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Arts and humanities public service fellows named
STANFORD -- Nine Stanford University students have been awarded Arts and
Humanities Public Service Summer Fellowships to conduct community programs
and to work on personal creative projects.
The fellowship program, administered by the Stanford Humanities Center,
provides stipends to promising students who develop and implement their
programs and projects. The stipends also support a variety of summer creative
programs for elementary to high school youngsters.
The 1991 fellows and their projects are:
- Paula Alexander, Graduate School of Education, psychological studies.
Alexander, from Dublin, Calif., will be teaching writing for personal peace
for summer school students in the Upward Bound program at Stanford, and will
write narration for a film.
- Marshell Jones, a junior in anthropology, will teach African dance as an
art, and experiment with movement and the voice at the Christ United
Methodist Church in her hometown of Baltimore. Jones will continue dance
training in African and African-derived dance style with companies in
Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
- Erez Kalir, a sophomore in English, will teach ethnic poetry to
economically underprivileged high school minority students and also will
write poetry. Kalir, from Berkeley, Calif., will continue a project he began
two years ago to devise tactics to help high school readers interpret poetry.
- Matt Kratter, a junior in music, will teach children ages 6 to 14 piano
at the Crossroads Community Center in his hometown, Bellevue, Wash. He also
will pursue his piano studies under the instruction of a pianist with the
- Martin Martin, a sophomore in art and economics, will paint a mural with
members of the Boys and Girls Club on the west side of Fresno, Calif., his
home town. He first will provide a historical overview of murals, then focus
on ideas and creativity, leading to the creation of a community mural. On his
own time, he will experiment with pastels and charcoal.
- Natasha Ogunji, a junior in anthropology from Carmel, Calif., will work
with students in the field of photography, putting students both behind and
in front of the lens. She also will continue a photographic portrait project
she started in the spring quarter, profiling the people of East Palo Alto.
- Elizabeth Kate Schirmer, a sophomore in English and French, will teach
10- to 14-year-old girls how to broaden their imaginations through reading
and creative writing. Schirmer, from South Bend, Ind., will take a creative
writing course at Foothill College and continue her piano studies.
- Fred Spitz, a junior in English, will teach jazz to fifth through 12th
graders from San Jose's Alum Rock Union Elementary and East Side Union High
school districts. In the program, Bay Area musicians will teach students to
perform and to learn music theory, improvisation and instrumental technique,
as well as the cultural and historical significance of jazz as an American
art form. Spitz, from Eau Claire, Wis., also will spend time practicing the
- Douglas Ian Stewart, Graduate School of Education, Stanford Teacher
Education Program, will teach Scholastic Aptitude Test preparation for high
schoolers participating in the Upward Bound summer college program. Stewart,
from Moraga, Calif., also will devote time to wilderness writing.
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