American Studies

Lecture: "Ragging the Classics:"

The Story of the Music in James Weldon Johnson's Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man (1912)

Fri, November 18, 2011 | Jessen Auditorium (Rainey Hall: HRH)

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

James Tatum, Aaron Lawrence Professor Emeritus of Classics at Dartmouth

The talk explores ties between race, music, and literature in the early 20th-Century and features piano music by Chopin, Dvorak, Joplin, Zizek, and others performed live. An accomplished pianist and distinguished scholar of the classical tradition, Tatum is author of The Mourner's Song: War and Remembrance from the Iliad to Vietnam (2003), and co-author with William W. Cook of African American Writers and Classical Tradition (2010).

This is the opening event in a weekend trio of events celebrating the life and work of Douglass Parker (1927-2011), Professor of Classics at UT from 1968 until his retirement in 2007. Poet, translator, playwright, trombonist, and parageographer nonpareil, Professor Parker fired the imaginations and warmed the hearts of students and colleagues for more than five decades, while playing - in every sense of the word - a leading role in the modern revival of ancient Greek and Roman comedy.




Sponsored by: Department of Classics

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