Panel Discussion: Songs in Flight

April 2, -
Shawn Okpebholo, composer
Ed Baptist, historian/archivist (Cornell)
Karen Slack, performer (Metropolitan Opera)
Crystal Simone Smith, poet (Duke University)

Moderated by
Tsitsi Ella Jaji, poet & text curator (Duke)

In this FREE public panel, the creative team behind 'Songs in Flight' will discuss the historical sources and process behind the new work: an operatic song cycle built around "runaway ads" from early United States Newspapers and the lives and stories of resistance of enslaved people to which they remain a testament.

The panel will be followed by a catered reception in the lobby from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Palace International will provide the food.


This event is part of the "Songs in Flight" performance on Wednesday, April 3. Learn more at

Duke Arts


African and African American Studies (AAAS); English; Forum for Scholars and Publics; Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI); Music; Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality (The Network)

Panel Discussion: Songs in Flight


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