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When Jazz Ruled and Harlem Was in Vogue
Taylor Hagood
 Lifelong Learning Professorship of Arts and Letter, 2014-2015

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright - these are some of the stars of what has been called the Harlem Renaissance. This movement in music, theater, dance, art, fiction, and poetry marked the great flowering of arts and culture of African Americans in United States history in the 1920s. It was a time when black was chic in a whole new sophisticated way. Jazz dominated the popular music scene in such places as The Cotton Club and major patrons of the arts looked to support talented writers and artists who captured life in Chicago, New York, Washington DC, and all across the rural South. Although segregation had entrenched itself throughout the nation, both white and black artists came together to promote black culture as valuable and brilliant. This series presents the sights, sounds, and words of this fascinating and fabulous movement. 

1. History and Overview: The historical factors that laid the groundwork for the Harlem Renaissance.
2. Music and Theater: Jazz, dance, and drama grew out of black culture and quickly ruled the country’s popular culture.
3. Writing and Art: The movement saw a tremendous flowering of fiction, poetry, painting, and sculpture.
4. Legacy: The end of the Harlem Renaissance is often debated, but never its legacy, which continues to be tremendous.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Taylor Hagood is professor of American literature at Florida Atlantic University. His publications include Faulkner; Writer of Disability (winner of the 2014 C. Hugh Holman Award for Best Book in Southern Studies); Following Faulkner: The Critical Response to Yoknapatawpha's Architect; Faulkner's Imperialism: Space, Place, and the Materiality of Myth; and Secrecy, Magic, and the One-Act Plays of Harlem Renaissance Women Writers. He edited Critical Insights: The Sound and the Fury and co-edited the groundbreaking Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture. In addition, he has published articles and lectured in venues throughout North America and Europe and was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Munich (2009-2010).

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Date: Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $50
Non-member - $65
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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