7th Annual Shirley Verrett Award Ceremony, February 12, 2018

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February 12, 2018 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Stamps Auditorium

The Women of Color in the Academy Project (WOCAP) will present its 7th Annual Shirley Verrett Award on February 12th, 2018 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at Stamps Auditorium on U-M's North Campus. The award will be given to Dr. Naomi André, an Associate Professor in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Women’s Studies, as well as the Residential College where she serves as Associate Director for Faculty. A reception honoring Dr. André will immediately follow in the lobby.

Dr. André was selected as the recipient of this award in recognition of her scholarship and musicological inquiry into the representation of race, voice, and gender, her deep commitment to diversity as an educational mission, and her contributions to teaching and mentoring women of color scholars in the arts.

Dr. André’s publications include topics on Italian opera, Arnold Schoenberg, women composers, and teaching opera in prisons. Her forthcoming book, Black Opera, History, Power, Engagement (University of Illinois Press, Spring 2018) focuses on how opera has become a unique arena for expressing blackness and presenting new narratives about the intersections of race, gender, and nation, in the West (United States and Europe) as well as in South Africa. Her earlier books, Voicing Gender: Castrati, Travesti, and the Second Woman in Early Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera (2006) and Blackness in Opera (2012, co-edited collection) focus on opera from the nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries and explore constructions of gender, race, and identity.

The event is free and open to the public; however, registration is requested.

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The Shirley Verrett Award

The Shirley Verrett Award was created in 2011 by the Office of the Senior Vice Provost in honor of the late Shirley Verrett, a teacher who "would have walked the world over for her students." Ms. Verrett was a James Earl Jones Distinguished University Professor of Voice at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, as well as an internationally acclaimed opera singer who was one of the pioneering leaders in the generation of black opera singers. Ms. Verrett performed over 40 roles all over the world during the course of her illustrious four decade career.

The Shirley Verrett Award recognizes a faculty member whose work - teaching, performance, scholarship, or service - supports the success of female students or faculty in the arts who come from diverse cultural and racial backgrounds. The Shirley Verrett award is administered by the Women of Color in the Academy Project (WOCAP) at CEW.