“Instruments of Peace: The Arts, Reconciliation, and Sacred Space,” a symposium at Erskine College convened by Professor of Music Dr. J. Brooks Kuykendall and Grady Patterson Professor of Politics Dr. Ashley Woodiwiss, will begin Thursday, April 3 at 3 p.m. in Memorial Hall with a concert and poetry reading, and continue Friday, April 4, at 2 p.m. in the Choral Rehearsal Room of Memorial with guest speakers from Baylor University and the United Kingdom, concluding with a roundtable discussion.
Thursday’s concert will feature the Choraleers and Chamber Singers, along with vocal and instrumental soloists, performing works by Benjamin Britten, Herbert Howells, Charles Villiers Stanford, Michael Tippett, and William Walton. The poetry reading, featuring student readers, will include works by W.H. Auden, A.E. Housman, Wilfred Owen, Sir Henry Newbolt, Siegfried Sassoon, and Dame Edith Sitwell.
Friday’s program will begin with an introduction by Woodiwiss, followed by “Auden and the anxious city,” presented by Distinguished Professor of the Humanities Alan Jacobs of Baylor University. Kuykendall will speak on “Britten’s War Requiem as secular passion,” and Peter and Jane Woodward of Bath, England, will tell “The Coventry story.” A roundtable conversation will follow.