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Violin Professor Discusses Florence Price Preservation Project in New ‘Short Talks From the Hill’

Short Talks From The Hill, a podcast from the University of Arkansas, highlights research and scholarly work across campus. Each segment features a university researcher discussing his or her work. DeLani Bartlette: Hello and welcome to Short Talks From the Hill, a podcast from the University of Arkansas. My name is DeLani Bartlette. On this episode, Er-Gene Kahng, graduate chair of violin in the music department discusses her work on the Florence Price Preservation Project, which aims to bring previously overlooked composer’s works to a wider audience. Welcome Er-Gene. Er-Gene Kahng: Thank you. DB: So, would you talk a...

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Arts and Humanities Seed Grants Will Help Fund Movie, Recording, Art and More

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development has awarded faculty research grants through its annual Arts and Humanities Seed Grant Program. The $25,000 program provided five awards of $5,000 each to tenure-track faculty engaged in scholarly and/or creative activity in the arts and humanities. In selecting grant recipients, the award committee prioritized projects for which external funding opportunities are limited. The five funded projects for 2017 are: A world-premiere recording of Florence Price’s violin concertos. Price, a Little Rock native who died in 1953, was the first black woman to be recognized as a major...

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Echoes from the Past: Preserving the Voices of the Ozarks

Pictured above: Tim Nutt and Lora Lennertz archive Ozark Folksongs at Mullins Library in Special Collections. | Photo by Matt Reynolds Mary Celestia Parler made it possible for some Arkansans to hear the voices of their grandparents for the first time. Parler began the University of Arkansas Folklore Project in 1949. She and her students spent 16 years trekking across the Ozarks collecting more than 4,000 audio files – folksongs, folk tales, instrumentals and countless conversations. Descendants of her subjects are naturally fascinated by these recordings, finding familiar voices among the hand-labeled boxes of tapes. Professor Robert B. Cochran of...

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