Valerie Alhart is press officer for humanities and broadcast media, and covers humanities and the arts at the University.
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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.
The Department of English has named N’jelle Gage and Guy Thorne of FuturPointe Dance the recipients of the 2014 Lillian Fairchild Memorial Award.
Linda Chaudron, professor of psychiatry, of obstetrics and gynecology, and of pediatrics and senior associate dean for diversity at the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, will receive this year’s Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award for her work as a champion of women in science and medicine.
From contemporary to ballet, hip-hop to tango, more than 30 performances, master classes and workshops taught by guest artists and faculty will be available to the general public at the fifth annual inspireDANCE Festival, the University’s annual celebration of dance and community.
The Institute for Popular Music (IPM) celebrates the 50th year of the Rolling Stone’s breakthrough hit, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” with a special concert January 24. This musical tribute coincides with the launch of a free online course on “The Music of The Rolling Stones.”
The literary translation press recently received one of this year’s largest Arts Works grants in literature. The $60,000 grant will support the publication and promotion of several books in 2015, including Rochester Knockings, a novel based on the Rochester-based religious movement of Spiritualism and the famous Fox Sisters.
The play opens in Todd Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 4, and is based on the true story of Saartijie Baartman, a South African woman taken from her home in 1810 and brought to London where she becomes an overnight sensation on the freak-show circuit.
One of the world’s most celebrated scholars in the humanities, Stephen Greenblatt will visit the University to lecture and participate in workshops with the campus community. Greenblatt will give a public talk for the University’s Ferrari Humanities Symposia on Thursday, Oct. 30 based on ideas introduced in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern.
Sheree Toth, the executive director of the Mt. Hope Family Center and professor of clinical psychology, will deliver this year’s keynote speech at this year’s annual Stanton/Anthony Conversations, which will focus on the mental wellness of children.
Freeman will receive the award and $7,500 prize on Thursday, Oct. 23. As part of the award ceremony, Freeman will give a reading from the novel and she will sign copies of her book during a reception after the event.