First Monday Forum
August 3, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Diplomacy in Blue: Willis Conover and the international impact of jazz featuring Geoffrey Cowan, USC University Professor and former Director of the Voice of America.
For millions of people around the world, Willis Conover was truly the Voice of America. From Cape Town to Leningrad and Beijing, and especially in Eastern Europe, Conover’s broadcasts carried the sound of jazz, of America – and of freedom. His interviews and musical selections were heard and revered around the world.
To mark and celebrate Conover’s centennial, the First Monday discussion on August 3 will be devoted to a discussion of Willis Conover, his enduring legacy, and the role of music diplomacy.