In through the 19th-century archway, across the ivy-covered courtyard, and up worn stone steps sits the Refectory of the Desmond Tutu Center, located on the campus of the oldest operating seminary in America, in the heart of New York’s vibrant Chelsea neighborhood. The wooden Gothic architecture of the hall provided the backdrop for a special performance by Jakob Dylan and his band, the Gold Mountain Rebels, in celebration of his first solo release, Seeing Things.
The son of music legend Bob Dylan, Jakob Dylan earned wide musical success in his own right with his platinum-selling band the Wallflowers, whose breakthrough 1996 album, Bringing Down the Horse, yielded several hit singles – including “Sixth Avenue Heartache” and “One Headlight” – and two Grammy Awards. Guided by uber-producer Rick Rubin, Jakob Dylan released his first solo album, Seeing Things, in 2008 through Columbia Records and Starbucks Entertainment.
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Located in New York’s historic Chelsea neighborhood on the campus of the General Theological Seminary (the United States’ oldest operating seminary), the new Desmond Tutu Center, inaugurated in September 2007, is the site for invigorating conferences that connect General Seminary with the church, the ecumenical community, and the wider world. Named in honor of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a tireless activist for peace and social justice, the Center hosts several learning programs including the Center for Peace and Reconciliation. The Tutu Learning Programs host conferences and seminars throughout the year that emphasize peace and reconciliation, lifelong learning, and interfaith understanding.