Valerie Alhart

Valerie Alhart is press officer for humanities and broadcast media, and covers humanities and the arts at the University.

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Susan B. Anthony Center partners with COPE for equal pay in Rochester

Susan B. Anthony Center partners with COPE for equal pay in Rochester

April 13, 2015

A significant pay gap still exists between men and women on a national scale. In order to help raise awareness of this issue, the Susan. B Anthony Center has partnered with the Coalition on Pay Equity (or COPE) to survey this inequality in the Rochester area.

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Institute for Popular Music’s ‘In Conversation’ series to explore lives, careers of industry leaders

Institute for Popular Music’s ‘In Conversation’ series to explore lives, careers of industry leaders

April 8, 2015

Kara DioGuardi, songwriter and former judge on TV’s American Idol, and Bill Flanagan, a veteran music journalist who has spent the last 15 years as an executive at both MTV and VH1, will sit down for a behind-the-scenes look at their careers on Wednesday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 29.

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<i>The Poitier Effect</i>: New book by film scholar examines ‘change without change’

The Poitier Effect: New book by film scholar examines ‘change without change’

April 6, 2015

Sir Sidney Poitier became a cultural icon in the 1950s as the first black actor to break racial barriers in film. But as art and art history professor Sharon Willis argues in her new book, his image on screen creates a false sense of equality that continues to appear in the popular media and remains damaging to race relations today.

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2015 Day of Arts explores ‘Silence’

2015 Day of Arts explores ‘Silence’

April 3, 2015

University students, faculty, and staff will celebrate Day of the Arts 2015: Silence,which includes five events centered on the question “What is Silence?” This two-day series starting on Wednesday, April 8, explores movement, dance, art, and music.

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Tunnel mural project in progress

Tunnel mural project in progress

March 24, 2015

A new mural by Rochester-based artist Sarah Rutherford, is taking shape in the tunnel system under Dewey Hall, thanks in part to a new initiative to bring more public art to the University’s River Campus.

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International Theatre Program presents gender-bending adaptation of Shakespeare’s <i>The Taming of the Shrew</i>

International Theatre Program presents gender-bending adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew

March 16, 2015

Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew is often criticized for its portrayal of women as weak and submissive. But on Thursday, April 9, the University’s International Theatre Program will present a new take on the classic comedy in a production performed by a largely male cast.

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Image is everything: Was marketing key to success of Rolling Stones?

Image is everything: Was marketing key to success of Rolling Stones?

March 12, 2015

For the past five decades the Rolling Stones have enjoyed tremendous success as the original bad boys of rock for their image based on sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. But what many people don’t realize is that this hasn’t always been the case for the group, according to John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music.

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Rochester professor awarded research fellowship to study impact of religion on mass incarceration

Rochester professor awarded research fellowship to study impact of religion on mass incarceration

February 27, 2015

Joshua Dubler’s project will shed new light on how changes in the religious landscape in America have contributed to tremendous growth in the prison system over the last 40 years.

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Celebrating Susan B. Anthony’s 195th Birthday

Celebrating Susan B. Anthony’s 195th Birthday

February 13, 2015

Faculty, students, and staff will celebrate Susan B. Anthony’s birthday with a visit to her gravesite in Mount Hope Cemetery on Monday, Feb. 16.

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Event: University of Rochester hosts Tino Sehgal’s This situation

February 9, 2015

Rochester will be the second university to produce This situation, a piece by British-German artist Tino Sehgal. The piece is described as a “constructed situation” akin to a contemporary salon in which live interpreters discuss among themselves and with visitors such issues as the aesthetics of existence and the implications of moving from a society of lack to a society of abundance.

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