Tuesday, September 12, 2006 7:30 p.m.
Chuck D The Political Power of Hip-Hop
Rapper Chuck D is the founder of Public Enemy. He is also an author, activist, producer, and radio personality, and is recognized as hip-hop's most respected intellectual.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006 7:30 p.m.
Tom Paxton A Musical Documentary: 50 Years of History in Song
Folk singer-songwriter Tom Paxton is revered by fans and fellow musicians for his musical brilliance and his dedication to addressing issues of social justice. His songs satirize modern culture and celebrate family and community.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006 7:30 p.m.
Tricia Rose with AS220 Hip-Hop Culture
Tricia Rose is a professor, author, hip-hop scholar, feminist, and respected commentator on politics, popular culture, and gender issues. She is joined by Providence's AS220, a group of talented, high-energy high school students using music to explore the challenges faced by inner-city youths.
Tuesday, October 3, 2006 7:30 p.m.
Utah Phillips and Faith Petric Songs of the Union Movement
Legendary activist/musicians Utah Phillips and Faith Petric have dedicated their musical careers to social justice, particularly the labor and union movements. Petric has been performing for the past half century, challenging contemporary paradigms of justice. Phillips is an anarchist, labor organizer, folk singer, storyteller, poet, and rabble-rouser.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006 7:30 p.m.
Agustin Lira and Alma Chicano Songs: From United Farm Workers to Contemporary Immigration Issues
Celebrated activist and musician Agustin Lira and the all-acoustic musical ensemble Alma perform music that brings Chicano/Latino experiences and the struggles of farm workers to life.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006 7:30 p.m.
Peggy Seeger, Rosalie Sorrels, and Ronnie Gilbert Women in Song
Folk counterculture legends Peggy Seeger, Rosalie Sorrels, and Ronnie Gilbert have inspired generations of musician/activists. A "quintessential very hip grandma," Seeger has dedicated most of her music to the women's movement. Sorrels is an icon of the folk counterculture and a collector and performer of traditional American folk songs. Gilbert, a founding member of the Weavers, is a musician, writer, teacher, and activist, particularly interested in feminism and global peace.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006 7:30 p.m.
Kim and Reggie Harris, Magpie, and Sonny Ochs From Slavery to Civil Rights
Kim and Reggie Harris are joined by Magpie and Sonny Ochs in an exploration of the role music has played in the Civil Rights Movement. The Harrises use their music as a way to teach social change. Magpie (Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner) are musically vocal about many issues including the importance of respecting the earth, and issues of social change and racism. They will be joined by Sonny Ochs, sister of the late, legendary Phil Ochs.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006 7:30 p.m.
Ember Swift Igniting Sound, Fueling Change
Canada's Ember Swift is a talented and versatile singer-songwriter whose music addresses issues such as globalization, consumer awareness, food politics, disengaging from capitalist greed, feminism, queer politics, racism, and environmentalism.
Tuesday, November 7, 2006 7:30 p.m.
Election Day No colloquium event scheduled.
Chafee Auditorium, URI, Kingston
Wednesday, November 8, 2006 7:30 p.m.
Anne Feeney and David Rovics The Front Line of Protest
Anne Feeney and David Rovics are both outspoken musicians who use music as a means of political protest. Feeney has been dubbed the "minister of culture" to the movements for economic and social justice and human rights. Rovics' music concerns topical subjects such as the Iraq War, anti-globalization, and social justice issues.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006 7:30 p.m.
Buffy Sainte-Marie and Bill Miller Songs of and by Native Americans
Native American musicians Buffy Sainte-Marie and Bill Miller are renowned for their musical talents and for their commitment to advocating for Native Americans. Since the 1960s, Sainte-Marie has been a voice for the native peoples of the world. Grammy Award winner Bill Miller has long been a voice for the voiceless, a link between two great and clashing civilizations.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006 7:30 p.m.
Thanksgiving Week No colloquium event scheduled.
Chafee Auditorium, URI, Kingston
Tuesday, November 28, 2006 7:30 p.m.
Joyce Katzberg, Charlie King, and Karen Brandow On the Cutting Edge
These award-winning local musicians will explore the many contemporary issues that they sing about on a daily basis. Based in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, they will probe the local, regional, national, and international issues that guide their experiences as performers.
Tuesday, December 5, 2006 7:30 p.m.
The Vanaver Caravan with Nora Guthrie Pastures of Plenty, A Tribute to Woody Guthrie
Folk music and dance ensemble The Vanaver Caravan will present Pastures of Plenty, a tribute to Woody Guthrie in dance and music. They will be joined by Woody’s daughter, Nora Guthrie, director of the Woody Guthrie Foundation. Woody Guthrie’s message of hope and peace is palpable in this show: "The note of hope is the only note that can help us or save us from falling to the bottom of evolution, because, largely, about all a human being is anyway is just a hoping machine."