Martha Feldman, University of Chicago Professor in the Humanities and Chair of the Department of Music, examines the role of castrati-boys in patriarchal European society at the University's 32nd annual Humanities Day . Castrati were "literally and figuratively cut out" of parts of society because they could no longer perpetuate their family lines.
Feldman's keynote address is titled "Castrato De Luxe: Blood, Gifts, and Goods in the Making of Early Modern Singing Stars." The address features video footage of castrati-specific singing techniques.
Every October the Division of the Humanities opens their classrooms to the public and features a day-long series of lectures, discussions, exhibits, tours and performances. Learn more at the Humanities Day website .