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Gospel Blues to Modern Gospel (1930s–1970s)

June 9, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Religion and the History of Black Music

From the Rise of Gospel to the Reign of Hip Hop

May 26 – August 4, 2021


Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

6:00PM–7:00PM ET

Gospel Blues to Modern Gospel (1930s–1970s)




Featuring Juilliard Professor and Ethnomusicologist Fredara Hadley, this conversation digs deeper into the early history of Gospel music, focusing on the three decades that followed the emergence of the genre in the 1930s.


Religion and the History of Black Music Series


Join Josef Sorett, Professor of Religion and African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University, for this six-part series run in coordination with two Columbia Summer Session courses: Gospel Music in Modern America and Religion and the History of Hip Hop.


The series brings together scholars, musicians, media workers, and fans for a discussion of the evolving role of religion in shaping the history of Black music. Each Wednesday will be organized around a selection of songs that guests will discuss as a means for thinking about the play between religion and music during a specific moment in time.


For full details and information, please visit the Religion and History of Black Music Series website.


For questions, please contact [email protected]

For additional information about program offerings at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, please contact an Admissions Counselor at 212-854-9666 or [email protected]

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