Black Women and the American University: Eileen Southern’s Story


Monday, November 15, 2021, 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Harvard Graduate School of Education—Online

Join us for a one-hour webinar exploring the legacy of Eileen Southern, author of “The Music of Black Americans: A History” and founder and editor of “The Black Perspective in Music.”

In 1976, Eileen Southern (1920–2002) became the first African American woman tenured in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). She was central in developing the Department of Afro-American Studies (now African and African American Studies), serving as an early chair, and was on the faculty of the Department of Music, where she taught courses on Black music and Renaissance musical notation. Five years before her FAS appointment, Southern published “The Music of Black Americans: A History” (W. W. Norton, 1971), a now legendary text that marked a historic intervention into the European-dominated field of musicology.

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