This week in Arts Buzz: the 25 most influential Alberta artists are named (and yes, several Arts alum are on the list!), the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death is commemorated and a huge turnout for the #funkyourturban event on campus!
ARTS & CULTURE
› In cool student project news – what happens when you tell a group of design students that your fundraising theme is all about stepping up? For the team from UAlberta’s Student Design Association, they might just take you at your word. Read more about their project with United Way here.
› From our Work of Arts (WOA) blog, student blogger Matana Skoye (Political Science/Women’s & Gender Studies) gives us five reasons why every student should move out of province for work.
› Next up in the Department of Art & Design’s Fall 2016 Speaker Series, Josip Zanki (President, Croatian Association of Visual Artists) presents The Consecration of Space and Ritual Practice in Contemporary Art this Thursday, October 6 at 5:15 p.m. in FAB 2-20.
› folkwaysAlive! is hosting a talk with Bert Crowfoot, CEO of the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta, which is currently working in partnership with the folkwaysAlive! on the “Digitizing the Ancestors” archival project. Presentation this Wednesday, October 5 from noon to 1 p.m., 3-47 Arts.
› 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. In commemoration, the Department of English & Film Studies has scheduled a number of lectures with Distinguished Visitor Julia Reinhard Lupton, including: Finding Courage: Shakespeare and Arendt between Performance and Philosophy (Oct 18); Trust in Macbeth, Trust in Theatre and Blind Man’s Bluff at Dover Cliffs (Oct 19): Lear’s Virtue Ecology (Oct 19).
› The Departments of Modern Languages & Cultural Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies and UA International invite you to attend On Road Tripping, Pop, Lookalikes, and the Quest for the Self with German Author Thomas Meinecke. Part I: Public Reading, Tuesday, Oct 4 at 7 p.m. Edmonton Public Library, and Part II: Story Time, Wednesday, October 5 at 12 p.m., Alberta Arts Based Research Studio, 4-104 Education North.
› folkwaysAlive! is proud to co-present an interactive workshop with the innovative NYC-based electro-acoustic group Tarana on Friday, October 7 at 9 a.m., Convocation Hall. Tarana will discuss and demonstrate the art of blending electronics and acoustic instruments in improvisational settings, informed by their own unique blend of jazz, North African and Indian rhythms.
› Next up in the Department of Women’s & Gender Studies’ Feminist Research Speaker Series, Eloy LaBrada (Princeton) who will be presenting on Unsexing the Human: Marie de Gournay’s Equality of Men and Women (1641) this Friday, October 7, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Senate Chamber, Arts 3-26.
› The Department of English & Film Studies’ annual Edmund Kemper Broadus Lectures continues later this week. The second lecture by Karyn Ball, “The Enjoyment of the Emperor,” will be presented this Friday, October 7, 3:30 – 5 p.m., Humanities L-3.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
› This spring the Alberta Foundation for the Arts began accepting community nominations to identify 25 Influential Alberta Artists from the past 25 years who have significantly impacted their communities, influenced the development of art and artistic practice in our province, and inspired others to do the same. The list has now been released, and no surprise, there are many Arts alum, including Trevor Anderson (’95 BA), Bob Baker (’74 BFA), Marty Chan (’89 BA), France Levasseur-Ouimet (’67 BEd, ’77 MA, ’82 PhD), Aritha Van Herk (’76 BA, ’78 MA) and Rudy Wiebe (’56 BA, ’60 MA, ’09 DLitt). Congratulations to all!
› Congratulations to our Fine Arts students and alumni on their recent outstanding national recognition, including Sophia Park (student), recipient of The Association of Registered Graphic Designers’ Berlin Award for Central Canada; Nathan Levasseur (student), national winner of the 14th annual BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition; and Yiming Huan (MMus ’16), for being featured in China Post’s 2016 stamp collection titled “Chinese Famous Artists”.
THIS & THAT
› There was great UAlberta community-embracing and community-building at the FunkyourTurban event in SUB last Tuesday in response to the appearance of racist posters on campus.
› Interested in a Master’s or Doctoral degree? The annual University of Alberta Grad School & Professional Expo 2016 begins this Thursday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA).
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