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  • Faith & Values Lecture: Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, 4/8

    As a part of the school's Faith & Values in the Public Square series, Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, former vocalist with Sweet Honey in the Rock, will be speaking on the use and evolution of African American music, as well as sharing a musical performance.

    Tuesday, April 8  |  7:00pm  |  Pigott Adutorium, Seattle University  |  Free Tickets Required


    About Dr. Barnwell:
    Although a professor at Howard University College of Dentistry and a health program administrator at Children's Hospital National Medical Center and at Gallaudet University, Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell is perhaps best known for her 34 years with the African-American female a capella group, Sweet Honey in the Rock.  She is also a commissioned composer, recording artist, actress and author.

    She has spent much of the past thirty years off stage, working as a master teacher and choral clinician in African American cultural performance.  Her workshop "Building a Vocal Community: Singing in the African American Tradition" has been conducted  on three continents, making her work in the field a significant source of inspiration for both singers and non-singers, a model of pedagogy for educators, cultural activists and historians.  

    Four axioms have proven significant in Barnwell's life:
    To whom much is given, much is required.  
    As one door closes, another door opens.
    Everything matters.  
    Say Yes!



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