Pinni B building lecture hall 4078
Visiting Erasmus+ lecturer, M.A. Alexander Kuuskoski (Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg/Ludwigsburg University of Education) will give a lecture on Hamilton: An American Musical - (The American) Revolution on Broadway and in the Classroom.
The hip-hop musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton: An American Musical is one of, if not the, American cultural event in recent years. The winner of 11 Tony awards, it is the story of “America then, told by America now” and traces the history of the fledgling United States of America through the life of immigrant American and first Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton.
In this lecture, we will explore the groundbreaking nature of the musical on Broadway and in the American History classroom, where it has revitalized interest in musical theater and the American Revolution. Despite its success, it has not been without some controversy, particularly in the political discourse leading up to the 2016 Presidential Election. By exploring these elements, along with the life of Alexander Hamilton as portrayed on stage, we will attempt to answer the question of what makes this musical so American and investigate just what “America then, told by America now” tells us about the United States.
University lecturer Mark Kaunisto, tel. 050 318 0549