February 12, 2009
Musical Storyteller and Political Satirist Comes to Webster University March 3
Charlie King performs concert commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 10, 2009 – American folk musician Charlie King will perform at Webster University Tuesday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Winifred Moore Auditorium, Webster Hall, 470 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves. King will perform as part of Webster’s yearlong celebration of the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The concert is free and open to the public, however donation is requested for the endowed scholarship in honor in honor of late Professor Art Sandler, founder of Webster’s Human Rights Education Project.
Billboard Magazine once wrote, “With encouraging regularity, Charlie King emerges from his self-reflection to remind us of the happy resilience of the human spirit. His message songs vary between the funny and the frightening, but he pulls them off with unvarying taste, musical skill, and charm.” King has sung in support of numerous groups working for peace, human rights, environmental sanity and alternatives to violence for more than 40 years. His songs have been recorded and sung by other performers such as Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Holly Near. Honors include an Indie award for one of the top three American folk recordings of 1984 and a 1998 War Resisters League Peacemaker Award. In March 2008 he released “Higher Ground” with his long-time partner and collaborator Karen Brandow. King cites as musical influences the folk music revival of the 1960’s, the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War.
The event is sponsored by the College of Arts and Science; the Faculty Speakers Committee; the Center for International Education; campus Amnesty International; the Department of History, Politics and International Relations; the Department of Philosophy and the campus Audio Engineering Society.
With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University (www.webster.edu) is a worldwide institution committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. Founded in 1915, Webster offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through five schools and colleges, and a global network of more than 100 campuses. Its 20,000-plus-student population represents almost 150 nationalities. The University’s core values include excellence in teaching, joining theory and practice, small class sizes, and educating students to be lifelong independent learners, fully prepared to participate in an increasingly international society.
Since opening its first campus overseas in Geneva in 1978, Webster has become a recognized leader and innovator in global education, with an international presence that now includes campuses in London; Vienna; Amsterdam and Leiden, the Netherlands; Shanghai, Shenzhen and Chengdu, China; and Bangkok and Cha-am, Thailand. Webster also has educational partnerships with universities in Mexico and Japan.