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Public Dissonance: A Lecture Series on Gender and Sexuality in Music

Barbra Streisand Professor of Contemporary Gender Studies, Chair of Gender Studies, and Director of the Center for Feminist Research, Alice Echols (University of Southern California) will discuss how disco’s explosive rise to the mainstream created powerful "counter publics" in the political discourse of the 1970s and produced a sonic palate that directly critiqued claims of musical authenticity in the rock movement.

The Public Dissonance Lecture series will bring three music scholars to Davidson who specialize in gender and sexuality studies. In their talks, they will consider the discursive function of music in the public sphere and examine the shaping of genres by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) culture; furthermore, each will examine musical conventions as cultural forms defined by music-making and the role of musicians in protesting and with fascinating creativity, manipulating a mainstream that had often rendered them silent.


Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall

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