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Singer-Storyteller at the Riverside Library

Historian from UC Riverside Sings About Peace

Singer-Storyteller Karen Wilson Will Bring Her Talent to the Riverside Public Library

(November 30, 2004)

Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Singer-storyteller Karen Wilson, a Ph.D. candidate at UC Riverside who has performed at New York’s Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum, will share her talents at the Riverside Public Library at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12.

Wilson is part of UC Riverside’s Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts, a program designed to bring the arts into the community. Her performance is called, “Songs and Stories from Anancy’s Basket: How Do We Think About Peace? It will include traditional stories and songs from Africa and Jamaica that help give the definition of peace, and what it means to the world. Anancy is the name of a Jamaican folk hero, a spider/trickster character.

Born in Harlem, New York, Wilson is a performer, teaching artist and scholar who has sung with folk icon Pete Seeger and read poetry on the PBS series, "Favorite Poem Project." She has told stories at New York's Metropolitan Museum, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Central Park Zoo, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Wilson pioneered the teaching of African-American Vocal History for the Symphony Space Arts-in-Education Program in the New York City public schools, was Artist-in-Residence at the Elizabeth Morrow School in Englewood, New Jersey and has held residencies in public and independent schools across the United States.

She holds an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University (NYC) in Music Education, where she also studied the teaching of literature and communication. She also holds an M.A. in History from the University of California, Riverside where she is currently a doctoral candidate in U.S. History.

A recent interview on the “Let’s Talk” radio show, produced by Inland Empire News Radio and sponsored by UCR Extension, gives a sample of her style. To hear the recorded show, click the “Let’s Talk” link below.

The Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts is made possible through the generosity of the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation. Additional support for this program is provided by the Riverside Public Library and the Friends of the Library.

For more information about this event and the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts contact:
Sarah Fritsche
Arts Outreach Coordinator
(951) 827-3518

For more information about the Riverside Public Library 3581 Mission Inn Ave, contact:
Riverside Public Library
(951) 826-5369

For more information about the “Let’s Talk” radio show
Jim Ness
(951) 369-3900

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