SUN. SEPT 11, 7:30 PM | “Part II: The Historical Notes of Jazz” with Shellee Haynesworth (Executive
Shellee Haynesworth, Executive Producer/Creator, Black Broadway on U: A Transmedia Project has dedicated herself to preserving and celebrating the legacy of U Street as Black Broadway – the period from the 1910s to the 1950s when ‘this secret city served as the cultural and intellectual hub of Black America,“ as she describes it.
Through incredible historical research, film, live performances, a web site and more, Haynesworth unearths and brings to life the under-told stories from that most remarkable period, and the contributions its residents and artists made to Black culture and American history. Her work is supported by the DC Council on the Arts and the Humanities, Industrial Bank and others.
Blair A. Ruble is currently Vice President for Programs at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Director of the Center’s Urban Sustainability Laboratory. Previously, he served as the Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies (1989-2012) as well as of the Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Program (1992-2014), and was Director of the its Program on Global Sustainability and Resilience (2012-2014).
A native of New York, Dr. Ruble worked at the Social Science Research Council in New York City, as well as at the National Council for Soviet and East European Research in Washington before coming to the Woodrow Wilson Center. He received his MA and PhD degrees in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and an AB degree with Highest Honors in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has lectured widely and has been a scholar/lecturer-in-residence at the Juridical Faculty of Leningrad State University, the Soviet Academy of Sciences), the Laboratoire de Geographie at the University of Paris-X (Nanterre), the Law Faculty of Kyoto University, and the Academia di architettura at the Università della Svizzera italiana (Mendrisio).
Dr. Ruble latest work –The Muse of Urban Delirium (forthcoming 2016) – examines how new forms of performing arts emerge at moments of uncertain social identity in cities undergoing rapid transformation. His earlier book-length volumes include: Washington’s U Street: A Biography; Creating Diversity Capital , and a trilogy examining the fate of Russian provincial cities during the twentieth century: Leningrad. Shaping a Soviet City ; Money Sings!; and, Second Metropolis. Several of these books have appeared in translation.
Jazz historians and cultural curators Blaire Ruble, Wilson Center and Shelle Haynesworth Black Broadway on U join Bob Schlehuber, Mosaic Theater in part of