Arts Buzz: December 19, 2016 | Work of Arts
Arts Buzz: December 19, 2016 | Work of Arts

Arts Buzz: December 19, 2016

A weekly roundup of Arts news and must-see events

This week in Arts Buzz: it’s almost the holidays, and whether you are ramping up or winding down, we have you covered (in tinsel and fairy lights).


› Need some last minute shopping ideas? UAlberta asked some of our experts what they wanted under the tree this holiday season, including novelist and English & Film Studies’ prof Thomas Wharton and pop music expert and Department of Music prof Brian Fauteux


› If you are a student on a limited budget, Niabi Kapoor, a fourth year BA student (double majoring in English and Spanish) has made a list of inexpensive DIY gift ideas for the holidays!

› 88 Keys to Artistic Success! The Department of Music is launching a campaign to raise funds to purchase a new Steinway Model D concert grand piano, and your support is needed to provide our students with an instrument befitting a world class institution. Please consider supporting this campaign and our goal of raising $250,000 by March 31, 2017.


› Over the last year, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Alberta, along with artists and people whose lives have been impacted by head and neck cancer, have been actively engaged with each other, participating in workshops, studio visits and conversations. FLUX: Responding to Head and Neck Cancer, is an exhibition featuring work by six participating artists, ranging from video installation to photography, print, sculpture and drawing. FLUX will not only raise awareness of the experience of head and neck cancer, but it will also illuminate the power of contemporary art as a medium to communicate important human experiences and suffering in accessible and thought-provoking ways.

Date: January 5 – 21, 2017
Location: dc3 Art Projects Gallery, 10567–111 Street


› New funding has brought linguist Jordan Lachler together with four Indigenous communities in Alberta in a collaborative effort to preserve and revitalize endangered languages.


› Congratulations to Gordon Laxer, professor emeritus and founding director of the Parkland Institute, who was awarded the second annual Errol Sharpe book prize by the Society for Socialist Studies for After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians (Douglas and McIntyre, 2015).

› Last week, we delivered the First Annual Green and Gold Office Decorating trophy to the incredible team over at the Department of Modern Languages & Cultural Studies! THANK YOU to all the Faculty of Arts departments, institutions and individuals who participated, and especially to MLCS, who not only wear their green and gold proudly, they do it in magnificent style! 


Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at their greeniest and goldiest!

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› The Undergraduate Student Services office’s annual Toasty Toes campaign collected more than 600 pairs of socks for the Bissell Centre! A big thank you to everyone who contributed!

› Emma Hooper (’03 BA), musician and bestselling author (Etta and Otto and Russell and James) explains how she finds inspiration in unexpected places in this New Trail feature.

› Is it time to pull the dated ditties with sexist and racist undertones off the holiday playlist? UAlberta’s expert on gender and pop cultural studies Cristina Stasia, along with PhD student (Music) Kathleen Danser, weigh in.


› We wish all of our Faculty of Arts friends and family far and wide a very happy holiday and a wonderful 2017!

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