Dr. Joy Dworkin, chair of the English and philosophy department, will present “Discovering ‘Duende’: Flamenco” at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in Phelps Theatre in Billingsly Student Center.

Dr. Joy Dworkin

Dr. Joy Dworkin

Like American blues and jazz, Spanish flamenco grew out of a mixture of cultures and emerged from an experience of suffering and disenfranchisement.

When performed well, flamenco is associated with the untranslatable Spanish word “duende” – a magical magnetism, a powerful communication of raw feeling.

Dworkin was introduced to flamenco at age 14 when her mother brought her three children to live in Seville for a year. Her presentation will include early memories, pictures from her more recent trip to southern Spain, recordings of flamenco guitarand singing, and information about the art of flamenco.

Admission is free.