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	Memory, Imagination, and Roots in the Music and Literature of
Syrian-Lebanese Immigrants and their Descendants in Brazil

A lecture by A.J. Racy, UCLA and Robert Moser, University of Georgia

Friday, March 05, 2010
3:00 PM  - 5:00 PM
352 Haines Hall

	Dr. A. J. Racy is a performer, composer and Professor of
Ethnomusicology at the University of California at Los Angeles. Born in
Lebanon, he comes from a well-known family of artists, scholars, and
academicians. Racy is internationally recognized for his extraordinary
musicianship and his numerous publications, including his award-winning
book, Making Music in the Arab World: The Culture and Artistry of Tarab
(Cambridge University Press, 2003). He is a master of many traditional
instruments, particularly the nay, a reed-flute, and the buzuq, a
long-necked fretted lute. He has performed extensively in Lebanon and
has appeared in major U.S. theaters, such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy
Center, and the Hollywood Bowl and at international venues, including
the Beiteddine Festival in Lebanon and the Commonwealth Institute in
London. He has composed and performed for the Kronos Quartet and the
Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, as well as for feature and documentary
films. His music has been released on a number of CDs, including three
Lyrichord albums, Ancient Egypt, Taqasim, and Mystical Legacies, and on
a Kronos Quartet release titled Caravan. Dr. Racy is the recipient of
numerous honors and tributes from a variety of cultural institutions for
his outstanding artistry and his continuous work toward greater
intercultural understanding and cooperation. 


	Dr. Robert Moser is an Associate Professor of Portuguese,
Brazilian, and Lusophone African Literature and Culture at the
University of Georgia. His published articles and reviews have appeared
in various journals including Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies,
Hispania, Leituras: Revista da Biblioteca Nacional, Imago Mundi,
Luso-Brazilian Review, as well as the volume Images of the Corpse. Much
of his work has been focused on the figure of the dead and the
expressions of haunting and mourning in Luso-Brazilian literature.
Recent research in this area focuses more specifically on the topos of
the posthumous and other narrative "dislocations" in Machado de Assis's
novels, short stories, poetry, and cronicas. Moser's book The
Carnivalesque Defunto: Death and the Dead in Modern Literature was
published in 2008. Moser teaches Luso-Brazilian Theater and has
translated selected plays by Brazilian playwright Augusto Boal (founder
of the Theater of the Oppressed), including As Aventuras do Tio
Patinhas, which was produced by UGA's Theater Department in Spring 2008.
Moser's recent teaching and research projects have also focused on
immigrant literature in the Lusophone World, both in Brazil and North
America. He is the co-editor of an anthology of writings by
Luso-American authors, forthcoming with Rutgers University Press.



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