Blues 'genius' to perform at Gettysburg College March 1

Blues musician Corey Harris will perform at Gettysburg College March 1. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Junction, the concert is free and open to the public.

A powerful singer and an accomplished guitarist, Harris leads a contemporary revival of country blues with a fresh, modern hand. He performs traditional blues and his own compositions, infusing both with Caribbean and West African influences that include reggae, soul, and rock. Harris was named a 2007 MacArthur Fellow, an award given by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to individuals who show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work. Nicknamed the “genius grant,” the fellowship is an investment in a person’s originality, insight, and potential.

The concert is presented in celebration of the Intercultural Resource Center’s 25th anniversary, Black History Month, and Latin American Culture Week. “The 25th anniversary of the Office of Intercultural Advancement shows a sustained commitment from Gettysburg College to provide the kind of experience that enhances the quality of education students receive,” said Pete Curry, dean of the Intercultural Resource Center (IRC). “All of us on the staff of the Office of Intercultural Advancement celebrate the incredible young people, past and present, who have contributed their energy and spirit, and allowed us to be a part of their college careers.”

Housed in the IRC, the Office of Intercultural Advancement is dedicated to supporting a diverse and culturally enlightened community based on mutual respect and understanding.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Mon, 27 Feb 2012

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