College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Downtown Lecture Series – 'From Little Richard to Beyoncé: Cultural Blending in Music'
Music has long been a place of polyculturality, the blending of cultures. Tyina Steptoe, associate professor in the UA Department of History, will examine the complexities of cultural blending at work in gospel, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and pop music, including discussions of race, gender, and queerness. Using examples from Little Richard to Selena and Beyoncé, she will illuminate how and where polycultural music emerges and how these sounds can shape the social and economic landscapes of communities of color.
This lecture is part of the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' Downtown Lecture Series, titled "Soundscapes: Music, Place, and Identity."