October 26, 2012 2:00 PM
New Wave staff
Tulane professor of anthropology, Nick Spitzer, and his syndicated radio program received an honor from a less than likely source this week. His show, “American Routes,” was given the First Taiji Traditional Music Award from the Taiji Traditional Music Committee of the China Conservatory in Beijing on Thursday (Oct. 25).
This year’s meeting builds on the theme of New Orleans’ recovery, addressing concerns for cultures and communities imperiled by economic decline, political oppression or ecological catastrophe. The meeting kicked off on Wednesday (Oct. 24) and runs through Saturday (Oct. 27) at the Hotel Monteleone.The meeting began with a daylong Saints & Sinners tour with Spitzer. That evening, Tulane Provost Michael Bernstein welcomed the conference attendees then, together with Spitzer, introduced the opening lecture by Michael White entitled "How New Orleans Traditional Jazz is a Metaphor for American Life." White, a jazz historian, clarinetist and bandleader who is a Tulane alumnus, is a faculty member at Xavier University.
A weekly two-hour public radio program, "American Routes" is produced in collaboration with Tulane University.
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