Graduated: 2010, Masters in Pan African Studies
Thesis title: The sounds of blackness in brazil: Musical affordance, regional identity, and activism in recife's black movements
Recipient: SU Graduate Prize: Outstanding MA thesis;
Recipient: SU Certificate of Univerity Teaching, Future Professoriate Program;
Current enrollment: PhD program, Ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin
Graduate Student Information
Cory J. LaFevers received a BA in History with high honors from the University of Houston in May, 2008. His Senior Honors Thesis, entitled The Sound of Revolution: Radio Free Dixie, Robert F. Williams, and Music as Protest and Propaganda, investigates how activists Robert and Mabel Williams utilized music and radio as a vehicle for protest to contribute to the black liberation struggle in the United States while they were in exile in Cuba. Cory's research interests include Afro-Diasporic Music, Protest and Social Movements; Afro-Latino / Afro-Brazilian Consciousness Movements; Race, Identity, and Human Rights the Americas; Relationships, connections, and intersections between the United States and Latin America/Caribbean; as well as Activist Scholarship, Ethnography, and Interdisciplinary methods, including: Ethnomusicology, Music-Sociology; Socio-cultural and Historical Anthropology, and Cultural Studies. As a masters student in Pan African Studies at Syracuse University, Cory also served as a 2009-2010 Graduate Student Representative for the Program on Latin American and Caribbean (PLACA) of the Maxwell School and as a Teaching Assistant for Prof. Bill Cole. Cory's Master's Thesis, The Sound of Blackness in Brazil: Musical Affordance, Regional Identity, and Activism in Recife's Black Movements, passed with Distinction and received a 2010 Master's Prize from the College of Arts and Sciences. Cory is currently pursuing further graduate studies in Ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin.