Empire State or Mind: Race, Music and Global Democracy Promotion

Speaker / Presenter: 

Dr. Hisham Aidi, Columbia University
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 -
4:15pm to 5:30pm
Maginnes Hall, Room 102

Aidi will talk about the intermingling between Islam and music in post-war America. He will discuss the post-9/11 attempts to revive the jazz diplomacy program of the 1950s, and the State Department's current efforts to use hip hop - and more broadly the civil rights movement - for democracy promotion, strategic communication and perception management in the Muslim world. He will examine how American and British music diplomacy fits into larger attempts to promote a liberal Islam.