Date(s) - 08/30/2016
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Our Songs Know Who We Are – An Urban Retreat
Tues, August 30, 2016
(Registration begins @ 9am)
Join us for a day of study,music, dialogue, ritual celebrations, food, art and community-building celebrating the Spirit of Life. Our Annual Symposium connects all Starr King School’s students, faculty, staff, trustees, graduates and communities as we cultivate multi-religious, counter-oppressive, just and sustainable communities.Symposium will be held at the following location:
First Unitarian Church of Oakland,
685 14th St., Oakland, CA 94612
Symposium is convened by Dr. Gabriella Lettini, SKSM Dean of Faculty. ATTENTION: Out of respect for those with environmental illnesses, we request that you attend the Symposium completely free of fragranced hair, skin, and clothing products, including “natural” or aromatherapy personal products. A list of fragrance free products, including those especially good for people of color.
Our Honored Teacher
Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell
Ysaye M. Barnwell, Ph.D. MSPH, is a commissioned composer, arranger, author, actress and former member of the African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock. She is a vocalist with a range of over three octaves and appears on more than twenty-five recordings with Sweet Honey as well as other artists. Trained as a violinist for 15 years beginning at the age of 2 1/2, she holds degrees in speech pathology (BS, MSEd), cranio-facial studies (Ph.D.) and public health (MSPH). She was a professor at Howard University College of Dentistry for over a decade, and over the following 8 years developed training programs in Child Protection at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center, and administered community-based health programs at Gallaudet University, all in Washington DC. For almost thirty years, and on three continents, Barnwell has led the workshop Building a Vocal Community – Singing In the African American Tradition, which utilizes oral tradition, an African world view and African American history, values, cultural and vocal traditions to build communities of song among singers and non-singers alike. Her pedagogy is highly respected among musicians, educators, health workers, activists, organizers, and members of the corporate and non-profit sectors.
For the full bio go to: http://www.ymbarnwell.com/about.php