Music Specialist Richard Leppert to Talk at Wabash
by Karen Handley
September 9, 2004
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The Wabash College Lecture Committee is pleased to welcome Phi Beta
Kappa Visiting Scholar, Dr. Richard Leppert. Leppert will speak on the
topic of “Water Music, or Caruso in the Jungle” on Tuesday, September 14
at 8 p.m. The lecture will be held in the New Science Building Main
Leppert is the Samuel Russell Distinguished Chair in the Humanities at
the University of Minnesota. His research addresses the relations of
music, imagery, and associated practices to social and cultural
formation, principally revolving around issues of gender, class, and
race in Europe and America from early modernity to the present.
Leppert’s work is shaped by critical theory and the socially grounded
aesthetics of the Frankfurt School; Adorno especially, as well as
poststructuralist cultural theory more generally. He is the author of
seven books, including Art and the Committed Eye: The Cultural
Functions of Imagery. Leppert received his Ph.D. in musicology from
Indiana University in 1973.
In addition to his main public address, Leppert will introduce the film
Fitzcarraldo at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 12. It will take place in the
main lecture hall of the New Science Building. He will also conduct a
seminar on the compelling views of the philosopher Adorno on popular
music at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, September 13 in Center Hall, room 216.
Leppert’s talks are free and open the public.