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OyamO to Receive Shirley Verrett Award

by Eilisha Dermont, Center for the Education of Women (for The University Record)01/23/2014

The Women of Color in the Academy Project (WOCAP) is presenting the 2014 Shirley Verrett Award to Charles (OyamO) Gordon, professor of English language and literature, LSA; and theatre and drama, School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

The award ceremony will be from 5-6 p.m. Jan. 30 at Stamps Auditorium on North Campus. A reception at 4:30 p.m. will precede the presentation.The program will include performances by opera singer Marcia Porter, cousin and student of Shirley Verrett, and by Daniel Washington, U-M's associate dean for faculty and multi-cultural affairs and professor of voice.

The Shirley Verrett Award, named after the late U-M professor and world-renowned African-American opera singer, is given to a faculty member whose work supports the success of female students or faculty in the arts and who come from diverse cultural and racial backgrounds.

OyamO, a celebrated playright, is praised both for his attention to and mentoring of students, as well as his "understanding of human life past racial and ethnic differences."

He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama and has been the recipient of multiple fellowships. His plays have been performed in theaters across the country.

WOCAP also will pay tribute to Lester Monts, senior vice provost for academic affairs, and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Music (Ethnomusicology), for his unwavering support and advocacy for WOCAP, and his vision for establishing the Shirley Verrett Award as a way of keeping her legacy alive at U-M.

This event is free and open to the public but registration is requested. A shuttle bus from Central Campus is being arranged and more details will be sent to registrants.

WOCAP was founded by a group of female faculty of color at the university in 1994. It is funded by the Office of the Provost and administered through the Center for the Education of Women.

The goals of WOCAP are to:

  • Highlight the contributions women of color faculty make to the university community and to society at large.
  • Build a campuswide network of women of color faculty that serves as a support system for their research undertakings, academic career development, and enhanced career satisfaction, thus supporting their retention.
  • Advocate on behalf of women of color faculty, graduate students and postdocs by working collectively for progressive institutional change with the goal of creating healthy and equitable environments in which to engage in scholarly activity.
  • Serve as a model for future recruitment and retention programs for women of color faculty at both national and international levels.



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October 2014

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July 2014

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Dance, Peter Sparling is a recipient of a Distinguished University Professorship. Effective September 1, Sparling will be a Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished University Professor. This appointment is one of the highest honors the University can bestow upon a faculty member.   07/18/2014

Professor Patricia Hall will be presenting her paper, "Alban Berg's 'Guilt' by Association to the Music, Censorship and Meaning in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union conference at the Colburn School in Los Angeles this August.   07/12/2014

April 2014

Prof. Ed Sarath Receives U-M's "Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award" 04/21/2014

Professor Kuster Wins Prestigious OPERA America Grant 04/04/2014

Professor Mukherji to Speak in London this July 04/04/2014

Áine Heneghan, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, will present her research on Schoenberg's Formenlehre at the following conferences, all in 2014: Music Theory Midwest (Appleton, WI), the Eighteenth Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music (Toronto, Canada), EuroMAC (Leuven, Belgium), and the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory (Milwaukee).   04/01/2014

March 2014

U-M UpstART Festival Begins 03/31/2014

A Multimedia Installation on Climate Change 03/28/2014

Wayne Petty, Associate Professor of Music Theory, will read his paper, "Some Multimovement Designs in C. P. E. Bach's Late Keyboard Sonatas" at the Seventh EuroMac conference, which will gather scholars from all music theory societies in Europe in Leuven, Belgium, from 17 to 21 September, 2014.  An adaptation of the paper will be presented to the Society for Music Theory in Milwaukee in the Fall of 2014.   03/26/2014

Walter Everett, Professor of Music Theory, announces the publication of Los Beatles como músicos: De Revolver de la Antología (Buenos Aires: Eterna Cadencia, 2013), the Spanish translation of his The Beatles as Musicians: Revolver through the Anthology (Oxford University Press, 1999).   03/21/2014

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Prof. Korsyn presents keynote in The Hague, serves in scholarly appointments 03/14/2014

December 2013

In January 2014 Professor Wayne Petty will read the paper, "Wilhelm Fischer and the Fortspinnung-type Sonata Exposition," at the Seventh International Conference on Music Theory in Tallin and Pärnu, Estonia.  The conference theme is "Musical Form: Mapping the Territories."   12/17/2013

AmeriGrove II, edited by Professor Charles Garrett, is published 12/13/2013

November 2013

Gosman Presents Beethoven Research 11/16/2013

Department of Music Theory Announces Visiting Speakers of 2014 11/16/2013

Everett Launches Beatles Observances 11/16/2013

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September 2013

SMTD Welcomes New Faculty 09/27/2013

Ramon Satyendra, associate professor of music theory, has published his essay, "Morphisms of Generalized Interval Systems and PR-Groups" (co-authored with Thomas Fiore and Thomas Noll), in Journal of Mathematics and Music 7/1.   09/20/2013

Alan Gosman Co-authors New Beethoven Book 09/06/2013

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Professor Ashley Lucas and three Theatre & Drama students are engaged in an intensive exchange program with UniRio in Rio de Janiero, Brazil this summer, where they are blogging about their experiences in UniRio's prison arts program and more.   07/12/2013

June 2013

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Holly Hughes, professor of interarts performance in the Department of Theatre & Drama, was profiled in Hyperallergic, an online magazine about art and culture, which included a Q&A with Hughes about her role as one of the "NEA Four."   06/06/2013

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