Burkett presents paper at Popular Music Conference

Lyn Ellen Burkett, WCU assistant professor of music, presented a research paper at the Popular Music Conference sponsored by the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle in April.

Burkett’s presentation was on representations of race and gender in Seventeen magazine’s feature articles on music from 1944 through 1950, the magazine’s first six years of publication when it was under the editorial guidance of its creator, Helen Valentine.

Burkett has been studying the presentation of music in Seventeen for several years, working both from microforms and from her own archive, which includes the debut September 1944 issue. Burkett said her research ties in directly with some of the classes she teaches at WCU that focus on women and popular music, rock music history and country music.