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Most of the readings assigned for the day are accessible at libraries, bookshops (including the St. Olaf Bookstore), or online.
Readings for the day:
Lawrence Levine, "Jazz and American Culture," Journal of American Folklore 102:403 (1989): 6-22
American Conversations Plenary Lecture
"Jazz in American Culture"
David Hagedorn, Artist in Residence Wednesday, December 11, 2013
American Conversations is one of St. Olaf’s signature learning communities. The program explores American history and culture from a variety of disciplinary perspectives that trace American culture from the earliest North American colonies to the present over four courses spanning the first two years of college. From time to time, all students enrolled in the program gather for plenary lectures delivered by one of the program professors or by a guest lecturer from another department.
We invite you to share your thoughts and raise questions (via the "Participate" tab above), and watch a faculty-led follow-up discussion.