Prelude Discussion to NHSO's 'To Thee We Sing'

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Engleman Hall - Room C112

A panel discussion that serves as a prelude to the New Haven Symphony Orchestra's performance of To Thee We Sing, a concert to mark the 80th Anniversary of singer Marian Anderson’s groundbreaking 1939 performance at the Lincoln Memorial, featuring music that celebrates the perseverance of the human spirit and the ability of music to speak to power.

Dr. Audrey Kerr, professor of English, moderates a panel discussion that includes Siobhan Carter-David, associate professor of history; Professor Frederick J. (Jerry) Streets of Yale Divinity School; New Haven Mayor Toni Harp; and SCSU student Simone Davis. At the close of the panel and as a transition to the program of the concert, a moment of silence will be held at 7:01 p.m., as that will be 51 years to the moment since the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.

The concert will be in Lyman Center at 7:30 p.m., following the panel discussion. Learn more about the concert and tickets.

Dr. Kerr has been an SCSU faculty member since 2001. Professor Kerr, a specialist on black culture, will see her third book come to print in the near future. A former Coolidge Fellow with the Association for Religion in Intellectual Life and Senior Research Fellow at the Harlem and the Heights Historical Society in conjunction with CUNY, Dr. Kerr is an adviser to the National Association of Women and Girls of Color.

Dr. Carter-David joined Southern’s History Department in 2012 and is a specialist in twentieth-century African American history.  With a particular interest in the relationships among race, fashion, and print culture, Dr. Carter-David has published extensively and collaborated on a museum exhibition in New York City. Co-adviser of the Black Student Union and a member of the Women’s & Gender Studies Steering Committee, Dr. Carter-David has assumed a leading role in programming for both Black History Month and the Women’s & Gender Studies program’s “64 Days of Non-Violence.”

Ms. Davis, a New Haven native and New Haven Promise Scholar, is a social work major at Southern. Next year she will be attending Fordham University, where she will be pursuing her master’s degree in social work.

As Senior Pastor of the Mount Aery Baptist Church in Bridgeport, Conn., from 1975-1992, Dr. Streets led the congregation in significant growth, building a new church edifice and developing many social outreach programs and ministries. He served as the Yale University Chaplain and Senior Pastor of the Church of Christ in Yale from 1992-2007, where he established a model of multi-faith campus ministry. In 2008 Dr. Streets was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, where he taught in the Department of Practical Theology and explored the intersection of religious, social welfare, and medical institutional outreach services to those affected by, and infected with, HIV and AIDS. He returned to South Africa as a Fulbright Specialist in 2010 to assess the transition of the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, in becoming a multicultural and ethnic institution since the fall of apartheid. Dr. Streets has served as an adjunct Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Yale Divinity School since 1987. He is also an adjunct Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and in the Spirituality, Mind Body Institute in the Department of Clinical Psychology and Education, Teachers’ College, Columbia University. A licensed clinical social worker, Dr. Streets is the former Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor in Pastoral Counseling at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University in New York City and former Visiting Professor in the Department of Social Work and Latino Community Practice at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Conn. He serves as the Senior Pastor of the historic Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ in New Haven, Conn. He has published numerous articles and book chapters, and he is the recipient of many awards.

Mayor Harp’s public service in elected office began first as a member of New Haven’s Board of Aldermen and then for 21 years, as state Senator for the 10th District. She is the first woman to be Mayor of New Haven and is presently in her third term. Throughout her distinguished career, Mayor Harp's priorities have never changed: they include healthcare, an equitable criminal justice system, maximizing the opportunity for childhood learning and development, and economic development for the residents of New Haven.



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