CMCI’s own Dr Harvey G Cohen starts a series of 2013 public speaking events this weekend, contributing to the “Rest Is Noise” festival going on throughout the year at the Southbank Centre in London. As part of a weekend programme focusing on the United States, Cohen will give short lectures about the significance of Charles Chaplin (on a programme starting at 12:30PM) and Duke Ellington (on a programme starting at 2:00PM) on Saturday 23 March on level 4 of the Royal Festival Hall.
“The Rest Is Noise” festival is based on a book of the same name by New Yorker columnist Alex Ross that documents the history of international art music (especially classical and jazz) during the twentieth-century.
Cohen will also speak about his next book “Footlight Parade and Hollywood’s New Deal” on three occasions in the coming months. The book focuses on Hollywood in 1933, especially the internationally successful Warner Bros. musical “Footlight Parade.” It features much new material concerning movie stars and famous executives, and takes a novel approach to viewing President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal program and movie industry labor conditions.
- On 22 April 2013, Cohen will be part of the “Movies for Hard Times: Hollywood and the Great Depression” conference at the British Library, an event co-organised by the University College London Institute of the Americas and the British Library’s Eccles Centre for American Studies.
- On 28 June 2013, Cohen will present a paper at the biannual American History Symposium at Queen Mary University, sponsored, as usual, by Eric Foner of Columbia University, one of the preeminent scholars of American history.
This year, the theme of the symposium is “Arts in America.”
- Sometime between 27-30 June 2013 (but obviously not on the 28th!), Cohen will also speak about his forthcoming book at the 2013 Film & Media Conference at the Institute of Education Conference Centre at the University of London. Time and date to be determined.
The graphic used in this post is an original 1933 poster from the film Footlight Parade. Though some may be unhappy about this development, Cohen warns potential audiences that no dancing chorus girls or tuxedoed gents will be present at the presentations listed above, even if they do appear on the poster provided.