Saturday, March 24 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Black Manhattan

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David Gilbert, “The Unlikely Musical Gumbo of Black Manhattan before World War I: James Reese Europe’s Syncopated Symphony Orchestras at Carnegie Hall”

Clarence Bernard Henry, “The Sounds of ‘Black Swan,’ A New York City Icon in Early Recording History”

Cookie Woolner, “’Ethel Must Not Marry’: Black Swan Records and the Queer Classic Blues Women”

Moderator: Jody Rosen


David Gilbert

David Gilbert received a PhD in U.S. history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2011. He is an affiliated scholar at Kenyon College working on a book manuscript entitled The Product of Our Souls: Ragtime, Race, and the Marketplace in James Reese Europe’s New York.   Abstract:"The... Read More →

Clarence Bernard Henry

Clarence Bernard Henry is currently the director of The Henry Center for Multicultural Education & Global Research, a non-profit organization that is located in New York City. He received a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Henry is also the... Read More →

Jody Rosen

Jody Rosen is the music critic for Slate, the author of White Christmas: The Story of an American Song, and the compiler of Jewface, an anthology of early 20th century Jewish novelty recordings.   Abstract:"'Darktown Strutters' Ball': Shelton Brooks' Chocolate City" When the songwriter... Read More →

Cookie Woolner

Cookie Woolner is a Ph.D. candidate in History and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She is currently a Martin Duberman Visiting Scholar at the New York Public Library. Her dissertation is entitled, The Famous Lady Lovers: Race, Sexuality and the Entertainment Industry... Read More →

Saturday March 24, 2012 2:15pm - 3:45pm
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

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