The UNC Music Department is hosting a conference entitled, Aaron Copland and the American Cultural Imagination, to take place on August 22-23. This keynote panel conversation will feature Emily Abrams Ansari (Western University); Andrea Bohlman (UNC-Chapel Hill); Heidi Kim (UNC-Chapel Hill), and Annegret Fauser (UNC-Chapel Hill) in conversation regarding how Cold War cultural diplomacy shaped the lives and reception of American artists abroad.
Dr. Ansari is part of the faculty at Western University, focusing on 20th-century music. In particular, her research lies in the area of music and politics. Recent journal publications and her book in progress consider the United States’ use of musicians as cultural diplomats during the Cold War.
Dr. Bohlman, a professor in the music department at UNC,asserts a place for music and sound in the cultural history of East Central Europe through the present. Her interdisciplinary approach to music and politics addresses diverse musical genres together in work on soundscapes of political protest, musico-socialist idealism, and the musical media of oppositional cultures.
Dr. Kim joins us from the English and Comparative Literature department at UNC. Her work ranges through nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature and Asian American studies. In her book project,Invisible Subjects: Asian Americans in Cold War Literature, she studies texts by twentieth-century canonical American authors of different ethnicities through recent advances in Asian American studies and historiography.
Also a professor at UNC, Dr. Fauser teaches classes on both music and women’s and gender studies. Her research encompasses music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and in particular that of France and the United States. Dr. Fauser’s recent publications have examined the intersections between music and WWII.