Digital Lectures
The Society for American Music's Education Committee sponsors a series of online video lectures on American music topics. Designed for general audiences, these lectures address any topic or theme in American music studies. Each "Digital Lecture in American Music" is between 10 and 15 minutes in length.

 

CFP: Digital Lectures in American Music (2018-19)

The Society for American Music's Education Committee solicits proposals for a series of online video lectures on American music topics. Designed for general audiences (including, but not limited to, high school and university students, concertgoers, and/or historical societies), these lectures may address any topic or theme in American music studies but should approach the material with the layperson in mind. Each "Digital Lecture in American Music" should be between 10 and 15 minutes in length. Please note that the Society employs an expansive definition of "American music" that encompasses all musics of the Americas, including Latin music, Canadian music, Indigenous music, and other marginalized music traditions.

An application should contain a complete curriculum vitae and a proposal of no more than 500 words that includes the following:

  • The topic or theme to be addressed in the lecture.
  • A rationale explaining the relevance of the topic or theme to a lay audience.
  • The intended audience(s) for the lecture.
  • A discussion of the ways that the presenter will capitalize on the video medium.
  • A statement describing the presenter's access to and experience with video production equipment and software.

Successful proposals will:

  • Explore a compelling topic of broad interest.
  • Rely on contemporary scholarship in American music studies.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of a lay audience.
  • Make strong use of the video medium.

The Society for American Music's Education Committee will select three proposals for this round of "Digital Lectures in American Music" and will award an honorarium of $500 upon completion of the project. The lectures will be hosted on the Society's webpage and its YouTube channel.

Click here to apply. Use this contact form if you have any questions.

 

Applications must be submitted by 1 September 2018.

 

2018 Digital Lectures


Dana Gorzelany-Mostak
Songs in the Key of President C: Music on the Campaign Trail

David Blake
Performing Democracy Through Folksong: Pete Seeger in the 1950s

Hannah Leland
Valses fromSpecter of the Rose: A Hollywood Romance

 

2017 Digital Lectures


Katherine Reed
Stagger Lee's Come Out on Top: The Ballad of Stagger Lee

Monica Hershberger
Making Lizzie Borden

Rami Stucky
Steve Reich and the Harlem Riots: "Come Out," 1966