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CANCELLED: Ohio State Newark Professor to Discuss Temperance Composer Susan Parkhurst

February 25, 2020

Because the safety of the campus and our community is our highest priority, we have determined that effective immediately that this Faculty Talks Outside the Box lecture scheduled for March 25 has been canceled.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We greatly appreciate everyone's patience as we work to ensure that we are following all guidance given by federal, state and local officials and medical professionals.

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of prohibition which outlawed the production, sale and transport of alcohol. For decades prior to 1920, temperance organizations sought to limit the devastating impact of “demon rum” on drinkers and their families. The music of Susan Parkhurst and other composers played an important role in these efforts. Paul Sanders, PhD, professor of music education, along with students, Logan Keevins and Aly Rollins and faculty member, Edie L. Norlin, will perform temperance songs by this fascinating composer and share more about her life and music at an upcoming Faculty Talks Outside the Box lecture on Wednesday, March 25 at 5 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre located in LeFevre Hall.

Even though many of the lyricists for temperance songs were women, including M.A. Kidder, Nellie H. Bradley, and Fanny Crosby, Parkhurst stands alone as the most significant woman composer of her generation. Sanders will discuss how temperance songs, designed to both empower reformers and convert drinkers, aided the efforts of prohibition.

“Susan Parkhurst (1836-1918) was one of the most remarkable composers of her time. While many women wrote song lyrics in the nineteenth century, Parkhurst was the first truly successful woman composer in America. Her works included temperance songs, Civil War songs, parlor songs, and compositions for piano. From 1860 to 1869, her most productive decade, Parkhurst composed more than one hundred works and arranged many others,” Sanders said.

During Faculty Talks Outside the Box, Ohio State Newark professors discuss recent research in their fields as it relates to our community and answer questions. All talks are free and open to the public. LeFevre Hall is located at 1199 University Drive, Newark, Ohio.

Photo caption: Paul Sanders, PhD, professor of music education at The Ohio State University at Newark.

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