All are cordially invited to the October 2 noonartsound: a MAP (Music, Art, Politics) for the Upcoming Elections, featuring Susan Anderson-Benson, Tim Lynch, and Heather Shirey. This politically flavored presentation includes Susan Anderson-Benson, performing motivational campaign songs of yesteryear on the piano; Dr. Heather Shirey will discuss how art has been used to project ideas about political power and authority over time and across cultures; and Dr. Tim Lynch will address key themes that have emerged during the 2018 primary election season in the United States and what we can expect to see in the upcoming midterm elections
About our speakers:
Susan Anderson-Benson (Program Manager for the Selim Center since 2005) is occasional instructor for music courses in the Center's lecture series and event programming. She has taught music since 1974, and earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in music from the University of Minnesota and is currently ABD in ethnomusicology. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, the international music fraternity, and is the past president of the Minneapolis/St. Paul alumnae chapter. An active performer, her passion is sharing the "story behind the music" and engaging others in music-making.
Dr. Tim Lynch (Assistant Professor of Political Science) teaches courses on research methods and substantive courses in American politics that focus on the confluence of institutions and behavior. His research interests include elections, representation, and gender in politics. His work has appeared in American Politics Research, Politics & Gender, Congress & the Presidency, Politics, Groups, and Identities, and the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy.
Dr. Heather Shirey (Associate Professor, Art History) joined the faculty at the University of St. Thomas in 2006. Her research and teaching are shaped by the idea that as art historians and citizens of the world, we must all engage deeply and analytically with visual culture, both in the classroom and in our everyday lives. Her teaching and research are focused on art of the African Diaspora in Brazil, the Caribbean, Europe, and the United States.