Symposium Examines Immigration Effect on Mexican Music Scene in California

Symposium Examines Immigration Effect on Mexican Music Scene in California

1/14/14 ASHLAND, Ohio - The Ashland University College of Arts and Sciences’ Symposium Against Indifference: Engaging Latin America and the Caribbean presents a program that examines the immigration effect on the Mexican music scene in California. The presentation by Josh Kun, associate professor of communication and director of the Norman Lear Center's Popular Music Project at USC Annenberg, will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Trustees Room of the Myers Convocation Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Professor Kun has conducted research on the regional Mexican music scene in California and what the songs of artists tell us about issues of immigration, cultural identity, transnational media and U.S.-Mexico border politics. He is the author or editor of several books, including the American Book Award winning “Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America”; the co-edited anthologies “Tijuana Dreaming: Life and Art at the Global Border”; “Sound Clash: Listening to American Studies,” and most recently, his collaboration with The Library Foundation of Los Angeles for Angel City Press, “Songs in the Key of Los Angeles: Sheet Music from the Collection of the Los Angeles Public Library.”

As a curator, his exhibitions, music installations and concerts have appeared at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Getty Center, The Grammy Museum, Grand Performances, The Los Angeles Central Library and the Autry National Center. He co-edits the book series “Refiguring American Music” for Duke University Press and co-runs the non-profit record label and digital archive The Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation.

For more information about the Symposium Against Indifference, visit or contact Dr. Christopher Swanson, professor of mathematics, at or 419.289.5264.  

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