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Distinguished Visiting Scholars

The Distinguished Visiting Scholars program brings accomplished scholars to Spelman College to enhance the intellectual, cultural and creative life at the institution.

Julie Dash

Professorship: 2017-18

Spelman Visiting Professor Julie DashTwenty-six years ago, filmmaker Julie Dash broke through racial and gender boundaries with her Sundance award-winning film (Best Cinematography) "Daughters of the Dust." With its release, she became the first African-American woman to have a wide theatrical release of a feature film.

In 2004, the Library of Congress placed "Daughters of the Dust" in the National Film Registry where it joins a select group of American films preserved and protected as national treasures by the Librarian of Congress. Dash is the only African-American woman with a feature film that has been inducted into the National Film Registry.

Dianne McIntyre

Professorship: 2015-2016

Spelman Visiting Professor Dianne McIntyreDianne McIntyre, an artistic pioneer, has a career spanning over four decades of choreography for dance, theater, television and film. Her individualistic movement style is shaped by her affinity for cultural histories, personal narratives, bold music and poetic text. Since 1972, she has choreographed scores of concert dances, four Broadway shows, 30 regional theater productions, a London West End musical, three feature films, three television productions, stage movement for recording artists and five original full-length dance dramas.

Dwight Andrews, Ph.D

Professorship: 2015

Spelman Visiting Professor Dwight AndrewsDwight Andrews, composer, musician, educator, and minister, joined the Emory College faculty in 1987. A native of Detroit, Dr. Andrews is an associate professor of Music Theory and African-American Music at Emory University and senior minister of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Atlanta. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the University of Michigan. He continued his studies at Yale University, receiving a Master of Divinity degree and a Ph.D. in Music Theory.

View photos from "A Conversation With Dwight Andrews" event.

Aku Kadogo

Professorship: 2014-2015

Spelman Visiting Professor Aku KadogoAku Kadogo is an international theater director, choreographer, educator and creative producer of cultural arts projects. The multifaceted artist directs highly energetic, imaginative theater works and has produced a number of collaborative inter-disciplinary projects. Her eclectic career has spanned across the United States, Australia, Europe and Asia.

View photos from "Opening Reception for Aku Kadogo."