Jennifer McDowell, Ph.D.
Ph.D. dissertation title, "Religious Elements in Soviet
Rule." Specialties: political sociology, sociology of religion,
Studied at Sorbonne in Paris. Other languages, Spanish and Russian.
Four years of university music study, attaining Sigma Alpha Iota.
Music tours: Albertson College of Idaho, University of New Mexico,
University of California at Berkeley.
Singing on radio: duets on radio, Hot Springs, New Mexico
Over four years, McDowell had the privilege of hearing performances
from one of America's great music collections. It belonged to
the late music critic, Herbert C. Pendergast, Jr. It included
many jewels such as Toscanini rehearsals, Charles Kullman's
and Kerstin Thorborg's 1936 performance of Gustave Mahler's
Das Lied von der Erde, as well as the "art"
of the inimitable Florence Foster Jenkins.
Five years of study with Leonard Auletti, one of America's outstanding
composers, especially remembered for "The Bunny Hop."
Auletti was a bandsman, jazz piano player, and extraordinary human
being. Played for many years at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.
Honored at The Center for Performing Arts along with symphonist
Contemporary popular music in relation to American foreign policy,
women's issues, French feminists' response to the veil crisis,
the Dreyfus Case's effect on contemporary France, Middle-Eastern
studies, the Stalin period, contemporary American-Russian relations,
the sociology of fear, the Founding Fathers and Mothers in the
U.S., the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s in America,
establishing authenticity of contested political documents.
Lecturer for U.S. Census Bureau and high school English teacher,
Abraham Lincoln High School, San Jose, CA
Rodeo rider, two blue ribbons, one red. Also a rodeo princess.
Varsity basketball, tennis (women's singles and doubles), and
Women's Rifle Team
Band maneuvers at half-time football games, including the Sun
Editor of University of California Graduate Student Journal
and the Berkeley literary tabloid, The Open Cell.
On-Staff Magazine Experience
Health, nutrition and food writer for Buffalo Soldier
Writing Experience for Popular
Magazines and Newspapers
Have written profile pieces, humor essays, arts and mental health
essays, stories, reviewed celebrity chef cookbook for such magazines
as The Key and caesura. Celebrity chef interviews
include: Kirke Byers (The Village Pub), Patrick Farjas (Plumed
Horse), Victor Martindale (Country Gourmet), Jesse Ziff Cool (Flea
Street Café), David Gingrass (Hawthorne Lane), Mary Evely
(Simi Winery), Tyrone and Sharon Spencer (Spencers). Received
runner-up award from Quaker Oats for an oatmeal recipe.
Publication in the Arts
SHE, A Tapestry of Women's Lives, 2004 album. Includes
song, "Money Makes a Woman Free!" first published in
Paid My Dues a magazine for women in music. It was included
in conferences on Women and Computers and Women and
Money, in Nancy Gilsenan's Harold C. Crain award-winning play
Simple Gifts, showcased at San Jose State University's
Theatre, and venues elsewhere. Freedom of the Press termed
it a "classic of the women's movement." This song was
rewritten to celebrate how courageous the women of Afghanistan
were in surviving Taliban rule. The excesses of Taliban rule focused
the eyes of the world on women's rights in a way nothing else
could have. In this rewritten form, "Money Makes a Woman
Free!" was included in SHE.
Three women's athletic music CDs: Our Women Are Strong
(tennis and soccer), 2000; Our Women Are Strong (winter
sports), 2002; The Wearing of the Green Burkas, 2003.
A Heart Full of Love CD single, 2001.
Songs Published Singly
"Money Makes a Woman Free!"was published singly as
noted above. "To Veggies We Pledgee" from musical comedy,
Under the Moscow Moon, was published in anthology Mixing
My Own Colors, edited by Mary Ann Cook (San Jose, CA: Willow
Glen Writers' Group, 1996), 22-29.
"Passport to Magic," The Key, 113 (Spring, 1996),
24-25. Essay on Music.
"Foundations, Getting Underneath It All," The Key,
vol. 111 (Winter, 1995), p. 47. Humor piece.
"Sensitivity and the Artist," caesura, November,
1994, pp. 4-5.
Levitating Above the Glass Ceiling," The Key, vol.
111, (Spring 1994), p. 10. Humor piece about discrimination against
Numerous pieces in The Open Cell.
"I Loved My Country," in collection edited by Ruth
Jacobs, We Speak for Peace.
"La Dukecaracha," Spartan Daily.
"Freedom," "Those Were the Days," "Like
Tigers," "People Risk Their Lives," "Like
Air," Women Talking, Women Listening edited by Sharon
"This Garden in Space" and 'We Don't Live So Differently
from Trees," Snowy Egret.
"Aristocrats Made in Childhood," X, A Journal of
"The Graves of Verdun" and "Time" in the University
of Cornwall's literary magazine, Chock.
Ronnie Goose Rhymes for Grown-ups, self-published by Milton
Loventhal and Jennifer McDowell, for Fritz Mondale campaign. Gorgeous
illustrations by San Jose State University art students. Marvelous
Plays and Musicals Performed, Including One
Published in Book Form
"Our Women Are Strong," tennis version, given trial
run by Lou de La Rosa's mixed chorus at Abraham Lincoln High School
in San Jose, 2000.
Songs from Under the Moscow Moon, plus two others, performed
at Oddstad Cultural Arts Center in Pacifica, CA by Barbara Lymberis
of Opera San Jose, accompanied by Stephen Boniface. Songs: "I
Am a Shark!" "At Fifty," "Cinderella with
a Ph.D." and "I'm A Secret Agent for the K.G.B."
"To Veggies We Pledgee" performed at mixed arts event
sponsored by Jean Emerson of the Willow Glen Writers' Group, sung
by Linda Carney and Herschel Higgins, 1996.
Play with music, "Bella and Phyllis," published in
play anthology Goddesses, Witches and the Paradign Shift,
edited by Meg Bowman of the Sociology Dept. at San Jose State
University. Publisher: Women and Religion Task Force, Santa Cruz,
CA, 1994, 155-164.
"Hooray for the Pigs in Guam!" sung at mixed arts event
sponsored by Willow Glen Writers Group, in San Jose, sung by McDowell,
Play co-written with Milton Loventhal "Betsy Meets the Wacky
Iraqi" performed and televised at the Burgess Theatre, Menlo
Four Plays with Music performed Off Off Broadway at Playhouse
51, August 1986, directed by Magda Anastasia: "The Estrogen
Party to End War," "Betsy and Phyllis," "The
Oatmeal Party Comes to Order" and "Mack the Knife Your
Friendly Dentist." The first two were festival plays. The
festival plays also were performed in Northern California, and
used in classes at San Jose State University by Professor Meg
"Harmonic Divergence," play excerpt from 'The Estrogen
Party to End War," was published in Old Oregon (Winter
Three songs featured in Nancy Gilsenan's Harold C. Crain Award-winning
play Simple Gifts performed at San Jose State University's
theatre are "Bright Shelters in the Rain," "Money
Makes a Woman Free!" and "Coffee's My Religion."
Songs featured in year-long radio show, The Parade of American
Music, are "Pine Needles," "The Earth Will Be Free!"
and "I Must Go Back to the Sweet Smell of Sage."
"A Reply to Michael Reiman and Ingmar Sütterlin,"
Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, vol. 39, No.
1 (1991), 148-150.
"The Retreat from Communism in 1934," San Jose Studies,
vol. 7, (May 1981), 66-103.
"The Methodology for the Stalin Resolutions," San
Jose Studies, vol. 7 (May 1981), 66-109.
"The Stalin Resolutions and the Road to World War II,"
San Jose Studies, vol. 6 (November 1980), 79-104. This
article won the Bill Casey Memorial Award in Letters.
Contemporary Women Poets, An Anthology of California Poets,
edited by Jennifer McDowell and Milton Loventhal (San Jose, CA:
Merlin Press, 1977). Won the Service
To Poetry Award, by the Poetry Organization for Women.
"Soviet Civil Ceremonies," Journal for the Scientific
Study of Religion, vol. 8 (September 1974), 265-279. Lead
Black Politics: A Study and Annotated Bibliography of the
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (San Jose, CA: Bibliographic
Information Center for the Study of Political Science, 1971).
"George Orwell," Bulletin of Bibliography, vol.
23 (January-April, 1963), 224-229; Part II, vol. 24 (May-August
1963), 19-24; and Part III, vol. 24 (September-December 1963),
36-40. The largest bibliography on Orwell. Cited in the New
Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, 1972.
"1984 and Soviet Reality," The University of California
Graduate Journal, No. 1 (Fall, 1962), 12-19. Listed in the
100 best articles on George Orwell, a compilation made by Orwell
scholar Jeffrey Meyers.
"The Authentication of Foreign Policy Resolutions from Stalin's
Politburo, 1934-36," co-written with Milton Loventhal. Presented
at the April 1998 Conference of the Rocky Mountain Slavic Association,
with the Western Social Science Association, held in Denver, CO.
"The Kirov Crisis: Breaking the Covenant," co-written
with Milton Loventhal. Presented at the April 1998 Conference
of the Rocky Mountain Slavic Association, with the Western Social
Science Association, held in Denver, CO.
"The Commissar and the King: A Comparison Between the Cults
of Stalin and Elvis Presley," co-written with Milton Loventhal.
Presented at the November 1997 Conference of the Society for the
Scientific Study of Religion and the Religious Research Association.
HONORS AND AWARDS
The Nobel Institute collected SHE on July 21, 2004, for their
2003 Peace Prize winner, Iranian human rights attorney, Shirin Ebadi, fighter for
women, children and democracy. "Shirin" means sweet.
Grant for 18-song album, SHE, A Tapestry of Women's Lives,
and for its accompanying eight section musical revue, by California
State University - ERFA Foundation, 2004.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History collected
Black Politics: A Study and Annotated Bibliography of the Mississippi
Freedom Democratic Party in 1992, and Intern Girl,
a cassingle (music), in April 2003.
Bill Casey Memorial Award in Letters for research in Soviet
Eight Awards from the American Song Festival
Service to Poetry Award from the Poetry Organization for Women,
for Contemporary Women Poets, An Anthology of California Poets
Parade of American Music, three songs featured: "Pine
Needles," "The Earth Will Be Free" and "I
Must Go Back to the Sweet Smell of Sage"
Doctoral fellowship from the American Association for University
Sigma Alpha Iota (music), Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Phi Mu (Librarianship)
Play awards for full-length plays, from finals to honorable
mention: Under the Moscow Moon and Russia's Secret Plot to Take
Tasty Tunes, Perfect Harmonies in Food and Music, includes
songs with the recipes. Examples: "Potato Concerto Soup in
Pea Flat" and "Stormy Waffles"
Five books of women's athletic songs, including poetry. Due out 2005.
Other Public Service Work
Donated important research material to Hoover Institution's archives,
and assisted in clarifying a highly-significant set of research
materials from the Soviet period.
Organized a successful campaign at my townhouse complex for repairs,
using the legal process. Helped the California State Bar Association
disbar a corrupt attorney.
Was a Precinct Leader in the Dukakis campaign.
Sigma Alpha Iota, Beta Phi Mu, Phi Beta Kappa, American Sociological
Association, Dramatists Guild Quarterly, American Association
of University Women
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