Arts Buzz: November 7, 2016 | Work of Arts
Arts Buzz: November 7, 2016 | Work of Arts

Arts Buzz: November 7, 2016

A weekly roundup of Arts news and must-see events

This week in Arts Buzz: It’s Reading Week, so sit back and do just that – READ – because our Arts community is up to all sorts of interesting things! Oh, and don’t forget to play with Lego – you never know where it might take you!


› A childhood spent loving and living Lego pays off for Industrial Design grad Chris Perron (’14 BDes) when he lands his dream job in Denmark. 

Chris Perron is a Canadian who landed his dream job at Lego headquarters in Billund, Denmark. (Photograph by Rasmus Degnbol/Redux)

Photo of Chris Perron by Rasmus Degnbol/Redux

› Studio Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night begins on November 24. The Bard’s gender-bending comedy of mistaken identity and romantic vision is not to be missed! 

› Will Hillary Clinton survive an 11th-hour email drama? Political Science prof W. Andy Knight makes his prediction.


› The next film in English and Film Studies’ Reconciliation in Focus Film Series is scheduled for November 13. “(Dis)placed: Indigenous Youth and the Child Welfare System” will screen at the Metro Cinema on Sunday, November 13 at 3:30 p.m. Panel discussion with filmmaker & film participants following the screening.

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


anthropology_main_web_image Mark Nuttall will be speaking on Wednesday, November 23 as part of the Department of Anthropology’s 50th Anniversary speaker series. Nuttall’s presentation, The Polar North, Climate Change and the Anthropocene, will explore how resources and the environment are given meaning and how they have become subject to intense political and ideological struggle.  Telus Centre 150 from 7-9 p.m. 

› 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!


› Congratulations to our Arts alum who’ve made Avenue Magazine’s 2016 Top 40 under 40: April Dean (’08 BA), Salima Ebrahim (’00 BA), Mark Hoosein (’02 BA), Elaine Hyshka (’07 BA), Conor Kerr (’12 BA), Travis Peter (’03 BA) and Maigan van der Giessen (’12 BA)!

› Tracy Bear has won UAlberta’s highest honour awarded to graduating PhD students – the Governor General’s Gold Medal, to be given out at Fall Convocation. A graduate of the Department of English & Film Studies,  Bear is now an assistant professor in Women’s & Gender Studies (on a cross-appointment with the Faculty of Native Studies). Congratulations Tracy!

› Congratulations to Temitope Oriola from the Department of Sociology, who has been awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program for the second time in two years! Temitope will travel to Nigeria at the end of the winter 2017 term to collaborate with scholars at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. 


› Over 65 days this past spring, the UAlberta community welcomed 1,200 Fort McMurray residents uprooted by a raging wildfire known as The Beast. Read about that incredible story here


› Once again, Undergraduate Student Services is hosting the Toasty Toes Sock Drive with a goal of collecting 2016 pairs of socks for the clients of the Bissell Centre! Drop off your non-perishable food items to the USS Office in 1-17 Humanities by Friday, December 9.

› Is the new UN honorary ambassador a potent symbol of female agency or an insult to feminism? Arts experts weigh in

› 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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