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Release: Sept. 5, 2001

Public Enemy's Chuck D to highlight UI conference on popular music

Scholars of popular music and culture from around the world will gather in Iowa City Sept. 13-16 for a national conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. Rapper Chuck D, of Public Enemy, will kick off the conference Thursday, Sept. 13, with a free, public presentation, "Rap Music and the Politics of Difference," at 6 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Venise Berry, interim director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said the conference would include topics representing the full spectrum of scholarship in the area of popular music. Scheduled discussions include Women Making Music, African Music in the World, Music and Technology, Musical Masculinities, and many more. Jim DeRogatis, rock critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, will give the keynote address during the luncheon on Friday, Sept. 14.

"I am excited to bring this conference to Iowa City because it's such a great opportunity to showcase all that we have to offer here at the University of Iowa," Berry said.

Berry and T.M. Scruggs, an assistant professor of music in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Division of Performing Arts, are the conference coordinators. The International Association for the Study of Popular Music is an international organization established to promote inquiry, scholarship and analysis in the area of popular music. It was founded in 1981 and has nearly 600 members worldwide.

Chuck D's presentation is free and open to the public, but those interested in attending any other conference session should contact Berry in advance at venise-berry@uiowa.edu

Following is a schedule of conference activities, which will be held in the Sheraton Hotel, downtown Iowa City.

Friday, September 14

Session 1: 9-10:20 a.m.

Concurrent panel discussions: Method and Theory in Popular Music Studies; Women Making Music; Bob Dylan: Ambiguous Icon

Session 2: 10:30-11:50 a.m.

Concurrent panel discussions: African Music in the World; High/Low: Popular Music and the Avant-Garde; Analyzing Popular Songs

Lunch: 12-1:45 p.m.

Keynote speaker Jim DeRogatis, Chicago Sun-Times rock critic

Session 3: 2:00-3:45 p.m.

Concurrent panel discussions: The Significance of Local and Virtual Popular Music Scenes in Everyday Life; Racial Significations; Constructing Gender in Popular Music

Session 4: 4-5:45 p.m.

Concurrent panel discussions: Hip Hop and Rave Cultures; Identities Under Construction; Musical Masculinities

Saturday, September 15

Session 1: 9-10:20 a.m.

Concurrent panel discussions: Music and Technology: Recording and Reproduction; Screening Music: Film and Video; National and Global Perspectives

Session 2: 10:30-11:50 a.m.

Concurrent panel discussions: Music and Technology: Computerized Circuits; Shifting Identities: Musical Articulations of the Other; Gender, Sexuality and Popular Song in the Early 20th Century

Session 3: 2:00-3:45 p.m.

Concurrent panel discussions: Pressing Pop: Rock Criticism, Rock Writing; Popular Music in Europe; Representing Blackness in American Popular Music

Session 4: 4-6 p.m. (Plenary session)

Girls Can't Do What the Boys Can Do: A Roundtable Discussion on Gender, Authenticity, and Popular Music