On October 17th as part of our Utopia/Dystopia fall 2013 season we discussed the birth of Pentecostalism in America. William J. Seymour initiated his historic Pentecostal Revival meeting in Los Angeles in 1906. Characterized by ecstatic spiritual miracles, spontaneous worship and a uniquely diverse outreach for its time, Pentecostalism offers it’s own unorthodox interpretation of utopia and dystopia.
Chuck Campbell – founding member of the Campbell Brothers Band where he is widely considered one of the great innovators in Sacred Steel today. In 2004, he became a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts. Today, Chuck will be playing his soulful Sacred Steel sound live during the panel!
Judith Casselberry – Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Bowdoin College where she teaches courses on African American religious, cultural and gender studies. She also holds a Ph.D. from Yale University in African American Studies and Anthropology. She is also an accomplished musician performing nationally and internationally as vocalist/guitarist with Toshi Reagon and BigLovely.
Rev. John Owens – Senior Pastor at Truth Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church in South Providence. John has preached for over 20 years across the US, the Caribbean and Canada. He is host and sponsor of many Pentecostal revivals and founder of the Lighthouse Community Development Corporation outreach program.