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Dr. Ysaye Barnwell

Episode 16: A Legacy of Science, Storytelling, and Song with Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, 11/15/21

Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell is a native New Yorker now living in Washington, DC. She is the only child and perfect blend of her mother, a registered nurse and her father, a classical violinist. Dr. Barnwell studied violin beginning at age 2 ½, and majored in music through high school. With this background, she went on to earn the Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Speech Pathology (SUNY, Geneseo, 1967, 1968), Doctor of Philosophy in Speech Pathology (University of Pittsburgh, 1975), and a Master of Science in Public Health (Howard University, 1981). In 1998, Dr. Barnwell was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by her alma mater, SUNY Geneseo. She recently received the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL (2009) and the Virginia Theological Seminary (2011). For over a decade, Dr. Barnwell was a professor at the College of Dentistry at Howard University, after which she conducted community-based projects in computer technology and the arts, and administered health programs at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center and at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Dr. Barnwell joined the accapella musical group “Sweet Honey In The Rock"® in 1979 and her training as a Sign Language Interpreter, led her to facilitate the group’s tradition of including a Sign Language Interpreter in the ensemble. After 34 years Barnwell retired from “Sweet Honey In The Rock"® to pursue her other interests. Learn more about Dr. Barnwell here:

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