A First-Year Student Finds Triumph Through Tragedy


“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


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...]