolism.

Laurent Dubois is a professor of romance studies and history and the director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University.  He is the author of six books, including A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804 (2004), which won the 2005 Frederick Douglass Prize.  His writings on music and culture have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and Slate.

There will be live music.

This event is free and open to the public.


Free and open to the public


Lindsay Young Auditorium
1015 Volunteer Blvd.
Hodges Library
Knoxville, TN 37996

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Joan Murray

Phone: 8659744222
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