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Angela Brown combines education and entertainment at “Opera... from a Sistah’s Point of View” program at Cheyney University on February 9

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Grammy-nominated vocalist Angela Brown will unite opera, pop and gospel in one sensational voice as she takes stage at Cheyney University to perform "Opera...from a Sistah's Point of View" on February 9 in the Marian Anderson Music Center Auditorium.

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Cheyney University Audience Enthralled by The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Performance

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Nearly every seat in the Marion Anderson Music Center was filled with students, faculty and community ticketholders for a stirring performance by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCD) on November 9.

The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCD) Will Perform Four Works by Four Different Choreographers at Cheyney University

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCD) will perform four works by four different choreographers on Monday November 9, 2015 at the Marian Anderson Music Center at Cheyney University. Presented by the Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Arts and Lectures Series at Cheyney University, the program begins at 7:00 pm.

Searching for Willie Lynch Inspires Cheyney University Audience

Saturday, October 31, 2015

On Thursday, October 29th, Cheyney University’s Arts and Lectures Series presented "Searching for Willie Lynch" by Layon Gray at the Marian Anderson Music Center Theatre.


Friday, September 25, 2015

Rennie Harris Puremovement, the preeminent American Street Dance Theatre Company, wowed the crowd at Cheyney University September 24 for the 2nd performance in the University's 2015-16 Arts & Lectures Series.

Rennie Harris Puremovement Takes Hip Hop to New Heights at Cheyney on September 24

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM) will perform at Cheyney University’s Marian Anderson Music Center on Thursday, September 24. The program showcases a vibrant collective of classic work from the past twenty years including “P-Funk” which focuses on the individuality and group dynamics of Harris’ athletic male dancers.

Black Violin Brings Energetic Musical Mix to Cheyney University September 9

Monday, August 31, 2015

Black Violin, a perennial favorite at Cheyney University, opens the 2015-2016 Arts and Lectures Series on campus September 9 at 7:00 pm in Marian Anderson Music Center. Tickets, available online, will not be sold at the door.

Black Violin Brings Energetic Musical Mix to Cheyney University November 18

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Two classically trained musicians - violinist Kev Marcus and violist Will B – will fill Cheyney University’s Marian Anderson Music Center with music on Tuesday, November 18 at 7:30 pm.

Author Visits Cheyney to Lecture and Sign Books

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Randy Lewis visited campus November 10 to share his story about an initiative he undertook as Walgreens senior vice president of supply chain and logistics in 2007 when Walgreens opened its 14th distribution center in Anderson, S.C. The Center was the first facility of its kind to employ a significant number of people with disabilities. Lewis' inspiration, he said, came from his autistic son.

Arts and Lectures Series at Cheyney University Opens with the Staycee Pearl Dance Project performing Octavia

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Staycee Pearl Dance Project performed Octavia at Cheyney University’s Marian Anderson Music Center on Monday, October 20. The program, part of the 2014-2015 Arts and Lectures Series, was open to the public and free of charge.

2014-15 Arts and Lectures Series at Cheyney University Opens with An Evening of Solo Piano Featuring Pianist Robin Spielberg

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

One of America’s most beloved pianist/composers, Robin Spielberg, performed An Evening of Solo Piano at Cheyney University on Monday evening, September 29. The program was part of the 2014-2015 Arts and Lectures Series

Black Angels Over Tuskegee Pack The House

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The November 18 production of Layon Gray's Black Angels Over Tuskegee drew an almost-full house for this brilliant production which chronicled the history of the Tuskegee Airmen. The narrated production was presented through the eyes of six Tuskegee Airmen who battled racism and segregation during the 1940’s to beat the odds and earn their wings. The audience response ranged from laughter to tears.

Directors of The Contradictions of Fair Hope Documentary to Show Film at Cheyney University and Talk to Audience

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Contradictions of Fair Hope documentary narrated by actress Whoopi Goldberg will be shown on Saturday, October 26, at the Marian Anderson Music Center at Cheyney University at 6:00 p.m. The film was directed by S. Epatha Merkerson who played Lt. Anita Van Buren in NBC's Law and Order for over 15 years, and attorney Rockell Metcalf. At the conclusion of the screening, directors Merkerson and Metcalf will speak to the audience and provide additional insight into this powerful drama.

2013-2014 Arts and Lectures Series Off to a Good Start

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The 2013-2014 Arts and Lectures Series began with the opening of the Synthia SAINT JAMES Exhibit in the Biddle Hall Art Gallery on Saturday, September 7. Ten programs will be offered this semester. The Arts and Lecture Series is part of the Academic Quality and Excellence activity which is funded by a grant Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Title III).

Ayanna Gregory Brings Inspirational Message to Cheyney

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Students, faculty and staff at Cheyney University were treated to an inspirational lecture by artist, educator, and activist Ayanna Gregory at 1:30 pm on September 11 in Vaux Logan Auditorium.

Unbinding Our Lives, Performed By Actress Christina Chan, To Focus on Asian Women and Immigration Issues

Monday, March 11, 2013

On Wednesday, March 27, actress Christina Chan will perform “Unbinding Our Lives” at Cheyney University’s Dudley Theatre at 7:30 pm. The solo-performance is presented as part of the 2012-2013 Arts and Lectures Series at Cheyney University. Chan will portray three real Chinese American women from China in the 1800's and their personal stories of being sold into slavery, prostitution, and abandonment in the streets of China, thus shattering the exotic, subservient, China doll image.

NEW DATE-April 3: Arts and Lectures Series Features Lecture "The Negro Leagues and the Desegregation of Baseball," by Dr. Terry Rodenberg

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dr. Terry Rodenberg, retired professor of Sociology and Assistant Vice Chancellor of International Studies at Western Illinois University, will present a lecture on “The Negro Leagues and the Desegregation of Baseball - The Rest of the Story" on April 3. Rodenberg's lecture comes just before the release of the movie 42, a biographical film about the life of baseball player Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League Baseball in the modern era.

Soprano Adrienne Danrich to Perform This Little Light of Mine, The Stories of Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price in CU's Marian Anderson Music Center

Sunday, February 17, 2013

This Little Light of Mine, The Stories of Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price, will be performed by soprano Adrienne Danrich at the Marian Anderson Music Center on the campus of Cheyney University on Tuesday March 5 at 7:30 pm. The multi-media production includes recordings from both legends, as well as songs by Price and an audience sing-along. Tickets are available at

Tracing Stitches Exhibit Opens With Biddle Hall Gallery Walk-Through

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Cheyney University Artist in Residence Wendell George Brown gave a gallery walk-through for Professor D'Antonio-Madsen and Professor Domenic's art students on Thursday afternoon. The event marked the opening of his show and the conclusion of a week's work in preparing the room for public view.

April 25 Arts and Lectures Program Presents Mali Sadjo: The Legend of the Hippopotamus by Kulu Mele African American Dance & Drum Ensemble

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Mali Sadjo: The Legend of the Hippopotamus, performed by Kulu Mele African American Dance & Drum Ensemble, will entertain audiences on Thursday, March 25 at the Marian Anderson Music Center at 7:30 pm.

Black Violin Leads A Master Class for CU Musicians

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Black Violin concert in Marian Anderson Music Center on September 18 evening nearly filled the Marian Anderson Music Center. Just as notable, however, was the clinic conducted by Black Violin violist Wil B and violinist Kev Marcus earlier in the afternoon in the Cheyney University band room.

2012-2013 Arts and Lecture Series Opens on September 18

Monday, September 10, 2012

The 2012-2013 Schedule for the Arts and Lecture Series at Cheyney University features ten programs with a variety of speakers, musicians, singers and dancers from many continents and disciplines. All programs are held on the Cheyney University Campus and are open to the public.

The Arts at CU Spring 2011 - Event Listing

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Download the Spring 2011 The Arts At CU Event brochure that includes the Arts & lectures Series, PIFA Events, Community Day, Band and Choir event information.

Spring 2011 Arts and Lecture Series Event Schedule

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Arts and Lecture program provides an opportunity for shared academic and cultural experiences among faculty, staff, and students across departments and disciplines. The program presents ideas, issues, and problems significant for general education and society at large, and brings you world-class performances, lectures, films, and special events. These events are sponsored by Strengthening Historically Black College and Universities (Title III). Most events are free and opened to public.

Cheyney University Arts and Lectures Series

Friday, February 4, 2011

The arts and lectures series begins Feb. 16 with Dr. Yohuru Williams, a lecturer on race and politics. On Feb. 24, Dr. Raymond Wise will explore the impact of spirituals and gospel music on African American Heritage. March 2 Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman will visit for a fireside chat. Throughout April the works of artist Purvis Young will be on exhibit and April 8 brings the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Don't miss the series finale, Treemonisha, on April 27.

Upcoming Events

BLACK HISTORY MONTH:ARTS & LECTURES SERIES: Angela Brown,"Opera... from a Sistah's Point of View"
Tuesday, February 9
7:30 PM

BLACK HISTORY MONTH Poetry Event: NEW TIME! Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie
Wednesday, February 17
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM: Professional Development: Empowerment & Awareness Training
Thursday, February 25
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

ARTS & LECTURES SERIES EVENT: Jeff Obafemi Carr - How Blak Kin Eye Bee?
Tuesday, March 29
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

ARTS & LECTURES SERIES EVENT: Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
Thursday, April 7
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Thursday, April 14
6:00 PM

Tuesday, April 19
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

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