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Public Lectures 2015-16

Fall 2015

Ertegun Foundation Lecture
"Turkey's Kurdish Question: What Do the 1990's Tell Us
about Contemporary Politics?"
Akin Unver
Kadir Has University (Istanbul)
September  17, 2015, 6:30pm

Jones 102

Geniza Program Seminar
"The Public Voice of the Fatimids: A Shi'i Dynasty
Announces Itself in a Sunni World"
Paul E. Walker
University of Chicago
October 7, 2015, 4:30pm

Jones 102

"Syriac Surprises on the Road from Tikrit to Egypt (9th. century CE)"
Lucas Van Rompay
Duke University
October 8, 2015, 4:30pm
Jones 202

"Music of the Middle East and Eurasia: A Lecture and Live Performance of Azerbaijani Mugham"
Jeffrey Werbock

October 9, 2015 at 12pm
Jones 202

Jeffrey Werbock will present a program of instrumental solo improvisations based on traditional Azerbaijani mugham, played on oud - fretless wood face short neck lute; tar - fretted skin face long neck lute; and kamancha - skin face spike fiddle.

  Azerbaijani mugham is monophonic modal music, highly microtonal, meter free, densely ornamented, composed of complex melodic lines that are somewhat improvised according to the eastern tradition of theme and variation, and convey a mix of sorrow and joy, exhaltation and lament, and an overall sense of both antiquity and otherworldiness.
Mr. Werbock has been giving presentations for well over three decades and has performed often at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, Asia Society, World Music Institute, and presents lecture demonstrations at colleges and universities all over the English speaking world.  He has been awarded an honorary degree by the National Music Conservatory of Azerbaijan, in Baku, and was recently sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan to perform a solo concert.

Light Lunch Served.