AAAMC Speaks

The “AAAMC Speaks” documentary series centers the legacy of the Black music community and highlights a wealth of materials available within Indiana University's AAAMC. In each roughly 20-minute episode, AAAMC director Tyron Cooper interviews one pioneer, current industry professional or scholar whose work is connected to holdings at the archives. As “AAAMC Speaks” through this series, the collections come alive, and African American legacies are preserved.

Season 1, Episode 4

Portia Maultsby: A Renaissance Woman


Portia K. Maultsby Portrait Portia K. Maultsby is the Laura Boulton Professor Emerita of Ethnomusicology in IU’s Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, the founding director of the AAAMC, as well as founding director of the IU Soul Revue. Her research has focused on religious and popular traditions in African American music, African cultural heritage, the music industry, and music globalization. She has published books and presented lectures on these topics around the world, and her research has been used extensively in the productions of cultural institutions, museums, and documentaries for radio and television. She recently served as lead senior scholar/consultant and storyline co-chair for the opening exhibition of the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville. Dr. Maultsby is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the President’s Medal from IU for extraordinary merit and achievement in the arts and humanities. Maultsby is an honorary member of AAAMC’s National Advisory Board.
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