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Religion and the History of Black Music: 1970s–1990s

July 7, 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, July 7th, 2021

6:00PM–7:00PM ET





The first event in Part II kicks off a discussion between Professor Sorett and Harvard Professor Marcyliena Morgan, who also directs Harvard’s HipHop Archive and Research Institute. They cover the various ways that religion appeared in Hip Hop music as it was first emerging, as well as the response by religious leaders to the sounds of a new genre.


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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