Arts Buzz: February 27, 2017 | Work of Arts
Arts Buzz: February 27, 2017 | Work of Arts

Arts Buzz: February 27, 2017

A weekly roundup of Arts news and must-see events

This week in Arts Buzz: making Canadians, 1970s era folk music and a re-examination of Tezuka Osamu’s post-war Japanese comics.


› Over the next three months, we will be seeking input from faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the Faculty of Arts about our Academic Strategic Plan 2017-22. The first stage will examine our faculty’s mission, vision and values. Please take a few moments to provide your feedback through this short survey, which closes this Tuesday, February 28

› Happy birthday to the FAB Gallery! Since 1987, the Fine Arts Building Gallery has been the venue for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, faculty and staff, as well as contemporary artists with national and international reputations. Come say hello and have a slice of birthday cake at noon on Tuesday, February 28!

› If you happen to be in Trondheim, Norway from March 13 to 24, why not visit an exhibition that explores “the constructive role that art can play in global political discourse around life-saving vaccines”? Immune Nations features collaborative research projects by UAlberta artists, including Sean Caulfield and Natalie Loveless! 

› Varied Piano Solo Music: From Obscure Gems to Recognized Masterpieces – a very personal and out-of-the-ordinary program of works by Kraus, Beethoven and Debussy. Performed by music professor Jacques Després. Friday, March 3 at  8 p.m., Arts and Convocation Hall. Click here for more information.


› Today! Peter Russell will be speaking on Canada’s Odyssey: A Country Based on Incomplete Conquests, 12 – 1:30 p.m. McLennan Ross Halls A and B, Law Centre. 

› English and Film Studies’ Media Studies Speakers Series presents Chenjerai Kumanyika – The Revolution Reality Show: Storytelling and Activism in the Trump Era. Tuesday, February 28 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. Humanities Centre L-1.

Sound Studies Initiative is pleased to invite you to an upcoming @ Noon event: Toward an Oral History of Legendary 1970s Edmonton Music Venue ‘The Hovel: Part 2, Wednesday, March 1 from noon – 1 p.m., 3-47 Old Arts Building. All are welcome!

1970s era folk club The Hovel

› The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies invites you to the next presentation in their Feminist Research Speaker Series: Making Canadians: Gender, Race, and Birth Right Citizenship, with Lois Harder, Chair, Department of Political Science. Friday, March 3, 3 – 4:30 p.m., 3-26 Arts and Convocation Hall. 

› The development of speculative fiction in Japan owes much to Tezuka’s formative postwar comics about robots in the distant future, such as Metropolis and Astro Boy. Who Let the Dogs Out: Race as Illness in Tezuka’s Ode to Kirihito examines race relations and postcolonial discourses in Tezuka Osamu’s (1928–1989) medical manga Kirihito sanka (1970–71, Ode to Kirihito, 2006). 3 – 5 p.m., 3-58 Pembina Hall.

› The Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (MEIS) group, along with co-sponsor the Department of Political Science, is pleased to present their next public talk: Islam, Gender & Feminist Hermeneutics with Asma Afsaruddin, Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures in the School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University. Friday, March 3 from 6 – 8 p.m., 150 Telus Centre.

› The Faculty of Arts and the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) invite you to the 2017 Celebration of Research! Seven researchers will offer fast-paced and thought-provoking presentations that demonstrate how exploring social, cultural, creative and disciplinary intersections reveal and contribute to the public good. Monday, March 6. Program at 3:30 p.m., Reception at 4:30 p.m. at the Timms Centre for the Arts. 


› Presented by The League of Canadian Poets and the Department of English and Film Studies: Gary Geddes: Medicine Unbundled – A Journey Through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care, Tuesday, February 28, from 12– 1 p.m. Humanities L-3.

› English and Film Studies student and Indigenous blogger Tarene Thomas speaks out about the backlash against Indigenizing the Academy in this piece – No More Fake Teeth – from our Work of Arts blog.


› In the  latest Department of English and Film Studies short video series featuring the fascinating research of their academic staff, Teresa Zackodnik discusses women in the centre of the black press; what role did they play?

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