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The Harvard University Department of Music, together with the Harvard Library and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, hosted a series of events  celebrating the life and legacy of groundbreaking music historian Eileen Southern during the 2021-22 academic year. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of Southern’s landmark work, The Music of Black Americans (W. W. Norton), a now-legendary text that represents an historic intervention into the European-dominated field of musicology and helped to launch the field of Black music studies. 

 

Visit our digital exhibit "Eileen Southern and the Music of Black Americans" to learn more about Southern and her work!