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Joyner to speak on Southern music

By Robert Brickhouse

The mingling of influences from African, European and other sources have produced unique forms of American music, particularly in the South. Charles Joyner, one of the foremost authorities on the history and folk culture of the American South, will discuss the development of the region’s musical heritage in the 2001 Page-Barbour Lectures at U.Va. Nov. 6, 7 and 8. His talks, titled “Meeting of the Waters: The Current of Southern Music,” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. each day and are open to the public. The Tuesday and Wednesday lectures will be in Minor Hall Auditorium and the Thursday talk will be in Wilson Hall Auditorium.

Joyner, the Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Culture at Coastal Carolina University, is the author of numerous classic books and essays, including the award-winning study, Down By The Riverside: A South Carolina Slave Community, and Shared Traditions: Southern History and Folk Culture. Known for his rigorous scholarship, humane vision and ardent curiosity, he has studied local cultures in the South for some four decades.

Down By the Riverside, which focuses on slave life in the South Carolina rice-growing country and the rich folk culture that sprang from pain and injustice, has been called a model for interpreting regional culture.

The Page-Barbour Lectures, founded in 1907, are aimed at bringing fresh understanding to any field in the arts and sciences. Past lecturers have included President William Howard Taft, poets T.S. Eliot and W.H. Auden, philosopher John Dewey, and psychologist B.F. Skinner.


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