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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International celebration honors work of scholar, activist Douglas Crimp

International celebration honors work of scholar, activist Douglas Crimp

August 26, 2014

Leading scholars, artists, and critics from around the world will gather at the Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art in Berlin on August 28 to celebrate the work of Douglas Crimp, who turned 70 this month. Known for his work as an art critic, theorist, curator, and activist, his work was instrumental in the development of the field of queer studies.

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University ranked among top ten ‘Best Colleges for Food’

University ranked among top ten ‘Best Colleges for Food’

August 14, 2014

The University’s dining services has been ranked 6th on the 2014 list of 75 Best Colleges for Food by the online publication The Daily Meal. In addition to the quality of the food, the rankings were determined by the “food scene of the surrounding area,” as well as nutrition, sustainability, accessibility, events, uniqueness, and “the overall quality of the dining experience.”

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Debut novel explores betrayal, brotherhood in the South

Debut novel explores betrayal, brotherhood in the South

August 5, 2014

Tough economic times can bring out the worst in people, especially when you mix in family, desperation, and the drive to get ahead in business. This is one of the messages in Bluff City Pawn, a new novel by professor Stephen Schottenfeld, which hits bookstores this week.

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University of Rochester is on the Fringe

University of Rochester is on the Fringe

July 16, 2014

The University is a sponsor and major participant in the 2014 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, taking place Sept. 18–27 in Rochester’s East End. Students, faculty, and alumni will perform in more than 40 shows during the 10-day city arts fest.

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Celebrating 59 Days of Independence

Celebrating 59 Days of Independence

June 23, 2014

In their 59 Days of Independence project, artist and senior lecturer Heather Layton and Brian Bailey ‘09W (PhD) invite people around the world to celebrate the independence of countries other than their own. “By recognizing someone else’s independence, you’re showing that you care about his or her well-being in the same way you care about your own,” says Layton.

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Move over, Chaucer, these days poet John Gower is all the rage

Move over, Chaucer, these days poet John Gower is all the rage

June 13, 2014

During the 3rd International Congress of the John Gower Society, scholars will explore the life and work of Gower, a contemporary of Geoffrey Chaucer, and one of the major poets during the reign of Richard II.

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Curt Smith critiques plans for the Obama library

Curt Smith critiques plans for the Obama library

June 11, 2014

As the June 16 deadline for bids for the library approaches, universities in Chicago, Honolulu, and New York City have expressed interest in housing the Barack Obama Presidential library. Curt Smith offers strong views about the three leading contenders vying for the project.

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Thomas DiPiero named dean of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Thomas DiPiero named dean of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

June 10, 2014

DiPiero, dean for humanities and interdisciplinary studies in AS&E, will also serve as professor in the Departments of English and World Languages and Literatures at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas.

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New book explores awkward moments in film and media

New book explores awkward moments in film and media

May 7, 2014

Films like This is Spinal Tap have built large followings around their use of awkward and cringeworthy comedy. But according to Jason Middleton, assistant professor of English and director of the film and media studies program, the use of staged “awkwardness” extends far beyond the domain of contemporary popular culture and into the earliest days of filmmaking.

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Festival brings student films to the big screen

Festival brings student films to the big screen

May 6, 2014

A diverse group of 19 student films was presented at the University’s 9th annual Gollin Film Festival on Wednesday, May 1, with the top films winning $1,200 in cash prizes.

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