Ethnomusicologist to Give Lecture

November 20th, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized

Don Hill

Cultural anthropologist Don Hill will be the second speaker in the fifth annual Ralph R. Watkins Africana Studies Lecture Series at SUNY Oneonta. Hill will present “Jim Crow Era Field Recordings 1958—1961” at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Alden Room of the college’s Milne Library. Admission is free, and members of the community are invited to attend.

A professor in the SUNY Oneonta departments of Anthropology and Africana and Latino Studies, Hill has taught courses in Africana Studies, cultural anthropology, folklore and ethnomusicology for more than 30 years. He has published numerous scholarly articles and four books, including “Calypso Calaloo: Early Trinidadian Carnival Music” (University Press of Florida, 1993), co- winner of the 1994 University of Chicago Folklore Prize and one of the first academic books to include a CD.

An authority on Caribbean ethnography and ethnomusicology, Hill has annotated, produced and/or made field recordings for 42 long-playing records and CDs. With a collection of approximately 5,000 Caribbean music recordings dating from 1902 to the present, he has been an expert consultant and music contributor to many film documentaries, public radio broadcasts and other media.

The annual lecture series honors the late Professor Emeritus Ralph Watkins of the SUNY Oneonta History and Africana and Latino Studies departments. A specialist in African-American and American history, Watkins taught at the college for more than 30 years and served as chair of the Africana and Latino Studies Department for more than a decade.

This event is presented by the Department of Africana & Latino Studies with support from the college’s History Department, Center for Multicultural Experiences, Deans’ Offices and Sodexo. More information is available from the Department of Africana and Latino Studies at (607) 436-2619.