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Music, Peace, and Justice in the Americas: A Tribute to John Burdick

October 23, 2020 at 4:00pm5:00pm EDT

Falk Complex

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Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

Program on Latin America and the Caribbean presents

Music, Peace, and Justice in the Americas: A Tribute to John Burdick

Please join the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean (PLACA) to celebrate and honor the life of our dear colleague and friend, Professor of Anthropology, John Burdick. John’s work on race, religion, and music in Brazil and on peace and justice across the Americas inspires this PLACA musical tribute. Mark your calendar to gather in Zoom with other PLACA friends to relax together and enjoy listening to different musical performers throughout the Fall and Spring semesters.


James Gordon Williams

James Gordon Williams is a pianist, composer, improviser and critical musicologist who collaborates with poets, dancers and experimental filmmakers. His book Crossing Bar Lines: The Politics and Practices of Black Musical Space will be published in March 2021 by University Press of Mississippi. The Los Angeles native has performed at the venerated Village Vanguard, Birdland, as well as several jazz festivals in the United States, Malta, Switzerland, France, and Italy. Williams is a 6th year assistant professor of music in the Department of African American Studies at Syracuse University.  He earned his Ph.D. from UC San Diego, Masters of Arts degree from New York University, and Bachelors from New England Conservatory of Music.

Co-sponsored by the Syracuse University Humanities Center

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This event was first published on September 15, 2020 and last updated on October 7, 2020.

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