School of Arts and Humanities News

Aesthetic studies prof on State Fair's 'Sistine Chapel' replica

Michelangelo's complex, revolutionary frescoes in the vault of theSistine Chapel remain the standard by which artistic difficulty and accomplishment are measured. Featuring 380 individual figures covering 2,400 square feet of painted surface, the ceiling itself emblematizes its very subject: the power of creation. For those who cannot make the trip to Rome, Rome has come to Dallas — in virtual form. "Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition,"currently on view at The Women's Museum Building in Fair Park and recently extended through Jan. 8, features full-scale photographic reproductio ... Read More

Narrative Grows for Arts and Humanities with Literary Studies Hires

The School of Arts and Humanities welcomed two new professors this fall to expand the literary studies program at UT Dallas. Dr. Ashley Barnes, assistant professor of literature, focuses on 19th- and 20th-century American literature. Dr. Manuel Martinez, professor of creative writing and literature, is an expert in Chicano and American countercultural literature. “The addition of Drs. Barnes and Martinez significantly enhances our expertise in the increasingly important area of narrative studies,” said Dr. Dennis M. Kratz, dean of the school and the Ignacy and Celina Rockover Pro ... Read More

Ensemble explores world dance forms

UT Dallas’ Dance Ensemble will present an evening of traditional dance and dances inspired from regions around the world, featuring choreographers with expertise in Mexican folkloric dance and flamenco styles.   This diverse group of local artists will present their own professional pieces alongside new works that feature UT Dallas students. Residency artists include Eduardo Gutierrez of the Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company, Julia Alcantra of Ida y Vuelta and special UT Dallas alumni guests Keven Jackson, Belinda Mok and Elizabeth Owens. The performance, titled Crossing Border ... Read More

Friday Concert Features Spanish Duo

On Friday, Sept. 9, in the University Theatre, the Duo Cuenca will present a chamber program for guitar and piano. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Alongside flamenco dancer Raquel Parilla, brothers José Manuel Cuenca and Francisco Cuenca Morales will play a tribute to their home of Andalusia, Spain with colorful pieces celebrating the people and culture of the place. With Francisco on guitar and José Manuel on piano, they will perform music from their new CD, Amanecer en Granada. The duo has developed a vast artistic career with performances worldwide, and the brothers have perfo ... Read More

"Three Ways to Make Teaching Evaluations More Effective" by Annelise Heinz

“What really shows our stuff as teachers is what we do with that feedback, and how we turn evaluation into a powerful tool for both pedagogical and intellectual enrichment.” — Dr. Annelise Heinz, assistant professor of history, on improving the teaching evaluation process Read Annelise's full essay on Inside Higher Ed. ... Read More

CentralTrak: MFA Exhibition Experiments with Video, Sound

In CentralTrak’s final in a series of MFA graduate exhibitions this summer, Caleb Shafer’s video and sculpture installation opens August 20th from 8-10pm. The artist's experiments with video and sound culminate in this brief opportunity for patrons to immerse themselves in an orchestrated multi-media experience. In a discussion with fellow artist and CentralTrak graduate-student-in-residence Clayton Harper, Shafer reveals details about his practice and methodology. Harper: Many of your works render motion at an almost uncomfortably glacial pace, which to me seems like a del ... Read More

Alumna Joins Ranks of Elite Artists through MacDowell Fellowship

UT Dallas alumna and author LaToya Watkins BA'06, MA'11, PhD’15 recently joined the ranks of writers including Alice Walker, Thornton Wilder and James Baldwin as a fellow in The MacDowell Colony. Watkins, who received her doctoral degree in aesthetic studies, took note of the selective program while attending a writer’s conference in 2014. Read the entire story on the UT Dallas News Center. ... Read More

Professor Uncovers Historical Link between US, Ecuador

While sorting through old documents in the U.S. National Archives, a UT Dallas historian stumbled upon thousands of pages detailing the destruction and subsequent reconstruction of an Ecuadorian coastal province in the 1940s. The story, Dr. Monica Rankin would later realize, was one that has remained relatively unfamiliar to both U.S. and Ecuadorian historians until now. Read the entire story on the UT Dallas News Center. ... Read More

Musica Nova Ensemble to Perform Bach, Mozart

UT Dallas’ Advanced Orchestra and Chamber Music ensemble will perform April 22 for the biannual Musica Nova concert under the direction of music professor and composer Dr. Robert Xavier Rodriguez. Selections for the concert include Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F and Concerto in C Minor for Oboe and Violin by Bach. The second half of the concert includes Divertimento in F, K. 138 and Piano Concerto in B-flat, K. 238 by Mozart. “Bach and Mozart were the two greatest composers who ever lived, so our concert will feature the pinnacle of musical achievement,” Rodriguez said. “The ... Read More

Creative Writing Prof. Details Career as Author

Dr. Clay Reynolds, director of creative writing at UT Dallas, sat down recently with Lone Star Literary Life to discuss his career as an award-winning author. Reynolds, who is described as “a key figure on the Texas literary scene,” has been publishing written work since 1976, but said he became a novelist by accident. “My wife worked evening shifts, and we had two small children in diapers at home,” he said in the interview. “Reading or really doing much of anything else was nearly impossible during the evening hours, as I had to remain awake and alert for the children. ... Read More

Biology Professor, Sci-fi Author to Discuss Good Viruses

The Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology at UT Dallas will welcome guest speaker Dr. Joan Slonczewski on March 23 to discuss “good viruses” and how they might enhance our health. Her talk at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Jonsson Performance Hall will dive into reasons why viruses in the blood and gut offer innumerable health benefits that scientists are just beginning to understand. “Viruses that cause disease are a small fraction of all the viruses in nature,” Slonczewski said. “Some viruses exist normally in our blood. Other viruses became part of our ow ... Read More

Classical Chords to Come Together for Guitar Competition, Festival

Turkish guitarist Celil Refik Kaya performs during the 2015 Texas Guitar Competition and Festival, where he took home first place. This year's finals will be at 8 p.m. Friday in the Clark Center. The annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival celebrates its 15th year at The University of Texas at Dallas on Friday and Saturday with classical guitarists from around the world vying for cash prizes and a capstone performance by the acclaimed Romero Guitar Quartet. The festival began in 2001 as a statewide event under the direction of Dr. Enric Madriguera, the Russell Cleveland Profe ... Read More

Professor Natalie Ring Named to Distinguished List of Historians

Natalie J. Ring, associate professor of historical studies at UT Dallas, has been named as an Organization of American Historians (OAH) Distinguished Lecturer. The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program is a speakers’ bureau comprised of American historians who have made major contributions to the field. Distinguished lecturers are invited to speak around the country at universities, museums, libraries, historical societies, humanities councils and teacher seminars. Members agree to give at least one lecture each year and donate their honorarium to the OAH to help it fulfill its goal in ... Read More

New Doctoral Qualifying Examination Effective Fall 2015

At the direction of the University of Texas Coordinating Board, we will institute a qualifying examination early in doctoral study as a way of ensuring timely progress toward the doctoral degree. All doctoral students who will achieve, for the first time, 18 credit hours (applicable to the degree plan) in the Fall 2015 semester or later must complete this examination. Doctoral students who have achieved 18 hours prior to this fall are not required to complete the exam. Learn more about the Doctoral Qualifying Examination. ... Read More

ATEC Professor Leads Study Revealing Big Story of Cultural Migration

Dr. Maximilian Schich’s video shows the birthplaces (blue) and death sites (red) of cultural figures over time. For the study, the researchers collected the birth and death locations of more than 150,000 notable individuals — from John Washington (father of President George Washington) to John F. Kennedy. The rise of transportation — namely railways connecting the coasts and affordable cars — led to increased migration, particularly westward. If you are having trouble watching the video, view it on YouTube.   Quantifying and transforming the history of culture into vis ... Read More

Summer Camp Sparks Teenage Girls' Interest in STEM Careers

Twenty Dallas-area teenage girls recently got hands-on experience with nanotechnology, robots, virtual reality, forensics and space science when they visited UT Dallas for a weeklong summer camp. Organized by Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, Richland College and UT Dallas’ Science and Engineering Education Center (SEEC), the SMART Summer College Camp introduced eighth- and ninth-graders to college life and potential careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Campers first spent a week at Richland College to explore the community college experience, and th ... Read More

$17 Million Contribution Creates Edith O'Donnell Institute of Art History at UT Dallas

Edith O’Donnell, longtime visionary and patroness of the arts and education, has made a contribution of $17 million to create the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History. The purpose of the investment is to elevate art history at UT Dallas to a nationally pre-eminent stature. “UT Dallas excels in science and engineering. The moment is right to build a program of the same quality and rigor in art history,” O’Donnell said. “There is a natural affinity between science and the arts. UT Dallas founders Erik Jonsson, Eugene McDermott and Cecil Green actively supported the arts. N ... Read More

New Accomplishments in Creative Writing Program

Jessica Miller, UT Dallas graduate student, has had her story, “A Matter of Procedure,” accepted for publication in Shenandoah, one of the more prestigious literary reviews in the country. Publication is slated for the Fall 2014 edition of the magazine. Clay Reynolds’ story, “Gethsemane,” has been named a finalist for the Best Short Fiction Award in the Western Writers of America Spur Competition. The story appeared in the collection, A Shared Voice: A Tapestry of Tales,” edited by Tom Mack and Andrew Geyer, and published by Lamar University Press in 2013.     ... Read More

Free Crowd-funding Workshop Offered Friday, April 4, 2014

The Arts and Technology Program (ATEC) and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) are hosting a ½ day program on crowdfunding from 11:00-3:00 on April 4th.   The purpose of the event is to promote awareness of this topic across campus and to bring together students and faculty who have interest.   Please mark your calendars! WHO: UT Dallas students, faculty, and staff WHAT:  Half-day workshop on crowdfunding and crowdsourcing including: Overview and trends Company presentations Overview of what other universities are doing Latest developments on equity crow ... Read More

15 Distinguished Faculty Members Honored at Investiture Ceremony

  A crowd of family members, colleagues and benefactors gathered to pay tribute as UT Dallas celebrated 15 of its most accomplished faculty members with a formal Investiture Ceremony and reception March 18. The ceremony honored both the distinguished faculty members and the far-sighted donors who helped establish the endowed chairs and professorships, President David E. Daniel said. “Without this partnership — key leaders who help invest in the future of the University and great faculty members who bring that vision to realization — we would not be the kind ... Read More

'A Father of the Internet' to Discuss His Role in Developing Technology

Weeks after the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, one of the “fathers of the Internet" will visit campus to talk about his role in developing new technology. Vinton G. Cerf will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday,March 26 as part of the University’s new ATEC Distinguished Lecture Series. Cerf is vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google, and has received such honors as the National Medal of Technology, the Turing Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role in the creation of the Internet. In his role at Google, Cerf identifies and promotes new technologi ... Read More

Small-Town Texas is the Backdrop for 2 Dramas Opening This Week

UT Dallas students will perform two one-act plays by James McLure in a production that starts Thursday. Two one-act plays about life in small-town Texas will kick off an arts weekend that will also include a concert tribute to a legendary pop and jazz vocal group. UT Dallas students will present “Laundry and Bourbon” and “Lone Star” back to back beginning Thursday night and continuing through Saturday. Both works are by playwright James McLure. “Laundry and Bourbon” is set on the front porch of Roy and Elizabeth’s home in Maynard, Texas, on a hot summer afternoon. E ... Read More

Former Foster Care Child on Path to Succeed as ATEC Student

Tiffany Sweet, an ATEC major from Waxahachie, is a Terry Scholar who hopes to work in film animation. Tiffany Sweet is not one to let a difficult past define her. For someone raised in the state foster care system, it might seem insurmountable to tackle a degree program at an academically rigorous university like UT Dallas. But Sweet is well on her way, maintaining a GPA above 3.0 in her first semester as an Arts and Technology (ATEC) major. “It was hard coming from a place where I was at the top of my class and now I’m in the middle,” Sweet said. Despite the adjustment ... Read More

Arts and Humanities Adds to Arts, Technology Faculty Ranks

The School of Arts and Humanities has hired two new professors who work in the emerging field of Arts and Technology (ATEC). These faculty members champion interdisciplinary research that examines how traditional liberal arts can be infused with science and engineering. “These appointments reflect our commitment to education that connects the arts and humanities with technology and science,” said Dr. Dennis M. Kratz, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities. Alongside the new hires, the ATEC program also recently received a new home in the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Te ... Read More

Weekend's Guitar Concerts, Competition Boast International Talent

Juan Carlos Laguna will perform a free concert at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Clark Center. With several concerts and  a competition that feature contenders from across the globe, the 13th annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival brings the best in classical guitar to campus this weekend. “This year’s edition of the competition is the most international to date,” said Dr. Enric Madriguera, Russell Cleveland Professor in Guitar Studies. “Competitors come from Tokyo, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and Amsterdam. In the U.S., guitarists from California to Florida are arriving to ... Read More

Theater Students Learn from 'Fantasticks' Performers

The Fantasticks will be presented this weekend at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. Tickets can be purchased here. UT Dallas students recently learned skills from members of a touring adaptation of the world’s longest-running musical, which is coming to the Eisemann Center in Richardson. Sponsored by the School of Arts and Humanities, a steampunk version of The Fantasticks stays true to the original funny and romantic story about a boy, a girl and two fathers. Students from the cast of UT Dallas’ upcoming production Songs for a New World and students in the Advanced Voca ... Read More

A&H Faculty's Published Research Shows Breadth of Interests

From a translation of a sprawling, 464-page Romanian novel to a study on the automobile as conceptual art, faculty from the School of Arts and Humanities have recently produced research on a wide range of topics. Translation of ‘Blinding’ Dr. Sean Cotter has translated Blinding, a novel written by Romanian author Mircea Cartarescu. Dr. Sean Cotter, associate professor of translation studies and literature, has translated Blinding (Archipelago Books), a novel written by Romanian author Mircea Cartarescu. The book is part “dream-memoir, part fictive journey through a hallu ... Read More

Tech Executive to Describe Wonders of the Cloud World on Feb. 26

Christian Belady Christian Belady, general manager of Datacenter Services for Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services and a UT Dallas alumnus, will speak Feb. 26 at the second event in the new ATEC Distinguished Lecture Series. He helps build and manage the world of cloud computing at Microsoft. Before Microsoft and after earning engineering degrees from Cornell University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Belady enrolled at UT Dallas and earned his master’s degree in international management in 1990. He was named a 2010 Distinguished Alumnus. Can you explain cloud co ... Read More

1st Lecture in ATEC Series Brought Sold-Out Crowd; Campus Readies for Next Speaker

Author Robert Edsel was the first speaker in the ATEC Distinguished Lecture Series on Jan. 22. Robert Edsel was living in Florence, Italy, when he took the first steps toward discovering a cause that would drive the next 15 years of his life. Before a sold-out audience of 1,200 people in the new Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building at UT Dallas, Edsel recently described his journey through time, history and heroism in the rescue of thousands of art treasures. Tickets Tickets are still available for Christian Belady's appearance, as well as the rest of the serie ... Read More

UT Dallas Social Media Expert to Attend, Live-Tweet State of the Union

Dr. Janet Johnson Dr. Janet Johnson’s research has centered on the relationship between social media and politics. Now, Johnson will have a first-hand opportunity to see her research brought to life. The White House has selected the clinical assistant professor to attend and “live-tweet" the State of the Union, which will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to bring practical experience to my research,” said Johnson, who teaches in the Emerging Media and Communication program. “Tweeting from the White House will not only enhance my studi ... Read More

Professor to Perform Lead Role in Abraham Zobell’s Home Move: Final Reel

Arts and Humanities Professor Fred Curchak will perform the lead role in Abraham Zobell’s Home Move: Final Reel by Len Jenkin.  This  World Premiere is produced by Undermain Theatre at the Dallas City Performance Hall.  Undermain is offering UT Dallas students special $10. discount tickets for performances on January 19, 23, 24, 25, 26.  Call for tickets:  214 747-5515 From three-time Obie-winner Len Jenkin, Abraham Zobell’s Home Movie: Final Reel… is a play about a man on a Pilgrimage to the Sea,  propelled on his journey through song, with the help of a live band, and video ... Read More

Reynolds' Publication Now Available in Ebook Format

Clay Reynolds’ collection of personal essays, Of Snakes and Sex and Playing in the Rain, has been reissued in e-book format by Baen publishers. This collection, originally published in limited edition in 2007 by Stone River Press, a small literary publishing company, contains Reynolds’ observations on such subjects as coffee, urban legends, children’s literature, and , of course, writing. Ranging from the ironic to the serious, the volume emerges from the best of Reynolds’ previously published pieces of nonfiction and marks the completion of republication of all his original book-lengt ... Read More

New Publications from Creative Writing Department

Faculty from the creative writing department have published new works over the summer, including a book-length collection of short stories. In his new book titled, Vox Populi, Dr. Clay Reynolds, director of creative writing a UT Dallas, puts himself in the shoes of a nameless and sometimes hapless narrator that moves through a series of casual encounters, mostly in the Southwest, with total strangers, average people going about day-to-day, often mundane activities. “Once in a while, you just need to write a book that’s just for fun. This is one of those books. I hope that those who b ... Read More

Robert Plant Armstrong Scholarship Promotes Student Success

For Katherine Jin MFA’12, graduate education may have been vastly different had she not received the generous Robert Plant Armstrong Scholarship. Jin, an international student focused on reexamining the role of photographic and video images in art, arrived at UT Dallas via Beijing and Canada. During her three years taking night classes, Jin endured five-hour round trips on public transportation from her home in Fort Worth to the University. Despite her commute, she is extremely appreciative of the support that allowed her to pursue her education. “It was an honor to receive the scholar ... Read More

ATEC program named one of the top graduate game design programs in the nation

UT Dallas’ ATEC program was named by the Princeton Review as one of the top graduate game design program in the nation. The University was ranked 11th. Read more here.   THE PRINCETON REVIEW NAMES TOP UNDERGRAD AND GRAD SCHOOLS TO STUDY GAME DESIGN FOR 2013: U-Utah #1 On Undergrad List / U-Southern Cal #1 on Grad List NEW YORK, March 12, 2013 — The Princeton Review (www.princetonreview.com) — one of the nation’s best-known education services companies — today issued its fourth annual report naming the schools with the best programs to study video game design. The r ... Read More

Guitar-Violin Duo to Make Texas Debut at UT Dallas

UT Dallas will present the Texas recital debut of Duo Sonidos on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. in the Alexander Clark Center. The event is free for students and open to the public. The Duo consists of guitarist Adam Levin and violinist William Knuth. The two aim to bring new interpretations of chamber music to audiences across the globe while expanding the repertoire for violin and guitar. Duo Sonidos will perform several original transcriptions of Baroque masterworks in the first half of their program, including pieces by J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, Arcangelo Corelli and Fritz Kreisler. ... Read More

Professor's work featured by the Academy of American Poets

A poem from creative writing prof Susan Briante has been selected by the Academy of American Poets for their Poem-A-Day program. Briante's poetry has appeared in more than 90 journals including New American Writing, TriQuarterly, and Ploughshares as well as been featured on the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day website and as part of the Poetry in Motion project. Her creative non-fiction has been published in The Believer, Creative Non-Fiction, and Rethinking History.  read the poem ... Read More

School Recognizes Faculty, Staff, Alumni with Annual Awards

From left: Assistant Professor Todd Fechter, Dean Dennis Kratz and Professor Emeritus Victor Worsfold. Fechter was selected as the Victor Worsfold Teacher of the Year. The School of Arts and Humanities has named ATEC Assistant Professor Todd Fechter the Victor Worsfold Teacher of the Year. Fechter, who has experience working in television and film production, teaches courses in 3D computer animation in the school’s Arts and Technology (ATEC) program. He created the first online ATEC computer animation digital class archive, providing unlimited access to course materials and examp ... Read More

Holiday Sing Continues Longtime Cultural Tradition on Campus

The UT Dallas Chamber Singers, Community Chorale and Wind Ensemble will present the 36th annual Holiday Sing performance this Saturday at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre. The free concert, UT Dallas’ oldest continuous cultural tradition, is this year titled, A Mostly Baroque Christmas. “It is a joy to see the community come together every year to celebrate the holiday season and raise their voices in song. Our annual event has become one of the most popular concerts of the season and a delight for children and adults alike,” said Kathryn Evans, who directs the UT Dallas Ch ... Read More

Dr. Alma Bennett, who earned a PhD in the humanities from UT Dallas and was named a distinguished alumni in 2008, passed away

Dr. Alma Bennett, 71, professor of English and humanities, died Oct. 18 from complications associated with kidney cancer. A graveside service was held Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. in the Mizpah Cemetery in Durant, Miss. A memorial service will be held at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 2 p.m., Dec. 2. A member of the Clemson faculty since 1991, Bennett was known as a generous scholar and mentor. Author of a book on the writer Mary Gordon, she also edited a collection of conversations with Gordon and published numerous articles on subjects as wide-ranging as Dante and the photographic art ... Read More

Professor Re-issues Work in Ebook Format

2011 Spur Award winner and UT Dallas professor Clay Reynolds has re-issued all his works of fiction in ebook format. The ebooks include the historical western and Pulitzer and WWA Spur Award finalist and Violet Crown-winning novel Franklin’s Crossing, along with the historical western The Tentmaker, and novels set in contemporary or near-contemporary times, Monuments, Ars Poetica , Threading the Needle, Players, Agatite, and The Vigil. Larry McMurtry has called Reynolds’ work “ambitious and absorbing.” Reynolds’s novels, which are often set in the American West, are known for ... Read More

Director of UT Dallas Asia Center Receives 2012 Constellation Award

Monique Wedderburn, director of the UT Dallas Asia Center, has received a 2012 Constellation Award from The Asian American Contractors Association of Texas (AACATX). Wedderburn was recognized with the Venus Award, which is presented to a woman-owned company or woman that significantly impacts the growth of AACATX members. She received the award at the Second Annual AACATX Awards Luncheon on October 23, 2012. The AACATX awards are designed to thank and highlight those who are giving outstanding opportunities to minority business enterprises. more ... Read More

Faculty to perform at Undermain Theater in Dallas

BURYING OUR FATHER: A Biblical Debacle Written by Fred Curchack Performed by Fred Curchack and Laura Jorgensen Wednesdays through Saturdays – October 31 to November 17 Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm ($15.) Fridays at 8:15pm ($20.) and Saturdays at 8:15pm ($25.) Senior, Student, KERA & Group discounts available Tickets: (214) 747-5515 www.undermain.org for easy fee-free online ticketing Undermain Theatre 3200 Main Street.  Dallas, TX 75226 (between Hall & Exposition in Deep Ellum) Free attended parking at Trunk & Main ... Read More

Musical Features Faculty's Original Compositions

Frankenstein the Musical is in a revival production at Dallas' historic Pocket Sandwich Theater. The show's composer is UT Dallas music faculty member Mary Medrick, who originally wrote the score in 1984, a collaboration with the theater's founder and the play's author Rodney Dobbs. A rather spooky musical comedy, the show begins with 19-year-old Mary Shelley, struggling to compete in a ghost storytelling contest with her husband Percy and the infamous Lord Byron, among others. Shelley finds herself dreaming the enduring legend of the creature, with each of her real life associates showing up ... Read More

Professor's Book Becomes Hollywood Movie

Dr. Matt Bondurant’s 2008 book, The Wettest County in the World, has made the leap to the big screen, and on Wednesday, Aug. 29, the film adaptation opened in theaters in a movie called, Lawless, starring Shia LaBeouf. Read more. ... Read More

Electronic Fashion Camp

Amy Pickup, an EMAC grad, is putting on a 3-day camp for young girls interested in engineering, technology and fashion. Campers will discover how microcontrollers work and create their own electronic fashion project using the LilyPad Arduino, a sewable microcontroller that bridges technology and the arts. The camp will be held August 1-3, 2012 at Oil & Cotton in the Bishop Arts District. We're looking for smart and courageous young girls, ages 12-14, to come experiment with female engineers, technologists, media experts and fashionistas to create one-of-a-kind LilyPad Arduino projects ... Read More

Megan Gray: Undergraduate Advisor of the Year

Megan Gray has been named the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Advisor of the Year. UT Dallas recognized Gray’s excellence in advising with an award of $1,000. "I would like to offer a huge thank you to my students. It is a privilege to get to journey with such a stellar group of people. They, and my colleagues, make the School of Arts and Humanities a fantastic place to work," said Gray. ... Read More

Students receive Jonelle and Bryce Jordan Scholarships

Eleven students from the School of Arts and Humanities will receive a total of $15,750, thanks to the Jonelle and Bryce Jordan Scholarship Fund. The fund's annual awards support undergraduate students in music, theater, dance, creative writing, visual arts, and arts and technology. The 2012-2013 recipients will each receive up to $2,500. This year's winners include: Visual Arts Narongsukchai Tintamusik Luke Harnden Pierre Krause Dana Lieja Katherine Crowell Music William Vulcan Eli Alderink Sarah Martinez Creative Writing Robert Howell ATEC Caroline Curley Devin Ew ... Read More

Readings, Choral Performance to Wrap Up Arts Fest

Prizes Awarded to Students for Best Photography, Painting and Multimedia Works May 11, 2012 Clair Sumption won best black and white photo with her piece Vicissitude. The Student Art Spring Festival comes to a close this weekend with readings from creative writing students and the year’s final choral concert. The festival kicked off last week with the student visual art show, which featured more than 40 works from students enrolled in arts courses. Heyd Fontenot, director of CentralTrak, UT Dallas’ artist residency and gallery, juried the exhibition. Fontenot ... Read More

Creative Writing Students to Spend Summer Working on Craft

Program Boasts List of Student Publications for School Year Lily Ounekeo and Susan Norman, graduate students in the School of Arts and Humanities, have both been accepted to the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, hosted by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Working closely with faculty and a core group of peer writers, Ounekeo and Norman will generate new work and revise work in progress. Admission to the workshop is competitive and drawn from faculty nominations. Norman also will have a short story, "Casco on the Foam Planet," published by the celebrated literary journal, Lite ... Read More

Fest to Feature Colors, Sounds of Spring Arts Classes

It’s spring and hence time for students to show off their creative work from more than 40 School of Arts and Humanities courses. The Student Arts Spring Festival gives audiences the opportunity to take in classical music, jazz, theater, dance, guitar, piano and vocal performances, as well as an art exhibition and reception. The festival, which involves the work of more than 600 students, starts Thursday and stretches over two weeks. Full story available from the UT Dallas News Center. ... Read More

Modern Trombone Master to Jazz Up Campus

Hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz will come to campus Friday night when acclaimed trombonist Wycliffe Gordon performs. Gordon will play at 8 p.m., April 27, in the Alexander Clark Center.  The band will include UT Dallas faculty member Kelly Durbin on piano, James Gilyard on bass and Steve Barnes on drums. Gordon is a modern master of the plunger mute, a jazz device that gives brass instruments a distinct sound. Gordon’s technique and signature style have earned him the title of “Trombonist of the Year” from the Jazz Journalists Association in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011. ... Read More

Winner of 1st Annual Sherry Clarkson Prize Announced: Terje Saar-Hambazaza

Congratulations to Terje Saar-Hambazaza, the winner of the first annual Sherry Clarkson prize for the best conference paper or presentation at the RAW Symposium. The prize is named in honor of Ms. Sherry Clarkson, who served for many years as the Graduate Coordinator in the School of Arts and Humanities. The pool of submissions was quite strong, which shows the quality of this year's presentations. This year's winner is Terje Saar-Hambazaza for "'You're Scared of Me Just Because I'm Myself': Anzia Yezierska and the Reconciling of Multiple Identities." This presentation exemplified the quali ... Read More

ATEC Nurse Training Simulations Singled Out for Awards

Two nursing education research projects developed by the Institute for Interactive Arts and Engineering (IIAE) at UT Dallas in collaboration with the UT Arlington College of Nursing have received national and state recognition this spring. NursingAP.com uses interactive technology and virtual environments to help graduate students study for practitioner degrees and certifications. One project — “Can Game Play Teach Student Nurses How to Save Lives?” — has been named a 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate.  This game-based simulation uses 3D infant patients in a synthetic e ... Read More

Interdisciplinary Professor Embodies Blend of Arts, Science

For years, UT Dallas has sought to fuse its long-held strengths in technology with the creativity of the arts and humanities. That philosophical blend is embodied by a new professor who is a champion for interdisciplinary academics. Dr. Roger F. Malina Dr. Roger F. Malina is a physicist, astronomer and executive editor of Leonardo publications at MIT Press. He serves in two of the University’s schools, as a distinguished professor of arts and technology in the School of Arts and Humanities, and as a professor of physics in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. ... Read More

Arts Week Covers Topics Spanning From China to Dallas

UT Dallas winds up its March arts calendar with explorations of such diverse subject matter as the state of the arts in Dallas and the status of Judaism in China. All events for the week are free and open to the public. Xu Xin Kicking off the events will be a talk Wednesday, March 28, titled, “The Jewish Diaspora in China,” by Dr. Xu Xin, director of the Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies at Nanjing University. The guest speaker is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Dean of the Institute of Jewish Studies at Nanjing University in China.  He is al ... Read More

Grad Students to Share Work at Humanities Symposium

More than 50 graduate students from a number of universities will gather this weekend at UT Dallas to share their work and discuss the future of the humanities. The RAW conference gives students a chance to collect feedback from panel moderators and audience members. The RAW: Research, Art, Writing symposium, sponsored by the Graduate Student Association (GSA) in the School of Arts and Humanities, offers students a chance to present their scholarly and creative work and receive feedback from panel moderators and audience members. The interdisciplinary symposium also features ... Read More

Artist Transcends Boundaries Between Music, Space and Memory

The song begins in the horn, forms at either end of this 16-foot-long structure, and moves to 14 speakers in the "body" of the piece as the music swells and distorts. Deborah Aschheim’s art crosses boundaries and traditional subjects – she connects the invisible worlds of memory and sound with the tangible reality of bodies and buildings. Her exhibit,Method of Loci, opens at CentralTrak on Saturday, March 10, at 8 p.m. The show takes it name from a method of memory enhancement that uses visualization to organize and recall information. The project has led her to collaborate with mus ... Read More

Guitar Fans and Virtuosos to Gather for Competition

The School of Arts and Humanities is holding its 11th Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festivalon March 2-3. The competition will showcase the playing of internationally known classical guitarists and award $8,000 in cash prizes to competition winners. Duo Melis performs at the 11th Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival. Guest artists this year include Jeff Cogan and Duo Melis. Jeff Cogan will present “Buying a World Class Guitar.” Cogan served as director of the Guitar Foundation of America’s international guitar competition for more than 20 years. Duo ... Read More

Novelist Prof to Share Latest Creation at Lecture

The Night Swimmer What do you get when you mix a deep-sea swimmer, a troubled marriage, an Irish pub and a goat that walks upright on two legs? The answer is Dr. Matt Bondurant’s third novel, The Night Swimmer. Bondurant, assistant professor in creative writing and literature, will discuss his new book Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Jonsson Performance Hall. “I'm glad to have the opportunity to share my work with the DFW community, and particularly the students at UT Dallas. I feel it is a public testament to our mission as educators and artists, to provide these kinds of eve ... Read More

Photography Exhibit Opens Eclectic Arts Week at UT Dallas

The opening of Affinities, a new exhibit of images from the Jerry and Marilyn Comer Photography Collection, will kick off a varied week of arts events at UT Dallas. Luis Mallo, Passengers, included in the Comer Collection The exhibit's opening reception is Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. in the University Theatre Gallery. The Comer Collection captures scenes of American life from the middle to late 20th century.  Jerry Comer, who earned a master’s degree in management from UT Dallas in 1977, donated his personal collection of photos to the University in 2004. Photos in the ... Read More

The Academy of American Poets named Susan Briante's "Utopia Minus" one of its Notable Books of 2011

Ahsahta Press, 2011 Through poems that posit the constructed landscapes of American cities as their vantage points, Briante’s second collection is a study of collapse and what gets built up again after the breakdown. Rachel Levitsky notes that Briante is a “detritus artist, a gleaner working in the banal of the contemporary world, molding the pieces she finds into vivid mosaics.” The sites of these poems are strip malls, chain stores, and Ground Zero, but the commentary on urban sprawl and capitalism in the collection is beautifully balanced by rich glimpses of the personal. In the ... Read More

Emerging Media Prof David Parry contributes to article on "cloud-based personal-storage services"

Sitting on Cloud Mine In a mobile world, cloud-based personal-storage services make it easier to manage documents across devices, and to collaborate with peers and students. If your pockets are so stuffed with student thumb drives that they bulge like a squirrel's cheeks…you know it's time for a change. If the presentation on your desktop bears little resemblance to the version on your laptop…you know it's time for a change. It sounds like the lead-in to a comedy routine, but it's no laughing matter when you realize you've been working on an outdated file for hours. Fortunately, like a g ... Read More

Video Game to Help U.S. Troops Wins New Award

For the third time in two years, the First Person Cultural Trainer (FPCT), a research project from the UT Dallas Arts and Technology (ATEC) program, has won a national award for serious gaming. FPCT received the Best Game award in the Government Category of the 2011 Serious Games Showcase and Challenge. FPCT is sponsored by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command G-2 Intelligence Support (TRADOC).  The Serious Games Showcase is part of the Interservice/Interindustry Training and Simulation Education Conference (I/ITSEC), and was held in Orlando, Fla., from November 28 through December ... Read More

Exhibit to Examine Sound as Art and Image

The School of Arts and Humanities opens its spring season by examining the relationship between sound and art with the mixed-media exhibit Sonic Architectonic. Curated by visual arts faculty member Lorraine Tady, the exhibit features both local and national artists who work directly with noise or frequency, examining what is heard or felt through sound waves, and some who work with images that suggest sound. Other artists in the exhibit anticipate our relationship to sound by addressing our expectations and cognitive reflexes. 96-Tears no. 3 by John Pomara, professor of visual ar ... Read More

Art Exhibit to Showcase Works of 6 UT Dallas Women

Danielle Georgiou and Hillary Holsonback are both current residents at CentralTrak, UT Dallas’ artist residency and gallery. Six emerging female artists, all current or former UT Dallas students, are presenting their work together in the exhibit A Fraudulent Desire to Exist. The show, which is curated by UT Dallas professors John Pomara and Greg Metz, features the work of Cassandra Emswiler, Danielle Georgiou, Emily Loving, Hillary Holsonback, Robin Myrick and Sally Glass. The opening reception for the show will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Steve Paul Productions, ... Read More

UT Dallas Dance Resident Named a Top Performance of the Year by Theater Jones

John-Mario Sevilla Residency Performance, University of Texas at Dallas at UTD's University Theatre, Richardson (March 10) How Mr. Sevilla managed to get away with gags like shoving a cake into a friend's mouth in Pie in the Sky could be explained only by comic timing and an atmosphere of the surreal. Other than that bit of nuttiness, the program had the advantage of some stellar dancing and fast action. Read more… ... Read More

Awards Recognize A&H Staff, Faculty and Alumni

The School of Arts and Humanities has recently recognized outstanding faculty, staff and alumni with a number of awards. “The recipients are dedicated, effective and deservedly award-winning teachers, staff and alumni who are improving the lives of students and the community,” said Dr. Dennis M. Kratz, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities. Dr. Dan Wickberg, associate professor of history, was named the Victor Worsfold Teacher of the Year. “I am humbled by this recognition. It is a great honor and a confirmation of my methods and goals as teacher,” said Wickberg. ... Read More

Film Professor Unwraps a Box of Holiday Movie Classics

Dr. Adrienne L. McLean, professor of film studies at The University of Texas at Dallas, has compiled a list of her top movies for the holiday season. “The most significant films are likely to be those that you and your family have turned into traditions yourselves,” said McLean. She says some families might watch Stephen King horror movies every holiday, and others might be theater bound for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which opens Dec. 21 but which is obviously not a celebration-themed family flick. The holidays are also probably marked as much by favorite television shows ... Read More

CentralTrak Artist’s Exhibit Maps Sound to Image

Shannon Novak began his artistic career as a pianist – he composed and performed his own music at an early age. When he started working in the visual arts, however, he didn’t anticipate that his musical training would inform his craft. Novak’s exhibit at the CentralTrak gallery, One Song, Three Composers, uses geometric forms to represent the intersections of sound, color, form, time, space and social context. The installation examines sound as exploding outward from a focal point of three pianos set in a triangle. The three pianos represent the fusion of three theories that rela ... Read More

Staff Awards Recognize Outstanding Service to UT Dallas

Whenever a smoke detector or a fire alarm on campus is set off, whether it is during the day or at three in the morning, Rey Salinas is one of the first to respond. Salinas, who works with the department of Environmental Health and Safety at UT Dallas as the occupational general safety coordinator, was recognized alongside five other staff employees during the semi-annual CARE Awards ceremony this month. President David E. Daniel presented each award recipient with a clock and certificate of appreciation. From left: CARE Award recipients Rey Salinas (Environmental Health and Safet ... Read More

Festival to Showcase Creativity from UT Dallas Arts Courses

Starting this week, more than 600 UT Dallas students from more than 40 courses will be sharing their art with the public as part of  The Student Art Fall Festival. The festival, which stretches across two weeks, invites audiences to roam from one building to another, taking in classical, jazz, dance, guitar, piano and vocal performances, as well as an art exhibition and reception. Highlights for the festival include a concert by Musica Nova, which features the University’s Advanced Orchestra/ Chamber Music Ensemble. Students will perform with UT Dallas faculty and other professional ... Read More

CentralTrak Hosts Family Day: December 3

On Saturday, December 3, CentralTrak will be hosting a family day in the gallery, for parents and their children to come in an experience the current exhibit, "One Song, Three Composers," in an unique way. The gallery will be transformed into a workshop space for families to create their own color collages in response to visiting artist Shannon Novak's work. The collages that are created will be transcribed and played by a musician. This activity works toward the theory of synesthesia—the idea that one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another, as when the hearing of a sound pro ... Read More

Glasstire Reviews Seriality Exhibition, curated by John Pomara

Seriality, curated by John Pomara, presents the work of ten primarily North Texas artists who embrace seriality through form, process and content. more ... Read More

Translation Honors Awarded at ALTA’s Annual Conference

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA), which is housed at UT Dallas, presented top awards to two separate collections of poetry at its annual conference, held in Kansas City on Nov. 17. Lisa Rose Bradford received the 2011 National Translation Award for her translation of Between Words: Juan Gelman’s Public Letter (Coimbra Editions, 2010).  The $5,000 prize is given annually to the translator whose work, by virtue of both its quality and significance, has made the most valuable contribution to literary translation. Lisa Rose Bradford won the National Translation A ... Read More

Sci-Fi Writer Imagines a Future Without Capitalism

A look at capitalism's future by science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson leads off a series of UT Dallas arts events in a week that also includes a dance performance, jazz concert and an art exhibit opening. Best known for his award-winning Mars trilogy, Robinson will give a talk Wednesday, Nov. 16, titled Valuing the Earth and Future Generations: Imagining Post Capitalism. Robinson argues that our current economic system undervalues both the environment and future human generations and leaves us ill-prepared for future changes. “The problem is that the future is so hard to ima ... Read More

Internet Creates Digital Portal into Private Lives

At the dawning of the Internet age, some believed the vast digital network would put unlimited freedom at everyone’s fingertips. But connecting the world has brought watchful eyes, as the Internet also created digital portals into the private lives of the masses. This unintended consequence is discussed in Ubiquitous Surveillance, a new digital publication edited by Dr. David Parry. Dr. David Parry “Advances in technology, an increasingly regulated and monitored digital network, and a general atmosphere of securitization have yielded a world of ubiquitous, if not always vi ... Read More

Broadway Tune Fest is Back for a 4th Year

The UT Dallas Chamber Singers and students from the Musical Theatre Workshop will take a trip to Broadway this week with a family-friendly concert, Best of Broadway IV. The performance will feature songs and choruses from the shows Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie Get Your Gun, State Fair, A Little Night Music and Legally Blonde. Kathryn Evans, head of vocal and choral music at UT Dallas, has directed the performance since its inaugural season. “Five years ago, I did a concert for Halloween that combined classical choruses and ‘creepy’ Broadway show tunes,” said Evan ... Read More

Confucius Institute Events to Explore China's Culture

China’s breathtaking mountains, graceful visual arts and historic emergence from a feudal past are all subjects to be explored during Chinese Culture Week. Visiting Chinese scholars will shed light on their country’s cultural and aesthetic traditions in a series of events organized by the UT Dallas Confucius Institute. Delivering the first lecture will be Chinese cultural scholar Kam Louie, dean of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Hong Kong.  Louie will discuss “Confucius in China and Abroad” on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Louie is ... Read More

A&H Faculty Member, Susan Briante, Interviewed by The Poetry Foundation

“I wish more poets would talk about money,” writes Susan Briante, assistant professor at UT Dallas, in an essay called Notes Towards the Poetics of the Dow. And some do, certainly. Philip Larkin listened to it sing. Howard Nemerov dissected a nickel (figuratively). The poets of Occupy Wall Street seem to be unstoppable. But Briante has approached the poetics of the economy with a singular focus in the past few years, adopting the stock market as an inspiration, a character, and a poem generator. At first, the stock market hovered in the background of her poems, a specter troubling ... Read More

Philosophers' Lessons on Aging Lead Off A&H Events

What do the sages of antiquity have to tell a modern audience about growing old? More than we may realize, says William B. Irvine, author of A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy. A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy  by William B. Irvine, Oct. 26. The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber, Oct. 27. The Wright State University philosophy scholar will lecture Wednesday, Oct. 26, about the Stoic philosophers’ advice on aging well. The presentation is a collaboration between two UT Dallas centers: the Center for Vital Longev ... Read More

Halloween Screenings: Film Prof Picks Top 5 Scary Flicks

To help make the most of the Halloween season, Dr. Adrienne L. McLean, professor offilm studies at UT Dallas, has compiled a list of her favorite horror films. “These films will, if you allow yourself to succumb to them, scare you rigid, not from blood or gore, but from what you sometimes cannot (and will never) see, what you must imagine, situations that are disturbing, things that may or not be real or possible,” said McLean. “Even when they make you giggle at one or another of their implausibilities or, in the case of the older films, general campiness, you will likely find you ... Read More

University Celebrates Achievements of Recently Published Professors

Faculty members who are also published authors were the focus of a recent McDermott Library celebration. The  6th Annual Faculty Author Reception recognized 16 writers and nine editors of books published during the last academic year. Dr. David Patterson (left) celebrates publication of his book A Genealogy of Evil: Anti-Semitism from Nazism to Islamic Jihad with Dr. Susan Chizeck and Dr. William Pervin. Dr. Nils Roemer, a professor of historical studies in the School of Arts and Humanities, had the busiest publishing year.  He wrote German City, Jewish Memory: The Story of Worms ... Read More

The University of Texas at Dallas Hosts Huawei (USA)

The University of Texas at Dallas recently hosted representatives from Huawei Technology Co. Ltd. University leaders held preliminary meetings aimed at increasing understanding of their organizations. Mr. Cui and Mr. Xun toured the University of Texas at Dallas and met with Deans Kratz, Pirkul and Spong to gain first-hand knowledge of the Schools research and program activities and to identify ways for potential collaboration. Huawei employs 110,000 people worldwide and is the world’s second largest producer of telecoms equipment. Huawei’s main headquarters is located in Shenzhen, China ... Read More

Border Expert to Examine Drug Cartel Problem

Sylvia Longmire, a former Air Force special agent and a senior intelligence analyst for the state of California, will shed light on a timely, violent issue when she presents a lecture Wednesday, Oct. 19, based on her new book, Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico’s Drug Wars. The consultant and writer speaks at 8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Cartel examines the drug cartel problem from its roots in Mexico to its consequences felt throughout North America. Channeling her long experience working on border issues, Longmire will ... Read More

Exhibit Seeks the Beautiful Amid the Bureaucratic

On Saturday at 7 p.m., CentralTrak will host the opening reception for CIncArt: The Convention on Incorporated Art. CIncArt is a group exhibition highlighting 10 contemporary art projects within a trade show format. “It has become commonplace for artists to create work in the form of bureaus, laboratories, museums, companies, etc.,” said Tom Russotti, CentralTrak resident and curator of the exhibition. “Artists, artist groups and art projects variously employ the forms and techniques of organizational structures in both their work and practice. CIncArtexamines this phenomenon ... Read More

Classical Concert to Feature Trio in Residence at UT Dallas

The Clavier Trio will perform “Café Music” by American composer Paul Schoenfield, as well as works by Joseph Haydn and Johannes Brahms, in a concert Friday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. The Clavier Trio is the ensemble in residence at UT Dallas. The Clavier Trio is the current ensemble in residence at the University. Its members include cellist Jesús Castro-Balbi, pianist David Korevaar and Dallas Symphony Orchestra violinist Arkady Fomin. The Clavier Trio formed at the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colo., in 1997 and performed in the ... Read More

2 Students Write Their Way to the Top in State Contest

Two UT Dallas students have won top prizes in the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers (TACWT) Student Competition. Dr. Betty Wiesepape Sara Keeth, a student enrolled in Dr. Betty Wiesepape’s creative nonfiction class, took first place in the graduate creative non-fiction competition. Michael J. Kaufman, a student in Dr. Matt Bondurant’s creative writing fiction class, took third in the undergraduate fiction category. Dr. Matt Bondurant “Michael demonstrated an ability to enter strange, exotic worlds and tell compelling stories with an ease and author ... Read More

Arts Options Abound for Visitors on Family Day

Family Day weekend returns to campus this year on Saturday, Oct. 1, and brings with it multiple arts and entertainment options for parents and relatives to sample after they tour the University’s new buildings and facilities. “Family day is an opportunity for parents and other family members to return to campus to spend time with their students,” said Cynthia Jenkins, assistant vice president for student affairs. “We host these special events so they can share time together while catching up on the happenings of the semester so far.” Arts attractions include two musical perfor ... Read More

The School of Arts and Humanities announces: The Gavin Hambly Scholarship Competition, 2011

A $500 scholarship, awarded annually in honor of the late distinguished historian of the Ancient Near East and Mughal India and beloved professor of Historical Studies at UT Dallas. Only Historical Studies majors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible. A student can become a candidate for this scholarship by self-application or by nomination by a faculty member in Arts and Humanities. In the first scenario, the student must submit a 250-word personal statement and secure two academic letters of reference. The second scenario is slightly more elaborate: The student must be nominated by an ... Read More

CentralTrak Invites Weekend Visitors to Look as Well as Listen

  CentralTrak, the University of Texas at Dallas artist residency and gallery, will offer art to be seen as well as heard in two free events this weekend. “I hope for a good turnout,” said Heyd Fontenot, the director of CentralTrak. “We want people to come see the space where UT Dallas students live and work.” On Friday, in a mix of poetry and painting, Mike Guinn will offer a spoken-word performance related to art hanging at the gallery. The featured artist is El Franco Lee II, whose socially reflective paintings confront controversial and unsettling subject matter— ... Read More

Guest Instructors Help Dance Students Stretch Skills

Coming to UT Dallas for an extensive residency program, Birgitt Bodingbauer and Simone Grindel will work closely with students to share insights on their artistic method. Birgitt Bodingbauer These two award-winning choreographers from Berlin will perform some of their own works as well as choreograph pieces for UT Dallas dance students. “This is a new experience – working with this number of students in a new language is a challenge, but I’m feeding off the student’s energy – they’re shaping the performance themselves,” said Bodingbauer, who started a dance company i ... Read More

UT Dallas Art Students Slated for Busy Weekend of Openings

UT Dallas artists have a number of exhibits opening this weekend.  Students will be showing their work all over the Dallas area in a variety of settings from McKinney to the Dallas Design District. All the events are free and open to the public. "Social Studies": Visual Arts Building Reception 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sept. 9 Exhibit open through Oct. 16 Artists: Holly Gaskins, Christopher Grider, Kerry Hennigin, Hillary Holsonback, Ronit Ilan, Melanie Levin, Emily Loving, Vargha Manshadi, Cynthia Miller, Amy Pickup,  Lori Snyder, Lupita Murillo Tinnen, David Witherspoon • ... Read More

Professor to Share Impressionism Expertise Abroad

Dr. Richard R. Brettell, professor of art and aesthetic studies, has been awarded the 2011 Humanitas Visiting Professorship in the History of Art at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Brettell, who holds the Margaret M. McDermott Distinguished Chair in Art and Aesthetic Studies at UT Dallas, will give a lecture series at Cambridge titled, Is There Anything Left to Say About Impressionism? The series will include three lectures and one symposium between Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. Brettell’s first lecture, Impressionism and Anarcho-Syndicalism: The Suppressed Politics of an Apolitical ... Read More

Songs in the Key of Life: UT Vocal Quintet Offers Up "The Meaning of Life"

"If classical music in general suffers from the perception of elitism, then early music groups suffer more than most from that dreaded label. Even most classical music buffs are not interested, mostly because they don't know much about it and fear two hours of boredom... Not so, insists Kathryn C. Evans,...this music was sort of the ABBA, well maybe the Four Seasons, of its time" read more ... Read More

UT Dallas Student Exhibit Featured at Mckinney Art Walk

Please join us at Second Floor Gallery, Saturday, September 10, for the reception of student exhibition, Solvent 2! The gallery will be open all day as a participant in downtown McKinney's monthly second Saturday art walk. The evening reception from 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm will feature live music and drinks. ... Read More

Ackerman Center’s Friends Lend a Hand

Generous support from several donors recently helped furnish the new home of the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies. The new center contains a media room, a secondary site for the Arnold A. Jaffe Holocaust Library Collection and a computer lab—all of which make studying one of the most important and tragic periods in history more accessible. Funds raised by the Ackerman Center’s Advisory Council furnished the offices in the Erik Jonsson Building with everything from video screens and artwork to couches and conference tables. “Our advocates have equipped us with resources and too ... Read More

Professor Explores Dynamics of Online Networking

Birds of a feather flock together in cyberspace. At least that’s what Dr. Cuihua (Cindy) Shen, assistant professor of Emerging Media and Communication at UT Dallas, has shown in a research article published in the journal First Monday. Examining an online community using social network analysis, Shen tested the social drivers that shaped the collaboration dynamics among a group of users from SourceForge, the largest open source community on the Web. Peter Monge Who Connects with Whom? A Social Network Analysis of an Online Open Source Software Community co-written by Pete ... Read More

UT Dallas PhD's Work Touches on Couple's Relationship

Miriam Friedman has penned books, short stories, poems and reviews, but lately she's been writing for the theater, including A Discussion of the 'L' Word, which runs through Sunday at Country Playhouse as part of the 21st annual "10x10" showcase of local dramatists. "It is so thrilling to see your words come to life on stage," said Friedman, who has a doctorate in humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas with a concentration in women's studies. One character in 'L' Word is called "Woman." The other character is "Man." "They're not married. They've just been living together ... Read More

Students Honored for Arts Accomplishments

Eleven students from the School of Arts and Humanities will receive a total of $16,000, thanks to the Jonelle and Bryce Jordan Scholarship Fund. The fund's annual awards support undergraduate students in music, theater, dance, creative writing, visual arts, and arts and technology. The 2011 recipients will each receive up to $2,500. “The students who were selected are extremely talented and contribute to the University and community in many ways," said Dr. Shelley D. Lane, associate dean of undergraduate education in the School of Arts and Humanities. "Their accomplishments are evide ... Read More

Video Showcases Faculty Member's Novel

Dr. Matt Bondurant talks about his book "The Wettest County in the World" and upcoming movie based on the book starring Shia Labeouf. Watch YouTube Video ... Read More

Dallas Gallery selects UT Dallas Artists

The New Texas Talent Exhibit Juried show at Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas has chosen UT Dallas artists for its opening Saturday, Aug. 13, including: Adjunct Lecturer, Visual Arts: Mary Ellen Lacy ATEC grad student: Lori Robertson Current Visual Arts Student: Stephanie Hargrove UT Dallas Visual Arts alumni: Grant Billingsley ... Read More

Literature Professors Offer Book Lists to Beat the Heat

Triple-digit temperatures have discouraged poolside reading and sent many North Texans indoors. UT Dallas literature experts have summertime book recommendations that promise distraction from the sweltering heat. “What's needed for good summer reading is complicated plots, suspense and humor,” said Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities Dr. Frederick Turner. Dr. Frederick Turner Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian “The ideal summer reading is Patrick O’Brian’s Napoleonic naval novel series about Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin,” Turner says. ... Read More

CentralTrak Enters New Season With New Director

  Centraltrak, a Deep Ellum artist residency and gallery that is part of the UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities, has appointed Heyd Fontenot as its new director. Fontenot studied radio-television-film production at UT Austin. He has more than 25 years’ experience in film production, including his most recent role as field producer for the History Channel’s Swamp People. Heyd Fontenot is the new director of CentralTrak. “CentralTrak’s environment and community of practicing artists creates quite an effect on what an artist makes and how they make it,” Fonten ... Read More

UT Dallas Mourns Arts Benefactor Nancy Hamon

The University of Texas at Dallas lost a friend and a supporter of arts scholarship when Dallas philanthropist and civic leader Nancy B. Hamon died Saturday at age 92. Hamon’s generosity to the University dates back to 1970 and includes endowing a chair, supporting an extensive museum studies program, and contributing to the CentralTrak artist residency and gallery. UT Dallas President David E. Daniel said: “Nancy Hamon was a great supporter of education and of UT Dallas. Many institutions benefited from her vision and desire to make Dallas a better place to live for all people.  Wi ... Read More

ATEC Grad Students to Speak at Oxford Conference

Five graduate students in the UT Dallas Arts and Technology (ATEC) program will present their work at this week’s Global Conference on Videogame Cultures (VGC) at Oxford University in England. The conference, to be held at Mansfield College July 8-10, aims to explore the issues and implications created by the mass use of computers and videogames for entertainment. Participants will focus on the impact of innovative games for human communication and culture. The students and the papers they will present are: Jumanne Donahue, “The Cultural Connection: Capturing and Applying ... Read More

Professor Rounds Up Wild West Tales by Colorful Writer

Dr. Clay Reynolds, director of the Creative Writing program at UT Dallas, has compiled a collection of novelettes from the 19th-century novelist Edward Zane Carroll Judson – better known by his pen name Ned Buntline. Reynolds’ compilation, The Hero of a Hundred Fights: Collected Stories from the Dime Novel King, from Buffalo Bill to Wild Bill Hickok, documents Buntline’s body of work as the so-called “King of the Dime Novel.” Dr. Clay Reynolds is the director of the Creative Writing program at UT Dallas. In the new book, Reynolds gives an in-depth introduction to Buntli ... Read More

Professor and Student Cross the Balkans for Poetry

In 1990, Gjekë Marinaj was fleeing through the mountains from his home country of Albania into the former Yugoslavia. He was being pursued by Albanian secret police with tracker dogs. Marinaj’s crime: writing a poem. “Horses” was a thinly veiled satire on the totalitarian oppressive system of the time. The same day the poem was printed in the newspaper, Marinaj was ordered to police headquarters. He never showed. Eventually, he made his way to the United States and is now working on his doctorate in literature at UT Dallas. His research and work involve the philosophy of transla ... Read More

ATEC Student's Whimsical Graphic Novel Takes Flight

Building on the design and animation skills she has developed in the Arts and Technology program, UT Dallas student Alyssa Lee recently published Candy on a Plane, her first graphic novel for children. Candy on a Plane is Alyssa Lee's first graphic novel for children. The book and a collection of art and animations – spawned from wondering, “What if clouds were made of cotton candy?” – has been a labor of love.  Lee said, “I've worked on Candy on a Plane between classes since 2009, and several people have been following its development.” The project grew into much ... Read More

UT Regents Approve Plans to Build ATEC a New Home

The UT System Board of Regents has approved construction of a 155,000-square-foot facility at UT Dallas that will house programs in visual arts, emerging media technology and multimedia communications, as well as a 1,200-seat auditorium. Designed as a showcase to the visual arts and a highly adaptable technology hub for the Arts and Technology program, the $60 million building is slated for completion in 2013. Dr. David E. Daniel, president of UT Dallas, said: “We are in a growth phase, and there has been a chokepoint for us in terms of new facilities.  The building, with its 2,150 ne ... Read More

ATEC Prof Stages Audiovisual Exhibit in France

With a new exhibition in France, Dr. Frank Dufour, assistant professor of sound design in UT Dallas’ Arts and Technology (ATEC) program, has officially gone global. “Acoustic Shadows: An Exploration of Sense of Space” is an experimental interactive sound installation Dufour created alongside wife Kristin Lee through the entity Agency 5970. The piece is currently on display at The Vasarely Foundation in Aix-en-Provence, France. Dufour worked on the sound and music aspects, while his wife tackled the visual side. Dr. Frank Dufour Two ATEC graduate students have been working with the ... Read More

The Family That Plays Together Stays Together?

“Get off the computer and go play outside.” So go the words heard in homes around the country as parents and children clash over the social benefits of video games. Dr. Cindy Shen But parents needn’t worry so much, according to Dr. Cuihua (Cindy) Shen, an assistant professor of Emerging Media and Communication at UT Dallas. Her recent research article in the Communication Researchjournal argues that online games can actually bolster family communication. “Even though most people think that spending large amounts of time playing online games can be harmful to one's soci ... Read More

ATEC Wins Multiple Honors for Training Games

Two recent projects developed by research teams within the Arts and Technology (ATEC) program at The University of Texas at Dallas have earned industry awards. One award was presented at the GameTech 2011 Conference in Orlando, Fla., in March for the First Person Cultural Trainer or (FPCT), a 3D interactive training game that teaches soldiers the values and norms of Iraqi and Afghan cultures. FPCT was honored for “designing and developing a training process that meets training objectives, engages the learner and provides creative training for our war fighters,” according to event ... Read More

Art Expert to Lead Discussion on Private Collecting

As part of a new series of community-centered events, the UT Dallas Development Board is hosting a presentation titled, “The Art of Private Collecting – The Texas Experience,” with Dr. Richard Brettell, Margaret M. McDermott Distinguished Chair in Art and Aesthetic Studies at UT Dallas. Brettell will share insights from his book From the Private Collections of Texas: European Art, Ancient to Modern from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Thursday, April 14 at the Dallas Museum of Art Horchow Auditorium. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Full story available from the UT Dallas New ... Read More

PhD Candidate Places Second in Art Competition

T.J. Griffin earned Second Prize at the 2011 Rising Eyes of Texas: an annual exhibition for undergraduate and graduate students emerging in the visual arts. ... Read More

Ackerman Center For Holocaust Studies Celebrates New Location

The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies has moved into a new home on the UT Dallas campus. Their new suite, on the 4th floor of the Jonsson Academic Center, hosts a media room, computer lab and lending library, which is "always full of students studying," according to Pfister. On Sunday, April 3, at 4 p.m., the Ackerman Center will host an open house to showcase the new surroundings. This event, held in the Arts and Humanities Foyer on the 4th floor of the Jonsson Academic Center, is open to the public - please RSVP [email protected] ... Read More

Faculty Member cast in play featured at Horton Foote Festival

Akin Babatunde will be playing "Doug" in "Dividing the Estate ," March 11 - April 9 at the Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre (2400 Flora Street, Dallas). The play is part of the Horton Foote Festival. A hit on Broadway last year, "Dividing the Estate" is a clear-eyed, witty portrayal of a family slow to surrender its sense of entitlement--and quick to start a feeding frenzy when the matriarch passes on. ... Read More

Graduate Game Design Program Ranked in Top 10

The University of Texas at Dallas has been included in The Princeton Review's list of the “Top Schools for Video Game Design Study for 2011,” based on a survey of administrators at 150 schools offering video game design programs or degrees. One game developed at ATEC gives military enlistees a virtual village where they can practice interacting with people of other cultures. UT Dallas made the list of top 10 graduate programs for its innovative Arts and Technology (ATEC) program. The Princeton Review – in conjunction with GamePro magazine – started ranking vide ... Read More

Graduate Guitar Student Strikes the Right Note

As The University of Texas at Dallas prepares to host visiting young guitarists at the 10th Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival on March 4-5, one of the University’s own guitar students is earning accolades as well. 10th Annual Texas Guitar Competition and Festival Renowned guitarist David Russell returns to UT Dallas. He will perform, along with Serbian-born guitarist Nemanja Ostoich, at the festival, which runs from March 4-5. For more information, visit the festival website. UT Dallas guitar graduate student and lecturer Eddie Healy recently had “Reflections” ... Read More

CentralTrak Exhibit Ponders Race and Culture

What does black culture have to do with architecture? In “The Black Architecture Project,” a new exhibition at CentralTrak, architectural theorist and designer Darell W. Fields has set out to find some answers. “Architecture is inherently social,” says Fields, a lecturer at The University of Texas at Dallas and an artist in residence at the University's CentralTrak artist residency. “It is the most compelling demonstration of material culture.” “But ‘real’ architecture is only a mask. ... The mask, always in a state of denial, must deny any black associations,” Field ... Read More

Author to Discuss Story of an Unwitting Medical Hero

Author Rebecca Skloot will visit The University of Texas at Dallas on Wednesday, March 2, to discuss her best-selling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. The lecture, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the UT Dallas Conference Center, is being offered by the University’s Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology in partnership with Arts & Letters Live, the Dallas Museum of Art’s literary and performing arts series. Skloot’s nonfiction book tells the story of tobacco farmer Lacks, a poor Baltimore mother of five who died of cervical cancer in 1951 at age 31. Doct ... Read More

Students Get Positive Review for Permanent Collection

The North Dallas Gazette, Tues., Feb. 22 by Rick A. Elina: "... Mr. North, a black character capably played by white actor, Jonathon Horne, has been named head of the Morris Foundation. From the first moment that Mr. North enters, he does so with strides so purposeful, there is little doubt that the new guard has now taken over the watch... Now enter Paul Barrow, a white character played by black actor Bill Hass... Mr. Hass convincingly portrays his character as a loyal protector of the past. The stage is now set for a clash between the old guard and the new. The object of their ensuing bat ... Read More

Visiting Writer Is One-Man Multimedia Showcase

Mark Winegardner, who was hand-picked to write two sequels to Mario Puzo’s The Godfather and has published a number of other novels and short stories, will give a reading of new short fiction on Feb. 23 at The University of Texas at Dallas. The reading will be followed by a question-and-answer session on topics including fiction, writing, video games, graphic novels, digital arts and media, the future of publishing and, of course, The Godfather.  The event is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Jonsson Performance Hall. “Mark is a good fit for us here at UT Dallas because of his wide-rangi ... Read More

Professor Draws Social Media Lessons from Egypt’s Revolt

Social media didn’t lead to the recent uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, but this new system of communication certainly played a role in the process of the revolt. Dr. David Parry, assistant professor of Emerging Media and Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas, argues that an Internet-equipped public is substantially different from a non-Internet-enabled one, and that while we haven’t been deluded by the Internet’s possibilities, we ought to be careful not to overestimate them. “What happened in Egypt and Tunisia would have looked much different, played out different ... Read More

Game Creators Have Designs on Making Learning Fun

Two teams of Arts and Technology (ATEC) and Computer Science students from The University of Texas at Dallas have entered the first annual National STEM Video Game Challenge. Pick the Winning Game Winners won’t be announced until mid-March, but public voting for the STEM Video Game Challenge Voter’s Choice Award is open through Feb. 25. A person may "applaud" more than one submission, but only once per team. Click here to vote. More Online Could Playing Video Games at School Help Kids Learn More? Dr. Tom Linehan, director of Arts and Technology (ATEC) at UT Dallas, ... Read More

Faculty Member Receives Honor for Essay

Dr. Monica Rankin's essay, "La ropa cósmica: Identity and Fashion in 1940s Mexico," published in Studies in Latin American Popular Culture (SLAPC), Vol. 28 (2010), has been selected as the "Honorable Mention" for the Twenty-Fifth Annual Carlos and Guillermo Vigil award given for the best article in each issue. The announcement of the honor will be made in the next issue of SLAPC, Vol. 29 (2011), scheduled to be in print by May of this year. ... Read More

New Video Exhibition at CentralTrak Explores What Happens When Things Go Wrong

Glitch exhibition Jan. 15 - Feb. 5  Technology is often seen as the answer to many problems, but it can also be the cause. Glitch is a video exhibition at CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency, which highlights the recent investigations of a dynamic group of artists who are investigating digital error. What normally would be considered a malfunction of computers, networks and interfaces either by design or by accident is exploited here in dramatic fashion, whether through video, stills, or sound. Glitch explores the possibilities and spaces and moments that are ... Read More

Charissa Terranova: Gallery Walk Through

You are invited to a gallery walk through with Charissa Terranova Thursday, January 27 at 6pm Dallas Contemporary 161 Glass Street Dallas, Texas 75207 214-821-2522 The event is free, please rsvp [email protected] Listen to Charissa Terranova's perspective on current exhibition Christian Wulffen: Bridges and Constructions. Charissa N. Terranova is Assistant Professor of Aesthetic Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas. She lectures and teaches seminars on art and architectural history, theory, and criticism and media and new media theory. She is a scholarly wr ... Read More

Film Professor Takes a ‘Swan’ Dive into Ballerina Imagery

From White Nights to Billy Elliot, ballet has found its way, time and again, onto the silver screen and into the hearts of otherwise unlikely audiences. With Oscar nominations gracing Black Swan, ballet is once again on point in Hollywood and beyond. But the film isn’t all tutus and curtain calls – it reveals a darker shade of pink. In her 2008 book Dying Swans and Madmen: Ballet, the Body, and Narrative Cinema, Dr. Adrienne L. McLean, professor of film and aesthetic studies at The University of Texas at Dallas, explores the symbiosis of ballet and film. Drawing on examples that ra ... Read More

Virtual Medical World Has Real-Life Value

Researchers from UT Dallas and the UT Arlington College of Nursing have created a virtual environment where graduate students can train online for the medical challenges that await them in the real world. NursingAP.com is designed to help Advanced Practice Nursing students hone critical skills interactively, on their own schedules via distance learning. Dr. Marjorie Zielke “Medical simulation offers the potential to be critical technology for many reasons,” says Dr. Marjorie Zielke, assistant professor of Arts and Technology (ATEC) at UT Dallas and principal investigator for ... Read More

Colleagues Thank a Champion of the Arts at UT Dallas

Moments after introducing Santa Claus at the 34th Annual Holiday Sing, UT Dallas faculty member (and Holiday Sing director) Kathryn Evans received a holiday gift of her own. Evans was presented with a special Distinguished Service Award to honor her 16 years at UT Dallas. Winston Stone, director of the UT Dallas Wind Ensemble, presented the award to Evans, who received a standing ovation from the packed audience. Evans served as associate dean of the arts until September, when she stepped down to pursue a doctoral degree in Arts and Technology (ATEC) at UT Dallas. Evans continues to teac ... Read More

Korean Students Get the American College Experience

Three Korean student interns at The University of Texas at Dallas have since returned home, but their memories will last a lifetime. The students were the first participants in the new Global Communication and Leadership Institute (GCLI), which plays a key role in the development of a global humanities program designed to foster international understanding. On December 7, Seungeun Lee, Yeonggyeong Park and Heechan Song returned to Seoul, where they are students at Hanyang University, after spending the past two semesters at UT Dallas under the watchful eye of Tom Lambert, senior lecturer in ... Read More

New American Director of FRAME Announced

Dr. Charlotte Eyerman, an expert in 19th-century French art and a leading authority in modern and contemporary art, has been appointed American Director of FRAME (French Regional and American Museum Exchange). FRAME, whose American headquarters is based at The University of Texas at Dallas, is a formal collaboration of 12 museums in France and 12 museums in North America that serves as a catalyst for cultural exchange between France and the United States. Dr. Charlotte Eyerman Dr. Eyerman has held curatorial positions at the J. Paul Getty Museum in the Department of Paintings, a ... Read More

New Name, Same Spirit: Sojourn is now Reunion

For UT Dallas’ literary journal, the title is new but the mission is the same. Now known as Reunion: The Dallas Review, the magazine will keep doing what it’s done for more than two decades: publishing exceptional examples of short fiction, drama, visual art, poetry, translation work, non-fiction and interviews. Previously known as Sojourn, the magazine remains dedicated to cultivating the local arts community and promoting the work of talented writers and artists, both locally and across the globe. Editor Mickey Calderone explains the change in appearance: “We decided to rebr ... Read More

UT Dallas Faculty Member Wins Award

Akin Babatunde won the 2010 Audelco Award for Best Director/Musical Production for "Blind Lemon Blues," of which he is the co-author (with fellow UT Dallas alum Alan Govenar), director, musical arranger, choreographer and star. The Audelco Awards, which honor excellence in Black Theatre, were presented at Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall, Inc.'s Marian Anderson Theatre in New York, on Monday, November 15. ... Read More

ATEC Students Unveil 2nd Game About Life Lessons

With the launch of its second serious game, the UT Dallas Values Game Initiative once again hopes to provoke deep discussions and morality checks. Endless Life, created by gaming students in the UT Dallas Arts and Technology (ATEC) program, presents a humorous view of what life-extending technology could do to a society. The game made its debut online Nov. 15. “As science and technology allow us to extend our lives indefinitely, how will we deal with the monotony of everyday life?” Jacob Naasz, one of the game’s core developers, writes on the game website. “And when death doesn ... Read More

UT Dallas Faculty Member has Radio Interview

Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth was interviewed on KERA's "THINK" program on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010. She was promoting her new book, When the Danube Ran Red, an extraordinary and moving account of Ozsváth's own experience of the Holocaust. Tune in to 90.1 FM to hear her interview! Click here to listen ... Read More

Confucius Institute to Host Chinese Business Scholar

Dr. Xiang Bing, founding dean of China’s first private, nonprofit and independent business school, will discuss “Globalization of the Chinese Economy” on Wednesday, Nov. 10. The lecture, sponsored by The Confucius Institute at The University of Texas at Dallas, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Jonsson Performance Hall. Xiang writes frequently on the challenges of globalization for Chinese firms. He has played a critical role in helping Chinese and foreign business companies forge cooperative ventures, and has been touring the States to help business leaders in China and the U.S. to e ... Read More

PhD Alumna's Short Story Selected for Presentation

PhD alumna, Lori Stephens, short story, "Epidural," is selected by the "Texas Bound" committee for presentation during their program on April 11, 2011. They will use the story as a "closer" for the evening. The story was originally written in a graduate short fiction workshop taught by Dr. Clay Reynolds. The committee has designated it as a "star story," meaning they will try to obtain the services of a major celebrity actress to read it. Dr. Stephens teaches English at SMU. Her first novel will be released in the Spring of 2011 and she is scheduled to present a reading on UT Dallas campus ... Read More

Guitarist to Bring His Captivating Style to Campus

Internationally known classical guitarist Carlos Pérez will bring his charismatic and creative style to UT Dallas for a performance on Friday, Nov. 5. The concert is at 8 p.m. in Jonsson Performance Hall.  He will also teach a master class to UT Dallas guitar students during his visit. Chilean-born Pérez has played in famous venues in more than 30 countries, including London’s Royal Festival Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philarmonie and the Teatro Monumental in Madrid. Russell Cleveland, chair of the UT Dallas Guitar Board, calls Pérez “one of the finest solois ... Read More

Literary Studies Student Selected for Research Award

Literary studies student Sally Stewart has been selected to receive a University of Texas at Dallas Undergraduate Research Scholar Award. The award carries with it a $500 stipend for Stewart and an additional $300 in research support funds for her faculty advisor, Dr. Theresa Towner. Says Towner, "Sally won the research award to support her honors thesis project, which is a study of vampires in literature and their cultural significance as it has changed over time. Specifically, she treats Bram Stoker's "Dracula," Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles," and Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse se ... Read More

ALTA Honors Translations of Czech, Chinese Works

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA), which is housed at The University of Texas at Dallas,  presented two prestigious awards at its annual conference in Philadelphia on Oct. 21. Alex Zucker received the 2010 National Translation Award for his translation of Petra Hůlová’s All This Belongs to Me (Northwestern University Press, 2009).The $5,000 prize is given annually to the translator whose work, by virtue of both its quality and significance, has made the most valuable contribution to literary translation. ALTA also presented the inaugural Lucien Stryk Asian Tra ... Read More

UT Dallas Faculty Member on Conference Discussion Panel

Dr. Marge Zielke is part of a panel discussion at the 4th Annual Technology Trends Conference, held Oct. 18 at the Westin Park Central Hotel in Dallas. Zielke will speak on "Social Networking as a Tool, " addressing the future of social networking, as well as challenges and risks that go along with it. Register online at www.ndcc.org. ... Read More

UT Dallas Faculty Member Nominated for Four Awards

Akin Babatunde was recently nominated in four categories for the coveted New York Audelco Award for Excellence in Black Theater. His show, "Blind Lemon Blues," received the nomination for Best Director, Best Choreographer, Best Ensemble and Best Musical Production of the Year . Babatunde says he is thrilled to be nominated in the same category as famed director and choreographer Susan Stroman. In addition to being on the faculty at UT Dallas, Babatunde is serving as an adjunct professor this Fall, teaching two courses in "Fine Arts Appreciation" at Mountain View College, and will be a guest ... Read More

Cognitive Scientist Rethinks Boundaries of Being

“As our worlds become smarter, and get to know us better and better,” writes cognitive scientist Andy Clark, “it becomes harder and harder to say where the world stops and the person begins.” What role does one’s environment plays in shaping the nature of conscious experience? Clark, the chair of logic and metaphysics at Edinburgh University, will discuss this and other related topics in his lecture, “Natural-born Cyborgs? Reflections on Bodies, Minds and Human Enhancement,” on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Davidson Auditorium in the School of Management at The Univ ... Read More

UT Dallas Faculty and Student winners at the Hub Shorts Film Festival

Micki Saba, Michele Hanlon and UT Dallas graduate student Danielle Georgiou recently had dance video works presented by the Hub Shorts Film Festival Dance for Camera Series. Hanlon's "The Guitarist" placed second in the Producer's Pick category and took first place in the Audience Award competition. Georgiou's "Roam" placed third in Producer's Pick, second in Audience Award and won first place in the Box Office category. ... Read More

Acclaimed Actor Staging Arthur Miller's ‘All My Sons’

Literary icon Arthur Miller’s American classic, All My Sons, takes the stage in the University Theatre at The University of Texas at Dallas, Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 14–16. The play is directed by Dallas-based actor and UT Dallas lecturer Akin Babatunde, whose play was recently nominated in four categories for the coveted New York Audelco Awards for Excellence in Black Theater. His off-Broadway bio-musical, Blind Lemon Blues, received nominations for Best Director, Best Choreographer, Best Ensemble and Best Musical Production of the Year.  He was nominated alongside director and choreograp ... Read More

EMAC Professor Challenges Old School News Approaches

Go digital or go home. That was the message Dr. Dave Parry, assistant professor of Emerging Media and Communication (EMAC) at UT Dallas, told an audience of journalists at the National Conference of Editorial Writers (NCEW), held Sept. 22–25 in Dallas. UT Dallas was a sponsor of the event, which included an appearance by Gov. Rick Perry and a keynote address by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. In a session titled, “Emerging Media: What Works, What Doesn’t: How You Can Get Ahead of the Curve,” Parry sat on a panel alongside Paul Burka, senior executive editor of Te ... Read More

UT Dallas Students Outwrite Rivals in Competition

UT Dallas dominated the recent Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers (TACWT) Student Competition, winning a total of four awards. In the Graduate Fiction category, Douglas Frank took first place with his short story, “The Last Summer of Fireflies.” For Undergraduate Fiction, first place was awarded to Paige Cunningham for her story, “Pens & Needles,” and third place went to Jimmie Markham’s story, “Organic.” In the Undergraduate Poetry category, Chaz Lilly’s set of six poems, “Invention and other poems,” took third place. All are current or former student ... Read More

UT Dallas Professor to Interview Chosen Author

The Richardson Reads One Book program has asked Jessica Murphy, assistant professor of literature at The University of Texas at Dallas, to interview the author of the 2010 selection, The Art of Racing in the Rain. Murphy will have a conversation with Garth Stein during a private luncheon at the Richardson Women's Club on Tuesday, Sept. 21. Stein's book, narrated by a philosopher dog, tells the story of a sometime race-car driver, Denny Swift, as he builds his own family and deals with life's challenges. Now in its seventh year, Richardson Reads One Book aims to build community parti ... Read More

Associate Professor of Aesthetic Studies to perform

Please join us for our Members Salon! 6961 Lakewood Blvd. Dallas, TX 75214 www.wordspacetexas.org Thursday, Sept. 16, 8pm to 9:30pm featuring Cindy St. John and Venus Opal Reese Cindy St. John is the author of City Poems (Effing Press 2009) and People Who Are in Love Will Read This Book Differently (Dancing Girl Press 2009). Her poems have appeared in many magazines, including The Southern Review, H_NGM_N and Cimarron Review. She holds an MFA from Western Michigan University and currently teaches literature and creative writing in Austin, Texas. Venus Opal Reese is a tenur ... Read More

Recent Publications Validate ATEC Professor's Work

antÉ - Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems at The University of Texas at Dallas, is extensively referenced in two recent publications. Both are substantive acknowledgements of the importance of his research. In his book To Live is to Change, author Frederic Chorda presents Nadin's views on the dynamics of human development. Nadin does not explain change after it occurred, but rather deals with what makes change necessary. He sees anticipation as "the science of change" since human action is affected not only by previous and current states, but especially by possible future sta ... Read More

Publication Annoucements

Sarah Bowman, who received her PhD in Humanities in 2008 and is currently an adjunct instructor in ATEC, has recently published The Functions of Role-Playing Games. It's a revised version of her dissertation. Wei Shao, a PhD candidate in Humanities, has published the Chinese version of her memoir, Homeland, with the New Century Publishing House in Taiwan. ... Read More

Dallas Museum of Art Welcomes Mexican Poet Homero Aridjis As Part of its México 200 Celebration

Richardson, Texas (August 30, 2010) - As part of the Dallas Museum of Art's "México 200" celebration of the bicentennial of Mexican independence, acclaimed poet Homero Aridjis will give a reading on Friday, September 17, at 9:00 p.m. at the Dallas Museum of Art's monthly Late Night. The bilingual reading will come from two of Aridjis' poetry books, Solar Poems and Eyes to See Otherwise (both in English translation). A book signing will follow. This special event will be presented in partnership with The Center for Translation Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas. Late Night ... Read More

Professors Mentor Film's Next Gen of Animators

Midori Kitagawa featured in article highlighting animation professors who share their expertise with Hollywood's next generation of artists. read more ... Read More

UT Dallas Professors Make it a "Late Night"

Two members of the Arts and Humanities faculty at UT Dallas will take part in the Late Nights program at the Dallas Museum of Art this Friday, Aug. 20. Frank Dufour will give a brief presentation about his favorite work of art at 9:00 pm, and Susan Briante will give a poetry reading at 9:30 pm The DMA's Late Nights program allows guests to interact with artists, from poets to sculptors, with an evening of performances, Creativity Challenges, artist demos, and artist talks. The event runs from 6 pm - 12 am During the Late Night on Aug. 20, DMA members get a sneak peek of the new exhib ... Read More