Arts Buzz: August 28, 2017 | Work of Arts
Arts Buzz: August 28, 2017 | Work of Arts

Arts Buzz: August 28, 2017

A weekly roundup of Arts news and must-see events

This week in Arts Buzz: fall term is nearly here and campus is coming alive (and not just the magpies and squirrels)!

Please note, Arts Buzz returns to its weekly format Monday, September 4. 


› Michiko Maruyama (’08 BDes), who is pursuing a master’s in industrial design and is also a cardiac surgery resident (!), designs educational cardiac health toys for children. Read more about her unique cross-disciplinary research in this Edmonton Journal article

› In our last Canada 150 guest post for the WOA blog, Art & Design professor Sean Caulfield discusses why artists in Canada have much to be thankful for

› If you happen to be in Newfoundland, check out arts alumna Christine Koch‘s Rock Fire Ice: Images of the Torngat exhibit, which is on display at the Parks Canada Discovery Centre until October 9, 2017. The Newfoundland and Labrador-based artist explores the Torngat Mountains’ geology in a series of large scale paintings and prints. 


› The 2017 Department of Philosophy Annual Public Lecture, Canada at 150: Key Moments in Canada’s Constitutional History, with Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin (’68 MA/LLB),  takes place Wednesday, September 6 from 2 to 4 p.m., Timms Centre for the Arts. Reception to follow, please register here.  Full story here.

› Come and say hello to English and Film Studies‘ Writer’s in Residence: Jaspreet Singh (outgoing) and Margaret Christakos (incoming), on Monday, September 11 at 3 p.m. Salter Reading Room, 3-95 Humanities. Meet and Greet details here.  

› ICYMI: Political Scientist Greg Anderson will be discussing The elephant in the living room: Canada-US relations in the era of Trump at the at the upcoming Alumni Weekend speaking event on Friday, September 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Wild Rose Room in Lister Centre.  For more information and to register, click here


› Congratulations to political scientist Malinda Smith, named 2018 International Studies Association (ISA) – Canada Distinguished Scholar. The award recognizes Professor Smith’s significant contributions to the study of global politics, African politics, race and racialization, feminist theory, decolonization, and equity in the university.

› The Edmonton Journal recently interviewed political scientist Andy Knight about his research, which is being used by the United Nations to battle terrorism – particularly in the area of developing a strategy to fight violent extremism. Read the full interview here.


› What is it about the U of A? Author and Arts alum Todd Babiak talks about what makes the University of Alberta experience unique in this article in the autumn edition of New Trail Magazine.

› Kristine Kowalchuk, English and Film Studies adjunct professor (and alum!), has written a book about period recipes, medical remedies and household tips from the 1600s. Preserving on Paper: Seventeenth-Century Englishwomen’s Receipt Books, “re-frames the value we give to women’s work, and to the humble recipe as the carrier of important cultural meaning.” (Edmonton Journal)

› Arts alumna Shirley McDonald’s book of essays, Farm Workers in Western Canada: Injustices and Activism, helped inform the debate around controversial Bill 6. 

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