The University Record, February 1, 1999

Snap Shots

Ulali members share their heritage

Ulali, the first Native women's group to create its own sound from the members' strong traditional roots and personal contemporary styles, performed Jan. 19 as part of MLK Day activities.

Breaking stereotypes of Native women, Ulali takes a political, romantic and humorous approach in its performances, addressing Native struggles and accomplishments.

Their campus visit was sponsored by the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives. Photo by Bill Wood, Photo Services

Rackham hosts high school students for 'Colonus' program

The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the University Musical Society commemorated Martin Luther King Day by bringing 50 Detroit high school students to participate in an interdisciplinary symposium surrounding the performance of 'The Gospel at Colonus.'

The symposium was developed and facilitated by 11 graduate students who led the Detroit students through a series of interactive activities that engaged them in discussions around King's message of diversity, community and unity.

Graduate students who participated in the program included: Julia Byl, ethnomusicology; Shawn Christian, English and education; Kim On Chong-Gossard, classical studies; John Given, classical studies; Jeremy Hartnett, classical art and archaeology; Melvada Hughes, dance; Pawit Mahasarinand, theater; Kelleen Milton, sociology; LaTissia Mitchell, English; Andre Myers, music composition; Lisa Parkel, theater; and Wilson Valentine (not shown), American culture. Glenda Dickerson, professor of theater and drama and Rackham associate dean, provided oversight for the project. Photo by Paul Jaronski, Photo Services

Power Center stage will swing with 'Razzmatazz!'

Move over Gene Kelly.

A newly choreographed version of George Gershwin's "An American in Paris" is part of the University Dance Company's annual concert "Razzmatazz!" The U-M performance has been choreographed by Cliff Keuter, who has worked with Martha Graham, Jose Limon and Paul Taylor.

Keuter's work is one of four jazz-influenced dances that will fill the stage at the Power Center for Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Feb. 4 - 6 and 2 p.m. Feb. 7. The other performances will be presented by Gay Delanghe, Peter Sparling and Evelyn Velez-Aguayo.

Tickets are $14 and $18 each, $7 for students with ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 764-0450.

Michael Spencer Phillips and Elizabeth Riga (left) in Keuter's rendition of "An American in Paris." Photo by David Smith Photography