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Volume 55, Number 21   February 11, 2008         

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Dee Spencer, professor of jazz studies, will bring her talents to the Jazz Heritage Center Community Celebration in San Francisco on Feb. 24. She will perform a preview of music accompanying a scene from a new play by alumnus Marcus Gardley.

CDs by The Alexander String Quartet, quartet-in-residence in the School of Music and Dance, and Roger Woodward, professor of music, were named among the best new releases of 2007 by Neu Musik Zeitschrift in its February 2008 publication. The quartet’s CD features works by Peter Michael Hamel. Woodward’s CD features piano works by Hamel and Otte.

Fine Arts
New works by Aida Gamez, lecturer in art, are on display Feb. 5 to March 1 at b. sakata garo in Sacramento.

Sarah Soh, professor of anthropology, has been appointed to serve on the External Advisory Board for "Femcit," a European commission-funded research collaboration investigating gendered citizenship in multicultural contexts. At the first Femcit annual meeting, held at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, in January 2008, Soh presented a paper on the question of multiculturalism in her work.

Soh was an expert witness in a trial in Alameda County Court in November 2007. The case concerned the accidental death of a young Korean man, and Soh's testimony outlined the economic and cultural importance of the eldest son in Korean families.

Creative Writing
Associate Professor of Creative Writing Nona Caspers received a 2008 National Endowment for the Arts grant to support a creative writing fellowship. Casper's story "Fifth Season" reprinted from her book "Heavier Than Air" appeared in the literary journal Ontario Review (Issue 67, Fall/Winter 2007).

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