This week in Arts Buzz: Alumni Weekend is (almost!) here, Art and Science mingle, and a visiting scholar considers society’s cataclysmic decline as presented in picturebooks.
ARTS & CULTURE
› LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) is Leonardo/ISAST’s international program of evening gatherings that brings artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations. On September 19 the University of Alberta will be featuring three globally renowned artists and scientists: Sean Caulfield, Daniel Laforest and Minn Yoon, to cross-pollinate their research and creativity by presenting their own work. Tuesday, September 19 from 6 – 7:30 p.m., FAB 2-20. Reserve your space!
› The Department of Art & Design‘s Fall 2017 Visual Art and Design Forum (VADF) Speaker Series presents Naomi Potter, curator of the Esker Foundation, this Thursday, September 21 at 5:15 p.m. in FAB 2-20. Potter will talk to us about the “Museum of the Future” in the context of The Esker Foundation’s mission and history.
› BUILT X Vignettes! Built is a temporary design store selling products from local art and design students and alumni based in Edmonton. Every product is created by students who have gained skills in manufacturing and design from their degree in industrial and visual communication design, as well as fine arts. September 22-30, Re-Use Centre (10004-103A Avenue).
› TODAY! The Department of English and Film Studies and the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies are pleased to present a guest lecture by visiting scholar Grit Alter from the University of Innsbruck. Her talk, Society’s Cataclysmic Decline as Presented in Picturebooks and in new Visualizations of Fairy Tales, will be in the Humanities Centre 3-95 (Salter Reading Room) at 3 p.m.
› Join us to hear amazing ideas from some of UAlberta’s Next Gen researchers and innovators at the Falling Walls Lab. A little TEDtalk and a little Dragon’s Den — the lab is a fast-paced format where participants present their ideas or innovations in three minutes to a jury from academia, government, industry and the media. Wednesday, September 20, 5:30 – 8 p.m., Room 150, Telus Centre. The event is free and all are welcome, but please RSVP here.
› ICYMI: September 22 – 25 is Alumni Weekend! Come back to campus, reconnect with friends, and be a part of the great things happening at the U of A. And don’t miss these signature Faculty of Arts events: 1. The Elephant in the Living Room: US-Canada Relations in the Era of Trump, with political scientist Greg Anderson. Friday, September 22, 7 – 10 p.m. (waiting list only). 2. The much-anticipated Alumni Weekend Concert on Sunday, September 24 at 1 p.m., featuring an afternoon of popular favourites performed by the talented students of the University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Register here for the concert.
› Join us for the University of Alberta Canada 150 Community Celebration! This free, all-ages event will feature the grand opening of the Evergreen Pond and the Circle. There will truly be something for everyone, including food trucks, a kite activity, interpretive displays, a farmers’ market and live performers. Make new friends, come together with the community, and celebrate Canada turning 150! Sunday, Sept 24, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Location: Evergreen Pond and the Circle on the University of Alberta South Campus (118 Street and 63 Avenue).
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
› Congrats to alum Braeden Wright (’10 BA, Political Science), who is featured in this month’s Forbes Magazine – From Menswear Fashion Model to Musician!
THIS & THAT
› The Faculty of Arts has entered the third and final stage of consultation about our Academic Strategic Plan. If you are an alum, academic, student or staff member, please take a few minutes to provide your final comments on the plan before the survey closes on September 29. Take the survey now!
› Faculty of Arts Dean Lesley Cormack’s annual State of the Faculty address was last Wednesday, September 13. If you were unable to attend, we’ve got you covered! Watch the entire address here:
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