Arts BOOzz: October 31, 2016 | Work of Arts
Arts BOOzz: October 31, 2016 | Work of Arts

Arts BOOzz: October 31, 2016

A weekly roundup of Arts news and must-see events

This week in Arts BOOzz: it’s Halloween, a BOOtiful selection of treats (no tricks), exhibitions, lectures and some well-earned high-fives to our Killam, Governor General’s Literary Award and Academic All-Canadian winners! 


› In vampire news, Anthropology’s Sandra Garvie-Lok weighs in on six misconceptions about history’s favourite bloodsuckers.


Tinctor’s Invectives Against the Sect of Waldensians, photo by Richard Siemens

› Robert Desjardins and Andrew Gow solve the mystery behind a 15th-century “witchy” manuscript in the Bruce Peel Collection. 

› Drawing on the work of Desjardins and Gow, alum Paula Simons (’86 BA) writes about a new UAlberta online museum exhibit called “Imagining ‘Witchcraft’: A Book of Horrors” in this piece for the Edmonton Journal

› And just in case you didn’t get your fill of witch-related news, the Quad sits down with Studies in Witchcraft and the Occult instructors Lara Apps and James White for Witchcraft 101

› FAB Gallery will host two new exhibitions starting November 1: Erik Waterkotte (’05 MFA) explores the myth and magic found in American popular culture; and Annea Lockwood’s A Sound Map of the Housatonic River is an aural tracing of river sources from Massachusetts to Connecticut.  

› There will be a University of Alberta Museums lunch hour lecture with Robin Woywitka on Friday, November 4. “Reading Layers: The Science of Stratigraphy and Floods in Alberta” is part of the Floods, Blood, and Bitumen of the Heritage Art Series, created by PhD student Todd Kristensen (Anthropology). 

Karen Bishop, Mazama (Heritage Art Series)

Karen Bishop, Mazama (Heritage Art Series)


› The Office of the Vice-President (Research) and the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) invite you to Open Minds: A Celebration of Social Sciences and Humanities Research, Tuesday, November 1, 4-5 p.m. Telus Centre 150. Make sure to RSVP!

› Mary Ingraham’s (folkwaysAlive!) research project, Resounding Culture: Recontextualizing resources for histories of music in Canada” will be presented at the Open Minds event on November 1.

› The Department of History & Classics and The Classical Association of Canada presents: “Nocturnal Rites to to Appease the Dead” with professor Fanny Dolansky (Brock University), Wednesday, November 2 at 4 p.m., 1-6 Business Building. All are welcome!

folkwaysAlive! and the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology invite you to an @Noon presentation “Singing in the Feminine Voice: Ritualistic and Mediated Renditions of the Shah-jo-Raag (Sung Poetry of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai) in Sind, Pakistan”, Wednesday November 2 from 12-1 p.m., 3-47 Convocation Hall. 

› You are invited to two public lectures by Hamid Dabashi, including: “Can Non-Europeans Think?” on November 3, and “Muslims, Coexistence and Cosmopolitanism” on November 4. 


› Attention grad students! The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is hosting INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE – a career exploration and development symposium for graduate students on November 8-9. Workshops, panels and networking opportunities. Register now!

› We invite all alumni and friends of the University of Alberta to join us for Italian Mosaic: Tuscany & Umbria – nine days of academic discussion and adventures in Italy! Tour Director Helena Fracchia and professors of the Faculty of Arts’ School in Cortona, Italy, will guide you through a fascinating and intimate exploration of central Italy. Registration is now open!


› The grand opening of the Faculty of Arts new Aboriginal Gathering Space was held on October 26. More photos here

Lori Myers, Aboriginal Student Advisor, at the opening of the Aboriginal Gathering Space

Lori Myers, Aboriginal Student Advisor, at the opening of the Aboriginal Gathering Space

› Check out our Arts Indigenous Network page for more events and lectures.


› The 2016 Killam celebration was held on October 28, with honourees from Arts including: Kevin Haggerty (Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring); Lianne McTavish (Killam Annual Professorship); Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship recipients Joshua St. Pierre (Philosophy) and Marta-Marika Urbanik (Sociology), who also wins the Dorothy J Killam Memorial Graduate Prize; and Laura Sikstrom (Sociology) and Zaira Blanco (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies), recipients of the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship. Congratulations to all our Killam laureates!

› 154 student-athletes from the University of Alberta were honoured at the annual Academic All-Canadian (AAC) breakfast on October 26, including 20 outstanding students from the Faculty of Arts. Among the 2015-16 recipients, Fallon Dickie (MLCS), Captain of the Pandas Soccer team and President of the University Athletics Board, and Mariah Walsh (Political Science), a key performer for the Pandas volleyball team. Congratulations to all our student-athlete achievers! 

› Congratulations to Colleen Murphy – Lee Playwright-in-Residence and winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award (Drama) for her play Pig Girl!


Undergraduates! The Department of History & Classics wants your Canada@150 proposals showcasing creative, scholarly exhibits on any aspect of Canada’s past.  Proposals due November 14, 2016!

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