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James Winders, professor of history at Appalachian State University, will give talks about issues relating to African musicians in France Thursday and Friday at Hogg Hall. Both events are open to the campus community.

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Winders will discuss “Musicians of the African Diaspora in Contemporary Paris” 8 p.m. Thursday. The lecture will cover the history of the immigration of African musicians to France, the new culture in French music that developed from it, and the change in French policy from welcoming African musicians to the harsh restrictions imposed on them. He also will host a less formal brown bag event noon Friday.

The discussions will be based on research Winders has conducted for “Paris africain: Rhythms of the African Diaspora,” a book manuscript under contract for publication by Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press.

Winders also is the author of European Culture Since 1848: From Modern to Postmodern and Beyond (Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press, 2001), Gender, Theory, and the Canon (The University of Wisconsin Press, 1991), and Reading for Difference: Texts on Gender, Race, and Class (with Melissa E. Barth and Thomas McLaughlin, Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1993). He is the recipient of a 2004-2005 National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship.

His visit to campus has been organized by Robert Weiner, Jones Professor of History.

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