Storyteller Opens Fisher Center Series – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Storyteller Opens Fisher Center Series

December 27, 1999 Geneva, NY – The opening event for the Winter Term's Fisher Center Lecture Series at Hobart and William Smith Colleges will be held on at 7:30 p.m. on January 12, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the HWS campus.

Storyteller Dan Keding, an internationally recognized award-winning performer, will tell folk tales from around the world and stories from his boyhood on Chicago's Southside. Many of his tales are profoundly relevant to growing up male.

Keding has been a featured storyteller at some of the most prestigious festivals in the country and around the world, has been a featured presenter at dozens of conferences, and has conducted hundreds of seminars and workshops for teachers, librarians, and college students. He has performed at more than 2,400 school assemblies and has accepted more than 500 residencies at schools and arts councils around the country.

His love for story goes beyond performance and into research, resulting in a unique masters degree from the University of Illinois in Springfield in The History and Performance of Traditional Folk Tales and Ballads. He has also won numerous awards for his readings, recordings, and professional achievement.

Keding's visit is part of the lecture series sponsored by Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men. The Fisher Center is an umbrella organization under whose auspices faculty, students, and experts in the field can explore what it means to be a man or a woman in our time, and what it means to understand our humanity through the lens of gender.

Four lectures are scheduled each term. The next speaker will be Ann Cooper Albright, who will discuss “TechnoBodies: Muscling with Gender in Contemporary Dance” on January 19.

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