Steven Feld to speak at UH Hilo as part of UH Distinguished Lecture Series

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Date: Monday, January 13, 2003
Contact: Dr. April Komenaka, (808) 974-7476

For Immediate Release


Steven Feld, professor of ethnomusicology

Steven Feld, professor of ethnomusicology at Columbia University, presents a public lecture entitled "Nostalgia and Modernity: On the cris-crossed
histories of Hawaiian guitars, Papua New Guinea string bands, Appalachian soundtracks, and September 11th" at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo on
Friday, January 31 at 3 p.m. in the new University Classroom Building 100. Feld's talk is part of the University of Hawai`i Distinguished Lecture Series.

Feld focuses on the research of anthropology of sound involving intersections of music, linguistics, acoustic ecology, and media studies. His main ethnographic project since the mid- 1970s, and many of his print and sound publications, concern the acoustemology of Kaluli, people of the Bosavi rainforest of Papua New Guinea. Since the mid-1980s, he has also developed a second research project, on music globalization, schizophonia, and the emergence of world music.

Feld is a jazz musician, cinematographer, record producer, political activist, and recipient of the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for outstanding achievement.

Feld's path breaking book "Sound and Sentiment," links the sounds of nature, music, and lament in Papua New Guinea, and earned the J.I. Staley
Prize in anthropology in 1991. His innovative book on the processes and politics of music making, written as a series of interactive jazz-like riffs with fellow musician-scholar Charles Keil, won the Chicago Folklore Prize in 1995.

His work however, has not been limited to the world of books. He has been a creative force in bringing together global concerns for the rainforest and indigenous peoples through music, film, Web sites, and political activism.

Feld graduated with a B.A. from Hofstra University in 1971 and continued on at Indiana University in 1979, gaining a Ph.D in the Department of Anthropology. He has held positions in anthropology and music at New York University, the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Feld's lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, Department of Music, the Center for Pacific Island Studies, and the International Cultural Studies Certificate Program.


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