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Audio Sources in the Public Domain

We were looking for sound files we could legally play for the public at our Constitution Day celebration tomorrow, and a couple of friends on Facebook pointed us to three great sources you might want to check out for yourself!

Berea College Sound Archives

Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project

Internet Archive:  78 RPMs & Cylinder Recordings

Feel free to share other sources in the comments.  Keep it legal please.  :)  (Thanks, John & Terry!)

**Update:  Here’s another.  (Thanks, Brooke!)

Global Music Archive

New link/feed for Mesoj

Please update your bookmarks/readers.  The new page for Mesoj is at

Thanks for reading!  (You are reading, right?  Echo…)

Savannah Music Festival…and images and notes from Albania, Denmark, and Sweden

Back from hiatus, after traveling for 2 weeks through Europe, including visiting my old stomping grounds in Albania, where Dr. Lori Amy has been teaching and researching on a Fulbright and kindly hosted us in her Tirana home.  If you’re interested in pics from the 3 countries, and detailed notes on Albania from my wife’s perspective as a first-time visitor (here, here, & here), just visit my Facebook page.  (Also keep an eye on the news on Albania’s election results from yesterday, available in any major news sources online.)

Also, the Savannah Music Festival has posted streams online for your listening pleasure, from Schubert to Gershwin with a dose of boogie woogie.

Saving Native American languages

More than 2,400 languages around the world are in danger of extinction, according to Unesco, and the US is second only to India in having the highest number of endangered languages.”

Full story here.  (Thanks, Heidi!)

KnowLA, the Online Encyclopedia of Louisiana History and Culture

Call for Contributors

KnowLA, the Online Encyclopedia of Louisiana History and Culture

The editors of KnowLA seek contributors for a new online encyclopedia of
Louisiana history and culture.  Sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for
the Humanities (LEH), KnowLA will be a comprehensive, dynamic online
reference on the peoples, places, cultures, events, and institutions of
Louisiana. The site will include entries with images, streaming audio and
video files, as well as interactive timelines integrated into the texts.

While we will eventually include entries on a wide variety of topics, we
are currently seeking writers for the entries listed below. Entries will
vary in length from short (up to 500 words) to medium (up to 1,000
words) to long (up to 1,500 words).  Overview entries will, in most cases
be between 2,000 and 4,000 words in length, and are intended as general
introductions to the topic.

Small stipends are available and entries will be signed. More information
about the project, including our writers’ guidelines, can be seen on our
web page:

Preference will be given to scholars and advanced graduate students,
preferably with publications on the topic.

Please keep in mind that this in only a preliminary list of high priority
entries.  Many entries have already been assigned and many more are yet to
come. Any suggestions you’d like to make are welcome.

If you are interested in writing an entry on the topics listed below,
please contact Joyce Miller, Associate Editor, KnowLA, Louisiana Endowment
for the Humanities, 938 Lafayette St., Suite 300, New Orleans, LA 70113;
[email protected]

KnowLA Entries Still Needed

(all entries are to focus on the topic in Louisiana)


African American art in LA

Native American art

Public art

Louisiana women artists

Architectural Art (murals, friezes, etc.)

Decorative Arts

Printmaking (engraving)



Natchitoches Art Colony

Images of Louisiana in Art

Bultman, Fritz

Dureau, George


Overview Entries:

Bourbon Louisiana, 1877-1924

Late 20th-century Louisiana, 1960-1999

Medium to Long Entries:

Battle of New Orleans

Neutral Strip


Anti-Secessionism/Unionism in LA

Louisiana Women in the Civil War and Reconstruction

Women in antebellum Louisiana

“Head and Master” Law

Marital/Divorce Law

“Right to Work” Laws

Vietnam War in LA

Louisiana and World War I


Compromise of 1877


Louisiana Lottery


Legalized Gambling

Organized Labor

Native Americans in 20th- and 21st- century Louisiana

Native American Tribes:

Atakapa Tribe

Cherokee Tribe

Chickasaw Tribe

Taensa Tribe

Tunica Tribe


Literature by Creoles

Creoles in Literature

“Local Color” Fiction

Children’s literature (in Louisiana)

Louisiana Poet Laureates

Cookbooks (in Louisiana)

Drama (in Louisiana)

Nature Writing (in Louisiana)

Poetry (in Louisiana)

Slave narratives (in Louisiana)

Images of Louisiana in literature

Brooks, Cleanth

Grau, Shirley Ann

Poydras, Julian

Rice, Anne

Scott, Evelyn


Cajun Dancing

Native American musical traditions

Buckwheat Zydeco

Chavis, Boozoo

Dural, Stanley and Buckwheat Zydeco

Guy, George “Buddy”

Henry, Clarence “Frogman”

Johnson, Bunk

Marsalis Family

Toussaint, Allen

Globalization and the United States

Courtesy of Dr. Gautam Kundu of the Dept. of Literature & Philosophy, here’s the scoop on an upcoming lecture:

“Globalization and the United States: Seeking  New America  Through
Indian Lens”
by Dr. Somdatta Mandal,  Visva-Bharati University, India.
When :  Wednesday, March 11, 2009.
Venue:  The Arts Building Auditorium, Rm. 2071.
Time:  7:00 PM .
Admission:  Free.

I am writing to invite you to attend a public lecture on Wednesday,
March 11 at 7:00 PM entitled “Globalization and the United States:
Seeking  New America  Through Indian Lens”  by Dr. Somdatta Mandal,
Professor and Chair, Department of English & Other Modern European
Languages, Visva-Bharati University, India. She is currently a visiting
Senior Fulbright Scholar at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
The venue is the Arts Building Auditorium, Room 2071, and is free and
open to the public.

During her talk, Prof. Mandal will screen a short documentary by an
Indian filmmaker which offers a fascinating account of the current
dynamics of globalization: how America is rendered ‘visible’ and is
interpreted in the minds of another people and of another culture.

Special Screening: The Linguists

The following announcement is being distributed across campus:

To All Faculty and Staff,
Please advertise the special screening of The Linguists to your classes. This documentary was recently shown to a packed auditorium at the Jepson Arts Center in Savannah where our colleague, Dr. Thomas Klein, received a huge ovation. Cinema Arts Series is honored to be able to bring the film to the Georgia Southern campus. Please share this announcement with everyone you know. Any proceeds will benefit a student essay contest in the Department of Writing & Linguistics and help support the Cinema Arts Series.

Tomasz Warchol

The John Humma Cinema Arts Series presents

The Linguists (USA, 2008)

Half of the world’s languages are in danger of disappearing within a few generations. Language scientists are rushing to work with speakers of endangered languages to save what they can. The Linguists follows Greg Anderson and David Harrison in their quest to document languages in the far reaches of the earth. In a race against time, Greg and David brave political instability and environmental hardships to record ancient languages before the last speakers pass away. Adventure and science project mix in this picture that touches everyone. Documentary produced and directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger. An official selection at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

With introductory remarks by Dr. Thomas Klein, Department of Writing & Linguistics, a research  colleague of Greg Anderson. 65 minutes. $2, cash only.

Monday, February 16
7:15 pm
Russell Union Auditorium

“The talk of the town at Sundance.” – MSNBC

“A charming film. It’s a lot of fun.” – LA Times

“Funny, enlightening, and ultimately uplifting.” – Kansas City Star

Cinema Arts films are not subsidized by student fees. Classroom decorum is required.

Interesting Texts of 2008

The Revealer has the rundown on the most interesting religion-related books & articles of the year, from “The Glories of Yiddish” to “The Manga Bible.”  Check it out here.  If you see one that we don’t have in our library that you’d like to recommend (for some day when such book funds might appear), please let me know at [email protected]

Call for Papers

The following announcement is being distributed:


39th and 31st Annual Joint Meeting of PCA/ACA
New Orleans Marriott Hotel
New Orleans, Louisiana
April 8-11, 2009

The Black Music Culture Area provides a scholarly forum for members of the
PCA and ACA to share and disseminate their research about “black music”
(broadly defined and including all forms and styles from all times and
geographic locations), the connection between black music and “culture”
(broadly defined), and the social processes and systems and related art
forms intertwined in the representation, identities, production,
regulation, and consumption of black musics.

The Black Music Culture Area of the Popular Culture Association and
American Culture Association invites interested scholars to submit paper
abstracts, papers, panel proposals, or roundtable discussion proposals
related to one of the following sub-areas of Black Music Culture: (1)
Black Diaspora (Africa, Caribbean, Europe, Asia, etc.); (2) Spirituals and
Gospel; (3) Jazz and Blues; (4) Popular and Contemporary; (5) Rap Music;
(6) Contemporary “Concert” Music; (7) Philosophy and Practice.

The Black Music Culture Area is very interested in dialogues among
scholars. These sessions are not simply paper presentations but sessions
where time is spent discussing ideas and formulating theory. In this
dialogue format, presenters will engage in dialogue with each other and the
audience sharing portions of their papers that speak to a specific issue or
concern in Black Music Culture.

The Black Music Culture Area is especially interested in receiving
proposals regarding the role of music and other aspects in Hip-Hop
Culture. The Co-Chairs welcome submissions in the following areas that
include, but are not limited to, hip hop history and historiography; hip
hop, authenticity, and identity; hip hop time, space and place; hip hop
and the politics of race, class, gender, and age; hip hop politics, and
resistance; aesthetics of hip hop composition; hip hop language and
linguistics; hip hop, religion and theology; hip hop, economics, and
culture industries; technology, orality, and black cultural practice in
rap music; hip hop audiences; hip hop and legal system; hip hop gesture
and dance; hip hop, visual art and photography; hip hop literature; hip
hop and radio; hip hop film; and hip hop genre and convention.

Please submit the following information via e-mail with attachments in
Microsoft Word or within an e-mail message:

*   CONTACT INFORMATION (of each author/participant): Name,
College/University/School/Business Affiliation, Address, E-Mail Address,
Phone Number
*   PROPOSAL SUB-AREA: Jazz and Blues; Spirituals and Gospel; Rap Music
and Hip-Hop Culture; Contemporary “Concert” Music; Black Diaspora;
Popular and Contemporary; or Philosophy and Practice
*   150-250-WORD PAPER ABSTRACT or PANEL ABSTRACT**: If you are
submitting a panel proposal, please include contact information and
1-page CVs for all panel participants.
roundtables and conversations should indicate in a description of the
session subject/s.
*   1-page CV or RÉSUMÉ

NOTE: The PCA/ACA will make available the following audiovisual equipment
in all rooms: large projection screen; data projector with appropriate
cables; DVD player; and speakers. Presenters may bring personal laptops,
loaded with software needed for their presentations, e.g., PowerPoint,
Microsoft Word, etc. Mac users should bring applicable adaptors, etc.
Presenters are free to make arrangements with the hotel for any special
audio-visual equipment that the PCA/ACA does not supply (but be
advised that hotel equipment rental is costly).


Dr. William Banfield, Black Music Culture Area Co-Chair
Department of Liberal Arts
1140 Boylston Street, MS-FB369
Berklee College of Music
Boston, Massachusetts 02215-3693
[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>


Dr. Angela Nelson, Black Music Culture Area Co-Chair
Department of Popular Culture
108 Popular Culture Building
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0190
[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>

Dr. Crystal Alberts, Hip-Hop Culture Sub-Area Co-Chair
Department of English
University of North Dakota
276 Centennial Drive
110 Merrifield, Stop 7209
Grand Forks, ND 58202
[email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>

*All presenters must be members of PCA or ACA and must pre-register for the
conference by December 31, 2008, to ensure inclusion in the conference

**In some cases, your presentation may fit into multiple areas. However,
the PCA/ACA will only permit you to submit a proposal to one area at a
time. For anyone who nevertheless submits multiple proposals, the PCA/ACA
will select only one of the proposals for inclusion.

***Roundtable discussion proposals should include contact information for
all participants, a description of the roundtable discussion topic, and
1-page CVs for all participants.

For further information about the joint annual meeting, membership, and
registration, please visit the PCA/ACA website at:<

For more information about the Black Music Culture Area, visit
“Conferences and
Institutes” at:

Documentary Expression and the American South

The following announcement is being circulated:

Call for Submissions: Documentary Expression and the American South

Proposals due January 30, 2009

Southern Spaces (
invites proposals for essays, photography, and multimedia projects about
documentary expression in the various regions and places of the U.S.
South. We encourage submissions that combine innovative scholarship and
commentary about documentary work with ideas for digital media elements
such as images, maps, audio, or video. We also welcome the submission of
original documentary projects.

For this series, Southern Spaces will to publish projects that explore
documentary expression in audio, film, art, photography, and other media.
Original pieces might examine the work of one or more documentarians;
analyze coverage of particular persons, places, or events; or compare the
treatment of ideas or images across several documentary works, genres, or
decades. To engage with space and place, projects might examine
geographically specific sites, imagined geographies related to the U.S.
South, migrations and displacements, or relationships between places. For
more information, please

Also see “The Tennessee Jamboree”  at

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