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Games Explored Downtown

UC Riverside Scholar Explores Games at the Riverside Public Library

Storyteller Karen Wilson offers a program that is free to the public

(November 10, 2005)

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Karen Wilson

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- As part of UC Riverside’s Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts, singer/storyteller Karen Wilson will explore the story of childhood games at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Riverside Public Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave.

Her program, “Old Days and Old Ways: Exploring our Heritages in Games, Songs and Stories,” is free and open to all ages. ”I want to invite older people, as well as children and their parents, because I like to hear about games in all different times and places,” Wilson said. “I am a collector of good stories.”

The event is made possible through the generosity of the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation. The Riverside Public Library and the Friends of the Library provide additional support.

Wilson holds two master’s degrees, one in music education and one in history. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in history at UC Riverside, specializing in African-American and African Diasporic Music and History. Her stories address conflict resolution, community building, and the power of change. She has performed with folk icon Pete Seeger, and her performance of Paul Laurence Dunbar's "The Party" was broadcast on PBS as part of the "Favorite Poem Project." She was also a member of the Edward Boatner Chorale. As a member of Blue Wing Dance Company, she premiered "Haunted Red" at the Merce Cunningham Studio in New York City in 1999.

The Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts is the premier arts outreach program at the University of California, Riverside. Since 1996, the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts has provided fellowships to exceptional UC Riverside undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and visiting guest artists to conduct arts-related presentations, performances, and workshops in Riverside County schools, residential facilities for elderly care and community centers.

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