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Ida Beam visiting professor Ruth Solie will speak on music Jan. 21-22

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Musicologist Ruth Solie, the Sophia Smith Professor of Music at Smith College and an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa, will present two free public lectures on the UI campus Jan. 21 and 22:
--at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, she will speak on "'Tadpole Pleasures': George Eliot's 'Daniel Deronda' as Music Historiography" in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol; and
--at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, she will speak on "Girling at the Parlor Piano" in Room 1027 of the Voxman Music Building.

The current president of the American Musicological Society, Solie is one of the most prominent musical scholars in academia. She has published many articles and reviews, with an emphasis on the role of gender in music history. She is the editor of "Music in Its Social Contexts," a special issue of the journal 19th-Century Music; "Musicology and Difference: Gender and Sexuality in Music Scholarship," one of the most influential volumes of music scholarship of the 1990s; and the second edition of "Source Readings in Music History," a basic reference source in music history.

A wide-ranging scholar, Solie has done extensive research on the history of parlor piano music and on Sophie Drinker, who worked throughout much of the 20th century to open the professional musical world to women.

She has published scholarly essays on "Gender, Genre and the Parlor Piano," "Sophie Drinker's History," "Whose Life? The Gendered Self in Schumann's 'Frauneliebe' Songs," "Melody and the Historiography of Music" and "Beethoven as Secular Humanist." Her articles and reviews have appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, 19th-Century Music, Music Library Association Notes, the Journal of Musicology and other important scholarly publications.

Solie has been selected to present the Ethel V. Curry Distinguished Lecture in Musicology at the University of Michigan, was in residence in the Curtis Mayes Orpheus Endowed Chair at Florida State University, and has also taught at Yale and Columbia universities. She holds an undergraduate degree from Smith College and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago. Since 1974 she has been on the faculty of Smith College, where she was named Sophia Smith Prof. of Music in 1998.

Solie's activities at the UI are supported by the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program, which brings outstanding scholars to the UI campus for residencies ranging from a few days to an entire academic year. A native of Vinton, Iowa, Beam willed her farm to the UI in 1977. Proceeds from the sale of the farm were used to establish the visiting professorships program in her name. Since 1977 hundreds of eminent scholars and scientists have visited the UI campus to give public lectures and to meet with students and faculty. Solie's visit to the UI is sponsored by the School of Music and the departments of English and women's studies.