Lecture: 'Ghetto Pastoral: Street Scene, Jews and the Transformation of American Folklore'
Speaker: Dr. Naomi Graber, University of Georgia
Dr. Naomi Graber is assistant professor of musicology in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. She earned her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that same year with the dissertation “Found in Translation: Kurt Weill on Broadway and in Hollywood, 1935–1939,” which earned her the Glen Haydon Award for an Outstanding Dissertation in Musicology. She is the recipient of the Rhonda A. and Robert Hillel Silver Award from the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, as well as fellowships to study at the Library of Congress, the Arnold Schönberg-Centre in Vienna and the Kurt Weill Foundation. Her research centers on twentieth century American music, especially the Broadway stages of the 1930s and 1940s. She is currently writing a book on Kurt Weill's American career, which is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. She is also interested in modern representations of gender in Broadway musicals and Hollywood film scores. Her publications have appeared in American Music, The Journal for the Society of American Music, and Studies in Musical Theatre, and she teaches classes on American popular music, music in the United States, modernism and music, film music and music after 1750.