Thursday, July 10, 2008

Video: Albert Murray Symposium online

On January 23, 2008, the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities, with the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts in Auburn University, the Auburn University English Department, and Tuskegee University, sponsored "Albert Murray and the Aesthetic Imagination of a Nation: A Symposium," a scholarly examination of the life and work of Alabama author Albert Murray (profiled on This Goodly Land).

The symposium sessions were recorded and have been made available online. You can watch them as streaming video from YouTube or download them as free video podcasts from iTunes.

Watch the symposium on YouTube:

"Introduction." Speakers: Mark Wilson, Anne-Katrin Gramberg, Auburn University (9:11)

Session One, Part One: "Jack the Rabbit and an Alabama Briar Patch." Speaker: Jay Lamar, Auburn University (19:30)

Session One, Part Two: "Cosmos Murray and the Aesthetic Imagination of a Nation." Speaker: Barbara A. Baker, Tuskegee University (25:54)

Session Two, Part One: "Albert Murray and Tuskegee Institute: Art As the True Measure of Place." Speaker: A. Caroline Gebhard, Tuskegee University (27:58)

Session Two, Part Two: "Confrontation and Transcendence in Twenty-First Century Blues." Speaker: Jackie McCorvey, Jr., Tuskegee University (14:31)

Session Three, Part One: "Albert Murray and Visual Art." Speaker: Paul Devlin, Stony Brook University (SUNY) (32:11)

Session Three, Part Two: "Dewey's Pragmatism Extended: Education and Aesthetic Practice in Train Whistle Guitar." Speaker: Roberta S. McGuire, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (27:32)

Session Four, Part One: "Murray and Mann: Variations on a Theme." Speaker: Lauren Walsh, Columbia University (23:56)

Session Four, Part Two: "Murray's Mulatto America." Speaker: Maurice Pogue, Michigan State University (26:33)

Session Five, Part One: "Chinaberry Tree, Chinaberry Tree." Speaker: Bert Hitchcock, Auburn University (26:31)

Session Five, Part Two: "Hyphens, Heroes, and Dragons: A Conversation with Albert Murray." Speaker: Don Noble, University of Alabama (12:01)

Keynote Session: "'It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing': Albert Murray, Omni-American." Speaker: John Callahan, Lewis and Clark College (56:44)

Keynote Questions. Speaker: John Callahan (4:44)

Download the symposium as free podcasts from iTunes:

Open your browser and go to the Auburn University iTunes page.

Click on the OPEN AU ITUNES link in the center of the page. You will get a pop-up window asking you to launch iTunes. Click on Launch Application. (You must already have the iTunes software on your computer to download these videos. You can download it from the iTunes Home Page.)

The iTunes Store will open up at the Auburn University section. Click on the icon for the College of Liberal Arts, then click on the icon for the Albert Murray symposium. The symposium sessions will now be available for you to download.

(These video files are very large and have long download times. Depending on the speed of your Internet connection, you may need to download them one at a time to prevent the system from timing out. )

Midge Coates, Project Manager
This Goodly Land: Alabama's Literary Landscape

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