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Penn Libraries Events & Exhibitions
Sound, Gender, and the Color Line
A Symposium and Celebration in Honor of Marian Anderson,
Musician and Citizen of the World
Friday, October 26, 9:00 AM-9:00 PM
Photo of Marian Anderson singing at the Lincoln Memorial (Washington, 1939), Marian Anderson Collection of Photographs, Ms. Coll. 198, Kislak Center

Marian Anderson singing at the Lincoln Memorial (Washington, 1939), Marian Anderson Collection of Photographs, Ms. Coll. 198, Kislak Center
To honor the career of African American Philadelphia-born musician and cultural ambassador, Marian Anderson (1897-1993), the Kislak Center and the Departments of Music and Africana Studies have organized a one-day symposium to explore Anderson's musical career in the context of the intersection of sound studies and critical race theory. Confirmed speakers include Naomi Andre, Kira Thurman, Carol Oja, Ellie Hisama, Alisha Jones, Salamishah Tillet, and Guy Ramsey. An interview with Florence Quivar will precede the concluding musical recital by Karen Slack celebrating Anderson's remarkable musical career. An exhibition of items from Penn Libraries vast Marian Anderson archival collection will be on view during the symposium.

Please register to attend here.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of several Penn entities who make this event possible: the Thomas Sovereign Gates Fund, the Eugene Ormandy Library Fund, the Kislak Center for Special Collections, the Center for Africana Studies, the Department of Africana Studies, the Department of Music, the Center for Italian Studies, the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Women, the University Research Foundation, and the School of Arts and Sciences.

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, sixth floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)