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DATE: May 16, 2005

Gospel music talk set at new Arab American National Museum

DEARBORN---Humanities Prof. Deborah Smith Pollard, director of the African and African American Studies Program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, will present "Gospel Music: A Changing Beat, A Constant Theology" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn.

Pollard's talk, which is free and open to the public, will be paired with a presentation by Halim El-Dabh, composer and professor at Kent State University, who will discuss "Sufi: Reflections and Origins." The session will explore relationships between Islamic Sufi music and Gospel music and how traditional musical forms shape and are shaped by new environments.

The event is part of a symposium called "Exploring New Forms and Meanings: the Intersection of Audience, Ideas, and Art" at the Arab American National Museum in conjunction with the museum's inaugural art exhibition titled "IN/VISIBLE--Contemporary Art by Arab Americans," which runs May 19-21.

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