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Scholar to deliver lecture on "Music, Power, and Social Justice in Haiti"

Loyola press release - February 13, 2008

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Fine Arts proudly presents ethnomusicologist and percussionist Gage Averill in a lecture entitled "Music, Power, and Social Justice in Haiti" as part of the Loyola University First-Year Experience program and the 2007-2008 Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series. The lecture, which will outline the relationship of music to power in Haiti, takes place on Thursday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Nunemaker Auditorium located in Monroe Hall, on Loyola's main campus. The event is open to the public, and free parking will be available on campus.

Gage Averill is an ethnomusicologist specializing in the popular music of the Caribbean. Formerly a professor of history and culture at the University of Toronto, he has also served as chair of the Music Department at NYU. Averill is currently the Academic vice-principal and dean of the University of Toronto, Mississauga.

Averill has consulted for the Ford Foundation, the Smithsonian Festival of American Folk Life, the National Endowment for the Arts (U.S.), and for various films, festivals, archives, media programs, and copyright law cases. A percussionist and free reed player, he has performed with steel bands, Afro-Cuban ensembles, Afro-pop ensembles, and Irish ensembles. His research interests include the relationship of music to power, the cultural geography of music (including globalization), and issues of emotion, memory, and nostalgia in music.

The First-Year Experience Committee is an initiative of the Loyola University Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) charged with designing and implementing the common reading program across colleges.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at (504) 861-5888 or publaff@loyno.edu