Mielke to Present about Musician Sun Ra

Bob Mielke, professor of English will present, “I’m Going to Outer Space As Fast As I Can: Sun Ra, Afro-Futurism and Motivated Signifying,” at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in Barnett Hall 2226. 

Mielke will discuss Sun Ra, the late musician known for his cosmic philosophies and Arkestra (orchestra) concerts, and his demonstration of “motivated signifying.” Audio clips of Sun Ra’s concert will play to convey the visual aspects of his art.

The presentation will also focus on Sun Ra’s activism and conversation through his music that occurred in the south side of Chicago, Ill., during the 1950s that scholar John Corbett labels “Afro-Futurism.”

This event is sponsored by the Department of Society and Environment.

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