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Phi Beta Kappa Scholar Kay Kaufman Shelemay to present thought-provoking topic

 Hamline University invites the public to a presentation by esteemed Harvard ethnomusicologist Kay Kaufman Shelemay, Hamline’s Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar.

Shelemay will present a public lecture on Monday, March 14 at 4 p.m. in the Kay Fredericks Room of Klas Center, located at 1535 Taylor Avenue on Hamline University’s Saint Paul Campus. The topic of her presentation is "Music and Memory." It is free and open to everyone.

Shelemay plans to spend the following day guest lecturing in Hamline classes and meeting with members of the university community.

“Shelemay opens your ears with fascinating forays into music cultures around the world and then opens your mind with her cross-cultural connections,” said Janet Greene, associate professor of music at Hamline University.

Shelemay is the G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music and professor of African and African American studies at Harvard, where she received the Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize and the Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Excellence in Teaching. She has taught at Columbia University, New York University, and Wesleyan University and held the Chair in Modern Culture at the Kluge Center Library of Congress. She is well published and is currently writing a book on music and musicians of the Ethiopia Diaspora.

Shelemay has received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEH, the ACLS, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and has been a resident fellow in Italy at the Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. A past president of the Society for Ethnomusicology and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she is a congressional appointee to and former chair of the board of trustees of the American Folk life Center at the Library of Congress. She holds her bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan.

The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program makes distinguished scholars available each year to visit colleges and universities with chapters of Phi Beta Kappa. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the institution by making possible an exchange of ideas between the visiting scholars and the resident faculty and students. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society. It has chapters at 280 colleges and universities, and over 600,000 members.