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Virtual Panel Discussion Hosted by Consonare: Are Stars for All Who Look Up?

Mar 31, 2022

Exploring the injustice of experiencing the night sky by asking, “Are stars for all who look up?”

A Consonare/Voices of Concinnity program hosted by the Charter Oak Cultural Art Center over Zoom (free admission)

Charter Oak Cultural Center will host a free virtual panel discussion exploring the intersection of the injustice of experiencing the night sky. Not all have the same privilege to see stars at night due to environmental factors, like light pollution, and social limitations. such as inequity of access to outdoor spaces or lack of gender/racial diversity in STEM fields like astronomy.  Consonare Choral Community chose to explore this topic through a concert and facilitated discussion because similar inequities are mirrored in the classical music field.

Moderated by Miles Wilson-Toliver, the panel includes Sharon Lewis, Professor Meredith Hughes and Dr. Anthony Trecek-King.

FREE Zoom event! To register CLICK HERE.


Sharon Lewis is a lifetime Hartford resident and Executive Director of the Connecticut Coalition for Economic and. Environmental Justice (CCEEJ), an organization that was established in Hartford in the summer of 1997 in response to community concerns regarding the siting of a power generator in South Hartford. The mission of the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice is to protect urban environments in Connecticut through community education, promoting changes in state policy, and promoting individual, corporate and governmental responsibility towards the environment.  She has stated that “improving human health and the environments of low-income communities of color is our work.”  More info.

Prof. Meredith Hughes studies planet formation by observing the disks of gas and dust around young stars using radio interferometers.  She graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a B.S. degree in Physics & Astronomy, and went on to earn A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Astronomy from Harvard University.  She was a Miller Fellow in the UC Berkeley Department of Astronomy before joining the faculty at Wesleyan University in January 2013.  She is the recipient of the Harvard Astronomy Department’s Fireman Fellowship for outstanding doctoral thesis and Bok Prize for research excellence by a PhD graduate under the age of 35, as well as a Cottrell Scholar Award recognizing outstanding teacher-scholars. She is also a lifelong amateur choral singer, and has performed with the Yale Glee Club, Yale Camerata, Boston Choral Ensemble, and the Sacred and Profane Chamber Chorus.   More info.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Anthony Trecek-King has cultivated an international reputation as a choral conductor, scholar, pedagogue, and media personality. He is passionate about cultivating artistically excellent ensembles that explore socially relevant issues through emotionally immersive programs, challenging both artists and audiences to feel and think. Dr. Trecek-King has recently been appointed as both an Associate Professor of Choral Music and Director of Choral Activities at The Hartt School, University of Hartford and a Resident Conductor with the Handel and Haydn Society.  More info here

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March 31
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
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