Presentations

Papers at National and International Conferences and Meetings

1. “Elites and the Reformation in Württemberg,” panelist, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, October 1992

2. “Sacred Music and the Reformation in Basel,” Seminar on Comparative Religion, Professor Mark Edwards, Jr., Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, February 1993

3. “Music and the Hofkapelle of Württemberg, ca. 1500 – 1650,” Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference, Flagstaff, Arizona, April 1993

4. “A Veritable Break with the Past: Sacred Music in Fifteenth-Century Basel,” invited speaker, Symposium on Medieval Germany, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, March 1994

5. “Continuity and Discontinuity in Basel’s Sacred Music, 1550-1600,” panelist, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Toronto, Canada, October 28, 1994

6. “Music and Text of the Lobwasser Psalter of Basel, 1606,” panelist, Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, San Francisco, California, October 1995

7. “The Simplicity of Hymnody in Basel, 1540-1606,” American Musicological Society Meeting, Southwest Chapter, University of California, Santa Barbara, November 1995

8. “The Essence of Simplicity: Hymnody and Hymnals in Basel,” The Huguenot Society of California, Los Angeles, May 1996

9. “Using Multimedia Materials in the Classroom,” International World History Association Conference, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, June 21, 1996

10. “The Rise of the Boston Pops,” American Musicological Society Meeting, Southwest Chapter, University of California, Riverside, February 21, 1998

11. “The Hollywood Bowl and American Music,” invited speaker, Faculty Forum, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, May 9, 1998

12. “Jack Benny, Johnny Carson, and Classical Music,” American Musicological Society Meeting, Southwest Chapter, University of California, San Diego, February 27, 1999

13. “Music in Late-Nineteenth Century Los Angeles,” Los Angeles History Research Group, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California, September 11, 1999

14. “Orchestral Music in Animation,” invited speaker, Thursday Forum, Claremont Graduate University, November 18,1999

15. “The Silk Trade in Basel,” invited speaker, co-presentation with Christine Ersig-Marcus, The Huguenot Society of California, Los Angeles, May 27, 2000

16. “The Use of Music in Teaching History,” invited speaker, Faculty Life Stories Committee, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, February 2001

17. “Dance Orchestras in Black and White,” American Musicological Society Meeting, Southwest Chapter, California State University, Los Angeles, April 28, 2001

18. “A Tour Through American Music,” invited speaker, The Huguenot Society of California, Costa Mesa, March 3, 2002

19. “Creating a Musical Community: The Founding of the Hollywood Bowl,” panelist and conference organizer, “Community and Culture in Los Angeles,” University of La Verne, October 5, 2002

20. “A Phoenix of the Arts: The First Negro Classic Ballet of Los Angeles,” invited speaker, Los Angeles City Historical Society, April 13, 2003

21. “A Phoenix of the Arts: The First Negro Classic Ballet of Los Angeles,” invited speaker, Brown Bag Lunch Series, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, May 9, 2003

22. “Bringing Folks Together: Musical Intersections of Race and Class,” panel chair, American Studies Association, Atlanta, Georgia, November 11, 2004

23. “Ethnic Identity on Stage: The Mexican Players and the Ramona Pageant,” American Musicological Society Meeting, Southwest Chapter, Azusa Pacific University, February 26, 2005

24. “Music in Los Angeles,” invited speaker, Phi Alpha Theta (History Honors Society), joint chapter meeting, Claremont McKenna College and Scripps College, April 25, 2005

25. “Music and the Development of Los Angeles,” invited speaker for lecture series, La Verne Scholars in the Classroom, Hillcrest Retirement Community, La Verne, November 1, 8, and 15, 2005

26. “Ethnic Identity on Stage: The Art of the Mexican Players and the Ramona Pageant,” American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch Meeting, Corvallis, Oregon, August 5, 2005

27. “Ethnic Identity in Drama:  The Cases of the Ramona Pageant and the Mission Play,” Western History Association Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona, October 16, 2005

28. “Judaism Revisited: Arnold Schoenberg in Los Angeles,” Conference on Community and Religion in Los Angeles, University of La Verne, October 8, 2005

29. “Italian Involvement in the Music Traditions of Early Los Angeles,” invited speaker, American Italian Historical Association, Los Angeles, California, November 6, 2005

30. “Ethnic Identity on Stage: The Cases of the Mexican Players and the Ramona Pageant,” panelist, commentator, and chair of panel, “Crossing the Line: Ethnicity and Music in Twentieth-Century America,” American Historical Association Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 8, 2006

31. “Music in Early Los Angeles,” invited speaker, The Huguenot Society of California, Pasadena, March 22, 2006

32. “Exil im Paradies? Arnold Schoenberg in Los Angeles” [in German], invited speaker, Musikwissenschaftliches Institut, Universität München, Germany, June 29, 2006

33. “Popular Culture before World War II,” chair and commentator, American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch Meeting, Stanford, California, August 4, 2006

34. “Portraying the Chinese: Ethnicity and Representation in the West,” panelist, American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch Meeting, Stanford, California, August 4, 2006

35. “Exile in Paradise? Arnold Schoenberg and the Los Angeles Émigrés,” invited speaker, Faculty Research Lecture, University of La Verne, September 26, 2006

36. “Portraying the Chinese: Interracial Interaction in 19th Century Los Angeles,” Engendering Diversity and Community Conference, University of La Verne, March 23, 2007

37. Exile in Paradise? Modernism and the Émigré Circles of Los Angeles,” Los Angeles History Research Group, The Huntington Library, San Marino, February 9, 2008

38. “Race and Ballet in Postwar Los Angeles,” invited speaker, Dreams Fulfilled Series on African American Arts and Culture, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California, March 19, 2008

39. “The Seriousness of Comedy: The Benefit Concerts of Jack Benny and Danny Kaye,” invited speaker, The Paley Center for Media, Beverly Hills, California, April 12, 2008

40. “Modernism in the Academy: Arnold Schoenberg at UCLA,” invited speaker, Biennial Conference, Jewish History Association, Hebrew Union College/USC, Los Angeles, June 3, 2008

41. “Immigration and Modernism: Arnold Schoenberg and the Los Angeles Emigrés,” speaker and chair, “Expatriation and Modernism/Postmodernism,” Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas (MESEA) Conference, Leiden University, Netherlands, June 27, 2008

42. “California Beat: The Music of the Golden State,” moderator, “California Imagined: The Arts of the Golden State,” 20th Annual Envisioning California Conference, California State University, Sacramento, September 19, 2008

43. “Arnold Schoenberg and the Crisis of Modernism,” invited speaker, Faculty Research Lecture, University of La Verne, October 21, 2008

44. “Arnold Schoenberg in Los Angeles: Modernism and the Jewish Dilemma,” invited speaker, Western History Workshop, Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, November 18, 2008

45. “The Legacy of the Charles Lummis Wax Cylinder Recordings,” invited speaker, El Alisal, Lummis House, Los Angeles, June 27, 2009

46. “Modernism in Los Angeles: Arnold Schoenberg and the Cultural Émigrés,” invited speaker, Bergische University Wuppertal, Germany, July 21, 2009

47. “Modernism in Los Angeles: Arnold Schoenberg and the Cultural Émigrés,” Conference on Multiculturalism and Beyond, Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld University, Germany, July 23, 2009

48. “Modernism in Los Angeles: The Cultural Émigrés and Transnationalism,” American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, August 8, 2009

49. “Modernism in Los Angeles: Arnold Schoenberg and the Cultural Émigrés,” German Studies Association, Washington, DC, October 11, 2009

50. “Teaching the Survey: Integrated Approaches to World, U.S., and California History,” panel organizer, chair, and speaker, American Historical Association, San Diego, January 7, 2010

51.Wagner, Schoenberg, and American Culture,” invited speaker, Faculty Research Lecture and LA Ring Festival, University of La Verne, February 1, 2010

52. “Troubles in Paradise: Culture and Solidarity among the Los Angeles Exiles,” Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas (MESEA) Conference, University of Pécs, Hungary, June 17, 2010

53. “Race and Ballet in Postwar Los Angeles,” invited speaker, The Westerners, Los Angeles Corral, Alhambra, CA, August 11, 2010

54. “Exiles and Émigrés, Spies and Scholars,” commentator, German Studies Association, Oakland, CA, October 10, 2010

55. “Finding Heimat in Los Angeles: Arnold Schoenberg at UCLA during the War Years,” German Studies Association, Oakland, CA, October 10, 2010

56. “Brecht, Schoenberg, and Eisler,” panelist, “Brecht in Exile,” Modern Languages Association, Los Angeles, CA, January 9, 2011

57. “The Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte, Op. 41,” panelist, “The Music of Arnold Schoenberg: A Discussion and Concert,” Pomona College, Claremont, CA, February 13, 2011

58. “Arnold Schoenberg and Late Modernism in Los Angeles,” panelist and chair, “Music and the Transformation of Los Angeles,” Conference on Los Angeles Culture Between the Wars, Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, April 2, 2011

59. “New Jews: Exiles and the Holocaust in Musical Perspective,” panelist, “Listening to California: Two Centuries of Musical Imports,” Pacific Coast Branch Meeting, Seattle, WA, August 12, 2011

60. “Cultural History and the Founding of the Hollywood Bowl,” invited speaker, Glendora Historical Society, Glendora, CA, September 26, 2011

61. “Paderewski, Modjeska, and the California Environment,” keynote speaker, Paderewski Festival, Paso Robles, CA, November 12, 2011

62. “Hollywood Bowl: Past and Present,” invited speaker, Teaching American History Group, Clovis Unified School District, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, December 4, 201

63. “Art,” moderator and conference organizer, HSSC Conference on “Latino Los Angeles,” Autry Museum of the American West, April 21, 2012

64. “New Jews: Exiles, Heimat and the Holocaust in Musical Perspective,” panelist, “Leaving Homeland in Search of Home: Movements, Migrants and Music in California,” Western History Association, Denver, CO, October 6, 2012

65. “Documenting Pageantry: An Analysis of Three Historical Dramas in Modern America,” invited speaker, Faculty Research Lecture, University of La Verne, November 5, 2012

66. “Schoenberg and Stravinsky: Exiles and the Politics of Culture in Mid-Twentieth Century Southern California,” Fulbright Lecture, Leiden University, Netherlands, April 25, 201367.

67. “The International Relations of Thomas Mann in Early Cold War Germany,” panelist, “Reframing Diplomacy: New Diplomatic History in the Benelux and Beyond,” Leiden University, September 6, 2013

68. “City and Culture: The Rise of Music in Los Angeles, 1880-1940,” invited speaker, Huntington Westerners, Pasadena, CA, October 19, 2013

69. “Arnold Schoenberg and Hollywood Modernism,” Southwest Chapter Meeting, American Musicological Society, University of California, Santa Barbara, February 15, 2014

70. “Migration and Modernism in Los Angeles, 1900-1960,” invited speaker, La Verne Academy Lecture, University of La Verne, May 5, 2014

71. “The Central Avenue Renaissance and the Harlem Renaissance,” invited speaker, Los Angeles Poverty Department, Skid Row History Museum and Archive, Los Angeles, May 2, 2015

72. “‘Every Evening at 8’: The Promenade Concerts and Cultural Hierarchy in Late-Nineteenth Century Boston,” Southwest Chapter Meeting, American Musicological Society, Pomona College, February 20, 2016

73. “African American Ballet in Postwar Los Angeles,” Distinguished Lecture Series, Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Heidelberg University, November 11, 2016

74. “Schoenberg in Exile: Judaism and Musical Modernism,” invited speaker, Institute for Jewish Studies, University of Bern, November 15, 2016

75. “Arnold Schoenberg und das modernistische Hollywood” [in German], invited speaker, Institute for Jewish-Christian Studies, University of Lucerne, Switzerland, November 17, 201676.

76. “Schoenberg and Hollywood Modernism,” invited speaker, La Verne Academy Lecture, University of La Verne, February 21, 2017

77. “Arnold Schoenberg and Hollywood Modernism,” panelist, “Modernism Revisited,” Society for American Music, 43rd Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada, March 23, 2017

78. “Dance Like You Mean It,” invited speaker, Pasadena Breakfast Forum, California Institute of Technology, May 3, 2017

79. “African-American Ballet and Protest in Postwar Los Angeles,” panelist, “A New Era: Racial and Defense Culture in Mid-Twentieth Century Southern California,” Pacific Coast Branch Meeting, American Historical Association, California State University, Northridge, August 5, 2017

80. “Musical Metropolis: Los Angeles and the Creation of a Music Culture, 1880-1940,” invited speaker, Pasadena Museum of History, At Home Series, October 3, 2017

81. “Midcentury Modern: Politics and Culture in Postwar Los Angeles,” panelist, “Community Building and Cultural Movements in Postwar Southern California,” HSSC Conference on “From the Cold War to the Space Race: Science, Technology and Society in Southern California,” California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, February 10, 2018

 

Conferences and Symposia Organized

1. “Community and Culture in Los Angeles,” Conference organizer, speaker, and moderator, International Studies Institute, University of La Verne, October 5, 2002

2. “Environment and Community in Los Angeles,” Conference organizer, speaker, and moderator, International Studies Institute, University of La Verne, May 1, 2004

3. “Community and Religion in Los Angeles,” Conference organizer, speaker, and moderator, International Studies Institute, University of La Verne, October 8, 2005

4. “Pathways to Peace: The Roadblocks of World Hunger and Genocide,” Conference organizer and moderator, International Studies Institute, University of La Verne, March 5, 2008

5. “Immigration and Acculturation,” Conference organizer, speaker, and moderator, International Studies Institute, University of La Verne, April 28, 2010

6. “Los Angeles Renaissance: Redefining the Soul of a City,” Conference organizer, panelist, and moderator, Historical Society of Southern California, Autry Museum of the American West, April 2, 2011

7. “Latino Los Angeles,” Conference organizer and moderator, Historical Society of Southern California, Autry Museum of the American West, April 21, 2012

8. “Religion and Culture in the Colonial Southwest,” Conference co-organizer and moderator, Historical Society of Southern California, Occidental College, April 4, 2015

9. “Journalism in Southern California,” Conference co-organizer and moderator, Historical Society of Southern California, Occidental College, Los Angeles, April 16, 2016

10. “World War II and the Homefront in Southern California,” Conference co-organizer, Historical Society of Southern California, University of La Verne, January 21, 2017

11. “From the Cold War to the Space Race: Science, Technology, and Society in Southern California,” Conference co-organizer and panelist, Historical Society of Southern California, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, February 10, 20

 

Interviews and Broadcasts

1. Campus Times with Tim Tevault, University of La Verne, November 2001

2. Inland Valley Voice with Joanna Corman, La Verne, April 2003

3. Campus Times with Beatriz Mendoza, University of La Verne, May 2004

4. AirTalk with Larry Mantle, NPR radio, KPCC, Pasadena, Calif., February 2005

5. Life & Times with Vickie Curry, KCET Public Television, Pasadena, Calif., April 2005

6. Campus Times with Tracy Spicer, University of La Verne, May 2005

7. Life & Times with Val Zavala, KCET Public Television, The Arias Troubadours: A Musical Dynasty, Los Angeles, Calif., May and August 2006

8. Campus Times with Julissa Cardenas, University of La Verne, October 2009

9. The Southern Californian with Carole Dougherty, Los Angeles, Fall/Winter 2009

10. Campus Times with Amanda Nieto, University of La Verne, November 2011

11. News Brief with Linda van Putten, Leiden University, Netherlands, March 2013. Online at http://hum.leiden.edu/north-american-studies/news-north-american-studies/marcus.html

12. Mare with Vincent Bongers, Leiden University, Netherlands, April 2013

13. Stage Raw with Mindy Farabee, Los Angeles, May 2014. Online at http://stageraw.com/2014/05/08/vaulted-ambitions-volume-2/

 

Book Lectures

On Musical Metropolis: Los Angeles and the Creation of a Music Culture, 1880-1940

1. University of La Verne, September 14, 2004

2. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, February 16, 2005

3. Claremont Graduate University, February 17, 2005

4. The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, March 18, 2005

5. All Saints Church, Pasadena, CA, July 15, 2005

6. Rotary Club, Altadena, CA, July 21, 2005

7. Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, CA, October 13, 2005

8. Rotary Club, La Verne, CA, December 1, 2005

9. Borders Bookstore, Pasadena, CA, January 22, 2006

10. Borders Bookstore, Glendale, CA, February 5, 2006

11. Paul Sacher Stiftung, Basel, Switzerland, June 20, 2006

 

On Schoenberg and Hollywood Modernism

1. Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, CA, February 25, 2016

2. University House, Claremont, CA, May 2, 2016

3. University of La Verne, La Verne, CA, May 19, 2016

4. Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, May 23, 2016

5. Sherman Library and Gardens, Corona del Mar, CA, September 10, 2016

6. Institut für Musikwissenschaft, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany, November 10, 2016

7. English Seminar, University of Basel, Switzerland, November 16, 2016

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