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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 2, 2012

Petra Gelbart(MAHWAH, NJ) – Petra Gelbart, who heads the Initiative for Romani Music at New York University, will speak at Ramapo College of New Jersey on March 26, 1-2 p.m. in the Trustees Pavilion, Room One, under the auspices of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Communications Arts Music Major and the Human Rights Club of Ramapo College.

Petra Gelbart is a Czech-born Romani (Gypsy) scholar, musician and activist.  She received her doctorate  in ethnomusicology from Harvard University with a dissertation titled “Learning Race, Music and Nation in the Czech Republic.”  Her publications include a forthcoming essay in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.  She heads the Initiative for Romani Music at New York University.

As a musician, Petra Gelbart is a founding member of Via Romen.  Petra combines the Romani vo­cal production she learned from her family with elements drawn from more improvisational and popular genres.  Ac­companying herself on the guitar and accordion, she has also performed as a soloist on many stages in the United States and abroad, including Sand­ers Theatre in Cambridge, Boston College, and at Romani festivals in California and the Czech Republic.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information or to reserve a seat, please call 201.684.7409.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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