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Panel Discussion: Songs in Flight

Composite photo of participants.
Tuesday, April 02, 2024
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
2023-24 Duke Arts Presents Season

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

Contact: Yesenia Yanez