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Latin Jazz Percussionist Bobby Sanabria to Perform at Ithaca College as Part of 10th Anniversary Celebration

ITHACA, NY — The Ithaca College Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (CSCRE) will open the celebration of its 10th anniversary on Monday, Sept. 20, with a performance by Latin jazz percussionist Bobby Sanabria. Titled “Clave—The Key: A Rhythmic Journey From Africa To The New World,” the presentation is scheduled for 8 p.m. in the Hockett Family Recital, Whalen Center. It is free and open to the public.

A performer, composer, filmmaker, conductor, educator and multiple Grammy nominee, Sanabria has performed with a veritable Who’s Who in the world of jazz and Latin music, as well as with his own critically acclaimed ensembles. Inspired and encouraged by maestro Tito Puente — a fellow New York–born Puerto Rican — Sanabria has become a leader in the Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and jazz fields and is recognized as one of the most articulate musician-scholars of la tradición living today.

An opening reception will be held before the performance from 7 to 8 p.m. in the McHenry Lobby of the Whalen Center.

Sanabria’s appearance is part of the annual yearlong discussion series hosted by the CSCRE. This year’s series, titled “Centering the Margins,” will offer a retrospect on the center’s activities over the past decade as well as a look ahead to its future.

“The phrase ‘centering the margins’ is a metaphor for what the center is engaged in doing,” said Asma Barlas, professor of politics and director of the CSCRE. “First, we hope our curricula and this discussion series uncover the ways in which the marginal, the excluded, the outside, always exist within the centers of power and hegemony that create social, racial and sexual boundaries. Second, by exploring the life, vitality and political meaning of ‘margins,’ we hope to make visible different forms, complications and possibilities of marginality.”

The CSCRE is a campus-wide unit within the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies. It offers courses that engage with the experiences of ALANA people (African-Americans, Latino/a-Americans, Asian-Americans and Native-Americans), who are generally marginalized, under-represented or misrepresented in the U.S. as well as in the curriculum.

Below is the remainder of the “Centering the Margins” fall schedule. For more information, visit /cscre/discussionseries/.

Tuesday, October 5
7 p.m., Textor 102

“Talking Race: Ending Racism”
Presentation by author and social activist bell hooks

Monday, November 8
7 p.m., Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall

“Who We Are & Why We Do What We Do”
Presentation by CSCRE faculty members Asma Barlas, Sean Eversely Bradwell, Paula Ioanide and Gustavo Licon