Spring 2020

Past Events

March 03, 2020


Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W 129th St
New York, NY 10027


Left to right: Crystal A. Burrell, Loren S. Cahill, Jay Délise, Kristin Dodson, and Amanda L. Edwards.

Critics, philosophers and artists have long debated the relationship between ethics and art. This panel of black women artists and scholars will explore the ways in which an "ethic of love" directs and influences art practice.

This was organized by Columbia Artist/Teachers (CA/T) and Our Word. This event is free and open to the public.

Crystal A. Burrell is a writer from Brooklyn, NY. Her curiosity has become a critical lens for culture, the arts, and aspiring thought-leadership. After earning a Master of Arts from King’s College London, she joined sales and marketing teams at Christie’s for blockbuster auctions in New York. Crystal presently works in sales with Soane Britain, and enjoys mentoring with Free Arts NYC.

Loren S. Cahill is a fourth year doctoral candidate at the City of New York’s Graduate Center. She has a BA degree in Africana Studies from Wellesley College and an MSW from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation explores Blackgirl freedom project(s) through artistry in Philadelphia.

Jay Délise is a US/UK based poet and performer creating in the combined world of theatre, poetry, and storytelling. A native of the Jersey Shore, Jay is a published poet who has received national recognition for her writing. As a Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Gold Key recipient, Jay has performed at locations such as Pratt University, The United Nations, The Schomburg Center, The Pulitzer Center, and Carnegie Hall. Audiences included familiar names such as Lin Manuel-Miranda, Agunda Okeyo, Kathy Najimy, Jessica Williams, Jill Dolan, and Abigail Disney. Her work has been highlighted around the world and in publications including Afropunk, Broadway World, Vagabond City, Glass Poetry Press, and Huffington Post. Her recent solo spoken word show Black, And... premiered at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival in July of 2019 and was nominated for both “Best Newcomer” and “Best Spoken Word” at the Manchester Fringe Awards. Jay is a poet and a teaching artist, but more importantly, she is black and magic.

Kristin Dodson was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She is a graduate of SUNY at Albany. She is signed with Abrams Artist Agency, where she does theater, film, commercial and voiceover. She has trained with the Negro Ensemble Company, Berg Studios, BADA, and the Black Arts Institute. She’s in her second year at Columbia’s MFA Acting program. She has made appearances in theater productions such as Corkscrew Theater Festival’s - Patience, A Raisin in the Sun (Crystal Image Productions), Roxanne, Roxanne (Sundance/Netflix), 2017 AUDELCO Winner Daughters of the Mock (Negro Ensemble Company), and Black Panther Women (13th Street Rep Theatre). Her voice will be used in the new season of The Shivering Truth, on Cartoon Network. Kristin is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. She is also the President and Founder of the Columbia's Black Women's Collective.

Amanda L. Edwards is a NY based freelance artist, choreographer, and poet. Amanda uses dance and poetry to express the experiences, traumas, and histories in her body. Her work aims to create room for change, questions, and dialogue about the black body navigating and existing in the U.S.