Arts Buzz: July 11, 2016 | Work of Arts
Arts Buzz: July 11, 2016 | Work of Arts

Arts Buzz: July 11, 2016

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

Arts Buzz is a weekly feature highlighting the Faculty of Arts and our fabulous community of creative and innovative alumni, students, faculty and staff. Our publishing schedule has been adjusted for the summer and will run every two weeks until September. 

This week in Arts Buzz, three alumni are appointed Members of the Order of Canada, Alberta Venture publishes its top influencers list and Rolling Stone magazine profiles Arts wunderkind Ian William Craig.


› Rolling Stone Magazine calls sound artist and award-winning printmaker Ian William Craig (’04 BDes, ’08 MFA) “the year’s most exciting experimental composer” in this recent interview.

Photo by Alex Waber

Photo of Ian William Craig by Alex Waber

› Looking for a new podcast? This summer, WOA blog is featuring arts alum who are making an impact in the world of podcasting. Check out Warren Frey’s Doctor Who podcast Radio Free Skaro, hear about successful people using their creativity to make a living in Monetize your Creativity with Zach Polis, and learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about your pet with Sarah Hoyles and her podcast Pet Sounds.


› A BIG congratulations to English & Film Studies prof Patricia Demers, who has been appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, citing her “insightful contributions to the study of early works of English literature and for her service to the academic community.” Two other members of of our Arts family were named Members of the Order of Canada, including Shar Levine (’74 BA) and former Anthro prof Linda Fedigan (’74 to ’01). Read more here.

› Once again, Arts alum figure prominently in Alberta Venture Magazine’s 50 Most Influential People, including sports magnate Daryl Katz (’82 BA), Alberta Minister of the Environment Shannon Phillips (’02 MA), and of course, Premier Rachel Notley (’87 BA). Congrats to all our movers and shakers!

The literary Magazine Eighteen Bridges, co-founded and edited by Curtis Gillespie (’85 BA) and published in partnership with the Canadian Literature Centre, was recently honoured at the National Magazine Awards in Toronto, including three Gold Medals for writing and one Silver Medal for writing. Congrats to Curtis! 


› Philosophy prof Neil Dalal’s documentary film Gurukulam (about life at a remote forest ashram in Tamil Nadu, India) has been released in select cities across North America. The Village Voice reviews it here.


› English & Film Studies prof Sarah Wylie Krotz weighs in on the importance of place names and the renaming of 23 Avenue (between 215 Street and Anthony Henday) to Maskekosihk Trail.

Maskekosihk Trail dedication photo by David Bloom› On July 1, Lesley Cormack returned to her role as dean of the Faculty of Arts. Read her message here.

› We hope you had an excellent Canada Day! Did you know the modern Canadian maple leaf flag was designed by Arts alum George Stanley (’29 BA, ’71 LLD [Hons])? While it was certainly his most visible achievement, it was just one of his many contributions to Canada.

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