Communication and Media

Call It Swing: A Jazz Blues Autoethnography

Posted on Monday, October 11th, 2010

Tami Spry, professor of performance studies at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, will perform “Call It Swing: A Jazz Blues Autoethnography,” October 15 at 3 p.m. in the Communication Studies Department’s Interpreters Theatre, 40 Lang Hall at the University of Northern Iowa. The performance is free and open to the public.

“Call It Swing” is Spry’s reflection on her father’s 25 years as a jazz drummer and explores the ways in which family inheritance collides with sociocultural practices of racial inequality and cultural appropriation.

Spry has been writing and performing autoethnography nationally and abroad for more than 15 years.  Spry’s book, Body/Paper/Stage: Writing and Performing Autoethnography will soon be released by Left Coast Press.

Spry’s performance is sponsored by the 2010-2011 Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the Department of Communication Studies, and the UNI Interpreters Theatre.