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Rekindling The American Dream

A one-day symposium jointly sponsored by the Departments of Music and of Politics and International Affairs

Rekindling the American Dream

Wait Chapel & Brendle Recital Hall

October 10: 6.00-7.30; October 11: 9.30 – 8.30

Rekindling the American Dream is a one-day symposium jointly sponsored by the Departments of Music and of Politics and International Affairs, and made possible by a grant from the Office of the Provost. Conceived and organized by Worrell Professor David Coates and Senior Lecturer in Music, Patricia Dixon, the symposium aims to contribute to an informed public debate ahead of the November elections by exploring the history, character, present condition and future potential of this uniquely American vision of continuing prosperity and rising social mobility. Bringing together illustrious speakers and performers from academia, policy-making and the performing arts, a linked series of sessions will build on the previous evening’s Voices of Our Time address by the prestigious journalist Joe Klein, and will culminate in a multi-ensemble concert of music celebrating the American Dream.

The Program

Wednesday October 10: Wait Chapel

6.00:  Exploring the State of the American Dream: On the Road in America with Joe Klein

Thursday October 11: Brendle Recital Hall

9.30-11.00: The History and Character of the American Dream

11.30-1.00: The Present Condition and Future Potential of the American Dream

2.00-3.30:   The American Dream and the 2012 Elections

4.00-5.30:   The Music of the American Dream

Thursday October 11: Brendle Recital Hall

7.00-8.30    Celebrating the American Dream in Music*

Speakers to include: Mike Ford, Director of the Center for the Study of the American Dream at Xavier University; Alan Dobson, Professor of Politics at the University of Dundee and founding editor of The Journal of Transatlantic Studies; Luis Fraga, Associate Vice-Provost at the University of Washington and member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics; Howard Friedman, UN statistician and health economist, and author of Measure of a Nation; Elisabeth Motsinger, Democratic Party candidate for the 5th Congressional District; Dale R. Folwell, Speaker Pro Tempore, N.C. House of Representatives; Erik Salzwedel, trombonist and faculty members at UNC School of the Arts; and Ben Sidran, jazz pianist and author of There was a Fire: Jews Music and the American Dream.

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* Salem Band, directed by Eileen Young; Richard Heard and Peter Kairoff; The Chamber Choir directed by Brian Gorelick; and The University Wind Ensemble, directed by Kevin Bowen and Philip Morgan. The narrator for the concert will be Provost Emeritus, Dr. Edwin G. Wilson.

copies of which, at the author’s request and by his generosity, will be freely distributed at the symposium