Black History Month – Musical Lecture with Samuel Brock at EBCCI

The Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination (EBCCI)
The University of the West Indies ? Cave Hill Campus

in collaboration with

U.S. Embassy ? Bridgetown

in celebration of




Wednesday, 13th February, 2008
7:00 p.m.
in the EBCCI Theatre

Mr. Brock, the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy at Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo is visiting Barbados and will give a lecture on Negro spirituals, their origins, and religious and musical backgrounds and will illustrate this lecture with excerpts from his CD of spiritual music. He is also a talented pianist.

This invitation is for all musicians & music lovers, including music teachers and students, and the general public.

Biography: Mr. Samuel Brock

Mr. Samuel Brock is the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy at Kinshasa, in the Republic of Congo.

Joining the Foreign Service in 1983, Mr. Brock holds the rank of Counselor. This is his fourth tour in Africa, including a tour as DCM in Benin (1996-99), as well as earlier assignments in Algeria and Cape Verde. Other overseas tours include Korea, Mexico, and Marseille, France. Mr. Brock was the Director of North American affairs at the National Security Council from 2002-03. His Washington assignments include four tours in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, including as interim director of the Office of UN Political Affairs and Director of the Office of UNESCO Affairs. He was also attached to the U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States.

A native of Radford, Virginia, Mr. Brock graduated cum laude from the Catholic University of American in 1974 and obtained an M.A. degree with honors from Georgetown University in 1983. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he worked as a contract interpreter for the Department of State and as an administrator for the Government of Spain in Kingston, Jamaica. Mr. Brock speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Mr. Brock has received two State Department Superior Honor Awards, four Meritorious Honor Awards and Senior Performance Pay. He was also decorated by the Governments of France and Spain.

An enthusiast of all kinds of music, Mr. Brock is a talented pianist and organist and has performed at numerous concerts in the Washington area and overseas as an accompanist to vocalists, instrumentalists and choral groups. He recently made a CD of Negro spirituals with Natalie Carter, a prominent Washington area contralto.

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