Virtual U: Folk Music - It's Roots in America

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2022
From 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time


Contact: AARP CT

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Learn how folk music and folk musicians created music that are the roots of American culture. Join AARP CT and attendees from across the U.S. for a FREE virtual event on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. ET | 6:00 p.m. CT | 5:00 p.m. MT | 4:00 p.m. PT - AARP membership not required. 

Join us as we travel through time and reflect on the people who shaped our communities, across generations, through music. Professor Stephen Armstrong of CT’s first Age-friendly University, Central Connecticut State University, will transport you through the decades in this 6-part series taking place Wednesdays from May 25 - July 13, 2022. He will provide a look at how music impacted how we lived, mirroring our response to the times.  You will also learn about how you can find ways to participate in creating an age-inclusive society from wherever you live, learn, and recreate.

Folk music and folk musicians  created music that reflected the social and political concerns of many  American storytellers. Lyrics that explored labor unions, dispossessed farm workers, the Dust Bowl, and the growth of fascism all came from the folk movement that continued through the decades.  During this session we celebrate the storytelling of the Folk Singers who documented history through their words and music.  The impact of these performers on society as a whole and on later generations of folk singers will be carefully discussed.

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