Celebrating Jewish Songwriters, Broadway and Hollywood, Nov. 2
From World War I through the Vietnam War, American musical taste was unified around the contributions of Jewish songwriters who worked on Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood alike. On Monday, November 2, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., this remarkable time in music will be celebrated by author and scholar Dr. Stephen J. Whitfield in a free lecture sponsored by Fairfield University’s Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies.
The talk—“Making America Harmonious: The Jewish Contribution to Popular Music”—will take place in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room. George Gershwin and Irving Berlin are among the iconic composers who will be discussed.
“Never before and never again would a certain style of music be so universally popular,” said Dr. Whitfield, the Max Richter Professor of American Civilization at Brandeis University. “How it came to bear the signature of certain talented Jews, and how their own origins might be connected to their artistic success, will be analyzed and appreciated in this talk.”
Dr. Whitfield is the author of over 50 articles and encyclopedia articles, as well as eight books, including In Search of American Jewish Culture. He is currently working on a political history of Brandeis University. In 2010, he received the Samuel Proctor Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the Southern Jewish Historical Society. Dr. Whitfield earned a doctorate from Brandeis, a master’s degree from Yale University, and a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University.