Roundtable Events: Expression of Cultural Diversity through Ethnomusicology: A Discussion of New Album, Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History of the World's Music

Expression of Cultural Diversity through Ethnomusicology: A Discussion of "Excavated Shellac"


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Friday, April 23, 2021      7:30 pm

Host/moderator             Dr. Nicholas K. Githuku

Sponsored by
The UB Center for Diversity Innovation, Dept. of Music, and Dept. of Anthropology

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Roundtable: Expression of Cultural Diversity through Ethnomusicology

On behalf of the UB Center for Diversity Innovation, along with the UB departments of Music and Anthropology and the University of Southern Chile, you are cordially invited to participate in an open, roundtable diversity discussion based on the new album, "Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History of the World's Music.

This astounding new digital album/archive project of more than 90 tracks, accessible exclusively to participants in this event, is a breathtaking catalogue of Pre-war world music that features over 180 pages of painstakingly researched liner notes.

The 1.5 hour discussion, led by the UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar Dr. Nicholas Githuku, will include public listening and commentary on selected tracks. Other participants in the conversation include Dr. Colter Harper, Visiting Assistant Professor in the department of Anthropology, Matias Homar, Ph.D. student in the Department of Music, and Edgar Girtain, Director of the Casa de las Artes at the University of Southern Chile.

The event will take place via Zoom on Friday April 23 at 7:30 EST(PLEASE VERIFY DATE/TIME with


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Convener Bio

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Dr. Nicholas K. Githuku, UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholar (History)

Dr. Nicholas K. Githuku, assistant professor of African History at York College (CUNY), is the author of Mau Mau Crucible of War: Statehood, National Identity, and Politics of Postcolonial Kenya. His work focuses on Eastern Africa in general, and contemporary political history of Kenya in particular. His research interests include the history of capitalism; British national and imperial history; the intricate, inescapable and dialectical link between power or government legitimacy and resistance in the generic African state; and military, and (colonial and postcolonial) legal, history.

Notable Awards:  Rotary International World Peace Fellow; PSC-CUNY Research Foundation Full Award for Jomo Kenyatta, a Man for All Seasons: Radical Rebel, Arbiter, Detainee and Conservative Statesman; Rebecca D. and Henry E. Thornburg Doctoral Award, WVU

Areas of Interest/Special Expertise:  History and evolution of the African state; philosophy of history; history of political ideas; human rights, development and democratic governance issues in Africa south of the Sahara; auto/biography theory and history; military history/evolution of international law of war (memory and memorialization of war).

PhD, African History, West Virginia University; Rotary International Mid-professional Certificate in Peace, Development and Conflict Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok-Thailand; MA, Armed Conflict and Peace Studies (History), University of Nairobi; BA, Political Science & Public Administration and History, University of Nairobi

This presentation will be offered free of charge online.