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Robert O'Meally Explains How 'The Music Demanded Action,' in University Lecture

In an April 26 University Lecture titled "The Music Demanded Action: Rereading Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man," Robert O'Meally discusses ways in which jazz has influenced writers from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Jack Kerouac -- in their rhythm and narrative tone and form – as well as political change, including the civil rights movement.

Lee Bollinger

President Lee C. Bollinger

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Alan Brinkley

Provost Alan Brinkley

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Robert O'Meally

Professor Robert G. O'Meally

O'Meally is the Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature and founder and director of Columbia's Center for Jazz Studies.

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Production Number: 359
Shot: April 26, 2005
Published: Jun 09, 2005
Last modified:Sep 12, 2005