Empire State of Mind: Race, Music and Global Democracy Promotion


Dr. Hisham Aidi


Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 4:00pm

Maginnes Hall, Room 102 

Aidi will talk about the intermingling between Islam and music in post-war America. He will discuss the post-9/11 attempts to revive the jazz diplomacy program of the 1950s, and the State Department's current efforts to use hip hop - and more broadly the civil rights movement - for democracy promotion, strategic communication and perception management in the Muslim world. He will examine how American and British music diplomacy fits into larger attempts to promote a liberal Islam.

Hisham Aidi received his PhD in political science from Columbia University, and has taught at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, and at the Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Redeploying the State (Palgrave 2008). He is also the editor with Manning Marable of an edited volume titled Black Routes to Islam (Palgrave 2009). As a journalist, he has written for various outlets including Al Jazeera, The New African, ColorLines, Souls and Middle East Report. Aidi was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2009, and a Global Fellow at the Open Society Foundation in 2011. He is currently a Lecturer at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs - and is author most recently of Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture (Pantheon 2014).

Co-sponsors: Africana Studies, Center for Global Islamic Studies, and Global Studies.

This lecture meets 5 x 10 requirement Identity Development for first year students. 

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