Keston Fall Lecture featuring Michaela Kufová (Nov. 2)
The Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society and the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies proudly welcome Michaela Kufová, Teacher and Conductor, Ondrášek Nový Jičín Arts School, Czech Republic, to present the 2023 Keston Fall Lecture.
“War, Music, and Dissonance: A Czechoslovak Case Study.”
Thursday, November 2, 2023, at 3:30 p.m.
Armstrong Browning Library & Museum Treasure Room & live via Zoom Webinar
Light refreshments and conversation to follow.
Free and open to the public.
CAE Credit is available for the in-person event.
Using Czech history as a backdrop, Kufová will explore the relationships and impact of
music on war and war on music with universal implications. "Even in wartime
chaos and the fight for freedom, music became a steadfast symbol of strength for those who
dreamt of a better world."
Kufová's musical pursuit dates back to age five when she began singing with one of the premier
children's choirs in the Czech Republic at Ondrášek Nový Jičín Arts School where she now
teaches and conducts. Her strong foundation in vocal performance compelled her to earn a
master’s degree in music and English education from Masaryk University in Brno. Her interest in
researching the intersection of music with war and the struggle for freedom arises from the
experiences of her parents and grandparents in Czechoslovakia.
In 2018, Kufova spent a semester studying at McLennan Community College in Waco. During
this return visit to Texas, she will deliver our Keston Fall Lecture, speak at McLennan Community
College, present in several local schools and sing in a church choir.
For more information contact Kathy Hillman, director of the Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society, at (254) 710-6684.
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