Library Colloquia Series - Spring Semester 2013
Free and open to the public.
FREE parking is available in stadium lot 62E on Red Cedar Road after 6:00pm. The Main Library is wheelchair accessible via the south entrance. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations by calling Birdie Beckwith at 517.884.6454 one week before an event. Requests received after that time will be met when possible.
My Fair Lady: A Voice For Change
Wednesday, April 17, 7:00pm
Marcie Ray, College of Music
In coordination with the Music in American Life speaker's series
Main Library, North Conference Room (W449), 4th floor, West Wing
Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical My Fair Lady features an impoverished flower girl, Eliza, who learns how to speak proper English with the assistance of phoneticist Henry Higgins. But it is more than just an English accent that Professor Higgins teaches Eliza. Both her body and speech become obedient to models of upper-class femininity. While her new speech and comportment enable her to overcome obstacles related to her class, ultimately it is in song that Eliza demonstrates her transformation.