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Bill Banfield

October 19, Copley Square
Bill Banfield is a composer, recording artist, and author of multiple books. The Director of Africana Studies and a professor at Berklee College of Music, Banfield is the author of Cultural Codes, about the incorporation of the artist’s values into cultural aesthetic; Black Notes, an examination of the contemporary music industry; and Musical Landscapes in Color, which traces the lives and careers of forty black musicians. Banfield’s most recent piece, Cedric’s Truth, is a novel about a “musician superhero.” Banfield’s work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. He served as a visiting Princeton Atelier artist following an invitation from author Toni Morrison, and he has hosted several National Public Radio shows. Philosopher Dr. Cornel West deemed Banfield as “one of the last grand Renaissance men in our time … a towering artist, exemplary educator, righteous scholar, courageous freedom fighter.”