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DATE: May 16, 2005
Gospel music talk set at new Arab American National Museum
DEARBORN---Humanities Prof. Deborah Smith Pollard, director of the African
and African American Studies Program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn,
will present "Gospel Music: A Changing Beat, A Constant Theology"
from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at the Arab
American National Museum in Dearborn.
Pollard's talk, which is free and open to the public, will be paired
with a presentation by Halim El-Dabh, composer and professor at Kent State
University, who will discuss "Sufi: Reflections and Origins."
The session will explore relationships between Islamic Sufi music and
Gospel music and how traditional musical forms shape and are shaped by
The event is part of a symposium called "Exploring New Forms and
Meanings: the Intersection of Audience, Ideas, and Art" at the Arab
American National Museum in conjunction with the museum's inaugural art
exhibition titled "IN/VISIBLE--Contemporary Art by Arab Americans,"
which runs May 19-21.