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The origins of the African American spiritual, a lecture with music demo

Dr. Emery Stephens (baritone), Pamela Wood (soprano) and Karen Harvey (Piano) present a lecture/recital tracing the origins of the African American spiritual. It starts 7 pm.

Emery Stephens is Assistant Professor of Voice in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University and Pamela Wood is MIT Senior Lecturer in Music.

Post event meet-up around 8:30 pm at Asgard Irish Pub & Restaurant: 350 Mass Ave.

Web site:

Open to: the general public

Cost: FREE

Location: 14W-111
Hayden Memorial (music) Library (with large windows facing Memorial Drive) is a 7 min walk from Kendal Sq T station on Memorial Dr, overlooking Sheraton Hotel on the other side of the river (directly diagonal). Killian Hall is near the entrance of the Library. Kenny will be near the entrance of Killian Hall with a meetup sign until 6:55 pm with name tag stickers. We try to sit together in the middle. It is a smallish (cosy) Hall with 150 seats. Killian Hall is wheelchair accessible.

Kendal Sq T station -> Main St towards Legal Seafood ->left to Ames St - walk until Memorial Dr ->Hayden Memorial Library on your right. A slightly longer walk from Central Sq (Red Line) T station (Mass Ave -> Memorial Drive).

Sponsor(s): Music and Theater Arts

For more information, contact:
Clarise Snyder

Parking info for those driving:

Free parking is available in the lot behind the Bank of America ATM <> at Mass Ave and Vassar Street (though it sometimes fills up on weeknights), or on the street.
No parking permit is required at this lot after 5 pm or on weekends. Metered street parking is free after 6 pm.

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  • Jane H.

    Great. Very enjoyable.

    March 5, 2013

  • Marita

    Wonderful Event!!! A testimony to the power of words, sounds and honoring the past! Marita

    February 23, 2013

  • lauren M.

    Very inspiring to the soul heart felt songs pictures and extraordinary speaker and fabulous baritone voice, professorStevens from Detriot remarkable experience transforming

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A wonderful event, Dr. Stephens gave a introduction to the history and traditions of the afro-american spiritual. He encouraged our participation and using his formidable vocal and communication skills delivered a great experience to everyone who attended. This was my first event with the cultural nomads, what a blast ! Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • Alan

    Great Event. Great music plus watching the animation of the woman in front row was fun helped create the atmosphere. Two great events in a row at MIT

    February 23, 2013

  • M L

    beautiful black older black women including Emery's mother made the whole thing wonderful;

    February 22, 2013

  • David B.


    February 22, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Sorry, didn't get out of the office as soon as I'd hoped.

    February 22, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Maybe, if I can get home from work on time.

    February 22, 2013

  • Mariko

    Hi, please study the direction of how to get there carefully. It is not too far from T stations (Kendal/Central) but about a 10 min. walk. Ask any students where Hayden Memorial Library is if you get lost. Find Kenny at the Killian Hall and try to sit close to each other. After the lecture/demo, some of you would like to go to Asgard for social. Kenny has to leave right after the lecture but maybe some of you get together and go and enjoy the food/drink there. Have fun!

    February 21, 2013

  • Kenny H.

    Hi all, I will not be able to host the dinner event afterward at Asgard, something has come up, but if someone else is willing to host it, that would be great. I will still host the lecture at MIT

    The cool thing about Asgard is that you do not have to worry about reservations (because they don't take them), so it's just a matter of showing up and grabbing a table when it opens,or hanging out by the bar

    February 19, 2013

  • Carmen

    I will be in Arizona. Next time?

    February 16, 2013

  • Carol

    I am a maybe for now. I may have a conflict but would love to attend.

    February 13, 2013

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