Arts Buzz: May 23, 2017 | Work of Arts
Arts Buzz: May 23, 2017 | Work of Arts

Arts Buzz: May 23, 2017

A weekly roundup of Arts news and must-see events

This week in Arts Buzz:  it’s all Ibsen this week with a smattering of accolades and a sneak peak at upcoming events in early June. 

Please note, Arts Buzz has moved to a bi-weekly format for the summer. Look for our next Arts Buzz June 5. 


› Don’t miss Studio Theatre’s final production of the season, Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea until May 27 at the Timms Centre for the Arts. Inspired by a mythical Norwegian ballad of a woman lured from her family by a merman, Henrik Ibsen’s haunting and lyrical play is directed by MFA Directing candidate Michael Bradley. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets

Director Michael Bradley watches early rehearsals of The Lady from The Sea. Featuring Billy Brown as Lyndstrand (left), Nicole St. Martin as Ellida (center), and Kris Loranger as Arnholm (right).

› Curious Arts goes backstage at the Timms Centre for the Arts to speak with BFA Acting student Emma Houghton, featured in Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea. Not only is The Lady from the Sea Studio Theatre’s last production of the season, it is also the last performance that Emma will do before graduating. Read the interview with Emma Houghton here.

› After a rigorous application process, the Faculty of Arts Work Experience Co-op Program has received accreditation by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE). This accreditation recognizes the faculty’s commitment to providing mutually beneficial professional work experiences for students and employers. Read more about the now CAFCE accredited Arts Work Experience program here. 


Ted Bishop will be inducted into the City of Edmonton’s Hall of Fame at the Salute to Excellence event on June 12th at 7:30 p.m., Winspear Centre. Bishop is a professor in the Department of English and Film Studies and the author of The Social Life of Ink, a 2015 Governor-General’s Award in Nonfiction finalist. 


›  The Writing Stick: Sharing Indigenous Stories conference takes place June 8 to 10. The conference is intended for Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants from all walks of life including publishers, editors, writers, storytellers, filmmakers, academics, translators, artists, librarians, and students. Keynote speakers include: Marie Wilson, Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada; Armand Garnet Ruffo, film-maker, writer and poet; Richard Van Camp, storyteller and author: and Patti Laboucane-Benson, Metis-Ukrainian, researcher, video producer, author. Thursday, Jun 8 at 6:30 p.m. to Saturday, Jun 10 at 3:15 p.m. More information and registration details here



› Congratulations to Department of History and Classics professor Sarah Carter, who was awarded the 2017 Chaudhuri Prize for her book: Imperial Plots: Women, Land, and the Spadework of British Colonialism on the Canadian Prairies.

› Heather Zwicker has been appointed vice-provost and dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, effective July 1, 2017. Dean Zwicker is a professor in the Department of English and Film Studies and has held a number of administrative positions with the Faculty of Arts. Read more here.  

› Ten Canadian Writers in Context has won the silver medal at the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Ten Canadian Writers in Context reaches into The Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne its ten-year archive of Brown Bag Lunch readings to sample some of the most diverse and powerful voices in contemporary Canadian literature. 

› Congratulations to Radha Saikia (psychology/economics and one of our WOA student bloggers) and Nina Plummer (4th year political science student), who are the recipients of the first annual Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Awards which celebrate achievement in community service, research, and workplace or classroom environments by all members of the University of Alberta campus community. 

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