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Dance scholar to discuss book March 15

Visiting scholar Peggy Schwartz, an award-winning professor of dance and former director of the Dance Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will discuss a book she co-authored, “The Dance Claimed Me: A Biography of Pearl Primus,” in Niggli Theater from 12:35 to 1:50 p.m. on Thursday, March 15.

The biography chronicles the life of Primus, who entered the dance scene in 1943 with works that incorporated social and racial protest into the dance aesthetic. The dancer presented authentic African dance to American audiences, married a white Jewish man during a time of segregation and faced opposition to the “primitive” in her choreography, according to the Yale University Press website.

Womens Radio has posted part one and part two of an interview with Schwartz and her co-author Murray Schwartz. The “Commonwealth Journal” also posted online an interview with the authors conducted by Rachel Rubin.

For more information, contact Karyn Tomczak, director of the dance program, at 828-227-3672 or ktomczak@wcu.edu.

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