Arts Buzz: December 12, 2016 | Work of Arts
Arts Buzz: December 12, 2016 | Work of Arts

Arts Buzz: December 12, 2016

A weekly roundup of Arts news and must-see events

This week in Arts Buzz: a mitten-full of continuing exhibits, upcoming lectures, alumni honours and a sneak peek into what’s happening in 2017! 


› Auditioning for the stage vs. auditioning for the screen? Comedienne, writer and actor Lisa Gilroy (’14 BA/BEd) tells us the key differences that you need to know!

Lisa Gilroy

Lisa Gilroy

› ICYMI: There are two shows at FAB Gallery until January 7, 2017: Megan Warkentin’s “Playing with Fire” and This Wild Spirit: Redux. Also, the Student Design Association is hosting their third installment of their ever-popular annual pop-up shop, Built, until December 23 at Kingsway Mall.  

› This past weekend, Michele Fleiger (’12 MFA/Drama) taught a group of UAlberta’s medical students an elective communications workshop called Communicating Care: A Theatre-Based Approach. “It’s about developing empathy,” says Fleiger. 

› Edmonton opera star and founder of UAlberta’s voice-opera program, Bernard Turgeon, helped put our music on the map.


›  The Canadian Mountain Network’s 2016 Mountain Festival kicked off December 9, and continues until December 15 on the UAlberta campus. Make sure you catch these three Faculty of Arts-related events, including: The Wild Spirit: Redux exhibition at the FAB Gallery; The Wirth Institute screening of the Hans Gmoser film collection, “Vagabonds of the Mountains” on Dec 14; and the Alpine Art show on Dec 15. 

› The Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MEIS) group, the ECMC Chair in Islamic Studies and the Department of Political Science are pleased to invite you to a public talk – “Creating Thriving Societies in Troubling Times” – with Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies (Oxford University). Professor Ramadan’s talk will centre on the upheavals facing the Middle East and the West: the shifting alliances, the East-West perceptions, the international terrorism, the ongoing conflicts and the massive refugee movements.


› Our student blogger Matana Skoye considers our responsibility in Indigenous reconciliation

› Mountain regions play a significant role in the cultural livelihoods of Northern Indigenous peoples. UAlberta North, in conjunction with The Canadian Mountain Network’s 2016 Mountain Festival, is hosting Spirit of the Mountains – Northern Indigenous Stories of Place on Tuesday, December 13 from 6-9 p.m., 1-140 Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS). 


viola-desmond-timbre› Primatologist Linda Fedigan was recently honoured for her 2016 appointment as Member of the Order of Canada and a lifetime of innovation in this University of Calgary feature. Fedigan was a longtime professor of Anthropology (’86-’01) and winner of the J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research (’97).

› Congratulations to Ginger Carlson (’10 BA, hons), winner of the 2016 Canadian Art Writing Prize! As part of the prize, Carlson will be commissioned to write a feature story for a future issue of Canadian Art and will receive a $3,000 award. Carlson is a graduate of the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture program. 

› Danisha Bhaloo (’07, Criminology) was just named a 2016 Star of Alberta for her volunteer work as an advocate for vulnerable youth. As you know, Danisha was also recently featured in our ‘Value of Arts’ alumni video series. Congratulations Danisha!

› Merna Forster’s (’76 BA) long-fought and ultimately successful campaign to see women featured on Canadian currency saw its realization on December 8 when the Bank of Canada announced that civil rights activist Viola Desmond has been chosen to appear on the $10 bill in 2018. 


› The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is delighted to announce its exciting line-up of events for the Winter 2017 Feminist Research Speaker Series, with lectures by: Robyn Lee and Lois Harder; a symposium on Queer Affects with presentations by Alexis Shotwell and Randi Nixon; the annual Valentine’s Day with Feminism Lecture, featuring Tracy Bear speaking about Indigenous erotica; a series of lectures by Distinguished Visiting Professor and Earth Scientist Jill Schneiderman on the topic of Social and Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene; and an Artist Talk by Becky Thera, entitled Within Our Bodies Floating!


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