Arts Buzz: December 5, 2016 | Work of Arts
Arts Buzz: December 5, 2016 | Work of Arts

Arts Buzz: December 5, 2016

A weekly roundup of Arts news and must-see events

This week in Arts Buzz: it’s cold, very, very cold. So why not warm up to some new FAB Gallery exhibits and the opening of the Canadian Mountain Network 2016 Mountain Festival.   


› Megan Warkentin’s “Playing with Fire” – the final visual presentation exhibition for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Painting – begins December 6 – 22/January 3-7 at FAB Gallery. Opening Reception: Thursday, December 8 from 7-10 p.m.


› Also at the FAB Gallery, This Wild Spirit: Redux begins December 6-22/January 3-7, 2017. This exhibit is a sampling of creative responses — in photography, painting, cartography and writing — of women whose intellects and imaginations rose to the challenge of the Canadian Rockies between the late-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. Opening Reception: Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 7-10 p.m.

› If you are a researcher who works at the “intersections of gender” by way of feminist, diversity, and/or social justice research and are interested in meeting with other UAlberta colleagues, please plan to attend our next Kule Connect Café entitled: Kule Connect Cafés – At the Intersections of Gender this Thursday, December 8, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Education North 2-111.


› The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is hosting an information session on their MA in Gender & Social Justice this Tuesday, December 6th from 3-4 p.m., 1-26 Assiniboia Hall. Read more about their graduate program here

› Help us celebrate the UN’s International Mountain Day (Sunday, December 11)! This is the first year Canada has participated, and events are scheduled around the country. The Canadian Mountain Network’s 2016 Mountain Festival December 9- 15 will be hosted on the UAlberta campus and is a free festival open to all mountain enthusiasts. As part of the festival, there will be three Faculty of Arts-related events, including: The Wild Spirit: Redux (mentioned above); The Wirth Institute screening of the Hans Gmoser film collection, “Vagabonds of the Mountains”; and the Alpine Art show. See the International Mountain Day website for the full schedule and to get FREE tickets. #IMD2016CMN #MountainsMatter


› ICYMI: Shop local this season in support of the U of A Student Design Association! The Student Design Association will be back with the third installment of their ever-popular annual pop-up shop: Built, which takes place Friday, December 9-23 at a Kingsway Mall. We caught up with the Built team to ask a few questions.

› The Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies is pleased to invite you to their annual Christmas concert. Silent Night is an afternoon of the music and carols of Central Europe, featuring local Central European community choirs, dancers and classical musicians. It takes place Sunday, December 11 at 3 p.m. in Convocation Hall. Admission is FREE with a donation to the Campus Food Bank, so please remember to bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation.

› Banff Research in Culture is now accepting applications for their 2017 “BRiC 2067” program. The BRiC is a five-week residency program for junior scholars, artists, writers and other creators held each summer in Banff in the Canadian Rockies. Please see this link for more information. Application deadline: December 21, 2016.


› 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). 


› The Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program announced its new and renewed appointments on Friday, December 2, and the Faculty of Arts was well represented. Kevin Haggerty — Killam Research Laureate and professor of sociology and criminology, has been named a Canada Research Chair in Surveillance Ecologies. English and Film Studies prof Imre Szeman will see his Tier 1 CRC in Cultural Studies renewed. Congratulations Kevin and Imre! Read the full story here.

› Did you know that a woman will be featured on a Canadian bank note in 2018? Thank Merna Forster (’76 BA), one of Canada’s greatest champions of women’s history (and recent Governor General’s History Award in Popular Media winner), for this long-overdue honour!

Merna Forster, photo credit: Dundurn Press

Merna Forster, photo credit: Dundurn Press


› Students! Wednesday, December 7 is the last day to contribute to the Universal Student Ratings of Instruction or USRIs. Your opinions have impact! Go ahead and #rateyourclasses

› A Festive Affair is an annual tradition in celebration of the contributions of our retired Faculty of Arts academics and their many achievements. This year’s Festive Affair was held on November 23 at the Faculty Club. View the Facebook photo album here

› Celebrated UAlberta Lee Playwright in Residence Colleen Murphy plumbs the depths of human nature in Pig Girl, a play based on the infamous Pickton murders. The play recently netted Murphy her second Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.

› 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 new socks or non-perishable food items to the USS Office in 1-17 Humanities by Friday, December 9.

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