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Moravian Professor to “Teach the Blues” at Speaker Series Lecture

The blues as a musical art form to be explored through performance and discussion

BETHLEHEM, Pa. October 29, 2004, 2004 --Dr. Joel Nathan Rosen, assistant professor of sociology at Moravian College, will present “Teaching the Blues: The Black Country Music Tradition as Academic Fare.” on Monday, November 8th at 7:00 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, Moravian College. The public is welcome and admission is free.

Rosen will attempt to bring the more productive sides of the art form to life by offering a sample of older recordings while demonstrating some of the earlier playing techniques on guitar. He will also provide written lyrics for the audience to follow because, as he notes, “Southern Speak is so dramatically different from that in the North.” Audience participation is encouraged as the program unfolds — especially any harmonica, washboard, or jug players who might attend.

Rosen’s primary teaching and research area is what he deems “human exceptionalism” with emphases on American and African-American Culture; Sports; the American South; and Race & Stratification. He joined the sociology faculty at Moravian College this past September and teaches a wide range of sociology courses including next spring’s The Sociology of the Blues, which will mark a first for the college.

In addition to his scholarly duties and educational pursuits, Rosen is also a member of the pirate chorus for the Moravian College theatre production of Pirates of Penzance, which will debut November 13 - 14 at the Arena Theatre in the Haupert Union Building. He also jams weekly with the faculty blues band and hosts “Southern Exposure” each week on the campus intranet radio.