Barnett Center Graduate Student Think Tank collaboration with Sweet Honey in the Rock


Saturday, April 5, 4:30-6:30
Interfaith Prayer and Reflection Room, The Ohio Union

Paper presentations

Kaustavi Sarkar (The Ohio State University) A Performative Rendering of Sweet Honey in the Rock
Allison Hoyle (The Ohio State University) Vocal Music as a Vehicle for Agency and Identity

Roundtable Discussion with Sweet Honey in the Rock

Facilitated by Gretchen McIntosh (The Ohio State University) with members of SHIR: Dr. Louise Robinson, Dr. Nitanju Casel, Dr. Aisha Kahlil, Dr. Carol Maillard, and Dr. Shirley Childress Johnson

A round table discussion will take place with members of Sweet Honey in the Rock
to highlight the history of the group, incorporating examinations of how the group
continues to advocate for and make heard otherwise silenced voices. Question to be explored will include:

  1. What informed the construction of SHIR as a group and in what ways has the
    mission of the group evolved?
  2. What does a successful SHIR performance look like to you?
  3. From your perspective, what are some of the most important socio-political
    issues SHIR has called attention to over the last 40 years?
  4. What are some of the most impactful touring experiences you have< experienced?
  5. How has SHIR navigated the different spaces of politics, advocacy, and
    commercialism, what are its plans for doing so in the future?
  6. Do you have any advice for aspiring artists-activists?

Discussant: Dr. Sonia BasSheva Manjon (The Ohio State University)

"The Rhythm Ring"
(how do you swing?)

Saturday, April 5, 7:00-8:00pm
Interfaith Prayer and Reflection Room, The Ohio Union

Lead by Dr. Louise Robinson with signing by Dr. Shirley Childress Johnson

The Rhythm Ring creates a powerful gathering – as we come together to form a circle, we create space that supports all it's participants. Each one is on equal ground, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, education, ability and experience. The circle claims that each person is an important part of The Whole and requires our support to remain whole and intact. When everyone raises their voice in song, a larger more powerful sound is born that radiates throughout the space and beyond.  The circle becomes the healer.