The Global Carnival of Harry Belafonte (Parts 1 and 2)

Fifty and Better FABulous Summer Lecture Series

The Global Carnival of Harry Belafonte (Parts 1 and 2)

In his seven-decade long career, Harry Belafonte is known for his hit recordings, groundbreaking motion pictures, and activism on behalf of equal rights and other causes. In this two-part lecture, we will look at his recording career, which began in the jazz nightclubs of New York City and then circumnavigating the world. We will learn how Belafonte abandoned a promising career as a jazz singer to take on the more meaningful work of a folk music scholar, capturing the lively flavor and romance of the West Indies. He expanded upon it by seeking out songs from many world cultures and introducing them to audiences via his records and personal appearances. 

Part 1: The Reluctant King of Calypso, 1949 - 1959

Part 2: Global Carnival Ambassador, 1960 - 1998

Cary Ginell is a Grammy-nominated writer and author of 12 books on American music. After a 30-year career in radio, he has spent the last 20 years as a public speaker, talking about music in classrooms, at conferences, and on cruise ships. Ginell previously served as President of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, an international organization of music scholars and world-renowned institutions. He holds a master’s degree in Folklore from UCLA and a bachelor’s in Radio/TV/Film from California State University, Northridge.

Registration is required. Each independent, 2-hour lecture is $10.

Fifty and Better was designed to offer university-level courses and lectures (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field, and to host social engagement activities for people age 50 and older. All two-hour lectures in the FABulous Summer Lecture Series are open to all ages.



Register by July 19 (for Part 1) and July 26 (for Part 2) by 3 p.m.

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Christina Tierney