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'Singing lecture' will explore folk songs and the labor movement

April 10, 2014

Christopher Martin, interim department head, Department of Communication Studies, 319-273-6118,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Corey Dolgon, sociology professor at Stonehill College in Massachusetts, will use words and music to explore the role that folk songs play in the U.S. labor movement at his "singing lecture" at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 21, in the Interpreter's Theatre, Lang Hall, Room 40. The lecture will cover labor history from a multicultural perspective and examine the function of folk songs in workers' lives.

"Corey Dolgon's singing lecture tells us where we have been as a nation of workers, and why our labor history and this music is so relevant to our economic situation today," said Chris Martin, interim department head of the Department of Communication Studies. "Corey is incredibly entertaining. It turns out 'The 99 Percent' have the best music, too."

Dolgon, who has a Ph.D. in American Culture, is an expert in sociology and service learning. He has authored three books, including the forthcoming "Living Sociology: Social Problems, Service Learning, and Civic Engagement." His lecture is sponsored by UNI's Interpreters Theatre, Department of Communication Studies and College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Martin at 319-273-6118 or