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Gerri Gribi
Resume & Credentials

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Bio
Education
Recordings
Selected Publications & Web Resources
A Very Small Sampling of Past Venues
Grant Participation
Awards & Recognitions


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A unique musician, historian and storyteller, Gerri Gribi brings history to life in a way which is lively, fun and (gasp!) even educational!

She made her first television appearance at the age of 13, and at 15 sang as one of the youngest members of the renowned Cincinnati May Festival Chorus. But her first love had always been folk music, and her interest in using traditional songs as a means of teaching history began while she worked for the Education Department of the Cincinnati Historical Society from 1975 until 1978.

Disturbed by the fact that all the "women's" traditional songs she knew or heard portrayed women negatively, she set out to recover songs that showed women in a more positive light. With resources ranging from the Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, to a porch in West Virginia (and most recently, the Internet) her research has unearthed songs which portray our foremothers more realistically as workers, creators, survivors and dreamers.

A frequent guest on TV and radio, her original music has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including ABC Prime Time Live. Her CD, The Womansong Collection, has been widely and enthusiastically reviewed, both at home and abroad. She has been ranked among the Top Ten Artists by the National Women's Radio Play List. She has lent her creative hand to numerous media projects, including composing and performing music for the award-winning documentary Poverty Shock:Anywoman's Story.

With an advanced degree in Interdisciplinary Studies/African American Studies, she is an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Wisconsin Office of Outreach, and Silver Lake College. She regularly writes about topics in women's history, African American Studies and music, and has been published in academic journals as well as popular periodicals and newspapers.

Gerri first ventured into cyberspace in 1993 and by 1995 was teaching others how to use the Internet. She created and curates Beyond Black History Month: The African American Studies Toolkit for Grades K-12, awarded the 2004 Johnson Subvention Award by the Society for American Music and selected as School Library Journal's "Site of the Week." She created and edited the Women's Studies Category of the Netscape Open Directory Project.

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EDUCATION

Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

Thomas More College, Ft. Mitchell, KY

Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

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RECORDINGS

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SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Beyond Black History Month: The African American Studies Toolkit. AfroAmericanHeritage.com

"The African American Studies Toolkit." Knowledge Quest on the Web (March/April 2003) Subscribers Only Access <http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslpubsandjournals/kqweb/kqwexclusives/onlineinsites/onlinesites.cfm>

"'I Want to Be a Cowboy, Sweetheart': Music and Women's Studies." Feminist Collections 20 (Spring 1999): 17-19.

"Beyond Cybersex: The Internet for Folkies." Sing Out! 43 (Winter 1999): 78-80.

"Womenfolk: Bringing Women's Music to the National Guard." MINERVA: A Quarterly Report on Women in the Military 7 (FALL/WINTER 1989): 1-4.

"Performing in Prisons: The Captive Audience." HOT WIRE, The Journal of Women's Music and Culture (July 1987): 10-11 and 62.

75 Years of Girl Scouting Green Bay: Lac Baie Girl Scout Council, 1987.

The Arts Resource Guide for Northeast Wisconsin. Green Bay WI: Lac Baie Girl Scout Council and Kellogg Associated Bank, 1982.

The Arts Resource Guide For Cincinnati. Cincinnati: The Project for Cincinnati, 1977.

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A VERY SMALL SAMPLING OF PAST VENUES

Office of Multicultural Programs - Valparaiso University IN
Leadership Council - Roger Williams University RI
California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems Conference for Volunteers - Monterey CA
Health Care Association of New York State Auxiliary Services Conference - Cooperstown NY
Women's Equality Day, Fort Bragg, NC
State Vocational Equity Conference - Honolulu HI
Women's Business Expo, Indiana University Northwest - Gary IN
Federal Women's Program, NASA Langley Research Center - Hampton VA
Women's Equality Day, Federal Women's Program, Des Moinse, IA
Federal Women's Program, Department of the Treasury, Parkersburg WV
Conference on the Advancement of Women in Higher Education - Texas Tech University TX
The Girl Scout Council of River Trails Annual Meeting - Rochester MN
Fort McCoy Women's History Month Celebration - Fort McCoy, WI
Federal Women's Program, West Virginia National Guard - Charleston, Buckhannon, & Martinsburg WV
Cultural Diversity Series , Southeast Community College System - Lincoln, NE
Statewide Vocational Equity Conference - Kearney, NE
Annual Conference on the Women of Appalachia, Ohio University-Zanesville OH

Women's History Month Celebration - US Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, VA
Women's Center 25th Anniversary - Old Dominion University VA
Marquis Lecture & Performance Series - Coe College IA
A Celebration of Appalachian Women - Eastern Kentucky University KY
Banners Humanities Series, McNeese State Univeristy, LA
Batte Fine Arts Series, Wingate University NC
Center for Gender Studies, Radford University VA
Faculty Senate Artists & Lectures Series - University of Nebraska at Kearney NE
Words for Social Justice: Visiting Writer Series - Spalding University, KY
National Convocation of the Order of St. Ursula - London, Ontario
Women's Equality Day, Ironworld - Chisholm, MN

Providence College - Providence RI
Northern Illinois University - DeKalb IL
Western Illinois University - Macomb IL
University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, WI
Western Kentucky University - Bowling Green, KY
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs, CO
Brescia College - Owensboro, KY
Iowa State University - Ames, IA
University of Michigan - Flint, MI
Bowling Green State University - Bowling Green, OH
Wild Hog in the Woods - Madison, WI
Great River Folk Fest - La Crosse WI
St Cloud State University - St Cloud MN
University of North Carolina - Charlotte NC

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GRANT PROJECT PARTICIPATION

SELECTED RECOGNITIONS

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