"Chicago Blues" Course Connection
On Thursday, May 2, partway through his lecture on the development of Chicago blues music, veteran bluesman Matthew Skoller paused, pulled a harmonica from its case, and captivated the roomful of UChicago students with several minutes of soulful riffs. Once the demonstration finished and the students’ applause died down, Skoller continued where he had left off, explaining how themes like race, history, and authenticity have influenced contemporary blues culture.

Skoller was a guest lecturer in Intensive Study of a Culture: Chicago Blues, an anthropology course taught by Professor Michael Dietler in which students examine Chicago blues as a distinct musical genre and cultural phenomenon. Skoller is the second of three local musicians who will give guest lectures as part of a Course Connection through the Chicago Studies Program of the University Community Service Center (UCSC).
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