Your Hometown Virtual Conversation with Suzanne Vega

When: Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 7:00pm

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In the latest edition of our Your Hometown virtual series, celebrated singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega talks to host Kevin Burke about her role as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s in NYC and her unique career as masterful storyteller who “observes the world with a clinically poetic eye” (New York Times). 

This is a virtual event which will take place via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link in advance of the event. 

For more information about the Your Hometown series of virtual conversations, click here

About the Guest:
Suzanne Vega was born in Santa Monica, CA, but grew up in Spanish Harlem and the Upper West Side of New York City. She found a heady mix of multicultural music playing at home: Motown, bossa nova, jazz and folk. At age 11 she picked up a guitar and as a teenager she started to write songs. Vega went on to become a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been called contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has given sold-out concerts in many of the world’s best-known venues. Her most recent album is An Evening of New York Songs and Stories.

About the Host:
Kevin Burke is the founder and CEO of Kevin Burke Productions, Inc., a New York–based film company, and director of research at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. With Henry Louis Gates Jr., Burke is co-author of the book And Still I Rise: Black America since MLK (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2015) and co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir, Twelve Years a Slave (W. W. Norton & Co., 2016). Burke’s film credits include working as the senior story producer on the popular genealogy series Finding Your Roots, now in its sixth season on PBS, and Reconstruction: America after the Civil War (PBS, 2019), winner of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. He also was a senior historical adviser on the Emmy Award-nominated Black America since MLK: And Still I Rise (PBS, 2016) and Africa’s Great Civilizations (PBS, 2017). 

About Your Hometown:
Your Hometown is a live event and podcast series conceived and hosted by historian Kevin Burke in which prominent and everyday guests from a diversity of generations, geographies, and fields are interviewed about when and where they grew up and how that intersection of time and place shaped them. Rooted in a deep sense of place, time, and memory, the series draws on the power of storytelling to underscore the importance of hometowns at a time when many, due to breathtaking advances in technology, feel placeless, empathy is at a deficit, and polarization is extreme. 


Your Hometown is made possible in part with support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Additional support provided by Joan K. Davidson (The J.M. Kaplan Fund), Rudolph Rauch/Lanegate Foundation, Lori and John Berisford, Claudette Mayer, Paul Sperry, Victoria F. Morris, Peter M. Wolf, Kenneth J. Halpern, the Newburgh Institute, David Phelps Hamar, and an anonymous donor.

This program is presented by Fiduciary Trust International, our member programs sponsor.

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