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MHC Presents "O Brother, What Next?"
The 2000 film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" invited millions of Americans to reconsider “folk” and “traditional” music traditions, and many people embraced this sound as a refreshingly simple counterpart to commercialized contemporary music.
Dr. Benjamin Filene, Director of Public History at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will explore this phenomenon and the questions it raises in an interactive Road Scholars presentation at Mars Hill College September 13 called “’O Brother’ What Next? Making Sense of the Folk Fad.” The program is planned for at 6:30 p.m. in Belk Auditorium, Wren Student Union.
This program is part of the array of activities surrounding New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, a Museum on Main Street traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition that will be at Mars Hill College from September 25 – November 6, 2010. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by Zuma Coffee. For more information and directions, go to www.mhc.edu/newharmonies or contact Amy Carraux Price, Program Coordinator at the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill College, email@example.com or (828) 689-1571.