Emily Lordi
Apr 07, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lecture or Speaker

The Meaning of Soul

Black Music and Resilience since the 1960s

Emily J. Lordi, Vanderbilt University

In "The Meaning of Soul," Emily J. Lordi proposes a new understanding of this famously elusive concept. In the 1960s, Lordi argues, soul came to signify a cultural belief in black resilience, which was enacted through musical practices. Through these soul techniques, artists such as Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Isaac Hayes, and Minnie Riperton performed virtuosic survivorship and thus helped to galvanize black communities in an era of peril and promise. Their soul legacies were later reanimated by such stars as Prince, Solange Knowles, and Flying Lotus. Dr. Lordi will be presenting on the meaning of soul, on the trajectory of soul music from the 60's to today and will be answering questions from attendees. This event is free and open to all members of the AU community.

This Zoom Event, from 7-8pm on Wednesday April 7th, is accessible via this Zoom. Please contact Robert Reginio for the link.