A First-Year Student Finds Triumph Through Tragedy

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“I had a rough childhood. I experienced many tragedies throughout my childhood, and transitioning throughout my teenage years was rough,” revealed Baton Rouge, Louisiana, native Brittany Bulter, C’2018. “I didn’t begin to open up verbally until I was 16 years old, after my mom passed.” The death of her mom was not the only loss Butler … [Read more...]

New Cosby Chair Infuses Anthropology Into Performance Art

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World-renowned theater director, choreographer, and producer Aku Kadogo has enthusiastically embraced Spelman College as the William and Camille Cosby Endowed Professor in the Arts for the 2014-2015 academic year. Born and raised in Detroit, Kadogo has lived and worked in different countries, including Korea and Australia. However, before Kadogo … [Read more...]

Jones Brings International Musical Excellence to Spelman

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With over 30 years of performing internationally as an artist in the African-American improvisational tradition, Ralph Jones comes to Spelman with a wealth of knowledge and experience. After recording and performing on four continents with luminaries like Dr. Yusef Lateef, Pharaoh Sanders, Ahmed­Abdul Malik, Ella Fitzgerald, Wadada Leo Smith, and … [Read more...]

A New Era of Preservation for Spelman’s History

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After 15 years under the watchful eye of Taronda Spencer, C’80, the Spelman College Archives is now managed by archivist Holly Smith. A graduate of William and Mary College and Yale University, Smith, who has a background in public history and, library science and archives, comes to Spelman after having worked for five years in special collections … [Read more...]

A Passionate Life of Global Cultural Research

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Erica Williams’ path to a life of international exploration began when she was just a pre-schooler, picking up the Japanese language while living in Okinawa between the ages of 3 and 6. The assistant professor of anthropology at Spelman admits to not retaining the language but believes early exposure to foreign languages gave her the facility to … [Read more...]

Dedication Brings Ingrid Hayes Back to Spelman as Vice President for Enrollment Management

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It looks like everything is coming full circle for Ingrid Hayes. A native Atlantan and the daughter of Jacquelyn Dennis Wilder, C’64, Hayes is back home in Atlanta, and at Spelman College, where she recently became the new vice president for Enrollment Management. After serving as associate vice president for Enrollment Management at the College … [Read more...]

Let the Music Play: A DJ Spins Scholarship on Campus

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DJ Lynnee Denise was destined to deepen her relationship with Spelman College. She’s been spinning on campus for more than a decade – from providing the music for a reception for newly inaugurated president Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum to deejaying on campus for MC Lyte during the College’s “Take Back the Music” campaign with Essence magazine and … [Read more...]