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Trajectories in Contemporary Gospel (1980s–present)

June 23, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Religion and the History of Black Music

From the Rise of Gospel to the Reign of Hip Hop

May 26 – August 4, 2021


Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

6:00PM–7:00PM ET

Trajectories in Contemporary Gospel (1980s–present)

Professor Sorett focuses in on the years that follow the period typically considered to be the Gospel genre’s “golden age.” Joined by UVA Professor Claudrena Harold, historian and author of When Sunday Comes: Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip Hop Era, they discuss developments in Gospel music from the 1970s to the present.


Religion and the History of Black Music Series
Join Josef Sorett, Professor of Religion and African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University, for this six-part series run in coordination with two Columbia Summer Session courses: Gospel Music in Modern America and Religion and the History of Hip Hop.

The series brings together scholars, musicians, media workers, and fans for a discussion of the evolving role of religion in shaping the history of Black music. Each Wednesday will be organized around a selection of songs that guests will discuss as a means for thinking about the play between religion and music during a specific moment in time.

For full details and information, please visit the Religion and History of Black Music Series website.

For questions, please contact [email protected].