This week in Arts Buzz: from Amber Valley in Alberta to 19th century Russia, politics gets real (and occasionally satirical) in this week’s roster of events and lectures.
ARTS & CULTURE
› On February 1, Alberta became the fourth province in Canada to officially recognize Black History Month. The history of black people in Alberta is largely unknown, obscured by what political scientist Malinda S. Smith calls the “tyranny of homogenization” and “invisibilization.” Read the full text of Malinda’s interview here.
› Need a little humour with your politics? Studio Theatre presents Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector – a raucous political satire of mistaken identity gone comically awry. February 9-18, Timms Centre for the Arts. Click here for additional information and showtimes. To read an interview or listen to a podcast with Ron Jenkins, acclaimed director of The Government Inspector, click here.
› Join us for the New Works Festival, an annual presentation of original plays written by UAlberta students and recent alumni, February 7-12 at the Second Playing Space, Timms Centre for the Arts. Festival tickets available at Tix on the Square, or at the door.
› The Canadian Literature Centre (CLC) is hosting a Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Vivek Shraya, a Toronto-based artist and author. Wednesday, February 8, 12-1 p.m. Rutherford Library South 2-09.
› The Department of Political Science’s Power Moves lecture series presents Reconciliation after Genocide in Canada: Why Liberal Frameworks are Not Enough with David MacDonald (Guelph), Wednesday, February 8 at 3:30-5 p.m., Tory 10-4.
› The Department of History & Classics presents Folktales and the Culture of Scribes in Medieval India, with Adheesh Sathaye (UBC). Thursday, February 9 from 4-6 p.m., Tory 2-58.
› The Prince Takamado Japan Centre presents the 2016-17 Japan Foundation / Japan Studies Association of Canada Lecture Series II – A Glimpse into Women’s Education in Modern Japan with Masahiro Hamashita, Professor Emeritus, Kobe College. Thursday, February 9 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., Telus Centre 134.
› Romance anyone? By popular demand, The Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies brings back the valentine-themed Romantic Central Europe Cafe, Friday, February 10 from 2-3:30 p.m. Student Lounge, Arts & Convocation Hall.
› The Working With and Across Borders Symposium brings together a diverse group of scholars and writers who work with and across borders. Friday, February 10 from 1-5 p.m., Salter Reading Room, 3-95 Humanities Centre.
› The Department of Women’s and Gender studies invites you to a symposium on QUEER AFFECTS with presentations by Alexis Shotwell (Carleton) and Randi Nixon. Friday, February 10, 2-4:30 p.m., Humanities Centre L-3.
› INDIGENIZING ARTS
› Join the Department of English and Film Studies’ annual Orlando Lecture on February 9. Award-winning writer (Birdie) Tracey Lindberg will be discussing Treaty Talk: Reciprocity in Prayers, Songs, Whispers, Stories, Oaths and Writing. Thursday, February 9 from 3:30-5 p.m., Humanities L-1.
THIS & THAT
› The Society of Edmonton Demographers presents the 27th Annual Warren E. Kalbach Population Conference on Monday, February 13 in the Stollery Executive Development Centre, School of Business. This year’s theme is Transforming Communities: Data From and For the People, with keynote speaker Kevin McQuillan, Deputy Provost, Department of Sociology (Calgary).
› Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology director Michael Frishkopf says that the new study abroad program – Music for Global Human Development in West Africa – promises “experiential learning on steroids!”
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