You know we love to speak with local authors, and in this episode with learn a lot about local professor at the University of Dayton and author Samuel Dorf, and a whole lot about the subject of his recent book, Natalie Clifford Barney. Natalie was a Daytonian and Parisian, an open lesbian over 100 years ago, and arts & antiquity enthusiast. In the years since, she’s been seen as an LGBT icon – and we are just learning about her! There is no way to describe this fascinating woman – you have to listen to hear her intriguing story yourself!

Samuel N. Dorf is a musicologist and dance historian. He received a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Northwestern University in 2009. Dr. Dorf has published articles dealing with the performance and reinvention of ancient Greek music and dance in fin-de-siècle Paris, and queer music reception and has presented papers at history, queer studies, dance history, archaeology, and musicology conferences throughout North America and Europe. His research areas include intersections between musicology and dance studies and the history of technology, reception studies, queer studies, film studies, and the history of performance practice. He has won awards, grants and fellowships from Northwestern University, Harvard University, the Society of Dance History Scholars, and the American Musicological Society. His book, Performing Antiquity: Ancient Greek Music and Dance in Paris, 1890-1935, has recently been published by Oxford University Press.

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