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Saturday, April 16 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Southern Accents
Sophie Abramowitz, “Singing ‘Just Because:’ Elvis’ Chimeric Americana”
Grace Elizabeth Hale, “Reckoning: Michael Stipe and the Southern Sound of Early R.E.M.”
Joseph M. Thompson, “Black Speck: The Confounding Country Voice of O.B. McClinton”

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Charles L. Hughes

Charles L. Hughes is Director of the Memphis Center at Rhodes College. He is the author of Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South (University of North Carolina Press, 2015). He has spoken and published widely in race and popular music in the U.S. He is also a musician and songwriter. “‘I Don’t Want No R-E-S-P-E-C-T’: The Disruptive Black Southernness of Brittany Howard” | In October 2015... Read More →


Sophie Abramowitz

Sophie Abramowitz is a PhD candidate in the English department of the University of Virginia, focusing on American literature, critical race and gender studies, and popular music. Her dissertation examines the role of song collection in the Harlem Renaissance. She is also an archival assistant at the Alan Lomax Archive with experience as an oral historian and radio DJ, and, along with her colleague, is currently working on a forthcoming... Read More →

Grace Elizabeth Hale

Grace Elizabeth Hale is the Commonwealth Chair of American Studies and Professor of History at the University of Virginia. She has written for many publications including the New York Times. Her books include Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South (Vintage). Her current project is Cool Town: Athens, Georgia and the Promise of Alternative Culture in Reagan’s America. Before graduate school, she played in band and owned a... Read More →
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Joseph M. Thompson

Joseph M. Thompson is a doctoral candidate in the University of Virginia’s Corcoran Department of History, where he specializes in the culture and politics of the U.S. South. His dissertation analyzes the cultural impact of the South’s economic dependence on defense spending after World War II. Prior to attending graduate school, he worked as a musician and most recently scored the ITVS/PBS film Eating Alabama, which won the 2014... Read More →

Saturday April 16, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Hyatt House 201 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109

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