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

Event Date: 

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Karl Geiringer Hall (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, “Musical Diplomacy and the Nature of Soft Power,” on Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 5-6:30 pm in Karl Geiringer Hall on the UCSB campus. The event will be presented as part of the 2019 Geiringer Lecture Series and sponsored by the Geiringer Lecture Fund. 


During the Cold War, thousands of musicians from the United States traveled the world under the sponsorship of the U.S. State Department’s Cultural Presentations program. The musicians competed with Soviet and Chinese performers to enhance the reputation of American culture. At the same time, through personal contacts and the media, State Department-sponsored concerts created subtle musical, social, and political relationships on a global scale. These relationships turned individual musicians and audience members into citizen-diplomats, changing their perspective and re-defining what citizenship meant in the Cold War world.

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