Arts Buzz: March 13, 2017 | Work of Arts
Arts Buzz: March 13, 2017 | Work of Arts

Arts Buzz: March 13, 2017

A weekly roundup of Arts news and must-see events

This week in Arts Buzz: a week packed with events, including a deep dive into the Anthropocene with Distinguished Visitor Jill Schneiderman. 


› TOWN HALL POSTPONED!  Our second Academic Strategic Plan 2017-22 town hall, initially set for March 16, has been postponed. We will be announcing a new date soon, so be sure to watch future issues of Arts Buzz and/or the Faculty of Arts Twitter/Facebook feeds for more for details.

› On February 25, TEDxUAlberta hosted its second annual conference, and Zosia Czarnecka (with Edmonton’s online magazine The Wanderer) had a chance to interview two of the conference’s speakers: Art & Design’s Marilène Oliver and Modern Languages and Cultural Studies professor Daniel Laforest. Read the full interview here.

› Arts student (Sociology/Political Science) Srosh Hassana made an impassioned plea for peace during the Daughters of the Vote event on Parliament Hill on International Women’s Day.

› Meet employers who hire Arts students and alumni at the ArtsWORKS Career Fair on Wednesday, March 15. The event runs from 11 – 2:30 p.m. and takes place in the Telus Centre Atrium.


› Women’s & Gender Studies is hosting Distinguished Visitor Jill Schneiderman (Vassar) for a series of three lectures March 13-17: Wandering in a Timeless Wilderness: A Feminist Scientist’s Journey Through the Anthropocene. All are welcome!

Lecture #1 (with WISEST): Think Fast, Live Slow: The Anthropocene Epoch of the Ecozoic Era, Monday, March 13, 5 – 6:30 p.m., Telus Centre 150.

Lecture #2 (with WISEST): Bypassing the Great Divide: The Undisciplinary Science of the Anthropocene, Tuesday, March 14, 3:30 – 5 p.m., Humanities Centre L-1.

Lecture #3 (with WISEST and the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences): Environmental Justice for All: A Feminist Geoscientist’s Research in the Anthropocene, Friday March 17, 12– 1 p.m., 3-36 Tory.

› The History of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry presents Susan L. Smith (History & Classics): From Chemical Weapon to Cancer Treatment: The Origins of Chemotherapy. Susan Smith is author of Toxic Exposures: Mustard Gas and the health consequences of World War II in the United States. With guest speakers: Dawna Gilchrist, Professor Emerita, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry; Letitia Johnson, MA candidate, History & Classics; and  Amy Samson, Historian, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. Wednesday, March 15,  7 – 9:30 p.m., ECHA 2-190. Read more about this event here

Sound Studies Initiative is pleased to invite you to an upcoming @ Noon event: “Let’s Celebrate the 2016 Nobel Prize: Bob Dylan” this Wednesday, March 8 from 12 – 1 p.m., 3-47 Old Arts Building. This event will celebrate Dylan’s songs in various languages, feature an exhibition, and include a round table discussion. There will also be a keynote speech by UAlberta Music professor Brian Fauteux, titled: “Bob Dylan, Storytelling, and the ‘Authentic Celebrity’”.

› The Decolonial Relations, Solidarities and Alliances Workshop, hosted by the Department of Political Science, brings together local, national and international Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, students and community activists to explore topics that are relevant to Indigenous communities. Thursday, March 16: Keynote Speaker: Lisa Kahaleole Hall (Cornell University) on the topic of Making Relations in the House of Difference, 4 – 5:30 p.m., Aurora Room, Lister Hall. Friday, March 17, Panels, presentation and conversation: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.,Wild Rose Room, Lister Hall

› Think entrepreneurship exists only within the realm of business? Think again. With the launch of eHUB Creative on March 22, Arts students will be able to put their imaginations to work. eHUB Creative launch, with guest speaker Jason Kapalka (co-founder of PopCap Games), Wednesday, March 22, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., Humanities L-1. Q & A, reception and tour of eHUB to follow. Click here to RSVP.

› The UAlberta Mountain Initiative and the Kule Institute for Advanced Study are teaming up to host the return of the Mountain Studies Summit Series: three short public lectures, a general discussion with a reception to follow. The event goes ahead this Thursday, March 16 from 4 – 5.30 p.m. at the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies (CCIS), Room 1-140. The following speakers will be featured: Julie Rak (English & Film Studies), speaking on Everest and the Difficult Legacy of Jon Krakauer; Daniel Sims (History & Indigenous Studies, Augustana), speaking on The Problem is Transportation: Development in Omineca District (BC) in the Early Twentieth Century; and Alberto Reyes (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences), speaking on the Controversial Multimillion-Year History of the Greenland Ice Sheet.


› Congratulations to Jim Lightbody (Political Science), who has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS). The mandate of the RCGS is “to make Canada better known to Canadians and the world.” Jim is best known for his studies of the politics and governing of Canadian city-regions.

› Swimmer and physician Keltie Duggan (’94 BA, English and Film Studies) will be inducted in Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. Congratulations Keltie!

› Gerhard Ens (History & Classics), along with Joseph Sawchuk (University of Brandon) are finalists for the 2017 Canada Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences for their book, From New Peoples to New Nations: Aspects of Métis History and Identity from the Eighteenth to Twenty-First Centuries (University of Toronto Press, 2015). 

› Two East Asian Studies students have won top honours in the 2017 National Korean speech contest at the U of Toronto on the weekend. Fengjing Chen won the grand prize and has been awarded a place at the summer language program in Korea University, Seoul, and Guanyan Li won the first prize in the Intermediate category and was awarded a place in the summer language program in Sogang University, Seoul. Congratulations Fengjing and Guanyan! 


› In the next Department of English and Film Studies short video featuring the research of their academic staff, Nat Hurley (American Literature, Children’s Literature, Sexuality Studies) asks why Hans-Christian Andersen’s mermaid has become a figure for transgender children and their families. 

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