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Spotlight: Gender, Race, Music, Philosophy - and Lady Gaga

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Combine intellectual curiosity into a relaxed cocktail setting and you have UNC Charlotte’s next Personally Speaking author lecture series. The event, free and open to the public, will feature philosophy professor, electronic musician, and classically trained oboist, Robin James, on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 6:00 PM at UNC Charlotte Center City in Uptown Charlotte.

James’ recently published book, The Conjectural Body: Gender, Race, and the Philosophy of Music, challenges two cultural assumptions: first, how we usually understand the relationship between music and the body; and second, the generally negative stereotypes of both women and popular music. It delivers a groundbreaking new perspective on both music and gender, exploring how music is not merely a product or example of gender and race, but that all three areas are strongly interrelated.

Guests will enjoy James’ engaging speaking style and thought-provoking subject matter; a recent performance by international pop artist Lady Gaga will be used to illustrate the topic’s cerebral, modern flavor.

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James is a faculty associate of UNC Charlotte’s Center for Professional and Applied Ethics and serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. In addition to her numerous teaching and research pursuits, she plays with the band citation:obsolete and occasionally DJs under the name doctaj.

A pre-reception begins at 6:00 PM, with James’ presentation beginning at 6:30 PM. The larger reception and a book signing immediately follow on UNC Charlotte’s Center City’s second floor, offering an impressive space to mingle and enjoy the amazing view of uptown Charlotte.

Space is limited. Register at 704-687-0085 or email to reserve your seats. More information is available online.

Please watch the video to learn more about James and her research.