Offsite Event--Blue Note at 75: Panel Discussion: The Role of Music in Cultural Diplomacy
Panelists discuss how from 1956 through the late 1970s, America dispatched its finest jazz musicians to the far corners of the earth in order to win hearts and minds and to counter perceptions of American racism. This event is NOT at the Kennedy Center.
This event is NOT taking place at the Kennedy Center
- Wed., May 28, 2014, 6:30 PM
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Panel Discussion: The Role of Music in Cultural Diplomacy
812 7th St., NW
At the height of the ideological antagonism of the Cold War, the U.S. State Department unleashed an unexpected tool in its battle against Communism: jazz. Panelists Wolfram Knauer, Director, Jazz Institute Darmstadt; Larry Appelbaum, Senior Music Specialist, Music Division, Library of Congress; and Penny M. von Eschen, Author and Professor of History and American Culture at the University of Michigan, discuss how from 1956 through the late 1970s, America dispatched its finest jazz musicians to the far corners of the earth, from Iraq to India, from the Congo to the Soviet Union, in order to win the hearts and minds of the Third World and to counter perceptions of American racism. Today, the U.S. State Department continues cultural touring with programs such as The Rhythm Road, showcasing American jazz, folk, and urban music.
This event is FREE. To register or for more information, visit the Goethe-Institut website or call (202) 289-1200.
This event, produced by the Goethe-Institut, is officially recognized as part of the Kennedy Center Blue Note at 75 celebration.