Dr. Alisha Jones, an Assistant Professor in our department, contributed research to one of the most significant additions to New York City’s Cultural Landscape: The Shed. A 200,000 sq ft modular building, the Shed has commissioned more than a dozen exhibitions, performances, and lectures with the aim of presenting both well-established and emerging artists from the worlds of theater, dance, visual art, poetry, film, and classical and pop music. On April 5th of this year, filmmaker Steve McQueen presented the grand opening with the first series of concerts titled “Soundtrack of America”, which sought to create a family tree of musicians of color created with a team of academics and luminaries alike.
Dr. Jones’ year was busier still as she gave a handful of lectures throughout. She presented new research on the native Philadelphian Marian Anderson at the University of Pennsylvania Library for their annual commemoration of her life in October 2018. She also had the great honor of preaching at the Princeton University Chapel in commemoration of their 2019 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Jones additionally presented research on the ethnomusicology of womanism at McCormich Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL in commemoration of women's history month. Lastly, this summer she will present research at Oxford University in London and the Chautauqua Institute in New York, and preach at St. Paul's Cathedral in London and at Spelman College for the 2019 Baccalaureate.