Forum: Islamic Impact on American Music

The Department of Art & Art History will host another look at Islamic art and culture, this time exploring influences in American music.

Dr. Hussein Rashid, an adjunct professor at Hofstra University and associate editor of Religion Dispatches, will present “Everyday Art: Islamic Contribution to American Music” in a lecture Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Architecture Building auditorium, Room 204.

Rashid will use music to explore how the Muslim American community has made a lasting cultural impact on American music – from Billie Holiday and John Lee Hooker and John Coltrane to folk-rocker Steve Earle and hip hop artist Mos Def.

“It is important for us to create and share new educational experiences and learning opportunities,” said Robert Hower, chairman of the Department of Art & Art History. “This forum will enhance student research and pursuit of new knowledge.”

The free event is sponsored by Aga Khan Council for Northern Texas, the Provost Office and the College of Liberal Arts.

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