Antiphony, Otherwise: A Symposium

Event time: 
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 5:00am to 12:00pm
Miller Hall (PROS406) See map
406 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Free; no tickets or registration
Open to: 
General Public
Event description: 

“Antiphony, Otherwise: A Symposium” brings together scholars of Religious Studies, Sacred Music and Black Studies to discuss the role of the Hammond B-3 Organ in the life of the Black Church, Black Christianity, Black Sacred Music, Black Religion and Black Popular Culture. Considered by some to be the sound of the Black Church, the instrument is a cultural object with sonic force that remains to be elaborated. This one-day symposium will be an opportunity for rigorous, nuanced and playful study of the sounds, the mechanics, the cultural symbolism of the instrument, and the musicians that make music with it.

Speakers will include:

  • Johari Jabir - University of Illinois Chicago
  • Kimberleigh Jordan - Drew University
  • Fredara Hadley - Oberlin College
  • Lynnée Denise - California State University, Los Angeles
  • Braxton Shelley - Harvard University 
  • Kyle Brooks - Methodist Theological School in Ohio



The symposium closes with the concert “Testimony Songs and Devotion” at 7 pm in Marquand Chapel. A dinner reception follows. Visit the concert event page for more details.