Retiring Prof. John Kaemmer Receives Fulbright Award

Retiring Prof. John Kaemmer Receives Fulbright Award

May 6, 1992

90529May 6, 1992, Greencastle, Ind. — John E. Kaemmer, professor of anthropology at DePauw University, has received a Fulbright Award to lecture in Zimbabwe during the 1992-93 academic year.  "The United States Information Agency has notified Kaemmer that he will be at the Zimbabwe College of Music in Harare, the capital city," notes a story in today's Banner-Graphic of Greencastle.

"Kaemmer will teach the theory of African music and the social aspects of music.  The college formerly taught only European classical music, but since independence it has begun incorporating African music through an ethnomusicology program," the newspaper adds.

"I taught in Zimbabwe before and did field research there about 20 years ago," Dr. Kaemmer says. "I've wanted to get back there again to see what has happened there."

A member of the DePauw facuty since 1975, the professor conducted field research in Zimbabwe on music and social organization from 1971 to 1973, and spent a 1982 sabbatical in Zimbabwe to research change in Shona music. He is retiring at the conclusion of the current academic year.  "

He and his wife, Gloria, plan to arrive in Zimbabwe in August," the Banner-Graphic reports. "They expect to return to the United States following the 1992-93 academic year.  Mrs. Kaemmer is retiring this year as a Greencastle High School English teacher."

Kaemmer earned a bachelor's degree in music from Willamette Univerity, attended the Boston University School of Theology, earned an M.A. from Scarritt College, an M.Div. from Garrett Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University - Bloomington.

Learn more about the professor in this previous story.