~ Lecture Series ~
With Kevin Comtois
Comtois’ presentation will include a plethora of recorded music, film clips and still images while tracing the evolution of American music; starting with Slave Spirituals, then Protest Folk and Rock’n’Roll, and concluding with the birth of Hip Hop. Kevin will lead the audience through an introduction to five centuries of music while sharing his deeper understanding of this music by connecting its social and political context with the messages the songs conveyed.
Comtois has been teaching history and government at Northern Essex Community College (NECC) since 1999. He has also taught at Merrimack College, Quincy College and various secondary schools. Kevin designed a course on the history of American music while serving as a Social Studies Department Chairman.
Comtois earned his B.A. in Political Science from Westfield State College and his M.A. in American Civilization from the University of MA, Boston. Kevin was a recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities grants; one in 2005 to study the history of jazz at Washington University in St. Louis, MO and the second in 2008 to study the Industrial Revolution in Lowell, MA.
In 2011, Comtois taught an Honors Colloquium he designed at NECC titled the Social and Political History of American Music and continues to be a member of the NECC Speakers Bureau. In 2014, Kevin published his first book titled Troubadours & Troublemakers: The Evolution of American Protest Music.
Comtois’ presentation, From Spirituals to Hip Hop: The Social & Political History of American Popular Music begins at 7 pm on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Billerica Access Television, 430 Boston Road. If you would like to attend this event, please call Billerica Access Television at 978.663.2284 to reserve your seat(s) as seating will be limited.