Past Event

Opening Conversation on Religion and Black Music

May 26, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Online Event

Religion and the History of Black Music

From the Rise of Gospel to the Reign of Hip Hop

May 26 – August 4, 2021


Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

6:00PM–7:00PM ET

Opening Conversation on Religion and Black Music with Columbia Undergrads




Professor Sorett will introduce the series and engage three Columbia undergraduates: Colby King, '22CCMalachi Jones, '22CC, and Briana Wood, '22CC, who also co-host a campus radio show. This conversation will survey the full span of the religion and the history of Black music, from the early years of Gospel music through Hip Hop music during the most recent decade.


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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