Drawn from her recent book, Everything Man, this talk announces “antiphonal life” as a uniquely conceived strategy of the polymath movement artist Paul Robeson. His ascension in scale, from raw element to mountain peak, reveals the failures of the suppressive state and the achievements of The People in their demand to hear and be heard.
Shana L. Redmond (she|her) is a public-facing scholar and the author of Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora (NYU 2014) and Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson (Duke 2020). In 2019 she contributed the critical liner essay for the vinyl soundtrack release for Jordan Peele’s film, Us (Waxwork Records). She is Professor of Musicology and African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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