Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This week's events for Arts & Humanities at UT Dallas Facing the Nazi Era: Conversations in Southern Germany Wednesday, Apr 23
(5 p.m.) Location: Jonsson Performance Hall.

UT Dallas Professor Charles Bambach’s Fulbright sabbatical in Germany (2008) with his family gave his wife, Lucy McCauley, the impetus for making the documentary “Facing the Nazi Era: Conversations in Southern Germany.”  The film recounts the legacy of WW2 and the Holocaust through the lens of German non-Jews, aged 18 to 84, in a small German town where a re-emerging Jewish community is making efforts to engage the community at large.


Following its World Premiere at the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival in November 2011, Facing the Nazi Era screened at the Angelika Dallas (3Stars Jewish Film Series), at Dallas’s Beth Torah synagogue, and in Germany at the former Hailfingen-Tailfingen concentration camp; Berlin’s Centrum Judaicum; Tuebingen’s German-American Institute; and high-school (Gymnasium) classrooms across southwestern Germany. In addition, the documentary is currently used for discussion in the graduate degree program at SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Center.


Facing the Nazi Era is Lucy McCauley’s first film available for distribution. A writer and editor, her essays have appeared in such publications as The Atlantic Monthly, The Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Peace Times, Harvard Review literary journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, Science & Spirit,, and Travelers’ Tales anthologies.



“Facing the Nazi Era: Conversations in Southern Germany”  will screen at UT Dallas at 5pm  on Wed., April 23, 2014. 


 McCauley and Bambach will be in attendance for a Q&A discussion after the screening.  



“This film holds up a mirror to the face of the German people”— Udo Rauch, Director of City Archive, Tuebingen, Germany


“A very real and uniquely honest conversation….McCauley has an uncanny ability to draw her subjects in and we the viewers benefit from the open and surprisingly candid results.” –Robert Albanese, exec. dir. Vancouver Jewish Film Festival

“Facing the Nazi Era is a timely and sensitive exploration of a very complicated topic: how we live with the legacies of the past. Lucy McCauley’s film is smart, humane, and moving.”  —Michael Wilson, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies School of Arts & Humanities The University of Texas at Dallas


“A fascinating presentation of current German views on the Holocaust.” –Meyer Gottlieb, president, Samuel Goldwyn Films


“The only trouble with this film is that there are not enough others like it.”—Dr. Rick Halperin, director, SMU Embrey Human Rights Program


“Questions I’ve longed to ask get answered, from a perspective I’ve never heard or seen before.”—festival attendee in Vancouver (Nov. 2011)


"In a time when identity politics are all the rage, we need to learn the lessons of history. Lucy McCauley takes us to a place in Southern Germany that throws up a mirror we can see ourselves in wherever we are. What we learn is that loving our neighbors in all of their "otherness" is the surest path to personal security and genuine community."

—Rev. George Mason, Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas


“McCauley deftly weaves an organic narrative that opens a fresh, accessible window on a subject that has been so horrific and overwhelming to approach. This kind of storytelling and witness has the power to build bridges of peace across generations of shattered lives through sacred, compassionate dialogue.”   --Gail Atwater (LMSW), founding member Dallas-Ft. Worth Women's Interfaith Dialogue

Roberta Millstein: Genetically Modified Food: Feeding the World or Fouling the World? Wednesday, Apr 23
(7:30 p.m.) Location: Jonsson Performance Hall.

Roberta L. Millstein is a professor of philosophy at UC Davis, a member of the STS Program Committee, and is affiliated with the John Muir Institute of the Environment. Professor Millstein’s current research focuses on intersections between evolutionary biology, ecology, and environmental issues. She has published and edited in many journals including Philosophy of Science, Biology and Philosophy and The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.


With so much at stake, the debates over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have become increasingly heated. For example, GMO proponents accuse GMO critics—who sling terms like “Frankenfood,”—of being anti-science. This assumes that the debate over GMOs is exclusively a debate over science. But is it? To what extent are values a part of the debate? And are the relevant scientific findings exclusively on the side of the GMO proponents? Are the health concerns and the environmental concerns equally worrisome? Do we need GMOs to feed the world? Dr. Millstein will argue that there is reason for us to proceed more slowly and carefully than we have been, and to support the labeling of GMOs and foods that contain GMOs.  

UT Dallas Dance Ensemble: Site On Thursday, Apr 24
(7:15 p.m.) Location: Starts at UT Dallas Fountain (Trellis Plaza).

Tour UT Dallas through the exploration of site-specific dance inpired by the campus architecture.


The UT Dallas Dance Ensemble is featured in this eclectic blend of faculty and guest choreography.  Student members of this elite ensemble perform lyrical and contemporary works that include a wide range of music and choreographic styles and influences.


Time                    Place                                  Title of Performance

7:15pm                 Trellis Plaza                        What the Audience Should Do?

7:25pm                 Trellis Plaza                        Tea for Two Bones and a Pick

7:45-8:50pm         Art and Technology           Finding A Way (Ongoing with repeated showings)

7:45pm                 Art and Technology           The Journey

8:00pm                 Art and Technology           Catena

8:15pm                 Art and Technology           The Journey

8:30pm                 Art and Technology           Catena

8:50pm                 Trellis Plaza                        Flirting With Trees

9:10pm                 Jonsson                                Gizelle’s Truth

9:15pm                 Jonsson                                This Blind Disease (Video)

9:40pm                 Jonsson                                What the Audience Should Not Do!!!


The audience may or may not encounter passing moments of movement during the transitions of moving from one dance to another!!!


Look for orange, green, and blue flags to find specific performance sites.


Code Yellow Friday, Mar 28 - Saturday, Apr 26

March 28 - April 26, 2014
Reception: Friday, March 28, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Visual Arts Building, Main Gallery


In a co-curatorial expose’, six nationally/internationally acclaimed artists compare and contrast how the reality of a ‘presumed crisis’ is reflected through various interpretive mediums of visual stylization, including: editorial propaganda, documentary appropriation, image filtration, social media, personal narrative, scientific interpretation and statistical analysis. Curatorial collaborators include Janeil Engelstad, Kael Alford, Maxmillian Schich, Mona Kasra, Laray Polk and Greg Metz.

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Girls Galore Friday, Mar 28 - Saturday, Apr 26 Location: Visual Arts Building, Mezzanine Gallery.

Karleen Hesselbacher Senior Honors Thesis Exhibition

Opening Reception Friday, March 28, 2014, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Karleen Hesselbacher's projections, moving video paintings, question the representation of conventions of sexuality surrounding the contemporary woman. Traditionally, corsets are used to change the appearance of a woman's body and, in the past,  represented a symbol of the woman who fits the norms of society.  In today’s world, the corset can symbolize overt sexuality or what is commonly known as a kink/fetish/BDSM. The artist uses superimposed, manipulated video clips of a chorus line to project onto a mannequin torso. The secondary projection of white noise will be interrupted by the silhouettes of the viewer, forming another visual layer in the work. Static is symbolic of a failed signal giving the piece a sense of control, lost.

Comer Collection Exhibition Friday, Apr 4 - Saturday, May 3 Location: Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building Gallery.

Physical Labor: Photographs of Workers, 1940 to the Present
(Comer Photography Collection / curated by Lupita Murillo Tinnen)


EXHIBITION description:

"Physical Labor: Photographs of Workers, 1940 to the Present" features documentary photographs by Ken Light, complemented by a range of works from the Comer Collection. These images represent a broad cross section of laborers from around the world, celebrating their strength and commitment. The exhibition also includes photographs by Sebastião Salgado, Joel Leivick, Marcus Bleasdale, George “Elfie” Ballis, Ernest Lowe, Arthur Leipzig, Gordon Parks, and Luis Mallo.


This exhibition marks the first decade of the Comer Collection in the School of Arts and Humanities at UT-Dallas; the collection was initiated in 2004 through the gracious donation of Marilyn and Jerry Comer.  This wide-ranging archive, comprised of over 300 photographs and hundreds of books and journals serves as a resource for graduate students pursuing research in the area of photographic practice and contemporary art.  Documentation of exhibitions organized from the collection is available at 


Curated by Lupita Murillo Tinnen, Ph.D. candidate in Aesthetic Studies



Lupita Murillo Tinnen is currently a Professor of Photography and Humanities at Collin College and the faculty advisor for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) council #4780. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Humanities with a major in Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. She holds an MFA in photography from the University of North Texas and a BA in photography from Texas A&M Commerce. Tinnen serves on the National Board of Directors for the Society for Photographic Education. As a practicing artist, her work deals primarily with cultural and personal issues stemming from her background as a first generation Mexican American. She is currently using photography to promote advocacy for the DREAM Act, a bi-partisan legislation that would allow undocumented college students a path toward citizenship. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the US.



Thursday, April 10, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, O'Donnell Building Gallery, first floor

Code Yellow Saturday, Apr 12 - Saturday, May 17 Location: CentralTrak.

Code Yellow Caution-Crisis-Critique: A curatorial exercise exploring systems of real and perceived warnings

April 12 – May 17, 2014
Reception: Saturday, April 12, 8-10 p.m.


 "Code Yellow", an exhibition being displayed in a joint show between the CentralTrak gallery and UTD Visual Arts Building, brings together six curators from various fields (art, journalism, network analysis, social activism) investigating issues of vulnerability, struggle and crisis. Works in the exhibition use humor, irony, empathy, direct or indirect action, data, graphic depiction, media manipulation, and social engagement to convey the various means humans express societal dilemma and moral anxiety. The wide ranging exhibition will include such artist as Spike Johnson, Andrew Blanton, Kayla Escobedo, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Gary Panter, Marian Henley, Mike Presley, David Cotterrell, Didier Sornette, Tom.š Rafa, Rudolf Sikora,V.clav Vašků and Jana Želibsk.




Kael Alford,

American photojournalist and documentary photographer and videographer. Kael commenced her media career during the tumultuous wars in the Balkans between 1996 and 2003 that occurred with the fracturing of Yugoslavia. She is a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University (2009) and has taught in the art department of Southern Methodist University (2011-2013). In 2011 she won the highly competitive Knight Luce Fellowship for Reporting on Global Religion.


Janeil Engelstad,

The founder of MAP (Make Art with Purpose) and producer of the ‘Dallas MAP Project’, a festival and exhibition of projects that restore and preserve the environment, promote social justice, and advance human knowledge and well-being in the Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex. She is an internationally known Artist, lecturer, social practitioner, Fulbright Scholar and an advocate for critical cultural development through the arts.


Laray Polk,

A multimedia artist and writer living in Dallas. Her articles and investigative reports have appeared in the Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, and In These Times. As a 2009 grant recipient from The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, she produced stories on the political entanglements and compromised science behind the establishment of a radioactive waste disposal site in Texas, situated in close proximity to the Ogallala Aquifer. Just published as Co-author with Noam Chomsky ‘Nuclear War and Environmental Catastrophe’



Mona Kasra,

A new media artist and educator currently pursuing a PhD at University of Texas at Dallas with a focus in Arts & Technology and Emerging Media & Communication. is interested in evaluating the impact, power, and politics of the image in the digital networked era by analyzing pivotal images of social change that received wide attention in the past few years. She is this years Chair of the international ‘Siggraph’ Conference.


Maxmillian Schich,

Schich's current research focuses on Complex Networks in Art History and related disciplines. His approach is based on the fact that many key phenomena in Art History, ranging from classification to the development of visual motifs (Memnosyne), exhibit true complex network structure and dynamics. Besides his Ph.D. on 'Reception and Visual Citation as Complex Networks', Max has over a decade of experience as a research consultant working with semantic network data.


Greg Metz,

A social/political artist who works in various mediums, primarily sculptural installation in non traditional situations.  He teaches gallery and exhibition studies, interventionist art and serves as Gallery Coordinator at UTD where he has curated many exhibitions.  Mr. Metz has exhibited works nationally in a variety of venues including L.A.C.E. (Las Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), National Mall in Washington D.C., Dallas Museum of Art, San Antonio Museum, and Arlington Museum among others.



The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency – 

For assistance, call 214-824-9302 or Texas Relay Operator 1-800-RELAYTX. UT Dallas is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university.  

800 Exposition Ave., Dallas, TX 75226

Gallery Hours: Saturday, 12 - 5 p.m. and by appointment, 214-824-9302

Food For Thought: Student Art Exhibition Wednesday, Apr 23 - Friday, May 23 Location: Edith O’Donnell Arts & Technology Building 2nd Floor.

Food for Thought: What should we eat? A topic not only for philosophical and scientific considerations, but also for compelling artistic explorations. The Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology concludes its yearlong lecture series with a photography exhibition focusing on food, its beauty, sometimes its ugliness, its natural and artificial sources, and its value in our every day experiences. The exhibition has been organized in collaboration with Professor Marilyn Waligore, director of the UT Dallas photography program.


Featuring the work of:

  • Raffi Andonian
  • Twyla Bloxham
  • Michelle Bone
  • Marissa Covarrubias
  • Devyn Gaudet
  • Elizabeth Kensinger
  • Erik Nunez
  • Victoria Tijerina
  • Christopher Wang
  • Billy Wilt
  • Theresa Wolforth