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Beth Sorensen
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"SONGS OF HOPE AND RESISTANCE" TO BE PRESENTED AT REED

Ethan Miller and Kate Boverman will present "Songs of Hope and Resistance" on Tuesday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Reed student union. The performance, which is sponsored by the Reed Student Peace Action Network, is free and open to the public. For more information visit http://web.reed.edu/publicevents or call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755.

In the tradition of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, and other activist musicians, Ethan Miller and Kate Boverman have teamed up to create a dynamic performance of original folk songs of hope, resistance, and liberation. Through a combination of folk-funk-punk guitar playing and smooth vocal harmony, they use their music to evoke political passion and inspire collective action.

Ethan Miller grew up in eastern Pennsylvania, from the urban heart of Allentown to the farmlands of Northampton County. He moved to Maine in 1996 and has lived there ever since. He describes himself as a folksinger-songwriter, a popular educator, an organizer, and an independent writer and researcher. Inspired by a tradition of political singing and songwriting from Joe Hill, Woody Guthrie, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Phil Ochs to contemporary artists like Ani DiFranco and David Rovics, his songs speak from an ongoing commitment to movements and struggles for human and ecological liberation. In July of 2002 he released his first album of original music, In Times of War. Singer-songwriter David Rovics said, "Every song I've heard from Ethan is filled with his eloquence as a lyricist, his combination of subtle picking with driving rhythm on guitar. He is already among the best in the field, of any generation, living or dead."

Kate Boverman was born in Portland. She has been writing songs and singing a capella for a number of years. Her style is a cultivated mixture of political folk and soul, with a wide vocal range that lends her voice a feeling of freedom. Her emphasis is to share songs that encourage social movement and solidarity, songs that inspire and move an audience into action. In addition to her singing, Kate is a visual artist, woodworker, farmer, and herbal healer. She is currently working to create a community and educational center based on the practices and principles of permaculture on her family farm in Philomath.

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).

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