Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This week's events for Arts & Humanities at UT Dallas The Center for Values Presents: Adia Benton Wednesday, Feb 10
(7:30 p.m.)

Keywords: Ebola, Global Health and Humanitarianism

Nearly 40 years ago, Welsh novelist Raymond Williams penned Keywords, in which he provided an “exploration of the vocabulary of a crucial area of social and cultural discussion, which has been inherited within precise historical and social conditions and which has to be made at once conscious and critical — subject to change as well as to continuity.” Following activists who used Williams’ framework to evaluate the shifting meanings of words used in news media, scientific discourse and everyday language to describe the AIDS epidemic in the ‘80s, Dr. Adia Benton will identify some of the keywords associated with the West African Ebola outbreak and their shifting political, social and cultural meanings. She’ll also discuss how the epidemic engenders, reflects and reimagines the inequalities shaping global health and humanitarian practice.

About the speaker:

Adia Benton is an assistant professor of anthropology at Northwestern University and a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her recent book, HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra Leone, explores the personal, professional and moral stakes of vertical funding for HIV and the social, political and interpersonal relationships that are premised on the notion of HIV as a valued resource. Her work has appeared in Medical Anthropology, the African Studies Review, Dissent, The New Inquiry and “The Monkey Cage” blog at The Washington Post. She has provided commentary on global health politics and the West African Ebola outbreak on radio, television and other public venues.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology.

West Texas: Feast and Famine Monday, Jan 11 - Friday, Feb 12
(9 a.m. - 9 p.m.)

Artist: ATEC MFA student Mitzi Hallmark

Reception: Friday, January 15, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

In the installation West Texas: Feast and Famine, organic sculptural forms, photographs, and haunting sounds together create an immersive experience for viewers. The oil and gas business in West Texas has been booming. While the economy flourished, the natural environment remained under siege. The introduction of hundreds of miles of pipeline, hydraulic fracking, and other assaults on the landscape are destroying habitats and water sources for families and wildlife. The starkness of the sculptures, complemented by a photographic panorama, evokes an unavoidable and palpable urgency. One witnesses an intensity that is symbolic of the current situation in West Texas, a landscape that in its present-day condition represents a disparity of feast and famine.

Bio: Mitzi Hallmark is a Dallas based artist, published author, and West Texas native who has exhibited her photography throughout North Texas. To expose the relationship between the vulnerability of the economy and the fragility of the environment, over the past several years she has been spending time in West Texas, studying and documenting the changing landscape. She is pursuing the Master of Fine Arts in Art and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Drawing Quote Unquote Friday, Jan 15 - Friday, Feb 12
(9 a.m. - 9 p.m.)

Through the work of local and emerging artists, Drawing Quote Unquote explores various ways to interpret the notion of drawing. Plans or diagrams distill intent much differently than a doodle, but both draw a line. One may draw a line in space with movement, a piece of wire or thread, or pour light through celluloid, projecting a line. The exhibition also highlights traditional mark-making and drawing processes such as working values on toned paper, staining, stamping, inking and frottage. The contemporary artists in Drawing Quote Unquote continue the dynamic history of “drawing” to humor, communicate, express, and politicize.

Eisemann Center Residency: Sossy Mechanics Thursday, Feb 11 (TBA) -
Saturday, Feb 13 (TBA) Location: Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr, Richardson, TX 75082.

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UT Dallas, in collaboration with the Eisemann Center, presents a residency with Sossy Mechanics. The dance theater pair, Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan, will work with the UTDance Ensemble and invite science students to explore the creative process as they create a work that investigates the connections between science and art, including the unique role that the creative process plays in both. D Magazine calls Sossy Mechanics “a buoyant blend of dance, drama, humor and puppetry.”