Jim Klee Forum Features Singer

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Former Athens, now Atlanta singer/songwriter Ralph Roddenbery isn’t a paid motivational speaker, but he very well could be one.

He’ll star on the University of West Georgia stage as keynote speaker and performer for the annual Jim Klee Forum on Thursday, March 18, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Kathy Cashen Recital Hall.

A reception will begin the evening’s entertainment at 6:30 p.m. Both events are free and the community is invited to attend.

Roddenbery’s presentation, “Music, Struggle, Peace and Meaning-Making: A Life Being Lived” will feature a combination of musical performance and psychological commentary.

Roddenbery’s songs often focus on the perseverance of life’s scrappers and underdogs, which bring to life much of his self-titled band’s newest release, “For So Long.”

In addition to his endless creativity, Roddenbery is a fiery and imaginative performer. His shows are intimate even in a large arena setting and energetic even when the crowd seems apathetic, which they never are for very long. His music and lyrics are guaranteed to leave audiences with a positive feeling.

The Klee forum will also feature performances accompanied by guest musicians and commentaries on his lyrics by invited students, alumni and faculty of the psychology department. The event promises to be a rich and wonderful evening.

In 1971, Jim Klee joined the faculty of the newly formed Humanistic Psychology program at UWG. Owning greatly to his largesse d’esprit, the program burgeoned to its current prominence as a principal center for studies and research in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology.

Klee was named Professor of Psychology Emeritus upon his retirement from the university in 1987 and died nine years later.

For more information on the graduate and undergraduate degree programs in psychology and the Klee Forum, call 678-839-6510. To learn more about Roddenbery, visit his website at http://www.ralphroddenbery.com.