Alexander S. Dent

The Musicology Colloquium Series kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 6 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. in the University of New Mexico Hibben Center, room 110. The opening program features Alexander Dent, associate professor of anthropology at George Washington University. He delivers, “Hey, if I should Grab Ya: ‘College Country’ and Rural Cosmopolitanism in Brazil.”

Dent’s discussion focuses on the way Brazilian forms of rural public culture – including country music and rodeo – contribute to the local rural traditions while also fashioning the country. Dent’s current project explores the unauthorized copying of CDs and DVDs in the state of São Paolo.

Dent is a linguistic and sociocultural anthropologist. His first book, “River of Tears: Country Music, Memory and Modernity in Brazil,” (Duke University Press, 2009) is the first ethnography of Brazilian rural performance. Dent received a bachelor’s in anthropology from Princeton University in 1993, and his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2003.

Mark your calendars for the remainder of the Musicology Colloquium Series. All installments are at the same time and location.

Thursday, March 13, Beth Levy, associate professor, Department of Music, University of California, Davis. She will present on American music and composers in the Wild West. Title TBD.

Thursday, April 17, Michelle Bigenho, associate professor of anthropology and Africana & Latin American Studies at Colgate University, presents, “Playing Someone Else’s Music: The Intimate Distance of Indigeneity.”

The Musicology Colloquium Series is sponsored by the UNM departments of music and anthropology. All events are free and open to the public.