Bull City Soul Revival: Soul and the American Imagination

Tonight, “Soul and the American Imagination,” is brought to home to Durham by the Bull City Soul Revival, in the form of a lecture.

Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, is a renown author and a professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University. Dr. Neal will explore soul and its influence on the American imagination, dream and character. It is Dr. Neal’s contention whether through President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, or the 1980s nostalgia of the film “The Big Chill,” or the California Raisins’ ads, soul music has greatly influenced popular American culture.

Find out more tonight at the Historic Parrish Street Forum, 108 West Parrish Street, 7pm, admission is free.

Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel is a writer and an accomplished public speaker. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content. For more than a decade, the Clarion Content has covered Durham’s arts, politics, music, and cultural milieu. From breaking news stories to the hottest local acts, the Clarion Content is on the scene. The Clarion Content published more than twenty distinguished guest columnists and garnered nearly a million views. Mandel is a volunteer for the Durham Mighty Pen Literacy Project and serves as the President of the Board of Sustain-A-Bull Durham, a local small business collective with more than 200 members. He writes regularly on the Clarion Content and has been quietly writing fiction since the 4th grade. Mandel has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has also produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development”. He was a featured speaker at “The State of Publishing” conference. He has presented to Durham Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber U” on the “New Media”. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the D.B.L., a Durham youth basketball league. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team. He has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.

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