This week in Arts Buzz: with the start of International Week, we celebrate artistic, cultural and intellectual diversity on campus
ARTS & CULTURE
› Working closely with music professor Angela Schroeder, more than 225 of the most talented high school students from across the province will join the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Concert Band for the annual High School Honour Band Concert this weekend! Sunday, February 5, 3 p.m., Winspear Centre.
› Throughout 2017, the Department of Anthropology will be hosting the award-winning Heritage Art Series exhibition, featuring artists who have been commissioned to produce pieces about Alberta’s archeological past. A changing selection of the pieces will be on display on the first and 13th floors of Tory and in the window of the Institute of Prairie Archaeology in HUB. Read more about this collection here.
› The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design exhibit is currently running in the FAB Gallery until February 11. Our Curious Arts blog talked to curator and associate professor of design studies Sue Colberg about what constitutes good design and why the printed book is here to stay.
› International Week 2017 is here! This year, it’s all about transition: how do we move from our current way of living and thinking to a more sustainable and compassionate way of being? I-Week will feature many creative and interactive lectures that will challenge our cultural practices, offering alternative ways of thinking about what is happening in our global village. Read the full I-Week program here.
› First up in I-Week’s schedule of events, Modern Languages and Cultural Studies presents Indigenous languages in the 21st century: Stories from around the world. Tuesday, January 31 from 3:30 to 4:50 p.m., Telus Centre 134.
› On Wednesday, February 1, political science professor Andy Knight and the University of Winnipeg’s Tanya Narozhna present Exploding the Myth of the Female Suicide Bomber, and book launch: Female Suicide Bombings: A Critical Gender Approach. 7-9 p.m., Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS) 1-430.
› There will be a screening of the documentary film A Struggle for Home: The Crimean Tatars, Thursday, February 2, 5–6 p.m., Telus Centre 134.
› Since 2009, the Winter Roots Roundup Festival has celebrated the best in folk, roots and blues music. Presented in conjunction with UAlberta’s Moses and Frances Asch Collection of Folkways Records, this year’s Roundup roster of events will be anchored by the Women of Folkways concert, featuring Toronto’s Shawna Caspi and Victoria/Nashville’s Linda McRae. February 1 – 4. For details, tickets, and the full event listing, please visit the Winter Roots website.
› The Sound Studies Initiative at the University of Alberta is pleased to invite you for the inaugural event of the Winter Roots Roundup – a talk and performance by award-winning Platinum Recording Artist, songwriter, & multi-instrumentalist Linda McRae for the @Noon Acoustic Session, Wednesday, February 1 at 12- 1 p.m.
› The Department of History & Classics presents Ben Bradley: Seeing North America by Automobile: Car Culture, Landscape, and Identity, 1900 -1975. Thursday, February 2, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., 2-58 Tory.
› Public talk: Muslims and the Middle East in a Post-Trump Era, with Mojtaba Mahdavi, ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science. Friday, February 3, 1 – 2:30 p.m., Room 134, Telus Centre.
› INDIGENIZING ARTS
› Join the Department of English and Film Studies’ annual Orlando Lecture on February 9. Award-winning writer (Birdie) Tracey Lindberg will be speaking on the topic of Treaty Talk: Reciprocity in Prayers, Songs, Whispers, Stories, Oaths and Writing. Thursday, February 9 from 3:30-5 p.m., Humanities L-1.
› “Art is a fundamental stepping-stone to decolonization for the Indigenous community,” says Tarene Thomas, student blogger and English and Film Studies major. Read Tarene’s blog post here.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
› Please join us in congratulating Humanities Computing (HUCO) master’s student Dan Cockcroft on being shortlisted for this year’s New Media Writing Prize. His successful Twine game MetaQuest is available here.
THIS & THAT
› Italy for the intellectually curious traveller! We invite all alumni and friends of the University of Alberta to join us for nine days of academic discussion and adventures abroad! Professors of the Faculty of Arts’ School in Cortona, Italy will guide you through a fascinating and intimate exploration of central Italy. The ancient and medieval town of Cortona serves as the stage throughout the nine-day tour. Register by Saturday, April 1, 2017 for this unique and enriching experience!
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