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¡°American Routes to China and Back: Public Radio and Cultural Exchange¡° June 9, 2010




The Penn Club of Beijing proudly hosted alumnus and friend, Nick Spitzer C¡¯72 for an exciting presentation and follow up discussion on the evening of Wednesday, June 9. Scroll down to read more about Nick and his great radio program that¡¯s available online; also, see photos from the evening below.

Nick Spitzer is a folklorist nationally known for his work with community-based cultures of the Gulf South, American vernacular music and musicians, theories of cultural Creolization, cultural policy and documentary media. He is on the faculty of Tulane University as Professor of American studies and anthropology, and is adjunct research professor in anthropology and urban studies at the University of New Orleans. Spitzer received his B.A. in anthropology cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.A. and Ph.D. with distinction in anthropology (folklore) from the University of Texas.

For the past 11 years Nick Spitzer has been the host and producer of National Public Radio¡¯s ¡°American Routes¡± program (http://americanroutes.publicradio.org/about/) and has built up a nationwide following with over a million listeners each week.

We highly encourage you to check out their streaming web site and listen to his show to get a sense of what a marvelous radio personality Nick has and the wonderful variety of music he plays on his program http://americanroutes.publicradio.org/archive/

For even more information on Nick, the Penn Gazette published a wonderful article in the March/April 2009 issue http://www.upenn.edu/gazette/0309/feature2_1.html