Apr 3

Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit

Guest Lecturer: Suzanne E. Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of History, George Mason University

SUZANNE E. SMITH (African American, 20th century Cultural History, Cultural Studies, Urban and Popular Music) completed her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 1996. Her new book, Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit, 1963-1973 (Harvard University Press, January 2000), examines Motown and its relationship to the black community of Detroit and the civil rights movement. It was awarded third in the eleventh annual Gleason Music Book Awards, sponsored by NYU, Rolling Stone, and BMI. Her research interests include the relationship of popular culture, music and art to social protest; the study of film and collective memory; and the history of death in America. She has also contributed to various public history projects including the film Rachel Carson's Silent Spring for the American Experience series on PBS, and the series, I'll Make Me A World: African American Arts in the Twentieth Century, from Blackside Productions.


These readings will only be available at the Clemons Reserve Desk.

Smith, Suzanne E. 2000. Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, pp. 1-53.