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“Joan La Barbara and the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm in West Berlin 1979,” Joy H. Calico

September 23, 2022 @ 1:20 pm - 2:50 pm

Sponsored by the Center for German and European Studies.

Joan La Barbara performing at a mic while an electronic instrument
Joan La Barbara performing at the Text-Sound Festival in West Berlin at K19 in October 1979, photograph by Ingeborg (Lommatzsch) Sedgley, used with permission of the photographer, taken in the context of La Barbara’s residency at the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm.

Joy H. Calico, PhD, is University Distinguished Professor and Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Musicology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her scholarship focuses on the interdisciplinary study of Cold War cultural politics and on opera since 1900. She is the author of two monographs – Arnold Schoenberg’s ‘A Survivor from Warsaw’ in Postwar Europe (2014) and Brecht at the Opera (2008) – as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Her Schoenberg book received the 2015 Award for an Exceptional Book in Jewish Studies and Music as well as honorable mention for the 2016 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies; it is forthcoming in Italian translation. Her current book project is a study of Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin and the use of convention in 20th- and 21st-century opera. Calico’s research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, American Academy in Berlin, Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, DAAD, Howard Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Radcliffe Institute, and Sacher Stiftung. She is a past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Musicological Society, and in 2019 she was Gerstein Visiting Distinguished Professor at the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. She is a former board member of the American Musicological Society and the German Studies Association, and currently serves on the Nashville Opera Advisory Board as well as the working team of the Black Opera Research Network (BORN). Click here for a full profile.



September 23, 2022
1:20 pm - 2:50 pm


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