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06/11/91

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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 Seattle Symphony.
  • 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 string bass.
  • 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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