Harvard appoints Herbie Hancock Professor of Poetry

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Harvard University has appointed Herbie Hancock the 2014 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry. Hosted by the Mahindra Humanities Center, the jazz legend will give six Norton Lectures in a series titled “The Ethics Of Jazz” in February and March at the Cambridge campus.

“The Ethics Of Jazz” will examine topics including “The Wisdom Of Miles Davis”, “Breaking The Rules”, “Cultural Diplomacy And The Voice Of Freedom” and “Innovation And New Technologies”. Hancock will draw upon his five decades of experiences as a musician, composer, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, innovator and father.

“It is a great privilege to welcome Herbie Hancock as the Norton Professor,” said Homi Bhabha, director of the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard, in a press release. “His unsurpassed contribution to the history of music has revolutionized our understanding of the ways in which the arts transform our civic consciousness and our spiritual aspirations. It would be no exaggeration to say that he has defined cultural innovation in each decade of the last half century.”

The lectures will take place at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University on February 3, February 12, February 27, March 10, March 24 and March 31 (see the full schedule with topics below). Lectures begin at 4 p.m. and are open to the public, but will be ticketed. Tickets will be available at the Sanders Theatre box office starting at noon the day of each lecture, or online through the venue’s website (handling fee applies). There will be a limit of two tickets per person and tickets will be valid until 3:45 p.m. on the day of the event.

The upcoming lectures will not mark the 73 year-old’s debut as a professor. Last year, he taught jazz in the music program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Last month, Hancock received the Kennedy Center Honors Award. His last studio release was 2010’s The Imagine Project. In 2008, Hancock was awarded the Harvard Foundation’s Artist of the Year Award.

The 2014 Norton Lectures with Herbie Hancock Schedule

Monday, February 3: “The Wisdom of Miles Davis”
Wednesday, February 12: “Breaking The Rules”
Thursday, February 27: “Cultural Diplomacy and The Voice of Freedom”
Monday, March 10: “Innovation and New Technologies”
Monday, March 24: “Buddhism and Creativity”
Monday, March 31: “Once Upon A Time…”

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