Arts Buzz: September 26, 2016 | Work of Arts
Arts Buzz: September 26, 2016 | Work of Arts

Arts Buzz: September 26, 2016

A weekly roundup of Arts news and must-see events

This week in Arts Buzz: The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra is in town, art shows and lectures abound, and more alumni award winner profiles.


The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra

› folkwaysAlive! is pleased to invite you to two @Noon events this week. Join the acclaimed Victoria-based folk/roots band The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra for an hour of candid conversation and acoustic music-making. Topics will include influences, songwriting, touring, and inspiration. Wednesday, Sept 28 from noon – 1 p.m.,  Old Arts (Student Lounge).

Also, the Listening Club is back! Join Department of Music professor and ethnomusicologist Julia Byl for a look into the fascinating world of sound. No materials are required to participate…just bring your ears! Thursday, September 29 from noon – 1 p.m., 3-47 Old Arts.

› As part of our 2016 Alumni Weekend festivities, the Faculty of Arts is proud to share the stories of our inspiring alumni award recipients! This week, we meet Alumni Horizon Award recipient Duane Linklater — a rising star in Indigenous contemporary art — and Alumni Horizon Award recipient Leanne Brown, who is changing lives with her nutritious, low-income cookbook Good & Cheap: Eat Well on $4/day.

› Drop by the FAB Gallery and you’ll experience a range of provocative and innovative work by three students graduating with a Masters of Design degree. Until October 22, experience de tales: Designing Visual Narratives + Experiential Processes. Travis Holmes explores the comic medium as a vehicle to preserve Aboriginal language; Devaki Joshi aims to increase the efficiency and efficacy of the homeless counting system; while Adam McKertcher disrupts traditional methods of design with niche products for athletic wheelchairs.

›  The Department of Art & Design would like to invite you to join them for a panel discussion, Heavyweight Paint: Four Brooklyn-Based Figurative Painters, Thursday, September 29, 4 – 5:20 p.m. in 2-20 Fine Arts Building. Four Brooklyn-based figurative painters are depicted at different points in their careers, sharing in the struggle to survive the grueling challenges of the New York art world, while finding moral support through a camaraderie that is altogether rare. Please join us for a special panel discussion in which these four painters will discuss the process of making the film and the many obstacles they have had to overcome to find artistic success in New York and beyond.

›  Please join the University of Alberta’s Deputy Provost Wendy Rodgers and Mayor Don Iveson (’01 BA) to celebrate the kick-off of the 27th annual READ IN Week. Celebrate how literacy creates One World, Many Voices with guests including dancers, fiddlers and drummers from Ben Calf Robe-St. Clare School and Amiskwaciy Drummers. Monday, October 3, 10 a.m. Convocation Hall.



› Staff and faculty gathered to hear Dean Lesley Cormack’s annual State of the Faculty address. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, watch Dean Cormack’s presentation here.

› The Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research and the Department of Political Science invite you to join them on September 27 for the launch of Living on the LandIndigenous Women’s Understanding of Place, edited by Nathalie Kermoal and Isabel Altamirano-Jimenez. Tuesday, September 27, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., 5-40A Stollery Executive Development Centre  (5th floor, Business Building). RSVP to

›  The Department of History & Classics is pleased to present Yvan Lamonde, Emeritus Professor, McGill University, speaking on  “Defining Liberalism in Canadian and Quebec Intellectual History.” Thursday, September 29, 3 p.m., 2-58 Tory Building. Everyone is welcome!

› This month, the Wirth Institute is pleased to welcome our 2016-2017 doctoral research fellows to the Wirth Institute! Click HERE to find out more about the new interns and their research projects and drop by Friday, September 30 at 2 p.m., Arts & Convocation Hall and meet our fellows at the first Central European Cafe of the 2016/17 academic year. Coffee, tea and delicious European-style pastries will be served.

› Every year, Modern Languages & Cultural Studies hosts the St. Jerome’s Day festival, an International Translation Day event organized by Anne Malena. Join us for the 14th Annual St. Jerome’s Day Conference Friday, September 30, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., 4-29 Humanities Centre. This two-day event will showcase a wonderful program of speakers, including keynote speaker François Buhler, celebrating the art of translation. Everyone welcome!  

› Join us for the Falling Walls UAlberta Lab to watch 15 participants present in three minutes their project/idea that will bring down another “wall” humanity faces. Three winners will travel to Berlin to present their ideas in the international final. Competing for the Faculty of Arts: Mahmood Exiri Fard,  a PhD student in Sociology, who will be speaking on the subject of Breaking the Wall of Social Philosophy. Thursday, September 29, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Room 150 Telus Centre, University of Alberta. The audience will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite project. The event is free but please RSVP.

› Everyone is invited to the Department of English & Film Studies’ annual Edmund Kemper Broadus Lectures. Professor Karyn Ball will be delivering public lectures on the theme of “Pleasure for Pleasure’s Sake? On Pierre-Joseph Proudhon’s ‘Pornocracy’ Today.” First lecture: “The Duty of the Tyrant, or Proudhon with Sade”: Monday, October 3. Second lecture: “The Enjoyment of the Emperor”: Friday, October 7.  Reception to follow in the Department of English & Film Studies, 3rd floor Humanities Centre. Time (both lectures): 3:30 p.m, Humanities L-1



Mark Nuttall

› Congratulations to northern researcher Mark Nuttall, Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of Anthropology. Nuttall was recently named the  2016 recipient of the J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research.

› Hansy Herrera, a PhD candidate in Spanish & Latin American Studies (MLCS), has just been awarded the SALUTE (Student’s Union Award in Undergraduate Teaching)! The SALUTE teaching award “was developed in 1997 by Students’ Council to promote and encourage excellence in teaching by recognizing faculty members who demonstrate outstanding contributions in their roles as undergraduate instructors at the University of Alberta.” Congratulations Hansy!

› The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) has awarded U of A researchers 20 Insight Development Grants worth $1.1 million and 12 Insight Grants worth $2.3 million. Congratulations to our eight Arts recipients:

Insight Grants: Peter Baskerville (History & Classics), Ingo Brigandt (Philosophy), Mary Ingraham (Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology/folkwaysAlive!), Amy Schmitter (Philosophy) and Natalie Van Deusen (Modern Languages & Cultural Studies).

Insight Development Grants: Julia Byl (Music), Odile Cisneros (Modern Languages & Cultural Studies) and Maureen Engel (Humanities Computing)


› The staff of the Kule Centre for Ukrainian and Canadian Folklore and the Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives at the University of Alberta are pleased to welcome Jelena Pogosjan as their new Director. Pogosjan has been a professor in the Department of Modern Languages & Cultural Studies (MLCS) since 2002 and has served as Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies.

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