SOURCE: Spelman College


January 28, 2015 14:21 ET

Spelman College Visiting Scholar Dwight Andrews to Discuss 'Living a Creative Life That Bears Witness to a World of Problems and Promise'

Dr. Andrews' Jan. 29 Discussion Is Part of Spelman's 2014-2015 Signature Conversations in the Arts Series

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - January 28, 2015) - The 2015 Spelman College Distinguished Visiting Scholar Dwight Andrews, Ph.D., will discuss "Living a Creative Life That Bears Witness to a World of Problems and Promise" as part of the College's 2014-2015 Signature Conversations in the Arts Series. Dr. Andrews will offer a meditation on his multi-dimensional career as a composer, musician, educator and pastor of First Congregational Church in Atlanta.

The conversation will center on the idea "What I Am Learning…" This theme suggests the immediate and ongoing nature of Dr. Andrews' self-discovery and the dynamic challenges of living a creative life that bears witness to a world of both problems and promise.

For the first time, Dr. Andrews will frame his rich and distinct experiences into a single reflection about life, work and what he's learning. "The power and the need of the human spirit to affirm itself through self-critique and creativity is a calling we all share," said Dr. Andrews, who is considering how the interdisciplinary and seemingly disparate aspects of his vocations are evolving into a single unity of purpose.

During his talk, Dr. Andrews will present brief excerpts of his work. He will also speak to the folly of making a career plan, and the necessity of discipline, preparation, and a sense of humor to be an effective change agent in the world.

The Signature Conversations in the Arts Series is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit or call (404) 270-5025.

Supported by the Spelman College Office of the President, Office of the Provost and Office of College Relations, the Signature Conversations in the Arts Series was established in 2014 to highlight the accomplishments of artists in various arts disciplines. Renowned artists who have taken part in the conversation series include Misty Copeland, soloist with the American Ballet Theatre; Alia Jones-Harvey, C'95, Broadway producer; and Paul Carter Harrison, playwright and educator. The next presenter in the series is Aku Kadogo, theater director, choreographer, educator, creative producer and a 2015 Spelman College Distinguished Visiting Scholar. She will present Feb. 3, 2015.

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
6 p.m.

Spelman College
John D. Rockefeller Fine Arts Building, Baldwin Burroughs Auditorium
GPS Address: 440 Westview Drive, Atlanta 30310

Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the College's picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children's Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam's Club CEO Rosalind Brewer, Broadway producer Alia Jones, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman's first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley, Harvard University Professor Evelynn Hammonds, author Pearl Cleage and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit

Dwight Andrews
Dwight Andrews, Ph.D., is an associate professor of music theory and African American music at Emory University and is the senior pastor of First Congregational Church UCC in Atlanta and a Detroit native. He holds bachelor's and master's of music degrees from the University of Michigan, a master's of divinity degree from the Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University. He has taught at Rice, Yale, and Harvard universities. As a musician, Andrews has appeared on over 25 jazz and "new music" recordings. He has also been recognized for his collaborations with playwright August Wilson and director Lloyd Richards, having served as musical director for the Broadway productions of Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, and Seven Guitars, and the Broadway revival of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom featuring Whoopi Goldberg and Charles S. Dutton. He provided the music direction for the Broadway revival production of A Raisin in the Sun, starring Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald and Sanaa Latham.

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