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The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) together with the Brazil Initiative at LACS feature presenters from diverse disciplines. LACS organizes and sponsors more than 50 public lectures, workshops, performances, and conferences over the course of the academic year. 

In addition to our yearly programming, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) and the Brazil Initiative at LACS are happy to consider funding requests to co-sponsor lectures, events, performances,  and activities that coincide with the center's mission to promote a broad and deep understanding of the region. Request to co-sponsor an event »

Musical Instruments of Nueva Canción: Sounds of Resistance in Latin America

Friday, November 17, 2023
4:30-7:00 PM
Watkins Lecture Hall Earl V. Moore Building Map
Amid the political turmoil and violence of Chilean politics in the 1960s, musicians looked to folk forms and Indigenous instruments to create a new type of popular music: Nueva Canción. With populist themes and a fusion of styles, Nueva Canción quickly spread beyond Chile throughout Latin America as a protest movement against fascist dictatorships, military regimes, and colonial intervention.

With generous support from the U-M Arts Initiative and the Virginia Martin Howard Lecture Series Endowment, the Stearns Collection presents a mini-conference on the instruments, music, and social significance of Nueva Canción.

Free and open to the public; light refreshments provided.

U-M Lecturer Ryan Bodiford will present a talk entitled “Signs of Defiance: Instruments as Ideological Indices in Chilean Nueva Canción.” Professor Emerita Nancy Morris of Temple University will follow with her talk “Musical Resistance and Activism: 50 Years of New Song in Chile.” Maria Castillo, flutist and Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville, will discuss and play recordings of Nueva Canción that she grew up listening to.

Attendees are also invited to visit an exhibit featuring the Indigenous instruments of Nueva Canción on the third floor of the Moore Building.
Building: Earl V. Moore Building
Cost: Free - no tickets required
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Culture, Diversity, Free, Interdisciplinary, Lecture, Media, Music, North Campus, Research, Scholarship, Social Impact, Talk
Source: Happening @ Michigan from School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Arts Initiative