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The Politics of Publics: Curating Beyond The Campus. A Workshop with Josh Kun
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 10:00am

The Portland Center for Public Humanities cordially invites you to a workshop with Josh Kun:

The Politics of Publics: Curating Beyond The Campus

Wednesday, April 11th, 10am-12pm
Neuberger Hall 407 | 724 SW Harrison

This workshop explores the cultural politics of music curating based on a series of recent exhibitions and installations organized by Professor Kun (on topics such as Jewish-American music, Mexican pop modernism, and the music of Los Angeles). As scholars and critics, how do we conceive of audiences and publics? What is lost and what is gained when you make the transition from classroom to museum?

Links to some of Josh Kun's curatorial projects, which will start the workshop conversation:

The Phillips Music Company: http://phillipsmusiccompany.tumblr.com/
The Corrido of L.A.: http://lacorrido.posterous.com/
Trouble in Paradise: http://goo.gl/wHUNR
Black Sabbath: http://goo.gl/9HMpt
Jews on Vinyl: http://yumuseum.tumblr.com/JewsOnVinyl
Last Exit USA: http://goo.gl/oXnn6

Josh Kun is a writer, curator, and professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at USC, where he directs The Popular Music Project of The Norman Lear Center. He is the author ofAudiotopia: Music, Race, and America (2005), co-author ofAnd You Shall Know Us By The Trail Of Our Vinyl (2008), and co-editor of Sound Clash: Listening to American Studies(2012), among other collections. His latest exhibition "Trouble in Paradise: Music and Los Angeles 1945-1975" is currently on view at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, as part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time initiative.

Links that might interest you as well:
Interview with Josh Kun on NPR's Fresh Air.
Discussion of Kun's project "Tracking Jewish History Through Vinyl Albums" on NPR's All things Considered.
Josh Kun on the Tijuana Border on NPR's All Things Considered. 
Josh Kun performing on YouTube. 

This event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Speakers Board, Chicano Latino Studies, and Students for Unity. If you have questions concerning access or accommodations for a disability please contact us at publichumanities@pdx.edu. Early requests are encouraged; a week will generally allow us to provide seamless access. 

You might also be interested in this event: Tijuana Dreaming. Music and Life at the Global Boarder. A Lecture by Josh Kun.