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UB Undergraduate Academic Schedule: Spring 2022

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APY 321SEM - Topics-Music And American Nightlife
Topics-Music And American Nightlife HAR Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
Class #:   22051   Enrollment Capacity:   30
Section:   HAR   Enrollment Total:   11
Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   19
Dates:   01/31/2022 - 05/13/2022   Status:   OPEN
Days, Time:   T R , 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
Room:   Capen 108 view map
Location:   North Campus      
Topic: Music and American Nightlife Where does popular music happen? Who patronizes and works in these locations? How is culture performed in the resulting social spaces? This course examines sites of music making between 1920-1970, with a focus on intersections between race, place, and popular music in U.S. cities. Studies by cross-disciplinary scholars such George Lipsitz, bell hooks, and Henri Lefebvre will introduce critical frameworks for discussing and examining nightlife as contested social practices. For example, how was slumming in black and tan cabarets regulated and what does this say about racial politics, debates on morality, and the music industry of the Prohibition Era? Students will learn to engage with a variety of historical texts including commercial recordings, photo archives, oral histories, and contemporary newspapers in engaging with ethnographic narratives of clubs and other nightlife spaces. The course will draw from case studies that traverse jazz, blues, rock, and funk and be structured into 5 parts: 1920s and Prohibition, 1930s and Great Depression, 1940s and World War II, 1950s and Urban Redevelopment, 1960s and Civil Rights. This course meets the Area Studies requirement. Note: This course does not automatically populate in HUB as an area studies course. Please email the Undergraduate Coordinator to request the course be used to fulfill this requirement.
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