Nadine Hubbs Colloquium

Country Music for the Resistance
March 17, 2017 - 3:30pm
Old Cabell Hall, Room 107

The University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music presents a free colloquium by Nadine Hubbs in 107 Old Cabell Hall at 3:30pm on Friday March 17th, 2017.

The title of her talk is Country Music for the Resistance
Since the 1970s American country music and the social group it symbolizes, the white working class, have been marked as politically conservative and bigoted. Examining progressive expression in popular country songs from the “long seventies” and more recent times, this talk exposes the reductiveness of such views and how they work to uphold bourgeois supremacy and privilege. It points to the costs of the middle class’s exclusive hold on “tolerance” and argues for recognition of white working-class progressivism, past and present, to foster coalition and resistance in the current crisis.

Nadine Hubbs is a musicologist, gender-sexuality and class theorist, and cultural historian. Her work has treated American and British popular and classical music of the twentieth century to the present, including Bernstein and the Copland-Thomson circle, 1970s disco, Morrissey, Radiohead, Springsteen, and postwar country. She is the author of many essays and articles and two books, The Queer Composition of America’s Sound (California 2004) and Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music (California 2014), which between them have been recognized by the American Historical Association, American Musicological Society, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, IASPM-US, Society for American Music, and Choice magazine. Her research and public scholarship have been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Salon, Slate, BBC, Pacifica Radio, and other media. Her newest project is titled Country Mexicans. She is professor of Women’s Studies and Music, faculty associate of American Culture, and director of the Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA's historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda (map). Parking is available in the Central Grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner.  Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.

All programs are subject to change.


McIntire Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176