Arts Buzz: May 8, 2017 | Work of Arts
Arts Buzz: May 8, 2017 | Work of Arts

Arts Buzz: May 8, 2017

A weekly roundup of Arts news and must-see events

This week in Arts Buzz: Studio Theatre presents its final play of the season, we celebrate excellence in (and beyond!) the Faculty of Arts, and a smattering of events to make your neurons spark.  

Please note, Arts Buzz has moved to a bi-weekly format for the summer. Look for our next Arts Buzz May 22. 


› In their final production of the season, Studio Theatre presents The Lady from the Sea May 18-27 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

› The Oilers have finally made it back into their first playoff series after 11 long years, and one Edmontonian who’s become the centre of that attention is Robert Clark, a graduate of the Department of Music and the official Oilers singer of the national anthem. He talks about his journey from the U of A to singing at Rogers Place with 18,000 Oilers fans in this Curious Arts story.

Tololwa Mollel

› From Tanzania to Canada, storyteller, performer, award-winning children’s author and Drama alum Tololwa Mollel (’79 MA) brings a unique voice to the page and the stage. Read about Tololwa’s journey here

› Everything is sound. From preserving Indigenous stories to teaching computers to pick out sounds in music, researchers at the Sound Studies initiative are bringing new life to one of the world’s richest collections of recorded. Read the full story here


› The Department of Philosophy’s Hylomorphism Conference and First Annual Meeting takes place May 11-14 at the Banff Centre. This conference will examine this doctrine and its significance for a wide range of sub-disciplines of philosophy, from both a historical and a non-historical point of view. The 2017 Hylomorphism Conference Program is available here

› The Kule Institute for Advanced Study’s (KIAS) invites you to Digital Narratives Around the World: A Symposium on the Global Encounters of Computing and Storytelling.  The growing global presence of digital platforms, online connectivity and social media has transformed and diversified the ways in which texts and narratives are accessed, engaged with and created. Digital Narratives is a one-day symposium that brings together researchers from UAlberta along with external collaborators to participate in and share their research and ideas through individual or team presentations. Thursday, May 18, 9 – 5 p.m., 1-16 Triffo Hall.


›  Monday, May 8 there will be a public roundtable discussion on Northern Community Perspectives on Contaminants with Melanie Dene (Mikisew Cree First Nation, Alberta), Norma Kassi (Vuntut Gwich’in First Nation, Yukon), and Francois Paulette (Denesuline elder, Smith’s Landing Treaty 8 First Nation, NWT) from 3:30 – 5 p.m., Humanities Centre L-3. All are welcome!

The following day, May 9, there will be a public workshop: Ethics & Practice in Northern Contaminants Research, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Humanities Centre L3.

The public presentation and the workshop will discuss the importance of involving Indigenous people and northern communities in all aspects of the research process, particularly with a focus on Northern Contaminants. Both events are made possible by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS), the Department of History & Classics, Northern Exposures (Memorial University), the Faculty of Native Studies and UAlberta North. Please RSVP to


Allison Balcetis (’11 DMus), saxophone instructor with the Department of Music, and Lauralyn Chow (’80 BA) each received awards at the 30th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts on May 1! Allison received the Qualico Artistic Leadership Award and Lauralyn received the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize for her interconnected short story collection, Paper Teeth. Among the other nominees were podcast host Zach Polis (’12 BA, Drama) and sculptor Kasie Campbell (’15 BFA). Congratulations to all!

› Congratulations to Oleksandr Pankieiev, media and communications assistant at the Arts Collaboration Enterprise, on winning this year’s William and Mary Kostash Award for Media Arts. The award will help Oleksandr to produce a documentary on the history of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS), which has spearheaded the establishment of Ukrainian studies as a field in Canada.

› Seventy-five Arts faculty, staff and students were recognized for their achievements at the Celebration of Excellence in the Faculty of Arts event. Congratulations to all of our award recipients (listed here). Click here to see photos from the event

› In the final Department of English and Film Studies’ short video series showcasing the research of their academic staff, we feature Keavy Martin’s investigation of Indigenous literatures and literary theory, which focuses on Inuit literature and performance, and the concept and practice of reconciliation. Watch the video here: 


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