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KU Welcomes Frederick Douglass Scholar James Gutierrez

Head shot of James Gutierrez

Sept. 4, 2018

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - A Welcome Celebration will be held for James Gutierrez, Frederick Douglass Scholar, 11 a.m. - noon, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 250 McFarland Student Union. He will be teaching intro to music, music theory and Frederick Douglass Institute activities for the academic year.

According to the Frederick Douglass Institute's Website, Frederick Douglass Scholars Fellowships are designed to provide teaching and other professional experiences, mentoring, and potential employment opportunities within universities that are strongly committed to cultural diversity. Fellows will receive mentorship and professional support from experienced faculty, helping them to prepare for academic careers and job searches. Gutierrez's central mission is to realize the potential of music-making as a force for social change, community building and personal well-being.

Gutierrez is currently an educator and theorist, a Ph.D. candidate and former Cota-Robles Fellow at University of California, San Diego, and is now a Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholars Fellow at Kutztown University. His academic work approaches music theory pedagogy from the perspectives of 4E cognition (embodied, enactive, extended, and embedded) in order to identify openings for diversity, creativity and integration in 21st century music curricula.