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Town Hall’s Arts & Culture series elevates the voices of local artists while bringing world-renowned cultural icons to Seattle audiences. The series celebrates music, photography, sculpture, philosophy, heritage, and traditions around the world that enrich our lives.

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Mar 18, 2021

Born to two parents who never graduated high school, Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher grew up to become a leader at the highest levels of academia and the arts. As a child musician, he met with Coretta Scott King. As an adult educator, he sat at Maya Angelou’s holiday table.

But it is Dr. Crutcher’s success as a Black intellectual steering through highly charged social issues that makes his story both unforgettable and urgently important, and he joined in conversation with Seattle University’s Dr. Quinton Morris us to share some lessons as captured in his memoir I Had No Idea You Were Black: Navigating Race on the Road to Leadership. He related how he navigated “cancel culture” at the University of Richmond, where he serves as President in the heart of the former Confederacy, and how he taught Northeast liberals the true meaning of functional diversity during his time as President of Wheaton College in Massachusetts. Don’t miss this compelling presentation that offers lessons on life and leadership while bridging America’s cultural divides.

Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher is a national leader in higher education and a distinguished classical musician and Professor of Music. He became President and Professor of Music at the University of Richmond in 2015. Previously, he served for ten years as President of Wheaton College in Massachusetts. He is a former member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and sits on the board of the Richmond Symphony.

Dr. Quinton Morris enjoys a multifaceted career as a concert violinist, educator, filmmaker and entrepreneur. He is the director of chamber and instrumental music and an associate professor of violin and chamber music at Seattle University, the co-chair of the Seattle Arts Commission and the Artist-Scholar in Residence for Classical King FM 98.1. He is also the executive director and founder for Key to Change, a string studio that provides violin lessons to middle and high school students living in South King County.

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