Sherrie Tucker

Professor, American Studies
Editor, American Studies
Primary office:
785-864-2305
213 Bailey Hall


2014

"Improvising New Communities: The Adaptive Use Musical Instrument." Pop Conference, Experience Music Project, Seattle, WA. April 26.

"Dance Floor Democracy: The Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen," Music Department, American Culture Department, and Center for the Humanities, Washington University, St. Louis. April 4. (Invited).

"Not the Whole Story(ville): Learning from New Orleans Jazzwomen," Carolina Jazz Festival, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC. February 22. (Invited).

2013

"Following the State on the Dance Floor of the Nation: The FBI at the Hollywood Canteen," American Studies Association, Washington, D.C. November 23.

Georgina Born, David Lametti, George Lipsitz, Kevin McNeilly, Daniel Weinstock, Jesse Stewart, and Sherrie Tucker, "Plenary Panel: Improvisation,Community, and Social Practice: Research Results Showcase," Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. September 4.

"Dance Floor Democracy: The Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen." (Trans)Cultural Mobility in the Americas, The Americas as Space of Entanglement(s). Center for Inter American Studies, Universität Bielefeld, Germany. May 8. (invited)

"Torquing Back: Jitterbug Memory and National Nostalgia: Interviews with Dancers at the Hollywood Canteen (1942-1945)," Music Division, University of Texas, Austin. March 25. (Big XII Fellowship. invited)

"Not the Whole Story(ville): Early New Orleans Jazzwomen as New Jazz Studies." AGEMS Colloquium. University of Texas, Austin. March 20. (Big XII Fellowship. invited)

"Not the Whole Story(ville): Learning from New Orleans Jazzwomen." New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, Old Mint, New Orleans. March 15. (invited)

Sylvia Frey Lecture, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South. "Not the Whole Story(ville): Learning from New Orleans Jazzwomen." Tulane University, New Orleans. March 13. (invited)

"Not the Whole Story(ville): Learning from New Orleans Jazzwomen." Music Department, University of Washington, Seattle. March 11. (invited)

Respondent: Graduate Student Workshop, “Women Who Rock: Rocking the Archive,” University of Washington, Seattle, WA. March 8-9. (invited)

"Not the Whole Story(ville): Early New Orleans Jazzwomen as New Jazz Studies." American Historical Association, New Orleans. January 6. (refereed)

2012

Chair/commentator. "Resisting Silences: Re-sounding Race, Gender, and Empire" panel. American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico. November 16.

"Not One to Toot Her Own Horn: Melba Liston’s Oral Histories and Presentations," co-presenter with Monica Hairston-O’Connell. Society for Ethnomusicology, New Orleans. November 3. (refereed)

"Disability Studies, Technology, and Improvisation." Co-presenter with Pauline Oiveros, Leaf Miller, Jaclyn Heyen, Gillian Siddall, Ellen Waterman, and Jonathan Sterne. Skin, Surface, Circuit: Embodying the Improvisatory. McKay Centre School and McGill University, Montreal, Canada. June 14. (invited)

"Torquing Back: Jitterbug Memory and National Nostalgia: Interviews with Dancers at the Hollywood Canteen (1942-1945)," American Studies Department, University of Erlangen, Germany. May 30. (invited)

"Torquing Back: Jitterbug Memory and National Nostalgia: Interviews with Dancers at the Hollywood Canteen (1942-1945)," American Studies Department, University of Passau, Germany. May 26. (invited)

"Torquing Back: Jitterbug Memory and National Nostalgia: Interviews with Dancers at the Hollywood Canteen (1942-1945)," American Studies Department, University of Regensburg, Germany. May 24. (invited)

"Torquing Back: Jitterbug Memory and National Nostalgia: Interviews with Dancers at the Hollywood Canteen (1942-1945)," Amerika Institut, University of Munich, Germany. May 23. (invited)

"Beyond the Brass Ceiling: Dolly Jones Trumpets Modernity in Oscar Micheaux's Swing!," American Studies Department, University of Regensburg, Germany. May 22. (invited)

Panelist, Roundtable: "Publishing American Studies," Mid-America American Studies Association Conference, Tulsa, OK, April 2.

"When Did Jazz Go Straight? A Queer Question for Jazz Studies," GLBT Interest Group, Society for American Music, Charlotte, NC. March 15. (Invited)

"Torquing Back: Improvising on Jitterbug Memory at the Hollywood Canteen," University of Washington, Seattle. March 5. (invited)

"Sounding and Perceiving, Sending and Receiving," Women Who Rock: Vibrations of Love Unconference, University of Washington, Seattle. March 3. (invited)

Respondent: Graduate Student Workshop, Women Who Rock: Vibrations of Love,University of Washington, Seattle, WA. March 3-4 (invited)

2011

"Torquing Back: Improvising on Jitterbug Memory at the Hollywood Canteen," Improvisation and the Past (colloquium), UC Riverside, CA. November 14. (invited)

"Gender and Jazz: The Melba Liston Research Collective," American Musicological Socity, San Francisco, CA. November 11. Co-panelist with other members of the MLRC.

"Torquing Back: Alternative Spins on Jitterbug Memory, Dance Floor Democracy, and the Hollywood Canteen," School of Music and Performing Arts, Memorial University, St. Johns, Newfoundland. October 12. (invited)

"Melba Liston Research Symposium," with Lisa Barg, Tammy Kernodle and Dee Spencer, Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College, Chicago. July 22.

"Unsung Voices in Jazz History" and "Teaching Jazz History with Women in It!," panelist as part of the Melba Liston Research Collective (Lisa Barg, Tammy Kernodle, and Dee Spencer). Straight Ahead Jazz Summer Camp for Music Educators, Jazz Institute of Chicago. July 20-21.

"Improvising Across Abilities," Round Table following Stretched Boundaries concert, curated by Pauline Oliveros. Electroacoustic Music Studies Network and Electronic Music Foundation Conference. Cell Theatre, New York, New York. June 15.

"On Location: Situating the Hollywood Canteen (and national memory) in Wartime Los Angeles." California State University, Los Angeles. April 5. (invited talk)

"On Location: Situating the Hollywood Canteen (and national memory) in Wartime Los Angeles." Southern California Historical Society Los Angeles History Conference at the Autry, Los Angeles Renaissance: Redefining the Soul of a City. Los Angeles. April 2. (invited paper)

"Dance Floor Democracy: The Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen." University of Pittsburgh, PA. March 22. (invited talk)

Workshop respondent and discussion facilitator, Women Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities workshop and conference. University of Washington and Seattle University, Seattle, WA. February 17-18. (invited)

2010

"The Future of Women-in-Jazz: An Imaginary Conversation with Mary Lou Williams." Mary Lou Williams Centennial Symposium, Madison, Wisconsin. October 2. (invited presentation)

"Music Improvisation Software: An Interface for People with Disabilities." Co-panelist/workshop facilitator with Pauline Oliveros, Gillian Siddall, Ellen Waterman, Leaf Miller, Jaclyn Heyen, Sergio Hazard, and Paula Josa-Jones, Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium, Ontario, Canada. September 10.

"Envisioning Improvisation as Social Practice." Guelph Summer Institute; Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice; University of Guelph, Ontario Canada. August 29-September 12. (workshop facilitator).

"Dance Floor Democracy: The Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen." College Music Society, Great Plains Region. Emporia State University, Kansas. March 29. (keynote).

2009

"Together but Unequal: Dance Floor Democracy at the Hollywood Canteen." American Studies Association Conference, Washington, D.C. November 6. (refereed)

"Blues Legacies and Black Feminism in the Making: Reflections from the Women's Studies Classrooms of Angela Davis in the 1980s and 1990s." Angela Davis: Legacies in the Making: Recognizing the Academic, Activist and Cultural Interventions of a Contemporary Visionary, at University of California, Santa Cruz, October 31.

Oral History Workshop and On-Stage Interview with the Darlinettes, "all-girl" band from University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 1940s-1950s. Feminist Theory and Music 10, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, May 27 and 28. (invited plenary)

"Together, but Unequal: Democratic Dancing at the Hollywood Canteen." 2009 Pop Conference: Dance Music Sex Romance: Pop and the Body Politic, Experience Music Project, Seattle. April 17. (refereed)

"Jazz and Gender." NEH Workshop for Humanities Teachers K-12, Teaching Jazz as American Culture (directed by Gerald Early). Washington University, St. Louis, MO. March 28. (invited)

"Dance Floor Democracy: The Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen." War and American Identity conference, University College, Dublin, Ireland. March 21.

"Improvisation and Interdisciplinarity." Panelist with Michelle Heffner Hayes. Listening Bodies: A Colloquium on Improvisation and Interdisciplinary Collaboration, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. February 13. (invited)

"Dance Floor Democracy: the Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen." Autry Research Center, Los Angeles. Joint meeting of Los Angeles Research History Group and the Autry Western History Association. January 13. (Invited)

2008

"New Directions in Jazz Studies." Panelist with Jason Stanyek, Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University, New York. September 26. (invited)

"When Did Jazz Go Straight?" Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Ann Arbor, Michigan. September 25. (invited)

"Dance Floor Democracy: The Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen." Musicology Seminar, New York University. April 17. (invited)

"A Queer Question for Jazz Studies: When Did Jazz Go Straight?" Brilliant Corners: Jazz and its Cultures Conference, Humanities Institute at Stony Brook, New York. April 5. (keynote)

"Women in Jazz." Women in Popular Music, University of Texas, San Marcos. March 16. (invited)

2007

"When Did Jazz Go Straight?" Coming Out Swinging: Improvising Sexualities Conference,Vancouver, BC. November 16. (keynote)

"West Coast Jazzwomen," Cote a Cote/Coast to Coast: Art and Jazz in France and California Conference, Getty Center, Los Angeles. November 13. (invited)

"The Musician's Voice: Conversation with Ernie Andrews, Clora Bryant and Buddy Collette." Cote a Cote/Coast to Coast Art and Jazz in France and California Conference. Getty Center, Los Angeles. November 13. (moderator)

"Gender: A Useful Category for Jazz Studies" and "Teaching Jazz History with Women in it." NEH Summer Institute, Teaching Jazz as American Culture (directed by Gerald Early), Washington University, St. Louis, MO. July 10. (invited)

"Gender, Embodiment, and Improvisation." Feminist Theory and Music Conference, McGill University, Montreal. June 8. (plenary round table)

"Dance Floor Democracy: The Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen." Department of Musicology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. February 9. (invited)

2006

"They Got Corns for Their Country: Hollywood Canteen Hostesses as Subjects and Objects of Freedom." School of Music, University of Wisconsin, Madison. March 31. (invited)

"Gender, Race, and Brass: Jazzwomen Trumpeting Modernity." School of Music, McGill University, Montreal. March 24. (invited)

"They Got Corns for Their Country: Hollywood Canteen Hostesses as Subjects and Objects of Freedom." Centre for Research and Teaching on Women, McGill University, Montreal. March 23. (invited)

2005

"Jazz and Desire: What Does Jazz Studies Want?" Jazz Study Group, Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University, New York, October 15. (invited)

"Gender, Race, and Brass: Jazzwomen Trumpeting Modernity." Jazz Roundtable Series, Institute for Jazz Studies, Rutgers, Newark, New Jersey. October, 13. (invited)

"'They Got Corns for the Country': Hollywood Canteen Hostesses as Subjects and Objects of Freedom." Word on Music Symposium, Duke University, NC. September 10. (invited)

"Gender: A Useful Category for Jazz Studies" and "Teaching Jazz History with Women in it." NEH Summer Institute, Teaching Jazz as American Culture (directed by Gerald Early), Washington University, St. Louis, MO. July 25-26. (invited)

"Deconstructing the Jazz Tradition: The Subjectless Subject of New Jazz Studies." Creative Music Think Tank, Vancouver Jazz Festival, June 27. (keynote)

"They Got Corns for Their Country: Hollywood Canteen Hostesses as Subjects and Objects of Freedom." Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Scripps College, Claremont, California. June 5. (refereed)

"Gendering the Jazz Wars." Institute for Studies in American Music, Music in Polycultural America Lecture Series. Brooklyn College, April 14. (invited)

"Deconstructing the Jazz Tradition: The Subjectless Subject of New Jazz Studies." Leeds International Jazz Conference, England. March 11. (keynote)

"Music, Performance, and the Racial Imagination." Graduate Student Conference, New York University, March 4. (commentator)

"Dance Floor Democracy: Remembering the Hollywood Canteen." University of Nevada, Las Vegas. February 28. (invited)

"Working the Swing Shift: All-Girl Bands During World War II." Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Moscow, Idaho. February 25. (invited)

"Rethinking Women-in-Jazz Historiography." Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University, New York, NY. January 25. (organizer/moderator)

2004

"Dance Floor Democracy: The Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen." Community Studies and American Studies Departments, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA. December 3. (invited)

"All-Woman Bands in Jazz History: The Perpetual Phenomenon Phenomenon." Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University, New York. November 16, 2004. (organizer/moderator)

"'They Got Corns For Their Country': Hollywood Canteen Hostesses as Subjects and Objects of Freedom." American Studies Association, Atlanta, GA. November 13. (refereed)

"When Good Girls Go Trad: Making a Lady Out of the Jazz Wars. The White Female Singer in New Orleans (1947)." Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium, Guelph, Ontario. September 8. (refereed)

"Gender: A Useful Category of Jazz Studies." University of Vermont, Burlington, VT. February 24. (invited)

2003

"When Subjects Don't Come Out." Gay and Lesbian Study Group, American Musicological Association, Houston, November 14. (invited)

"Gender: A Useful Category for Jazz Studies." Jazz Historiography and the Political Economy of Jazz, Jazz Study Group, Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University, New York. October 11. (invited)

"Working the Swing Shift: Effects of World War II on 'All-Girl' Bands." Oklahoma State University, Normal, OK. September 17. (invited)

"Listening to the World War II Era." Feminist Theory and Music VII, Bowling Green, Ohio, July 20. (moderator)

"Outside American Studies." Dartmouth Summer Institute, June 17-22. (workshop participant)

"Gender, Race, and Brass: Jazzwomen Trumpeting Modernity." Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, New Orleans, April 18. (refereed)

Oral History Workshop and Public Lecture. Central Missouri State University, March 20. (workshop leader and invited speaker)

"Gender, Race, and Brass: Jazzwomen Trumpeting Modernity." Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, February 11. (invited)

2002

"Gender, Race, and Brass: Jazzwomen Trumpeting Modernity." Modernist Studies Association, Madison, WI. November 1. (refereed)

"Gender, Race, and Brass: Jazzwomen Trumpeting Modernity." Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium, Guleph, Ontario. September 6. (refereed)

"Swing Shift: 'All-Girl' Bands of the 1940s." New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park Visitors Center, New Orleans, June 22. (invited)

"Performing Politics: Women, Culture and National Identity." Twelfth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Storrs, Connecticut, June 8. (commentator)

"The Prairie View Co-eds, Exemplars of Excellence!" Founders Day and Honors Convocation, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX. March 27. (convocation address)

"Nobody's Sweethearts: Gender, Race, Jazz, and the Darlings of Rhythm." Anne Arundel Community College, Maryland, March 22. (invited)

"Women and Jazz." Panelist with Angela Davis, Maria Schneider, Mary Watkins, and Susie Ibarra. San Francisco Jazz Festival, San Francisco, California, March 19. (invited)

"Genders and Sexualities in American Popular Music" and "Screening American Music" roundtables. Society for American Music, Lexington, Kentucky, March 7. (invited)

"Placing Popular Music: Nation, Diaspora, Citizenship." Humanities Research Institute, University of California, Irvine. February 25. (invited)

"Modernity and Leisure Culture in the United States." American Historical Association, San Francisco, California, January 5. (commentator)

"Improvising Womanhood, or a Conundrum is a Woman: Performances of Gender and Race by African American Women Jazz Musicians, 1920-50." American Historical Association, San Francisco, California. January 4. (refereed)

2001

"Democracy on the Dance Floor: Gender, Race, and Nation at the Hollywood Canteen." American Studies Association, Washington DC. November 10. (refereed)

"Bordering on Community: Alternate Takes on Women-in-Jazz." Guelph Jazz Festival, Guelph, Ontario. September 6. (keynote)

"All-Woman Swing Bands." Schubert Performing Arts Center "You Got Swing" intergenerational arts and education project for high school students and senior citizens. New Haven, Connecticut, May 7. (invited)

"'All-Girl' Bands of the 1940s." Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut, May 7. (invited)

"Girl Power: All Women Swing Bands." American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, March 10. (panelist)

"Swing Shift: 'All-Girl' Bands of the 1940s." Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, February 25. (invited)

"Uplift and Downbeats: If Jazz History Included the Prairie View Co-eds." International Association of Jazz Educators, New York, NY. January 13. (refereed)

2000

"Uplift and Downbeats: If Jazz History Included the Prairie View Co-eds." Revamping Jazz History Lecture Series, Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University, New York, November 14. (invited)

"Historically Black Colleges and 'All-Girl' Bands: What if Jazz History Included the Prairie View Co-eds?" Toronto 2000: Musical Intersections Conference. Toronto, Ontario, November 3. (refereed)

"'We Were Something Else!'" 'All-Girl' Bands and the Boundaries of Jazz History." American Music at the Millennium: Race/Ethnicity/Culture Colloquium Series, Institute for Studies in American Music, Brooklyn College, New York, October 18. (invited)

1999

"'Nobody's Sweethearts': Gender, Race, Jazz, and the Darlings of Rhythm." Feminist Theory and Music 5, London, England. July 8. (refereed)

"Women in Jazz." Jazz On Film Festival, Denver, Colorado. February 14. (panelist)

1998

"Big Ears: Listening to Gender in Jazz Studies," American Studies Association, Seattle,WA. November 22. (refereed)

"Nobody's Sweethearts: Gender, Race, Jazz, and the Darlings of Rhythm." History of Consciousness Colloquium Series, October 15.

1997

"Internationalism and the Sweethearts of Rhythm." American Studies Association, Washington, D.C., October 31. (refereed)

"Jazz, Blues, R & B, and Rock and Roll Round Table." Oral History Association, New Orleans, September 25. (moderator)

"The International Sweethearts of Rhythm: Passing for Integrated, Passing for Segregated in the 1940s and 1980s." Guelph Jazz Festival, Guelph, Ontario. September 5. (refereed)

"Women in Jazz." Speaker with trumpet player Clora Bryant. California Jazz Institute, California State University, Long Beach, April 7. (invited)

1996

"Telling Performances: Jazz History Remembered and Remade by the Women in the Band." Society for Ethnomusicology, Toronto, Ontario. November 1. (refereed)

"West Coast Women." Oral History Association, Philadelphia, PA. October 12. (refereed)

"Female Big Bands, Male Mass Audiences: A Temporary Wartime Alliance." Conference on Popular Music, Drake University, Des Moines, IA. March 30. (refereed)

"Female Big Bands, Male Mass Audiences: A Temporary Wartime Alliance." Sonneck Society for American Music, Washington, D.C., March 24. (refereed)

1995

"West Coast Jazzwomen." Western Association of Women Historians, Pacific Grove, CA. June 4. (refereed)

"West Coast Jazzwomen." Society for Ethnomusicology, Southern and Northern California, Santa Barbara. February 25. (refereed)

1994

"'It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't in the Discourse': Constructing a Narrative for All-Woman Jazz and Swing Bands of the 1940s." Society for Ethnomusicology, Northern California, Berkeley, September 17. (refereed)


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