Professor Tracy to Deliver Lectures at Debut of Kinsey Art Collection in Hong Kong
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Distinguished Professor Steven C. Tracy of the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies will travel to Hong Kong, China from February 22 through February 27 for a week of lectures, classroom visits, musical concerts, and workshops sponsored by Hong Kong University. Professor Tracy will lecture at the Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery during the international debut of the Kinsey Collection of African American Art and History, a national touring exhibit of authentic and rare art, artifacts, books, documents, and manuscripts that tell the often untold story of African American achievement and contribution. The exhibit has toured around the U.S., and has had an extended run at the Epcot Center at Disney. The Museum and Art Gallery is the oldest continuously operated museum in Hong Kong and over the past sixty years it has built up a diverse collection of ceramics and bronzes dating from the Neolithic period (c. 7000 – c. 2100 BCE) to the Qing dynasty (1644 – 1911), as well as traditional and modern paintings from the Ming (1368 – 1644) to the twenty-first century. Tracy's lecture will be based on an essay he wrote entitled "'Damn That Jim Crow': Blues Songs Confront American Apartheid," dealing with blues songs that comment on the Jim Crow era. The essay will be included in a forthcoming volume to accompany the exhibit to be published by the University of Hawai'i Press. In conjunction with his lecture in Hong Kong, Tracy will also visit and speak about the background information for his essay to an undergraduate class that will be focusing on the exhibit.
An internationally known musician, Professor Tracy will also participate in two musical concerts, one an acoustic set at Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery with famed blues musician Henry Chung. The other will be held at the Foreign Correspondents' Club. They have a long and rich journalistic heritage dating back to their founding in China in 1943, reporting on everything from the Vietnam War to China¹s economic rise and the 2014 Hong Kong pro-democracy protests. As an important media hub, the Club provides a neutral platform for an impressive selection of local and international speakers from the worlds of politics, business, sports and entertainment. The Club¹s core mission is to promote and facilitate journalism of the highest standard, and to promote press freedom across the region. Playing at the FCC is a prestigious gig in Hong Kong, and Steve will be accompanied by a hand-picked band of the area¹s finest blues musicians, dubbed the Hong Kong Blues All Stars. Finally, Steve will be featured at a meeting and workshop with the large and popular Blues Harp Club of Hong Kong.