Arts Buzz: May 23, 2016 | Work of Arts
Arts Buzz: May 23, 2016 | Work of Arts

Arts Buzz: May 23, 2016

Arts Buzz is a weekly roundup of Arts news and must-see events.

Arts Buzz has made the leap from the Faculty of Arts website to our WOA blog. We’re piloting this shift with the goal of providing additional content in a more blog-friendly format, which can engage not only our Faculty of Arts community, but the greater Edmonton Arts community. Any feedback is welcomed, and contact information is posted below.

This week in Arts Buzz, we celebrate our award-winning Arts community, find out why it’s OK for Albertans to look in the mirror, and Sean Gouglas lets us know why we should spend our summer playing video games.


rumi-and-the-red-hangbag› The Edmonton Public Library has announced its five finalists for the $10,000 Alberta Reader’s Choice Awards. Shawna Lemay (’05 MA) has been nominated for her book Rumi and the Red Handbag.

› In a world of instantaneous communication, it’s hard to remember how revolutionary Polaroid photography was in its day. Peter Buse (’91 BA) looks at the history and impact of the Polaroid camera in his new book The Camera Does the Rest: How Polaroid Changed Photography.

› The widespread destruction from the fire in Fort McMurray and area communities could threaten the studies of about 500 current and prospective students at the University of Alberta. But the university and its alumni have come together to help these students by creating a new Disaster Relief Bursary, raising more than $12,000 in just four days. Learn more about UAlberta students affected by the fire and how you can help here.


› Congratulations to Drama instructors Jan Selman and Jane Heather! Their book Theatre, Teens, Sex Ed: Are We There Yet? has been awarded the 2016 CATR (Canadian Association for Theatre Research) Patrick O’Neill Award, given annually to the best edited collection published either in English or French on a Canadian theatre and performance topic.

› Heidi Janz (’03 PhD) has won two Alberta Film and Television Awards for her NFB short film We Regret to Inform You, including Best Director (Non-Fiction Under 30 Minutes). A playwright and an academic, Janz holds three degrees from UAlberta’s Faculty of Arts, has completed two post-doctoral fellowships, has had four plays produced and has published a short novel. Impressive for anyone, but Janz also has cerebral palsy. Read more about Heidi in this recent Work of Arts story.

› At the recent Community Connections Awards hosted by our own Don Iveson (’01 BA), we are pleased to note that the original trophy designs were created by Sue Colberg and Rob Lederer‘s master’s design students Layal Shuman and Ika Peraic, who worked as a team to come up with the concept. Also, design students Jessica Nepton-Chayer and Deprise Hutton just placed ‘best design’ and ‘design excellence’ (respectively) in the National Scotties Box Design Competition.


› Dr. Jelena Pogojan will be presenting her vision and strategies for the Kule Folklore Centre on Tuesday, May 24th as a component of her candidacy as Director. Everyone is invited to attend this free event. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

Sean Gouglas Calgary Public Library› Here’s a question: should you spend your summer playing video games? According to Humanities Computing prof Sean Gouglas, the answer is a resounding YES! The creator of the wildly successful MOOC (massive open online course) Understanding Video Games, will be speaking at the Calgary Public Library on May 27 at 6:00 p.m. about the positive impact of video games on society. Register here for this fun and interactive evening!


› These are tough times for Alberta. Many are still wounded by Jim Prentice’s admonishment to “look in the mirror” to see how we got here. But Arts alumnus Todd Babiak has his own views on the current economic situation.

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