At a recent symposium held at Uppsala University, Sweden featuring prominent international modernist research, Jessica Berman, director of the Dresher Center for the Humanities and professor of English, presented an invited lecture about her research on transnational movements of people in the development of twentieth century media, with a focus on global radio.
Berman’s talk “Radio Relations and Transnational Listening” examined listening in the early days of radio in India. She argued that the diverse nature of the radio environment that used several languages, particularly in programs sent out over the All India Radio airwaves, helped to create a community among the listeners that resisted the directed messages coming to them from the center of the British Empire.
The talk was part of a symposium with the theme “Intimate Modernism.” The event forms part of a collaboration between the Department of English, Uppsala University, and the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow. For more information about the symposium and other scholars who presented, visit Uppsala University’s English department website. Read more about Jessica Berman’s research.
The Department of Theatre presents Voracious by Susan McCully, directed by Nyalls Hartman, running from November 19 through 22 in the Proscenium Theatre in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building.
Obsessed with getting a 4-star review for his restaurant, Chez Rachel, Chef Jean-Jacques spies Suzanne Falmagne, the impossible-to-please restaurant critic, ordering in the dining room and snaps the staff into action. Mistakenly, the woman is actually Joanie, an amateur critic pretending to be the infamous Suzanne. Meanwhile, at the bar sits Ceely a “vegetarian” with a troubling, voracious appetite for Jean- Jacques and his blood sausage. As Joanie’s long-suffering boyfriend, Lawrence, begs for her attention, the real Suzanne storms in. Intrigue and chaos ensue while the stalwart waitress, Louise, and the rest of the quirky staff, struggle to keep the pace and the peace. All ends happily in this farce about the quest for perfection and finding one’s own pleasure as Suzanne falls for Joanie, Lawrence for Louise and Ceely joyfully discovers Jean-Jacques’ true identity.
Thursday, November 19, 8 pm
Friday, November 20, 8 pm
Saturday, November 21, 8 pm
Sunday, November 22, 2 pm
$15 general admission, $10 students and seniors, with tickets available at Missiontix.com. Complete information is available on the Arts and Culture Calendar here.
The Department of Dance presents Monica Bill Barnes & Company in Happy Hour, a modern dance performance framed within a familiar feeling party. Performances will be held in the Dance Cube in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building on Friday, November 13 at 4 pm and 7 pm.
Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass trade their signature sequins and feather headdresses for a pair of everyday men’s suits. Framed by the casual aesthetics of cocktail parties and the inherent failure of karaoke nights, they are two female performers playing the most familiar male characters.
$15 general admission, $10 students and seniors. Tickets are available through MissionTix. Complete information is available on the Arts and Culture Calendar here.
Photo: Mallory Lynn.
In conjunction with the exhibition They Fight With Cameras: Walter Rosenblum in WWII from D-Day to Dachau, the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents public programs on Wednesday, November 11. A 12 pm film screening of Walter Rosenblum: In Search of Pitt Street will be followed at 6 pm by a talk given by Nina Rosenblum, film producer for Deadalus Productions, Inc.
Admission is free. Complete information is available on the Arts and Culture Calendar here.
The Department of Music presents a retrospective of the works of Azerbaijani composer Rahilia Hasanova, featuring four chamber works and two solo works spanning the composer’s output from 1994 to 2012, performed by Lisa Cella, flute; Gleb Kanasevich, clarinet; Airi Yoshioka, violin; Dorotea Racz, cello; and Dmitry Samogray and Ina Mirtcheva, piano.
Works featured on the retrospective include:
• Gaval Dash for piano and cello
• Dance of Fire for solo violin
• Zarra for flute, clarinet, and piano
• Pulse for clarinet, violin, and piano
• Agog for solo clarinet
• Nuva for violin, cello, and piano
The concert will be presented on Sunday, November 8 at 3 pm in the Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall. Admission: $15 general, $10 seniors, $5 students. Complete information is available on the Arts and Culture Calendar here.
Presented by the Catalyst series of the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) on Monday, October 26 at 12 p.m. in the Dresher Center Conference Room (216 Performing Arts and Humanities Building), associate professor of Visual Arts Lynn Cazabon will discuss in-progress projects centered on the Baltic Sea, produced during her time as a Fulbright Scholar in Liepāja, Latvia earlier this year. Her work there focuses on the intimate and complex interconnection between the natural environment and the people who live within it and resulted in a series of portraits of Liepāja residents set against the Baltic Sea and displayed with a quote from each participant about the role the sea plays in their lives. A second series of works focuses on the Baltic Sea itself and the aftermath of military operations that have occurred there. Professor Cazabon will also speak generally about her experiences living and teaching in a foreign country in the New Media Program at Liepāja University.
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From October 22 through 25, the Department of Theatre presents Agnes of God by John Pielmeier, directed by Stephen Nunns. The New York Times described the drama as an “outstanding play [that]…deals intelligently with questions of religion and psychology.”
Summoned to a covent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a novice accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determindly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, arousing Livingstone’s suspicions further. Who killed the infant and who fathered the tiny victim? Livingstone’s questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love leading to a dramatic, compelling climax.
Performances will be presented in the Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 students and seniors. For complete information, including performance times, click here.