Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Bachelor of Arts, May 2010
Environmental Policy and Human Rights
Kate Fritz is currently the Executive Assistant to Patch Adams MD at the Gesundheit Institute in Urbana, IL. Since starting her work at Gesundheit in May 2011, Kate has supported humanitarian clown trips to Peru, Russia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Ecuador. She performs with Patch and Gesundheit as a fiddle and banjo player, using music to explore and promote social justice and health.
She continues her passionate pursuit of American folk music traditions drawing inspiration from Appalachian old-time, Bluegrass, Quebecois and Cape Breton fiddle styles. This past year saw her perform all over the world at art festivals, stage performances, and hospital bedsides from Tucson, AZ to Moscow, Russia.
After graduation in 2010, Kate used a grant from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study to begin an interdisciplinary research project charting the connections between mountaintop removal mining in her native West Virginia and Appalachia's folk music tradition. Before accepting her current position at Gesundheit, she travelled for 8 months in China and South East Asia, continuing to improve her Mandarin and connect with artists and musicians for projects in the future.
Kate’s individualized course of study at Gallatin integrated Environmental Policy, Political Theory, and China Studies. Kate is a proud 2009 Morris K. Udall Foundation Scholar.