San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
World House Symposium Agenda
|Time||Title & Description||Speakers|
|10:00 - 11:00 AM||
Marian Anderson: Voice of Conscience
Michael L. Chambers, II, Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.
|11:00 - 11:50 AM||
World House Keynote Address: The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, the Lincoln Memorial and the Concert that Awakened America
Ray Arsenault, Ph.D., American Historian and Author, University of South Florida
|12:00 - 1:00 pm||
All That Jazz: Melodious Diplomacy
Kevin Strait, Ph.D., Panel Chair & Project Historian, National Museum of African American History and Culture, The Smithsonian Institution
Joshua Sternfeld, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities
Michelle G. Los Banos-Jardina, Cultural Programs Deputy Division Chief, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
1:15 - 2:15 pm
Chocolate City Sounds: The Politics of Go-Go, Calypso, Funk and Hip-Hop
From New Orleans to the Bronx, Port of Spain to Washington, D.C., black music genres express the political structures that gave birth to them.
Natalie Hopkinson, Ph.D., Panel Chair & Author of Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City
David Boothman, Celebrated Artist/Musician and Educator. Founder CAJE, Caribbean Art Jazz Ensemble and Caribbean Arts Central
DJ Soul Sister, A self-proclaimed "DJ Artist" and known worldwide as the "Queen of Rare Groove" has hosted "Soul Power" and "Right on Party Situations" for WWOZ-FM, New Orleans for nearly two decades.
William E. Smith,Ph.D., Jazz Musician and Hip-Hop Ethnographer.
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm Closing Reception and Calypso Performance
The 2012 Symposium will be a convening of organizations, institutions, scholars, practitioners, experts and musicians. Each will articulate and offer in-depth exploration of the ways that music has captured and expressed the history and culture of a people. The Symposium will focus on the following themes:
- Music as a tool of diplomacy
- Music’s power to bridge generations and people together through its universal appeal.
- Music and Artists, intentionally or unintentionally, aiding in raising the consciousness of a people around various societal ills. Music as a social Change Agent, Songs that inspires social change.
- And lastly, how music shapes cultural and ethnic group identity and pride.
The Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. presents its biennial World House International Symposium.The theme of the 2012 Symposium is, Voices of Change, Sounds of Freedom.The symposium will examine the ways in which music expresses cultural identity, is used as a tool for diplomacy, and has the ability to promote culture and freedom by bringing people together through a universal musical DNA.Musical genres: Calypso, Classical, Jazz and D.C.’s native sound Go-Go will be explored.
The World House Symposium was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final chapter, “World House” from his last book Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?In this chapter, Dr. King espouses how individuals with different cultural and religious backgrounds, interest, and ideals must live with each other in peace.
As such the council hopes to engage Washingtonians with the global community around issues that are important on both a local and an international scale. Each session is designed to help us understand what is being done to actualize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s vision of a "World House" in which all nations and peoples put aside difference and work toward a common good.
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Humanities Council of Washington, DC
The Humanities Council of Washington, DC (HCWDC) is a non-profit organization that provides grant support for community projects that enrich the lives of DC residents through the humanities disciplines. Additionally, HCWDC produces humanities programs, such as Soul of the City andLive to Read, with support from area non-profits, the NEH, and the DC government. The organization was founded in1980 as a private affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and is one of 56 similar institutionslocated in each U.S. state and territory.
HCWDC is governed by a 25 person board of directors, 5 of whom are appointed by the mayor. Working in conjunction with the Council’s small staff, these community leaders are dedicated to creating an environment, in all DC wards and neighborhoods, where residents can participate in open conversations about the humanities and how they reflect contemporary issues and challenges.
Though the HCWDC receives funding from the NEH, it relies heavily on generous support from donorspassionate about promoting the instructive and enriching influence of the humanities in the District of Columbia.