Arts Buzz: January 16, 2017 | Work of Arts
Arts Buzz: January 16, 2017 | Work of Arts

Arts Buzz: January 16, 2017

A weekly roundup of Arts news and must-see events

This week in Arts Buzz: Canada 150 events kick off across campus and we discover the best antidotes to the January blues and fake news.   


Casavantsmall› Celebrating Canada on The Casavant! Saxophonist William H. Street and organists Marnie Giesbrecht and Joachim Segger kick off Canada’s 150th anniversary year with a selection of Canadian solo and duo works, including Celtic Impressions and From the Musical Memoirs of a Canadian Organist, plus the première of Passage du Temps, all by renowned Edmonton-based composer, Jacobus Kloppers. Sunday, January 22 at 3 p.m., Convocation Hall. More information about this event here

› Suman Varghese is a counselling psychologist situated in the Faculty of Arts. Although she is employed by UAlberta’s Counselling and Clinical Services, Suman specifically works with Arts students who are experiencing mental health challenges, which can be anything from depression to anxiety to relationship problems. As part of the Faculty of Arts’ Happiness Month, we learned about Suman’s professional role in this WOA Blog profile, but then we also followed up with this Q & A to discover how she de-stresses. Hint: it involves Netflix!

The Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology (CCE) and Sound Studies Initiative are pleased to invite you to the first @ Noon session of 2017! “Madal: The most popular drum of Nepal” takes place this Wednesday, January 19 at noon, Sound Studies Initiative, 3-47 Old Arts Building. All are welcome!


› Canada@150 Undergraduate Student Exhibits: The Department of History & Classics invites you to have a piece of cake and to learn more about undergraduate research and the way it contributes to the understanding of Canada’s history this Wednesday, January 18 from 2-4 p.m., Arts Building Student Lounge & Foyer

› 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). Thursday, January 19 from 7 – 9 p.m., The Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS), room 1-430.  Read more about this event here

Tariq Ramadan

Tariq Ramadan

› History and Classics’ Western Canadian History Lecture series presents Neighbours, Rivals and Exiles: How Plains Indigenous Peoples Shaped Canada’s Westward Expansion this Thursday, January 19 from 7-10 p.m. Alberta Arts Barns. 

› The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is delighted to announce its exciting lineup of events for the Winter 2017 Feminist Research Speaker Series, including lectures by Robyn Lee, Lois Harder and a symposium on Queer Affects with presentations by Alexis Shotwell and Randi Nixon. Read the full schedule here

› The Parkland Institute’s 11th Annual Fundraiser Gala Dinner & Silent Auction is Thursday, February 16! Get the details and reserve a ticket here.


› Do you want to respond to the TRC Calls to Action but are not sure what you can do? As part of English and Film Studies’ “Responsible Relations” series, the department is hosting a reading group where can think about how we can meaningfully respond to the TRC recommendations. Tuesday, January 17, from 3:30 – 5 p.m., Humanities Centre Room 3-95 (Salter Reading Room). More details here.  


› Political Science’s Malinda S. Smith knocks it out of the park twice this week! Not only was she interviewed on CBC’s The Current about her co-authored book, The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities), her twitter account @MalindaSmith has made the Edvocate’s list of 20 must-follow higher education Twitter feeds. Congratulations Malinda! 

› Department of Drama PhD (Performance studies & Physical Cultural studies) student and drag king Pony Meyer captures community support to win the Images of Research competition.

Pony Meyer

“King Me,” Pony Meyer’s winning entry in the 2016 Images of Research photo competition


› UAlberta experts, including Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies prof William Anselmi urge old-fashioned critical thinking as the best antidote to fake news and other symptoms of a culture suffering from a nasty case of narcissism in this UAlberta piece.

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