Humanities lectures focus on rhythms, beats of world

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COLLEGE PLACE -- The rhythms and beats and West Africa will be discussed at two Inquiring Mind humanities lectures at Walla Walla University.

Today at 7:30 p.m., composer and pianist Amy Rubin, who spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar researching and teaching in West Africa, will present "Dancing to the Beat of a Different Drummer: Reflections of a Researcher in West Africa."

Anecdotes, demonstrations and videos will cover West African music, celebrations, funerals and emotional connections through dance.

Then on Wednesday at 10 a.m., Rubin will present "The Fascinating Rhythms of North and South America," which will include stories about the people who created the sounds that have become lasting treasures of the Americas.

Both lectures will be a the Melvin K. West Fine Arts Auditorium, 204 S. College Ave.

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