Arts Buzz is a weekly feature highlighting the Faculty of Arts and our fabulous community of creative and innovative alumni, students, faculty and staff.
This week in Arts Buzz: Alumni Weekend is almost here, a fantastic array of visiting speakers and performers on campus, and Italy for the intellectually curious traveler!
ARTS & CULTURE
› We invite all alumni and friends of the University of Alberta to join us for Italian Mosaic: Tuscany & Umbria – nine days of academic discussion and adventures in Italy! Professors of the Faculty of Arts’ School in Cortona, Italy will guide you through a fascinating and intimate exploration of central Italy. Registration is now open. Please join Tour Director Helena Fracchia for an INFORMATION SESSION Wednesday, September 21 from 5-6 p.m. in Humanities 5-20.
› Join the Canadian Literature Centre this Wednesday, September 21 at 12 p.m. in the Student Lounge of the Old Arts Building for a Brown Bag Lunch reading by poet, novelist, short story writer and essayist Louise Dupré. This reading will be in both French and English. Dupré will be accompanied by CLC Director Marie Carrière in her bilingual reading.
› The Department of Art & Design is pleased to invite you to its Fall 2016 Visual Art and Design Forum (VADF) Speaker Series. This week, Winging It by Jill Stanton (’09 BFA), artist, muralist and comicbook maker, on Thursday, September 22 at 5:15 p.m. in FAB 2-20. Jill will speak about the excitement of saying yes, the importance of saying no, comix, giant walls, shaping the beginnings of an artistic career with unfamiliar territory and exploration, as well as a general survey of her past work.
› The Department of Music continues its 2016/17 Mainstage Concert Season with a performance that offers a vivid snapshot of contemporary Brazilian art music rarely heard in Canada. Allison Balcetis (saxophone) and Roger Admiral (piano) will present a repertoire of pieces from Curto-Circuito de Música Contemporânea Brasil / Canada. Música Contemporânea Brasil – Friday, September 23, 2016 at 8 p.m., Convocation Hall.
› The Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology and folkwaysAlive! are pleased to invite you to a lunchtime series event with Ghanaian rap artist Slimkuzzy this Wednesday, September 21 from 12 to 1 p.m. in 3-47 Arts.
› The Department of English & Film Studies’ inaugural Media Studies Speakers Series is pleased to present UCLA Professor Emerita Vivian Sobchack – “The Dream (Ol)Factory: On Making Scents of Cinema” on Monday, September 26 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Humanities Centre L-3. Focusing on Tom Tykwer’s Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), this presentation considers the “problem” of smell as it relates to cinema.
In association with Dr. Sobchack’s lecture, The Faculty of Arts, Department of English and Film Studies and Metro Cinema present Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, hosted by Film Studies Professor Jaimie Baron on Thursday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Metro Cinema.
› MARK YOUR CALENDARS – Alumni Weekend is almost here! Registration is now open for the event of the year, set to run September 22-25. You won’t want to miss any of the great activities that are planned, including:
– Thursday: 2016 Alumni Awards – Alumni and community members are invited to celebrate the diverse accomplishments and contributions of 25 of the U of A’s most outstanding alumni. The ceremony is followed by a dessert reception where the audience will have the opportunity to congratulate the award recipients.
– Friday: Green & Gold Day – Get in the spirit and wear your university colours. The day will be one long party with a parade, a pep rally and a massive dodgeball game in Quad! The University of Alberta Bookstore will be having a special sale on green and gold hoodies, t-shirts and sweatpants from September 21 to 23rd! Get your green and gold on!
– Sunday: UAlberta Music Live in Concert, a FREE concert at 1 p.m., presented by our elite music students in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the University Symphony Orchestra. A reception will follow. Enjoy a repertoire of works by Copland, Dvořák, Fauré and more, plus one of Mozart’s most well-known works, Eine kleine Nachtmusik. Following the concert, please join us for a light reception and an opportunity to visit with our musicians. Alumni Weekend Concert: Saturday, September 25, 2016 at 1 p.m. in Convocation Hall. Please plan to arrive early for best seating!
› The Department of Political Science has announced its 2016-2017 Speaker Series: Power Moves: Politics, Identities, and Relations in Settler Societies. First up, Gada Mahrouse (Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University) – “What we endure is unimaginable’: The (re)production of white European vulnerability in media reports on the refugee crisis,” on Thursday, September 22 from 3:30-5 p.m. in 10-4 Tory.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
› As we look forward to Alumni Weekend (September 22-25, 2016), the Faculty of Arts is proud to share the stories of our inspiring alumni award winners! This week, writer, publisher and literary advocate, Alumni Horizon Award recipient Jason Lee Norman (’06 BA) is redefining Edmonton’s literary community and Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Virgil Moshansky‘s (’51 BA) unprecedented examination of the aviation system saved countless lives and forever changed aircraft safety.
THIS & THAT
› The Department of Modern Languages & Cultural Studies is pleased to be hosting Heike Ortner from the University of Innsbruck, on the faculty exchange facilitated each year in the Faculty of Arts by the Wirth Institute. Ortner is a specialist in German Applied Linguists and will be offering a master class entitled “Language and Emotion in Computer-Mediated Communication,” open to all graduate students in Arts (or other interested persons), as well as two lectures:
– United Guinea Pigs: Gallow’s Humor in Discussion Forums on Chronic Illnesses– Thursday, September 22 from 2-3:20 p.m., Room B-5, Business Building.
– The Effects of Intensive Tourism on Language Attitudes, Accommodation and Identity: The Example of Tyrol – Tuesday, September 27 from 4-5:30 p.m, Senate Chamber, (326) Arts Building.
› Tandem UofA is pleased to invite you to their first Fall 2016 meeting on Monday, September 26 at 5 p.m. in CCIS 1-430. Tandem UofA is an entirely student-run, two-way model of conversational language learning that pairs up participants who wish to teach their own language while practicing their skills in another. Registration is now open for anyone in the community interested in learning and teaching a language!
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