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Betty Ch'maj Distinguished American Studies Lecture

Emily Lordi, an Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Monday, April 1, 2019
4:00-5:30 PM
100 Hatcher Graduate Library Map
The Department of American Culture has invited Emily Lordi, an Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, to give the inaugural Betty Ch’maj Distinguished American Studies Lecture, an annual event established to honor the legacy of Ch’maj, the first Ph.D. of the American Culture program at the University of Michigan. Professor Lordi’s public talk will take place on Monday, April 1, 4-5:30 at Room 100 at the Hatcher Library Gallery. Her talk will draw from her forthcoming monograph Keeping On: Soul, Black Music, Resilience.

Professor Lordi is the author of Black Resonance: Iconic Women Singers and African American Literature (2013), and Donny Hathaway Live (2016), part of the famed 33 1/3 popular music book series published by Bloomsbury. Professor Lordi has published in prominent journals such as the Journal of Popular Music Studies, New Centennial Review, and Palimpsest, as well as edited volumes like The Cambridge Companion to the American Modernist Novel, and the forthcoming Keywords in African American Studies. In addition to scholarly publication, Professor Lordi has been a regular contributor to prestigious venues like The New Yorker, The Atlantic, NPR, The Root, The Fader, and the Los Angeles Review of Books as a cultural critic. She received a B.A. at Vassar College in 2001, and her Ph.D. at Columbia University in 2009.

About the Betty Ch’maj Lecture: With generous support from the Ch’maj family, the Annual Betty Ch’maj Distinguished American Studies Lecture Series was established to honor the legacy of Betty Ch’maj. Ch'maj, who was awarded the very first Ph.D. in American Culture in 1961 at Michigan, continued her career researching American literature and music, founding the Radical Caucus of ASA, and working to challenge systematic gender discrimination in American Studies programs.
Building: Hatcher Graduate Library
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: African American, Culture, Discussion, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Free, History, Interdisciplinary, MESA, Multicultural, Music, Women's Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Department of American Culture