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This week in Arts Buzz, we share Margaret Atwood’s presentation from the recent Kreisel Lecture, the new Works Art & Design Festival program is released, and we learn how singing and dancing is not only good for the soul, it can educate.
ARTS & COMMUNITY
› On April 7, 2016, the Canadian Literature Centre welcomed Margaret Atwood, who delivered an inspiring and hilarious 10th Annual CLC Kreisel Lecture. Atwood’s lecture was entitled The Burgess Shale: The Canadian Writing Landscape of the 1960s. https://
› Lynn Coady’s 2015 CLC Kreisel Lecture, Who Needs Books?, has been published by the University of Alberta Press and the Canadian Literature Centre and is available now.
› The first festival of the year has arrived! The Works Art & Design Festival will be unleashing art & design throughout Edmonton’s downtown core, presenting over 500 artists in 50 exhibits and more than 200 special events and performances. Read the program here.
AWARDS & PROJECTS
› Singing and Dancing for Health – a new UAlberta partnership is teaching communities in Ghana about the dangers of malaria and how to prevent it. Music prof Michael Frishkopf, director of the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology, leads the project.
› Anthropology professor emeritus Raymond J. Le Blanc was recently honoured at the Canadian Archaeological Association’s meetings held in Whitehorse, Yukon on May 4-7. Le Blanc worked in the Department of Anthropology from 1987 to 2013.
› Sharmila Mathur, Director of the Faculty of Arts’ Indian Music Ensemble invites you to Dopehri: An Afternoon of Indian Music at the Stanley Milner Library Theatre on Sunday, June 5 at 3 p.m. The concert will be a modern rendition on presenting contemporary Indian Classical Music featuring a number of performers and instruments.
› Sean Gouglas, associate professor in History & Classics and director of Interdisciplinary Studies, spoke at the Calgary Public Library On May 27 about his new high-school initiative, a 10-part online self-study program based on the popular Faculty of Arts’ MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), Understanding Video Games.
THIS & THAT
› Does physical activity improve early brain development? A WCHRI innovation research study will shed more light on the impact of physical activity on cognitive and executive function during a critical period in early child development. Researcher Sandra Wiebe, associate professor in Psychology, hopes that by the end of this study, “we will have information that people, including parents, can really use.” Read about this project here.
› REMINDER: Invitations for the annual Faculty of Arts Convocation Luncheon have now gone out to our graduating class of 2016. If you have received an invitation, please RSVP by June 8. Also, if you are graduating, don’t forget to fill out our Convocation Q & A so that we can celebrate you!
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