This week in Arts Buzz: it’s 2017 and we begin with a quick look back, an eye toward the future, and a shiny new set of pens to mark our calendars.
ARTS & CULTURE
› It may be 2017, but with deep gratitude, we take one last look back at the incredible year that was in the Faculty of Arts with this Top Stories of 2016 feature.
› Over the last year, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Alberta, along with artists and people whose lives have been impacted by head and neck cancer have been actively engaged with each other, participating in workshops, studio visits and conversations. FLUX: Responding to Head and Neck Cancer, is an exhibition featuring work by six participating artists, ranging from video installation to photography, print, sculpture and drawing. FLUX will not only raise awareness of the experience of head and neck cancer, but it will also illuminate the power of contemporary art as a medium to communicate important human experiences and suffering in accessible and thought-provoking ways. January 5 – 21, dc3 Art Projects Gallery.
› 88 Keys to Artistic Success! The Department of Music is launching a campaign to raise funds to purchase a new Steinway Model D concert grand piano, and your support is needed to provide our students with an instrument befitting a world class institution. Please consider supporting this campaign and our goal of raising $250,000 by March 31, 2017.
› The Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MEIS) group, the ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies and the Department of Political Science are pleased to invite you to a public talk – “Creating Thriving Societies in Troubling Times” – with Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies (Oxford University). Professor Ramadan’s talk will centre on the upheavals facing the Middle East and the West: the shifting alliances, the East-West perceptions, the international terrorism, the ongoing conflicts and the massive refugee movements. When: Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 7 – 9 p.m. Location: The Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS), room 1-430.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
› Congratulations to our newly appointed Members of the Order of Canada – Liz Ingram and Oryssia Lennie! Liz Ingram, a Distinguished University Professor Emerita of printmaking and drawing/intermedia, was cited for her “contributions to the visual arts community through a variety of media including printmaking and digital media, and for cultivating emerging talent as an educator and mentor.” Oryssia Lennie (’69 BA), a recent UAlberta Alumni Honour recipient, was cited for her “contributions to provincial politics in Alberta and to the improvement of federal-provincial relations.” Read more about Oryssia Lennie’s accomplishments in this Edmonton Journal article.
THIS & THAT
› Srdja Pavlović, an instructor in the Department of History and Classics, gives a short analysis of the current political events/crisis in Montenegro in this piece for the London School of Economics.
› In January 2016, we published a story about a research paper by Nancy Galambos (Psychology) and Harvey Krahn (Sociology) entitled Up, not down: the age curve in happiness from early adulthood to midlife in two longitudinal studies. This 25-year study generated a worldwide conversation about UAlberta research, and we celebrated by declaring January 2016 Happiness Month. This year we are once again designating January Happiness Month, this time focusing on student mental health. Watch this space for upcoming stories and events. Happy January!
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