TROY to offer free lecture Saturday in conjunction with 'A Fine Romance' exhibit

Posted: Wednesday, 17 August 2011

DOTHAN—A noted author and lecturer on Jewish culture and popular music will deliver a lecture on Saturday, Aug. 20, in Dothan in conjunction with the exhibit "A Fine Romance" currently on display at Troy University.

Dr. Kenneth Kanter, director of the Rabbinical School for the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, OH, will discuss his book "The Jews of Tin Pan Alley" starting at 7 p.m. at the Temple Emanu-El located at 188 North Park Ave. Admission is free and open to the public.

Kanter is a popular lecturer and author of books, journals and articles focusing on the Jewish contribution to American popular music from the 1840s to the 1940s.

The lecture is sponsored by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

The American Library Association traveling exhibit "A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs" is on display at the TROY Dothan Campus library through Aug. 26. It explores the contributions of iconic Jewish songwriters such as George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein to the great "American Songbook" during the period 1910-1965.

The exhibit is offered through a partnership between TROY, the Temple Emanu-El and the Houston-Love Memorial Library.

For more information about the exhibit or upcoming events, contact library director Christopher Shaffer at 334-983-6556, ext. 1320, or

"A Fine Romance" was developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, an anonymous donor, and Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life.