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Dr. Guy Ramsey

February 26, 2011
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Since he was five years old, Dr. Guthrie P. Ramsey has performed music, beginning with his mastery of the piano. So, it’s no wonder that by the age of eighteen, Professor Ramsey’s gift of music led him to tour the country with various bands.

After giving back to his hometown of Chicago by serving as both an elementary and high school teacher, Dr. Ramsey earned his PhD in musicology at the University of Michigan. Professor Ramsey went on to teach at Tufts and then became the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also been recognized as a Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellow at Dartmouth, a DuBois Institute Fellow at Harvard, and a recipient of the Irving Lowens Award for best article from the Society for American Music.

Dr. Ramsey’s 2003 book, Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop, was honored by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music as outstanding book of the year. In addition to Professor Ramsey’s scholarly work, his band, MusiQologY, a fusion of Jazz, R&B, Latin and Hip Hop, has played in venues ranging from Australia to popular Philadelphia concert halls.

But music alone does not send Dr. Ramsey across the country. Last year, Professor Ramsey co-curated a Smithsonian Institution exhibition called “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment” in Washington D.C. to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the historic Harlem Theater.

Dr. Ramsey has truly blessed the Philadelphia and Penn community with his music and scholarly knowledge. He is an exemplar of an intellectual whose genius allows us to watch Penn history in the making.

 

Maya Brandon, C’13

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