Apologies for duplicate messages.

On February 2, 2010, the Regional Educational Technology Network (RETN), the Center for Research on Vermont's public-access television partner, will broadcast the Center for Research on Vermont-sponsored program
,  "Music of the Somali Bantu in Vermont: Music, Identity, and Refugees,"  by Simeon Chapin (M.A. Tufts University), with Omar Hussein Mohamed, a Somali Bantu musician:

This seminar presents the first known study of Somali Bantu music culture in relocation here in the U.S. The research is based on fieldwork with the Somali Bantu community of Burlington, Vt., and illustrates how musical practices once separate in Somalia are joined in relocation. This original research provides a reference for future work with Somali Bantu music, studies of the Somali Bantu in the U.S., studies of refugee artistic practice, and as a data point for studies of refugee acculturation in Vermont. Local Somali Bantu musician and research partner Omar Hussein Mohamed performs songs from the repertoire.
The program, which runs 1 hour and 18 minutes, was originally presented as a Research Seminar on November 20, 2008 It airs on Comcast Cable on Channel 16 (both North and South) as follows:

        Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 3 A.M.
        repeats at 9 A.M.
        Also available as video on demand at <>.

Note about Center programs that are available as video on demand: Anyone, including those who live outside of the RETN broadcast area (see below for a list of the communities that RETN serves), may view Center videos online 24/7. To do this, point your browser at <> and click on /Center for Research on Vermont/ on the lefthand column. A menu will appear featuring a number of Center programs for you to select. Also, Center programs from Fall 2009 are available on at

In addition to the Webstreaming option, videotapes of many Center programs may be borrowed from the Center's Video Library upon request. Please visit our Web site at <> and click on Video Library on the righthand column for a descriptive listing of the programs that are available.

For more information about RETN's schedule, please visit the RETN Web site at <> or contact RETN directly at 802-654-7980. The schedule is usually the same for both RETN North (Comcast Channel 16 in Burlington, Essex, Essex Junction, Williston, and Winooski) and RETN South (Comcast Channel 16 in Charlotte, Ferrisburgh, Hinesburg, Shelburne, and Vergennes).


Kristin Peterson-Ishaq
Coordinator, Center for Research on Vermont
     and Vermont Studies Program
University of Vermont
589 Main Street, Nolin House
Burlington, VT  05401-3439
Email: <[log in to unmask]>; Telephone: 802-656-8363
Web site: <>