2019 Geiringer Lecture Series: Danielle Fosler-Lussier (Ohio State University)

Event Date: 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:45pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Music Room 1145 (UCSB)

Event Price: 

No reservation required

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
Danielle Fosler-Lussier
Dr. Danielle Fosler-Lussier, Professor of Musicology at Ohio State University, will present a public lecture, "The International Agenda of America’s Music Clubs," on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 3:30-4:45 pm in Music Room 1145 on the UCSB campus. The event will be presented as part of the 2019 Geiringer Lecture Series and will be hosted by Music History and Theory Forum and sponsored by the Geiringer Lecture Fund. 


From their beginnings in the 1890s, women’s music clubs in the United States sought to promote concert music by American composers. By the 1930s their work had developed a significant international component, and the experience of World War II intensified the clubs’ international activities. During and after the war, the National Federation of Music Clubs became increasingly entangled with government propaganda programs. These entanglements brought the government’s agenda into home and public concerts all over the country; they also ensured that the goals and priorities of club organizers left their marks on the government’s overseas information programs.

About Danielle Fosler-Lussier

Danielle Fosler-Lussier has taught at The Ohio State University School of Music since 2003. Educated at the University of Pennsylvania (BA), the University of Hamburg (DAAD scholar), and the University of California, Berkeley (MA, PhD), she spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University's Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts before coming to Ohio.
Her research on music and Cold War politics in Eastern and Western Europe and the United States has been supported by an AMS-50 dissertation fellowship as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the International Research and Exchanges Board, the Eisenhower Foundation, and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies.
Fosler-Lussier is the author of two books: Music Divided: Bartók's Legacy in Cold War Culture (University of California Press, 2007); and Music in America’s Cold War Diplomacy (University of California Press, 2015). The latter book is accompanied by an online database of U.S. cultural presentations from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Fosler-Lussier’s other publications about U.S. government sponsorship for musical performances include “Music Pushed, Music Pulled: Cultural Diplomacy, Globalization, and Imperialism,” Diplomatic History 36, no. 1 (January 2012): 53-64; “Cultural Diplomacy as Cultural Globalization: The University of Michigan Jazz Band in Latin America,” Journal of the Society for American Music 4, no. 1 (February 2010): 59-93; and “American Cultural Diplomacy and the Mediation of Avant-garde Music,” Robert Adlington, ed., Sound Commitments: Avant-garde Music and the Sixties (Oxford University Press, 2009), 232-253.
Her teaching and research interests include music as a site of international contact and exchange; twentieth-century music; and the music of Joseph Haydn.


Danielle Fosler-Lussier