A.P.E.X. Events Presents Eccles Visiting Scholar Michael Bertrand

Published: March 14, 2022 | Author: Southern Utah University | Read Time: 2 minutes

APEX Events presents Michael BertrandSouthern Utah University’s A.P.E.X. Events is joined this week by Professor, author and researcher Michael Bertrand. Join A.P.E.X. Events on March 17th, 2022 at 11:30 AM in the Great Hall on the campus of SUU. Visit suu.edu/apex for more information on this event - and for the live stream link.

Michael Bertrand investigates popular music's revolutionary influence on black-white relations in the South. His Book, “Race, Rock and Elvis” contends that popular music, specifically Elvis Presley's brand of rock 'n' roll, helped revise racial attitudes after World War II. Teenagers who loved rhythm and blues, rock 'n' roll, and other black-inspired music seemed more inclined than their segregationist elders to ignore the color line.

“The study of music is the study of culture," Dr. Lynn Vartan, director of A.P.E.X. Events said. "Great music has the power to influence the present and the future, and Michael Bertrand explores exactly that. You can learn so much about a time period based only on the music people consumed, and I cannot wait to welcome this discussion to our A.P.E.X. stage.” 

Bertrand’s emphasis as a teacher centers on helping students locate “truth,” past and present. His studies focus upon the issues of place, race, class, ethnicity, gender, and age. This is in an effort to increase our awareness, understanding, and compassion to the diverse world in which we live.

Bertrand is a historian of the American South and the modern United States. He has taught at the University of Memphis, Middle Tennessee State University, and the University of Mississippi, where he worked in the Center for the Study of Southern Culture.

A.P.E.X. Events is SUU’s premier weekly lecture series, with speakers and presenters invited from all areas of the world. While on campus, guests are invited to interact with students and faculty in multiple ways, with opportunities to connect and network in vast areas of scholarship. All A.P.E.X. Events are free and open to the public.

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