Anthropologist to discuss religion’s influence on top Israeli tunes




    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Middle Eastern musician and anthropologist Galeet Dardashti will talk about how religious music is edging into the Israeli pop scene during an April 17 program at the University of Louisville.

    Dardashti will discuss “Sacred Music Hits the Israeli Pop Charts: Money, Music and Mizrahiyut (Ethnic Identity)” during the 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday event in Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium. The UofL humanities and Jewish studies programs offer the Naamani Memorial Lecture, which honors the memory of former UofL political scientist Israel Naamani.

    Although the talk and Middle Eastern dessert reception are free and public, reservations are recommended at

    Dardashti, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Taub Center for Israel Studies, will talk about how some of Israel’s most noted secular rock singers recently have gained popularity by performing their renditions of traditional religious songs. She will draw on her fieldwork in Israel to weave in issues including ethnic identity politics, religion and the agendas of global philanthropic organizations.

    Dardashti also performs traditional and original Middle Eastern Jewish music as a soloist and with a band.

    For more information, contact Ranen Omer-Sherman at 502-852-6842 or


    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.