Arts Buzz is a weekly feature highlighting the Faculty of Arts and our fabulous community of creative and innovative alumni, students, faculty and staff.
This week in Arts Buzz: Fall Term 2016 begins, 2016/17 event schedules are launched, and you’re not seeing things – there IS a new bear on campus!
ARTS & CULTURE
› On August 30th, Sweetgrass Bear by Stewart Steinhauer was unveiled in quad. The beautiful sculpture is “part of a larger Provost’s Office initiative to acquire Indigenous art to diversify cultural representation on campus and work toward respectful, meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.” Read about Sweetgrass Bear and its meaning in this piece by Stewart Steinhauer for The Quad, and don’t forget to check it out in person (located north of the Administration Building facing quad).
› Anthropology PhD student Todd Kristensen mixes art and storytelling in the Heritage Art Series, which brings Alberta’s archeological history to life. Originally a chapter in Todd’s PhD thesis, the project has now taken on a life of its own, garnering awards and showing Albertans that the ground beneath our feet is rich in history, beauty and contemporary relevance.
› WOA Blog featured two unique summer study opportunities: First, U of A International’s e3 Program is a unique study abroad opportunity for students who want to practice a language and engage in research/coursework in a foreign country. English major Trent Harris talks about his “adventure of a lifetime” in Curitiba, Brazil in this post. Also, the Department of History & Classics’ field schools – the Kastro Kallithea Archeological Project (KKAP) and the archeological field school at Roccagloriosa immerse students in the culture and history of Italy and Greece.
› folkwaysAlive! is pleased to invite you to their 2016-17 Season Launch announcement and celebration this Wednesday, September 7, from 12 – 1 p.m. in 3-47 Old Arts, University of Alberta.
› The Department of Political Science has announced its 2016-2017 Speaker Series: Power Moves: Politics, Identities, and Relations in Settler Societies. And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 11th Annual Hurtig Lecture, featuring Samantha Nutt: “Canada and the World: A New Perspective on the Oldest Problem – War,” which will explore Canada’s role in global conflict.
› This Friday, don’t miss Catching Butterflies, an evening of Baroque sonatas by W.F. Bach, Telemann and J.S. Bach. This inaugural Department of Music Mainstage Concert series for 2016/17 features Lidia Khaner (oboe), Colin Ryan (cello) and Shelley Younge (flute). Friday, September 9 at 8 p.m., Convocation Hall.
› A reminder to RSVP now for Kule Connect Cafe #1: Researching the Digital Across Disciplines, to be held this Friday at noon – Arts Lounge, Arts & Convocation Hall (main floor). This inaugural (and informal) networking event is open to faculty members, post-docs and grad students to discover people with mutual research interests.
› Venue update and RSVP reminder for the Women’s & Gender Studies 2016 Dallas Cullen Memorial Lecture – “The Criminalization of Indigenous Peoples: Continued Colonization, Sexualization and Legal Manipulation”, featuring Lisa Monchalin. Due to overwhelming interest, the lecture has been moved to the Telus Centre, room 150. The reception will take place in the Telus Atrium.
› The Department of Drama recently unveiled its 2016/17 Studio Theatre season showcasing an ensemble of top university actors working with their peers in directing, theatre design, technical theatre production and stage management.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
› Congratulations to Daniel Gervais (’14 MMus), winner of first prize and the title of Canadian Grand Master at the 2016 Annual Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition (CGMFC) held in Morinville, Alberta on Saturday, August 27! Daniel is the first and only Alberta fiddler to earn the Canadian Grand Masters title since the inaugural competition in 1990. (He also won the title in 2011, making him a two-time champion!) Not surprisingly, Daniel also won the CGMFC’s People’s Choice Award, which is determined by popular vote. You can check out Daniel’s winning fiddle-playing performance here.
› folkwaysAlive! was recently featured on CBC’s Our Edmonton, with short interviews featuring: folkwaysAlive! Director Mary Ingraham on the Asch Collection and its importance; Sociology honours student Rebecca Smith-Mandin – a new folkwaysAlive! volunteer and recent recipient of the AB-Smithsonian Internship award, and this 1988 video from the CBC Edmonton archive vault about the history of the Asch family and Folkways Records.
THIS & THAT
› Check out this Quad post as they take a look back at the summer that was in this photo-rich post.
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