Arts Buzz: June 13, 2016 | Work of Arts
Arts Buzz: June 13, 2016 | Work of Arts

Arts Buzz: June 13, 2016

Arts Buzz is a weekly roundup of Arts news and must-see events on campus, in Edmonton and sometimes beyond.

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 a link to our short survey is posted below.


Arts is #winning in this edition of the Arts Buzz round-up, with an abundance of award announcements, student & faculty profiles and some interesting insight into ancient Canadians. Enjoy!


› Political Science prof and armed conflict expert Andy Knight is back at the University of Alberta after three years on secondment as director of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Institute of International Relations (IIR) and the Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean.

› Local author and UAlberta creative writing instructor Thomas Wharton once had a crush on Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island and has a habit of giving himself sound effects. It’s true… read all about it here.

› Canada’s National Student Network (NSN) recently featured fourth year Arts student Yany Siek in its student leadership series. The political science student shares his passion for research, international affairs and Canadian politics in this Q & A.


› The 29th Sterling Award nominations have been announced and it’s a good looking list! We’re a little biased, since our Department of Drama alumni make a big appearance in the list of nominees.

› The Faculty of Arts Communications Team was recently recognized with two separate communications awards: an IABC Award of Excellence for our #1of50K campaign and a Gold Hermes creative award for last year’s Report to the Community.

› Two UAlberta Arts profs took home 2016 University of Alberta Teaching Excellence Awards recently: Anthropology professor Kisha Supernant won a 2016 Provost’s Award for Early Achievement of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and drama instructor Marie Nychka nabbed the 2016 William Hardy Alexander Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

› This year, we are proud to announce that eight Arts alumni are being recognized for a wide variety of achievements in the UAlberta Alumni Awards, including Alumni Horizon Award winners Leanne Brown (’07 BA) and Jason Lee Norman (’06 BA). Check out all the Alumni Award winners.

› The Edmonton Arts Council is currently accepting submissions from artists in the city for its Community Investment Project Grant Program.

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› It’s the final countdown for our MFA student art shows. Don’t miss printmaker Jonathan Green, sculptor Andrew C. Hellmund and painter Adam Slusar as they pull out all stops with their most inspirational work yet.

› The Department of Women’s & Gender Studies is wading into the rape culture conversation with visiting RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia) professor Anastasia Powell’s lecture on Rape Culture Unveiled: Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence this Thursday (June 16).

› On June 24, the upcoming Three Societies Meeting, dedicated to the study of the history of science, technology and medicine will offer a special public reading of Charles Hayter’s play, RADICAL.


› Anthropologist and Arts professor Jack Ives co-authored a recent study that shows ancient humans may have followed bison herds north through a Canadian “ice-free corridor” after their initial colonization of what is now the United States.

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