University of Pittsburgh

Lecture Series

March 22, 2013 - 4:00pm

From the heads and tails of individual notes to the foreheads and feet of song stanzas, medieval musical writings are replete with body parts. Sometimes the terms are used by convention, or in the service of simple mnemonics. But in other cases, the reasons for acts of musical anthropomorphization are less clear.

February 15, 2013 - 4:00pm

In the subtitle of her 1999 release Sound Characters: Making the Third Ear, American experimentalist Maryanne Amacher (1938-2009) implicitly frames her record as an intervention on the very material constitution of listening. By listening to Sound Characters, it seems, we will be “making the third ear.”

November 12, 2012 - 6:00pm

Pitt’s Film Studies Program presents Gregory D. Booth, an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Auckland. He will speak on the subject of Language, Culture and Music: Film Song, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and the Creation of “Youth Music” in India.

October 26, 2012 - 4:00pm

Around 1940, Pyotr Ilyich Chaikovsky, a 19th-century Russian composer of  ostensibly non-proletarian social origins and lifestyle, became the musical and ethical symbol of the Soviet state in its Stalinist prime.

October 12, 2012 - 6:00pm

Dr. Inna Naroditskaya, Northwestern University, will present a lecture titled "The Queen of Spades: Gambling on Recognition."

September 20, 2012 - 2:00pm

Humanities Center Short-term Fellow Susan McClary will give a lecture titled “Evidence of Things Not Seen: History, Subjectivities, Music: Critical Musicological Reflections.” The lecture will incorporate responses by Nancy Condee (Global Studies), Kathryn Flannery (English), and Andrew Weintraub (Music).&

September 18, 2012 - 5:00pm

Humanities Center Short-term Fellow Susan McClary will give a lecture titled “Salome in the Court of Queen Christina.”  On September 20, McClary will give a second talk, “Evidence of Things Not Seen: History,

April 13, 2012 - 4:00pm

The notion of cultural purity is demonstrably a myth, as any careful historical analysis of cultural expression anywhere in the world can reveal multiple origins, blends, syncretisms, hybridities that are the inevitable result of human contact.  Yet in Korea, as in many countries around the globe, some forms of cultural expression have come to be recognized as “pure” or “authentic” indigen

March 26, 2012 - 4:30pm

Professor Bell Yung will give a lecture recital on "Qin Music and the Confucian Cardinal Human Relationship of Friendship: Selections from the 15th-century Repertoire"

The repertoire of the instrument qin (pronounced “chin”), or guqin (ancient qin), embodies China’s three major religious-philosophical systems of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.

January 20, 2012 - 4:00pm

While Disney has long dominated animation, its supremacy has been challenged of late by Pixar, its greatest competitor (and now subsidiary). Among the many things that puts Pixar ahead is a very holistic approach to creating the world of the cartoon, both visually and sonically.

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