06-27-19 | Songs for Listening | Laurent Dubois
Laurent Dubois, professor of Romance Studies and History, and the founder of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke, picked tunes for Thursday, June 27 at Songs for Listening; appropriately, a mix of DC punk rock, Black banjo tunes, and a choice Baaba Maal track thrown in for good measure.
In addition to his work as faculty and founder of FHI, from 2010 to 2013, Laurent was co-director of the Haiti Laboratory of the Franklin Humanities Institute. He's the author of five books, including Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution and A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804, which won the Frederick Douglass Prize. Laurent also writes about the politics of soccer, with Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France and as the founding editor of the Soccer Politics Blog. Laurent's most recent books are Haiti: The Aftershocks of History and The Banjo: America’s African Instrument. His latest book, The Language of the Game: How to Understand Soccer, was published in March 2018. Laurent's writing has appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times.
'Blueprint' by Fugazi from 'Repeater'
'Poor Black Sheep' by Nathan Frazier & Frank Patterson from 'Recording Black Culture'
'Swann Street' by Three (3) from 'Dark Days Coming'
'Mariama' by Baaba Maal from 'Mother Afrika'
'John Henry' by James Roberts from 'Black Banjo Songsters of North Carolina & Virginia'