Libraries, History, Diplomacy, and the Performing Arts: Essays in Honor of Carleton Sprague Smith

Libraries, History, Diplomacy, and the Performing Arts: Essays in Honor of Carleton Sprague Smith

Libraries, History, Diplomacy, and the Performing Arts: Essays in Honor of Carleton Sprague Smith

Libraries, History, Diplomacy, and the Performing Arts: Essays in Honor of Carleton Sprague Smith

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No title more befitting than that which this homage volume bears can justly describe the humanistic and political spheres to which Carleton Sprague Smith devoted his life. For Carleton, these spheres were interdependent, perhaps even inseparable. It was unthinkable to view the humanities, particularly the musical arts, apart from a multi-cultural perspective. Likewise, it was unthinkable to remove from the political the humanistic cultural foundations upon which it drew. Although Carleton never entered the political arena, he has earned, among those familiar with his life and achievements, the status of an elder statesman.

A scant knowledge of his family history, his remarkable parents, and childhood can be found in a beautifully-sketched essay which he contributed to a book of collected memories in tribute to his mother. His description of his formative years—nurtured in an environment surrounded by love and respect, exemplified by good manners, emphasizing life preparedness, and, above all, providing intellectual stimulation—was essentially an environment that he carried into his professional life, which spanned more than half a century. Not only did he impart it to others; it became the very hallmark of his dealings with others.

Israeli. Katz, a former Guggenheim Fellow, is presently a Research Associate with
the University of California at Davis. He taught at McGill and Columbia Universities and the City University of New York. He specializes in the music of the Mediterranean region, with an emphasis on Spain and the ludeo-Spanish
Romancero.

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