Posted on March 29, 2017, BY Matt Hughes

Sonic conceptualist artist Abby Dobson will perform and lead a music workshop on Wednesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre inside the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University. The event is free and open to the public and is part of the Griot Institute's The Black Body (Re)Considered spring lecture series. 

Dobson's sound is an alchemy of R&B/soul, jazz, classic pop, classical, gospel, blues and folk that erases musical boundaries. She has performed at legendary venues such as S.O.B.'s, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, The Apollo Theater, Joe's Pub, Blue Note Jazz Club and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She won BlackPlanet.com's Soul Beach Music Festival's First Annual Competition and was featured in GIANT magazine's September 2009 issue as an artist to watch. She was featured three times as a singer/songwriter at the New York Songwriter's Circle and was a finalist in the R&B category of the John Lennon Song Writing Competition for her song "Deeply," which was featured on television shows The Shield, Jack & Jill and Any Day Now. She has also lent backing vocals to artists ranging from John Legend to Talib Kweli.

The event is co-sponsored by the English department.   

The Black Body (Re)Considered series is intended to engage the campus community and beyond in an extended conversation about the black body from multiple disciplinary perspectives. It is rooted in questions about the intersections of identity, race, gender, sexuality, historical context and agency, particularly as they concern representations and realities of the black body as impacted by racism, as well as aesthetic, economic, sociological and psychological inequalities. This conversation is particularly critical in light of the crises of the present moment, which are linked to and inextricable derive from the realities of the past. 

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