The Inauguration of President Shirley M. Collado

Circle of Fifths: Words and Music in Celebration of the 125thEventsCircle of Fifths: Words and Music in Celebration of the 125th

Renowned writers paired with Ithaca College students to present poetry, fiction, and music of “celebration,” in their personal definitions of the act of celebrating. For some, celebration may be the joy of winning, for some it may be the gratitude of survival, and for some it may be the power of freedom. No matter the definition, this celebration proved harmonious.


Read coverage about the Circle of Fifths from IC News: Words and Music Come Together at Ithaca College Inauguration Event

This event was moderated by A. Van Jordan, Collegiate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Michigan, and featured the work of several writers and musical performers. 

Featured readings by five acclaimed authors:

“Cosmopolitan” written by Akhil Sharma, read by A. Van Jordan
“I, Too, Sing America” by Langston Hughes, read by Julia Alvarez
“Piano in the Woods” written and read by Michael Collier
“Dear Justice”written and read by Mitchell Jackson
“Black Box Theater” written and read by Crystal Williams
“Spanglish with Mami” written and read by Julia Alvarez

Featured music by:

Sherley-Ann Belleus ’18, Jonah Bobo ’19, Malachi Brown ’19, Tristen Jarvis ’18, Virginia Maddock ’17, Hannah Martin ’17, Dan Yapp ’20

Learn more about the panelists and performers here.