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HillDr. Donald R. Hill, Professor of Anthropology and Africana/Latino Studies (Chair, 1996- Spring 1999) at State University College at Oneonta, New York (since Sept. 1978) received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Indiana University (1973). He was a Curator of Education at the American Museum of Natural History (1973-1975) (where he ran the first major Museum Minority Training Program and help develop what later became the Margaret Mead Film Festival). He served as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at City University of New York - Hunter College (1975-1978). Dr. Hill has taught courses in Africana Studies, cultural anthropology and Caribbean folklore and ethnomusicology for over 30 years. He has written or co-authored four books and many scholarly articles and has published original photographs, field records, notes for commercial recordings, reviews, encyclopedia entries, and magazine articles. His most noted publications are Caribbean Folklore: A Handbook (Greenwood Press, October 2007, a resource book for students), West Indian Rhythm: Trinidad Calypsos on World and Local Events – Featuring the Censored Recordings 1938-1940 (co-author and co-editor of 250,000 word encyclopedia and co-complier of 10 CD set of 270 calypsos recorded in Trinidad between 1938 and 1940, Bear Family, Germany, Fall 2006, ARSC Award winner for “discography” for 2007); Calypso Calaloo: Early Trinidadian Carnival Music (University Press of Florida, 1993, co- winner of the 1994 University of Chicago Folklore Prize and one of the first academic books to include a CD); The Impact of Migration on the Metropolitan and Folk Society of Carriacou, Grenada (American Museum of Natural History, 1977); and “Music in the African Diaspora in the Americas” (in Encyclopedia of Diasporas: Immigrant and Refugee Cultures Around the World, 2005). Hill has researched, annotated, produced, and/or made field recordings for 42 long-playing records and CDs. The records by “Lovey’s Band,” recorded in New York in 1912 and in Trinidad in 1914 (sampled on the CD that accompanies Calypso Calaloo, “Lovey’s Original Trinidad String Band,” and on “Calypso Pioneers”) were selected by the Librarian of Congress to be on the first list of 50 recordings for the National Recording Registry in 2002. “Calypso Pioneers” (Hill is co-producer and annotator of that CD) was previously placed on the Library of Congress’s “Selected List” of American Folk Music and Folklore Recordings in 1989. Dr. Hill is co-author of "'Play Mas' in Brooklyn" (Natural History, August 1979) and author of "Trinidad Pan" (Natural History, Feb. 1995). Hill’s early field recordings of barber and bluesman Wade Walton are noted on a formal plaque posted outside Walton’s last barber shop in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Dr. Hill (with David Mangurian) is a 2007 winner of a large grant from the Grammy Foundation, to digitize the Walton and other recordings made in the United States between 1958 and 1961. Some of his Caribbean recordings are on deposit at Indiana University’s Archive of Traditional Music. Hill is the winner of an Indiana University summer fellowship to document video tape he shot in Carriacou, Grenada between 1970 and 1999 (2010 and follow-up scheduled for August 2013). Dr. Hill is a recipient of a 2007 SUNY Research Foundation Research and Scholarship Award. Dr. Hill has approximately 7000 commercial recordings of Caribbean and African music, dating from 1902 to the present. He has been an expert consultant or has contributed recordings to very many film documentaries, public radio broadcasts and other media.

267 Fitzelle Hall
Phone: 607-436-2018
Email: donald.hill@oneonta.edu
Websites: Vita & Don Hill's Website

 
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