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Sept. 3, 2009

At A Glance

Osher Institute offers group guitar lessons beginning Sept. 15

Learn basic guitar technique, including first position and barre chords, strumming, folk finger picking and melody line playing, during the Osher Institute's "Group Guitar Workshop: Folk and Classical Styles."

The class will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 15 through Nov. 3, in Room 5159 of the Westlawn Building at the UI.

Deb Pava Singer will use familiar music of the 50s, 60s and 70s, as well as simple classical guitar repertory.

Students should bring a six-string guitar. Beginners are welcome. The course fee is $60 for Osher Institute members and $75 for non-members (which includes membership).

Learn more or register online at, or contact Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221 or for more information.

NEW LOCATION: 'Taping the World' lecture series begins with talk by Joanna Demers Sept. 15

Joanna Demers, associate professor of musicology at the University of Southern California, will present a lecture titled "William Basinski, Tape Loops, and Mourning" as part of the International Programs series "Taping the World: The Global Legacy of a Neglected Technology." The lecture takes place at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Room 107 of the English Philosophy Building on the UI campus..

Demers specializes in 20th- and 21st-century popular and concert music. Her work has appeared in Popular Music, the Journal of Popular Music Studies and the Social Science Research Network, and her monograph, "Steal This Music: How Intellectual Property Law Affects Musical Creativity," won the 2006 Book of the Year award from the Popular Culture Association. Her next book, "Listening Electronically: the Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music," is under contract with Oxford University Press.

"Taping the World: The Global Legacy of a Neglected Technology" is an International Programs Major Project initiative, funded by the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization. John Durham Peters, communication studies professor, and Kembrew McLeod, communication studies associate professor, co-direct the project, which will investigate the cultural, historical, aesthetic and political imprint of tape recording as the single most important medium of sound recording in the last century.


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