Spring 2013 Arts and Lectures Series Presents A Variety of Programs

December 4, 2012

The Ku'lu' Mele African American Dance & Drum Ensemble perform on April 25 at Marian Anderson Music Center

The Ku'lu' Mele African American Dance & Drum Ensemble perform on April 25 at Marian Anderson Music Center

The Arts and Lectures Series at Cheyney University features a variety of speakers, musicians, singers and dancers from throughout the US and abroad. All programs are held on the Cheyney University Campus and are open to the public.  The Arts & Lecture Series is sponsored by a grant, Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Title III).  

The spring 2013 Arts and Lectures Series schedule opens with the exhibit Tracing Stitches: Exploring a National Treasure. The exhibit features works by fabric artist Wendell George Brown and runs from February 7 to March 30 in Biddle Hall Gallery.
 •Artist in Residence: Wendell George Brown
Exhibit: Tracing Stitches: Exploring a National Treasure - February 7-March 30, Biddle Art Gallery
Wendell George Brown’s works have been exhibited at The American Folk Art Museum in New York; Towne Art Gallery, Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts; The International Quilt Show in Yokahama, Japan. This exhibit will highlight Cheyney University of Pennsylvania in a historical context with ideas focusing on survival and triumph in the face of racism and alienation. Gallery admission is free.
Brown will present two quilting workshops on Saturday February 9. He will lead participants through a process involving quilting, printing and the use of historical text in construction of 2 quilt panels. Reservations should be made in advance at The cost is $40. For more information contact 610 399-2365.
 •Dr. Terry Rodenberg, Speaker - The Negro Leagues and the Desegregation of Baseball - The Rest of the Story Wednesday, February 27, Logan Auditorium, 1:30 p.m.
Dr. Terry Rodenberg retired from Western Illinois University in 2010, where he served as a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for International Studies for three years. He previously served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of International Affairs at East Carolina University (2005-2007) and as Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of International Studies at Central Missouri State University (1972-2005).  Dr. Rodenberg’s research into the Negro League culminates in its impact on baseball today. Admission is free.
 •This Little Light of Mine, performed by Adrienne Danrich, soprano, Djorge Nesic, piano - Tuesday, March 5, Marian Anderson Music Center, 7:30 p.m.
Written by Adrienne Danrich under a commission from the Cincinnati Opera, This Little Light of Mine is an inventive one-woman musical tribute honoring the ground breaking careers of two African-American opera legends who overcame many racial barriers from the Jim Crow era through the Civil Rights Movement to become international opera stars. Ms. Anderson became the first African-American singer to perform at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York and Ms. Price would take that torch and carry it to The Metropolitan Opera and the most prestigious opera houses around the world. Tickets available for purchase.
 •Unbinding our Lives, performed by actress Christiana Chan - Wednesday, March 27, Dudley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Christina R. Chan is an actor and playwright whose work focuses on Asian-American women and immigration issues. In her solo performance, Unbinding Our Lives, she portrays three real Chinese American women from China in the 1800s 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.Tickets available for purchase.
 •Mali Sadjo: The Legend of the Hippopotamus, performed by Kùlú Mèlé African American Dance & Drum Ensemble - Thursday, April 25, Marian Anderson Music Center, 7:30 p.m.
Founded in 1969 by master drummer Baba Robert Crowder, Kùlú Mèlé presents and preserves African dance traditions rooted in the cultures of the African diaspora. They will perform on Thursday April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Marian Anderson Music Center. Led by Artistic Director Dorothy Wilkie for more than 20 years, its repertoire draws upon the music and movement forms of Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Brazil, Haiti, Cuba and the Senegambia region, as well as African-American vernacular traditions. Tickets available for purchase.
Arts and Lectures Series Ticket Information:
 •Unless activities are denoted as free, ticketed programs cost $20 for adults and $10 for youth and non-Cheyney students.
•Tickets are available at
•Refunds and exchanges are not permitted.
•Tickets will not be sold at the door but may be purchased in advance.
•Admisson to free events is on a first come, first served basis.
•Doors open 30 minutes before the event.
•Parking is free.
•Locations: Dudley Theatre (Center for the Performing Arts) and  the Biddle Gallery (Biddle Hall) are located on the historic quadrangle. Marian Anderson (Music Center) is located across from the Marcus Foster Student Center.
•For more information, call (610) 399-2365.
• The Arts and Lectures Series is sponsored by a Strengthening Historically Black College and Universities (Title III) grant. Cheyney faculty, staff, and students with ID receive one free ticket per event by visiting