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Concert celebrates African-American music and poetry, Dec. 8

Cook, the Israel Evans Professor of Oratory and Belles Lettres at Dartmouth College, will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.

The concert, titled "The Aim Was Song: The Poetry and Music of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Scott Joplin and Colleagues," is part of a series of events celebrating the contributions of African Americans to the liberal arts. James Tatum, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton, has organized this series and will provide piano accompaniment to Cook.

Cook is a member of Actors' Equity and an accomplished director and theater voice coach. He has published two volumes of poetry with I. Reed Books and has served in many offices in national teachers' organizations, including the National Conference of the Teachers of English, of which he was president.

A native of Trenton, N.J., Cook has taught at every level of education, from primary school through high school to undergraduate and graduate students. Before joining the Dartmouth faculty in 1973, he was for many years a teacher of English and theater at Princeton High School. Among his students there were Christopher Reeve and John Lithgow.

Cook and Tatum have collaborated on a number of projects, including translating of the ancient comedies of Plautus. Tatum is the Aaron Lawrence Professor of Classics at Dartmouth.

The concert is sponsored by the University Center for Human Values , the Program in African-American Studies and the Department of Classics . For more information, contact the University Center for Human Values at (609) 258-4798.

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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