This week in Arts Buzz: from the BC cabinet to the Banff Centre to everyday acts of reconciliation, members of our arts community are making an impact!
Please note, Arts Buzz has moved to a bi-weekly format for the summer. Look for our next Arts Buzz on August 14.
ARTS & CULTURE
› Curious Arts catches up with Reneltta Arluk, the University of Alberta’s first Indigenous female graduate of the BFA Acting program (’05).
› The Wirth Institute presents the 23rd International Kodály Symposium & Music Festival For Scholars and Teachers from August 8-13 at UAlberta’s Augustana Campus in Camrose, Alberta. The festival will feature world class papers, posters and workshops for scholars, performers and practitioners. For information and registration, click here.
› Indigenous people are hurting, not because they hate Canada, but because they love this land so much, says Indigenous student blogger Tarene Thomas in this latest Canada 150 post: My Country, With a Catch.
› Check out English and Film Studies professor Keavy Martin‘s fascinating look behind the missing copies of a classic of Indigenous literature: Mini Aodla Freeman’s Life Among the Qallunaat. Originally published by friend of the faculty (and then publisher) Mel Hurtig in 1978 (reissued in 2015 thanks to Keavy Martin, Julie Rak and Norma Dunning), hundreds of copies lay in boxes in the basement of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, never to be seen again. Read the full story here.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
› The Great Canadian Reading List was just posted by CBC Books, and of course, a few of our distinguished alums made the list, including W.O. Mitchell (’43 BA) for Who Has Seen the Wind, and Emma Hooper (’03 BA) for Etta and Otto and Russell and James. Former Writer-in-Residence Richard Van Camp also made the list, for We Sang You Home. Congrats to all! Read the full list here.
› Congratulations to UAlberta’s New Trail alumni magazine, which just won gold for Best Print Magazine from Prix D’Excellence, the annual awards program of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education. The judges were impressed by the innovative approaches to storytelling in the autumn 2016 issue, featuring the annotated story The Annotated Rudy Wiebe and the interactive Choose Your Own Adventure story, So You Have an Arts Degree!
› The University of Alberta has jumped to 42nd in the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities in Social Science! We are the only Canadian university that ranked in the top 50 (with the exception of the University of Toronto).
› Alum Michelle Mungall (’01 BA) is the new Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources in the BC cabinet! Congratulations Michelle!
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