This week in Arts Buzz: new exhibitions, the return of the annual feminist Valentine’s Day lecture and the possible origin of the word “blotto”
ARTS & CULTURE
› You are invited to the second Visual Art and Design Forum (VADF) Speaker Series talk of the semester, Taboo Bodies in Performance, with artist Cindy Baker. She will be discussing her interdisciplinary performance practice, particularly in relation to her theory of performance in the absence of the artist’s body. Thursday, February 16, 5:15 p.m., 2-20 FAB Gallery.
› Last fall, painting professor Jesse Thomas took more than 50 of his paintings and drawings to the Zhengzhou University of Light Industry in China. This groundbreaking exhibition offers Chinese students a window on the evolution of Western art.
› If you are an Arts student, staff or faculty member, or alumnus, we want to hear from you! Help us develop our new Arts Academic Strategic Plan by filling out this survey and attending our first town hall this Thursday, February 16 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Humanities Centre, L-3.
› Next Wednesday, Sound Studies Initiative @Noon series features the music documentary film, Dead Venues! Wednesday, February 15 at 12 p.m., 3-47 Old Arts.
› The Department of Political Science’s Power Moves lecture series presents Killing Abstractions: Indigenous Women and Black Trans Girls Challenging Media Necropower in White Settler States with Lena Palacios (Minnesota). Thursday, February 16 at 3:30-5 p.m., Tory 10-4.
› The Edmonton Society of the Archaeological Institute of America [AIA], in conjunction with the Department of History and Classics, is pleased to announce the next of its 2016-17 evening lectures: Revisiting Roccagloriosa: New Work at the Pre-Roman Settlement with Tanya Henderson. Thursday, February 16 at 7 p.m. in Tory Breezeway 1.
› The Faculty of Arts and Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) invite you to the 2017 Celebration of Research! Seven researchers will offer fast-paced and thought-provoking presentations that demonstrate how exploring social, cultural, creative and disciplinary intersections reveal and contribute to the public good. Monday, March 6. Program at 3:30 p.m., Reception at 4:30 p.m. Timms Centre for the Arts.
› The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is delighted to announce the Fourth Annual Valentine’s Day with Feminism Lecture! This year, Tracy Bear will be presenting on Indigenous Erotica: The Pursuit of Re-imagining Indigenous Bodies, Sexuality and Gender, Tuesday, February 14, 3:30-5 p.m., Arts 3-26 (The Senate Chamber).
› Indigenous Canada is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. This non-credit version is available online for free on Coursera to anyone, anywhere in the world. Class starts March 20.
THIS & THAT
› U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban proposal grounds the free flow of ideas when academic researchers are kept apart (UAlberta News).
› In the coming weeks, the Department of English and Film Studies will be releasing a series of short videos featuring the fascinating research of their academic staff. First up, Oxford Dictionary consultant John Considine’s study of words and the stories these words tell us about ourselves, such as a “blotto” (yes, we mean drunk!)
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