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How Hamilton Revolutionized the Message - When Music is the Means to Communicate

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Feb 10 9:30AM - 12:00PM

Join us on Saturday morning, February 10, for a true show-stopper event!

Ian Weinberger (Bienen 09), associate music director of Broadways Hamilton, will join Northwestern history professors Caitlin Fitz and Geraldo Cadava, creators of the undergraduate class, Hamiltons America, in a panel discussion.

9:30 am Registration
10:00 am 11:00 am Panel and musical offerings
11:00 am 12:00 pm Q&A and discussion
12:15 pm Optional Lunch at Lou Malnatis (1 short block away from Luktkin Hall)

Fitz and Cadavas class examines Alexander Hamilton the man as well as Hamilton the musical, a juxtaposition designed to help us investigate the power of history to shape and reshape the world we live in today.Lin Manuel Miranda's musical has revolutionized the genre of the Broadway musical and become a national sensation. We will learn firsthand how music has the power to communicate; Ian Weinberger has agreed to play selections from the Broadway hit!

Ian Weinberger
is the associate music conductor for the musical Hamilton in New York. Before the Hamilton craze, he had been working on Broadway for Kinky Boots and The Book of Mormon for nearly three years. At Northwestern, Ian participated in the Waa-Mu shows.

Caitlin Fitz(Ph.D., Yale,2010), assistant professor, history, is an historian of early America, in a broad and hemispheric sense. Her work explores early U.S. engagement with foreign communities and cultures, as well as the relationship between ordinary people and formal politics. Her first book,Our Sister Republics: The United States in an Age of American Revolutions, illuminates the wave of enthusiasm for Latin American independence that engulfed the United States during the early nineteenth century. Grounded in archival research in Portuguese, Spanish, French, and English, the book (published by W.W. Norton/Liveright in 2016) reveals how events in Spanish America and Brazil shaped popular understandings of race, revolution, and republicanism within the United States. Fitz has also written on the hemispheric dimensions of the War of 1812 (Journal of American History, 2015), U.S. citizens in insurgent Brazil (The Americas, 2008), Iroquois communities during the U.S. revolution (Journal of the Early Republic, 2008), and antislavery activists in Tennessee (Civil War History, 2006).

Fitz has written essays, reviews, and opinion pieces for theWall Street Journal, theAtlantic, and theLos Angeles Times, and she has received fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her courses at Northwestern explore American history through 1865.

Geraldo L. Cadava(Ph.D., Yale University, 2008), associate professor, history, specializes in United States and Latin American history, with a focus on Latinos in the United States and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, he came to Northwestern after finishing degrees at Yale University and Dartmouth College (B.A., 2000).

Cadava is currently writing a book about the rise and fall of a conservative Hispanic movement between the 1960s and the 1990s. It is about the evolution of conservatism among Hispanicsthe label they chose for themselvesfrom the establishment of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly through its fracture due to anti-immigrant policies such as Californias Proposition 187. Conservatism among Hispanics in the United States, the book will argue, was forged in the crucible of U.S.-Latin American relations, and what distinguishes Hispanic conservatism from mainstream American conservatismwhats Hispanic about Hispanic conservatism, in other wordsis the emphasis that Hispanics place on immigration and hemispheric economic, military, and cultural relationships.

His first bookStanding on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland(Harvard University Press, hardcover in 2013, paperback in 2016) won the 2014 Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians, and was a finalist for the David J. Weber and Bill Clements Prize for the Best Non-fiction Book on Southwestern America. It addressed the shared cultural and commercial ties between Arizona and Sonora that show how the United States and Mexico have continued to shape one another despite their political and ethnic divisions. From the 1940s forward, a flourishing cross-border traffic developed in the Arizona-Sonora Sunbelt, as the migrations of entrepreneurs, tourists, shoppers, and students maintained a densely connected transnational corridor. Politicians on both sides worked to cultivate a common ground of free enterprise, spurring the growth of manufacturing, ranching, agriculture, and service industries. These modernizing forces, however, created conditions that marginalized the very workers who propped up the regional economy, and would eventually lead to the social and economic instability that has troubled the Arizona-Sonora borderland in recent times.

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