This week in Arts Buzz: From Russia with love (and Lilies) – a stellar selection of lectures, musical treats and artist visits.
ARTS & CULTURE
› VADF Speaker Series ~ The Visual Art and Design Forum will be hosting two talks this week. One this Wednesday, October 18 at 5:15 p.m. in room FAB 2-20, by Crispin Elsted (Formal Necessities: Sonnets, Sonatas and the Book), and the other this Thursday, October 19 (same place and time), by Kristoffer Neville (Fischer von Erlach and the Imperial Historians).
› Russian Soul ~ The second concert of the Department of Music mainstage season, Russian Soul will be performed on Friday, October 20. An intense evening of Russian passion that will include the romantic favourites of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Shostakovich! 7:30 p.m. at Convocation Hall. Reserve your ticket here. Read the Curious Arts post here.
› In Conversation with Anne Tardos ~ TODAY! Sound Studies Initiative welcomes Anne Tardos, author of 10 books of poetry and several multimedia performance works, will share and discuss her work over several decades with sound, voice and poetry. “Between Two Gramophones: In Conversation with Anne Tardos” takes place Monday, October 16 at 3 p.m., 3-47 Old Arts.
› Controversial Commemorations ~ The Department of History and Classics presents Controversies Over Commemoration: John A. Macdonald, Frank Oliver and other Contested Legacies panel discussion on Tuesday, October 24 at 3 p.m., Humanities L-1. With Sarah Carter and David Marples (History & Classics), Paula Simons (Edmonton Journal) and others.
› Toby & Saul Reichert Holocaust Lecture ~ The Wirth Institute presents “The League and the Devil: A hidden history of opposition and rescue in Nazi Germany” by Mark Roseman on Tuesday, October 17 at 5 p.m. Telus Centre 150. Read more about the event here.
› Lilies Day ~ The Canadian Literature Centre (CLC) and Sound Studies Initiative are teaming up with Edmonton Opera to bring the world-class artists who created the new opera Lilies – a passionate love story between two young men in early 1900s Quebec – to campus! Lilies Day comprises two free public events: CLC’s Brown Bag Lunch Reading welcomes Québecois playwright Michel Marc Bouchard on Friday, October 12 at 12 p.m., Rutherford Library South 2-09; and later that afternoon, Sound Studies Initiative will be hosting an interactive listening event exploring the musical inspirations behind the opera led by ethnomusicologist Julia Byl and featuring Lilies composer Kevin March. Friday, October 20 from 2 – 3 p.m. at Convocation Hall.
› Psychology Lecture Series ~ The Department of Psychology presents the 40th Annual Distinguished Lecturer Series, “How we remember: Brain mechanisms of episodic memory,” featuring Michael Hasselmo, director of the Center for Systems Neuroscience at Boston University. October 18, 19 & 20. All lectures at 3:30 p.m., Natural Resources Engineering Building (NRE) 2-003.
› Hurtig Lecture ~ The Department of Political Science presents The North: The 12th Annual Hurtig Lecture on the Future of Canada, with internationally acclaimed author and playwright Tomson Highway. Thursday, October 19, 7 – 9:30 p.m., Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS) 1-44. Free admission, but with limited seating. Please RSVP here. Read more about Tomson Highway here.
› Open House 2017! ~ It’s the most exciting day of the year on campus, and the best way for prospective students to discover everything the University of Alberta and the Faculty of Arts has to offer. Open House 2017 runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, in the Butterdome and across North Campus and Campus Saint-Jean. Plan your day here!
THIS AND THAT
› United Way Campaign ~ In our community, 120,000 people are living in poverty, and 40,000 of those are children and youth. These numbers are not just statistics. They are our neighbours, friends, family members, colleagues and many students here at the U of A. Between October 11 and 27, please take the time to learn more about the campaign and to donate, and if you want to know how the United Way saves lives, read Nicola Dakers story here.
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