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: A bit of this, a bit of that, and we pay our respects to a great Canadian and friend of the University of Alberta, Mel Hurtig.
› Mel Hurtig – bookseller, political agitator, author and publisher of The Canadian Encyclopedia, passes away at the age of 84 in Vancouver.
ARTS & CULTURE
› It may be August, but summer isn’t over yet! There is still plenty of time for a leisurely read or two…or three. Why not start with the books featured in our summer alumni reading series, including Pilgrimage by Diana Davidson (’99 MA), Ransom’s Voice by Gary Dvorkin (’73 BA), and the award-winning YA novel Winterkill by Kate Boorman (’04 MA).
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
› Congratulations to Natalie Olsen (’08 BDes), who was recently shortlisted not once, but three times, for her book cover designs by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. VUE Weekly catches up with Natalie in this recent interview.
› The fabulously creative folks over at UAlberta’s Alumni magazine, New Trail, really knocked it out of the park this month. Included in the Autumn issue: a detachable So You Have an Arts Degree: Choose Your Own Adventure booklet, as well as features on Rudy Wiebe (’60 MA, ’09 DLitt [Hon]), Todd Babiak (’95 BA) and Curtis Gillespie (’85 BA).
› One last trip to the mountains before the fall term begins? The Wirth Institute invites you to Canmore for “The Austrian Contribution to Canadian Mountaineering” – Conrad Kain and Hans Gmoser” with Chic Scott, Saturday, August 27th. Details here.
THIS & THAT
› Journey to Canada: Ukrainian Immigration Experiences 1891-1900 has just opened at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, NS. Put together by the Kule Folklore Centre and designed by Alumni Honour Award winner Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn (’81 BFA), the exhibit marks the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada. Cheladyn speaks about her great grandmother Maria Sembaliuk’s journey from Western Ukraine to Western Canada in this CTV video.
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