Arts Buzz: May 9, 2016 | Work of Arts
Arts Buzz: May 9, 2016 | Work of Arts

Arts Buzz: May 9, 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.

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson congratulates Community Connection university of alberta award winners

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson congratulates the 2016 Community Connection award winners.

This week in Arts Buzz, we share our collective support for Fort McMurray residents, celebrate our community connections and point you to some pretty interesting events. Enjoy!


› Like all Albertans, our thoughts are with the residents of Fort McMurray during this difficult time. UAlberta currently has over 400 evacuees staying on campus and is hosting a BBQ Fundraiser tomorrow (May 9) from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in support of the citizens of Fort McMurray and the municipality of Wood Buffalo.

› The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is organizing a supply drive in support of the displaced residents of Fort McMurray. Diapers, feminine hygiene products, new socks and underwear can be dropped off to Assiniboia Hall (Room 2-40) and will be delivered to Alberta Emergency Relief Services.

› Frank Trovato, a professor of demography and population studies in the Department of Sociology, weighs in on the long and short of the 2016 federal census.

› Arts grad & AgileStyle owner Ashley Janssen (’06 BA) offers up some great advice on time management in her blog series, Battling the Culture of Busy.

› 52 Skillz founder and Arts psychology student Stephen Robinson has been pumping out new and exciting Skillz videos – most recently, How To Paint (kind of) and How to Become a Best-selling Amazon Author.


› Last week, UAlberta came together with the City of Edmonton for the Community Connection Awards 2016, hosted by Edmonton Mayor and Arts grad Don Iveson (’01 BA).

› Faculty of Arts professors Jana Grekul and Alex Trujillo battled the clock in the annual UAlberta Festival of Teaching, which saw eight award-winning UAlberta professors present rapid-fire style on their creative teaching practices.

› Two Music professors are in the running for this year’s Western Canadian Music and Industry Awards: Roger Admiral is up for Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year and Howard Bashaw’s 15 for Piano is nominated for Classical Composition of the Year.

stephen robinson 52 skillz university of alberta faculty of arts psychology student

That 52 Skillz dude is at it again…

› In case you missed it: Political Science professor Malinda Smith took home the HSBC Community Contributor of the Year award at the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion’s Inaugural gala last month.


› The New Maternalisms: Redux exhibition (May 12) – curated by Art & Design professor Natalie S. Loveless – addresses the prejudice, social injustice, inequalities and realities of motherhood through performance art.

› This Wednesday (May 11), the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) will present its annual worldwide, livestreamed conference: Around The World: Libraries, Archives and Public Life. Check out the conference schedule here or visit the Livestream link.


› Arts alumnus and psychologist Robert Hare (’60 MA), who developed standardized testing for psychopaths, is featured in this Discover Magazine article: “Into the Mind of a Psychopath“.

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