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If I Had a Hammer: Pete Seeger’s Life in Song

Lecture 12
If I Had a Hammer: Pete Seeger’s Life in Song
Lecturer: Dr. Stephen Richer

The year 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the most influential and beloved troubadours of protest songs: Pete Seeger. To celebrate this folk singer and social activist’s legacy, banjo-playing sociologist Stephen Richer is giving lectures in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Come participate in this musical retrospective on Seeger’s life and times. The lecture is dynamic and interactive, and the audience will be hard-pressed not to sing along.

  • Day: Thursday, May 23rd
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Minto Centre
  • Fee: $30.00 (HST included)
  • Enrollment capacity: 140 participants
Picture of LinR lecturer of Dr. Stephen Richer

Lecturer biography: Dr. Stephen Richer is a retired Professor Emeritus of Sociology and former Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Carleton University. He has published seven books and many articles, mostly on education and Canadian society. After retirement, he took on several projects, including Education Director on an around-the-world cruise, teaching social research to Cree people on James Bay, leading sing-alongs for Alzheimer’s patients, and producing fundraising shows. He has been a folk/protest singer since he was eighteen and more recently led protest singing against the CANSEC arms show and at rallies against the commercial development of Lansdowne Park. For the past several years Professor Richer has been teaching a series of courses on the history of protest music. Read what LinR participants have said about Dr. Richer.

Register here, on or after April 2nd

“Gil’s at Grassroots”

“Gil’s at Grassroots”:
A Celebration of Original Sing-Along Songs
April 28th at 4pm

Building on the long tradition of working together to create melodies and lyrics for protest songs, Gil’s Hootenanny is hosting a free afternoon session at the Ottawa Grassroots Festival on April 28th that will feature recent, collaboratively-created, original “Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope”. Continue reading

Eve Goldberg: Boundless Musical Influences

Anyone lucky enough to see Eve Goldberg perform is captivated not only by her talent and charisma but also by the obvious depth of her musical background and influences.

Gil’s Hootenanny’s 2018 headliner, Eve grew up in the Boston area, where her multi-instrumentalist, activist mom took her to see folk legends such as Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Pete Seeger and Doc Watson. Eve acknowledges that as a child, she did not initially appreciate these performers, though they would later have a significant influence on her song writing and performance repertoire. Continue reading