Artists in Residence

 
Residencies bring professional performing and visual artists, creative writers, filmmakers, and arts exhibitions to the UCA campus for one or more days for the purpose of expanding student learning experiences.  They offer the general student body performances, lectures, and exhibits that enlarge awareness and appreciation of the arts, and provide students participating in the arts with workshops, masterclasses, critiques, etc. that enhance understanding and professionalism.

All appearances are free to UCA students.  Appearances are made possible by the UCA Performing Arts Fee.

Spring 2013 Artists in Residence

Spring 2014 Artist in Residence Brochure

Miranda July

Miranda July: Writer, Filmmaker, Artist

Feb. 13, 10:50 am-12:05 pm, Q & A with students, Win Thompson Hall room 331

Feb. 13, 7:30 pm, Public reading and book signing, College of Business room 107

  Miranda July is a writer, filmmaker, and artist. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker; her collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You (Scribner, 2007), won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in twenty countries. Her latest book, It Chooses You (McSweeney’s, 2011), documents her encounters with thirteen strangers she met through the PennySaver online classified ads. July wrote, directed and starred in her first feature length film, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and four prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Camera d’Or. Miranda July’s most recent film is The Future (2011), which she wrote and directed and starrs in. In 2007, July and visual artist Harrell Fletcher created a participatory website (learningtoloveyoumore.com) and a companion book, Learning to Love You More (Prestel), which asked the general public to complete assignments that promote creative thinking through the arts.

In conjunction with July’s visit to Conway, the Baum Gallery will collaborate with Hendrix College’s online web project, Guiding Us to You (hendrixmurphy.org/guidingustoyou), inspired by the assignments of LTLYM, to “allow participants to become part of a collaborative, literary, and artistic community.”

 

Louis Menendez

Suzanne Mentzer

Louis Menendez: Collaborative Piano

Susanne Mentzer: Mezzo Soprano

Mar. 5, 3:00 pm, Louis Menendez, Collaborative piano master class, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Mar. 6, 7:30 pm, Suzanne Mentzer & Louis Menendez, Opera recital with collaborative piano, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Mar. 7, 1:00-3:00 pm, Suzanne Mentzer, Opera master class, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Acclained as one of New York’s most inventive musicians, Manhattan-born Louis Menendez is highly regarded as a collaborative artist, conductor, pianist, educator, and composer. As an internationally recognized collaborative pianist, Menendez is highly sought after by singers and instrumentalists alike for his wide knowledge of vocal and ensemble repertoire, his ability to coach lyric diction and intonation in singers, as well as assist musicians with notes, rhythms, and entrances. Menendez has assisted operatic artists such as Sherrill Milnes, Birgit Nilsson, Placido Domingo, and Luciano Pavarotti. In chamber music, he has worked with such artists as violinist Yo Yo Ma and flutist James Galway.

A dedicated educator and administrator, Menenedez currently serves as adjunct professor at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, and has served as Artistic Director of the Anchorage Opera Studio Theatre; Music Director for Sarasota Opera’s Studio Artists; Founder and Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Concert Opera; Founder and Director of the Apprentice Coach Program at Sherrill Milnes’s “Voice Experience”; and has been on the coaching staffs for the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy, the Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, the California Music Festival in San Francisco, and Martina Arroyo’s “Prelude to Performance.”

 Susanne Mentzer, one of today’s foremost mezzo-sopranos, is recognized for her generous vocal and interpretive gifts, and widely admired for her versatility from the recital and concert stage to the operatic arena. For more than twenty years, she has sung leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, and has been fortunate to have appeared with nearly every great opera house and orchestra on four continents. Her current and recent appearances include Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ in Madrid, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis in Tucson, the role of the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd with Opera Theatre St. Louis, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Houston Ballet, Despina in Cosi fan tutte at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the role of Nell Quickly in Gordon Getty’s Plump Jack with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra Munich (recorded on the Pentatone label), Jade Boucher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking (soon to be released by EMI), Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, both with the Houston Grand Opera, and Concepsion in Ravel’s L’heure Espagnol with the Houston Symphony. A mentor to young singers, she serves on the board of the George London Foundation and the W. M. Sullivan Foundation. Mentzer also taught for twelve years as a Professor of Voice at The Sheperd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, at DePaul University in Chicago, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. As an arts advocate, she writes a blog for the Huffington Post.

 

Bruce Adolphe

Bruce Adolphe: Composer

Mar. 19, 4:00-5:00 pm, Open rehearsal with faculty and student groups performing the works of Mr. Adolphe, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Mar. 19, 5:00-6:30 pm, Dinner with music faculty and students, UCA Christian Cafeteria

Mar. 19, 7:00-9:00 pm, Continued coaching of ensembles working on and performing Mr. Adolphe’s works, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Mar. 20, 10:50-12:05 pm, Class visit with Music Theory IV, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Mar. 20, 1:40-2:30 pm, Lecture demonstration: “Imagination in Performance,” Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

(open to all students)

Mar. 20, 2:40-3:55 pm, Meeting with Orchestra students, Snow Fine Arts Center room 120

Mar. 20, 4:05-5:30 pm, Meeting with String Chamber Music students, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Mar. 20, 7:30 pm, Public concert of Mr. Adolphe’s chamber music, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Mar. 21, 1:00-2:30 pm, Meeting with student composers, Snow Fine Arts Center room 302

Mar. 21, 5:30 pm, Bravo! fundraising cocktail party

Mar. 21, 7:00 pm, Bravo! fundraising dinner with 30-minute presentation including Piano Puzzlers (tickets and information about Bravo! events may be obtainted by calling (501) 450-3293 or e-mailing jdmiller@uca.edu), Reynolds Performance Hall

  Bruce Adolphe is a composer, educator, performer, and author whose music is performed worldwide by renowned artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Fabio Luisi, Sylvia McNair, the Washington National Opera, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra the Beaux Arts Trio, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, the Brentano String Quartet, the Miami Quartet, the Currende Ensemble of Belgium, and more than sixty symphony orchestras. A key figure at The Chamber Music Societry of Lincoln Center since 1992, Adolphe is the founder and director of the Society’s Meet the Music family concert series as well as the Society’s resident lecturer. He has appeared as a commentator on Live From Lincoln Center television and as a regular lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The author of three books on music, including The Mind’s Ear: Exercises for Improving the Musical Imagination (Oxford 2013), he has taught at Yale, Juilliard, and New York University. Since 2002, he performs his Piano Puzzlers weekly on public radio’s Performance Today, hosted by Fred Child. With cellist Julian Fifer, Adolphe co-founded The Learning Maestros, a company dedicated to creating new works and related curricula that integrate music with other disciplines, including science, literature, history, and issues of social conscience.

In 2013, UCA commissioned a new work by Bruce Adolphe, Mary Cassatt: Scenes from her Life, inspired by paintings by the artist in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

 

David Gillingham

David Gillingham: Composer

Apr. 16, 7:00 pm, Wind Ensemble dress rehearsal, Reynolds Performance Hall

Apr. 17, 1:40-2:30 pm, Open lecture/workshop/meet and greet for alumni music students from other universities, and public school music educators, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Apr. 17, 7:15 pm, Pre-concert remarks by Composer, Reynolds Performance Hall

Apr. 17, 7:30 pm, Wind Ensemble Concert, Reynolds Performance Hall

Composer David Gillingham has an international reputation for works he has written for band and percussion. Now considered standards in the repertoire, many of his works are regularly performed by nationally-recognized ensembles including the Prague Radio Orchestra, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble, the University of Georgia Bands, North Texas University Wind Ensemble, and many others. Gillingham’s works have also been performed by nationally-known artists, including Fred Mills (Canadian Brass), Randall Hawes (Detroit Symphony) and Charles Vernon (Chicago Symphony Orchestra). A Professor of Music at Central Michigan Unversity, Gillingham is the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award (1990), a Summer Fellowship (1991), and a Research Professorship (1995). He has also received the ASCAP Standard Award for Composers of Concert Music every year since 1996.

In 2013, the UCA Department of Music commissioned Gillingham to compose a work that would recognize and celebrate the centennial of the UCA Band program in 2014. The resulting work, Crossover, was inspired by the book Proof of Heaven by neurosurgeon Eben Alexander who experienced a profound afterlife experience.

 

Alexander Markov

Alexander Markov: Violinist

Apr. 17, 2:40-4:40 pm, Violin master class and open Q & A, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

Apr. 18, 7:00-9:30 pm, Conway Symphony Orchestra rehearsal, Reynolds Performance Hall

Apr. 19, 2:30-5:00 pm, Conway Symphony Orchestra rehearsal, Reynolds Performance Hall

Apr. 19, 7:30 pm, Conway Symphony Orchestra concert, Reynolds Performance Hall

Internationally celebrated violinist Alexander Markov has been hailed as one of the world’s most captivating and versatile musicians. A gold medal winner at the Paganini International Violin Competition, he has appeared as a soloist with some of the world’s most celebrated orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the BBC Phiharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, the Montreal Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. One of the few violinists in the world who performs the entire set of the 24 Paganini Caprices in a single recital, he is featured in the internationally acclaimed film about great violinists, The Art of Violin, directed by the legendary film director Bruno Monsaingeon.

Alexander Markov was born in Moscow and studied violin with his father, concert violinist Albert Markov. By the time he was eight years old, he was already appearing as a soloist with orchestras and in double concertos with his father. The father and son team still perform together in duo-program repertoire in concert halls worldwide. Markov emigrated to the U.S. with his parents and received his United States citizenship in 1982.

 

Fall 2013 Artists in Residence

 

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Jen Lewin

Oct. 3            1:40-2:30 p.m.            Public Lecture                                                                           MCC ALH

Oct. 3-5         6-10:00 p.m.              Public display of The Pool                                                       Alumni Circle
                                                            Presented during Conway’s Annual ArtsFest  

                                                         Public display of The Chandelier Harp       Simon Park, Downtown Conway

                                                           Presented during Conway’s Annual ArtsFest                                                                                                                                               


                                                            

For the past 15 years, visual artist Jen Lewin has created large, immersive, interactive art pieces for the public. From sound and light sculptures that inspire people into play, to woven fiber video curtains that reflect movement, to giant, robotic yet ethereal moths that dance based on human touch, Lewin utilizes technology as an artistic medium in order to make her work exciting and compelling to 21st - century audiences.

Trained as an architect, Lewin's pieces often approach the scale of buildings and rooms. She creates experiences and environments that are both part of, and integrated into, a physical space. For example, her work The Pool, which will be installed in UCA's Alumni Circle, spans almost a quarter acre and involves 120 interactive, glowing, outdoor light platforms that, when stood upon, interact with each other. Her work, Chandelier Harps, for instance, creates sound when viewers break light beams using their hands. Because of the sensitivity of the software, the harp is able to tell how fast a person is moving as well as the height of their hand as if intersects the beam. The resulting complex sounds grow and swell over time.

Lewin received her BA in architecture and computer-aided design from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and MPS in interactive design at the Tisch School for the Arts at NYU. Her works have been exhibited at Burning Man in Nevada, the New Orleans Botanical Garden, the Gwanglu Design Biennale in South Korea, and the New York City Javitz Center, to name only a few. Lewin recently collaborated with sculptor Claes Oldenberg as the LED lighting consultant for his monumental sculpture Paint Torch, installed in Lenfest Plaza in Philadelphia in 2011.

 

 

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Cassatt String Quartet

Oct. 2            4:30-6:30 p.m.                       Quartet Masterclasses                                     SFAC RH

7:30-9:30 p.m.                       Solo Instument Masterclass                             SFAC RH

Oct. 3            11 a.m. - noon                       Conway High School Outreach Activity

1:40-2:30 p.m.                       Presentation and Q&A for Students                 RPH

2:40-3:55 p.m.                       String Ensemble Rehearsal                              RPH

7:30 p.m.                                Public Concert                                                RPH

(world premiere of Mary Cassatt: Scenes from her Life by BRUCE ADOLPHE

                                                         Presented during Conway’s Annual ArtsFest) 

Oct. 4            6:30 p.m.                                Public Concert                              Crystal Bridges Museum, Springdale

(followed by post-discussion/reception with the audience)

 

Formed in 1985, the Manhattan-based Cassatt String Quartet performs throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East, with past appearances at New York's Alice Tull Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Music Theater, the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, and Maeda Hall in Tokyo. Their music has been presented on major radio stations such as National Public Radio, Boston's WGBH, New York's WQXR and WNYC, and on Canada's CBC Radio and Radio France.

Their numerous awards include a Tanglewood Chamber Music Fellowship, the Wardwell Chamber Music Fellowship at Yale (where they served as teaching assistants to the Tokyo Quartet), first Prizes at the Fischoff and Coleman Chamber Music Competitions, two top prizes at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, two CMA/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, a recording grant from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, and commissioning grants from Meet the Composer and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2004, they were selected for the centennial celebration of the Coleman Chamber Music Association in Pasadena, California.

Equally adept at classical masterpieces and contemporary music, the Cassatt has collaborated with a remarkable array of artists/composers including pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, soprano Susan Narucki, flutist Ransom Wilson, jazz pianist Fred Hersch, didgeriedoo player Simon 7, the Trisha Brown Dance Company, distinguished members of the Cleveland and Vermeer Quartets, and composers Louis Andriessen and John Harbison. The Quartet has played the music of many contemporary composers including that of John Duffy, Andy Tierstein, Dan Welcher, Julis Wolfe, Margaret Brouwer, and Mary Jane Leach, among others. With a deep commitment to nurturing young musicians, the Cassatt has had residency experience in Princeton, Yale, Syracuse University, the University at Buffalo and the University of Pennsylvania. For seven years running, they have conducted residencies for high school students in Odessa, Texas, through a project called "Cassatt in the Basin!" where students benefit from individualized coaching, master classes, and presentations in music theory, history and composition.

The Cassatt String Quartet will perform a free concert in Reynolds Performance Hall on Oct. 3 during Conway's annual ArtsFest celebration. The program will feature the world premiere of an original composition, Mary Cassatt: Scenes from Her Life, by New York composer Bruce Adolphe. This composition, inspired by works of art in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, was commissioned by the UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication.

 

 

 

Echols and Davis-Photo (High Res HEADSHOT 2012)

Damien Echols and Lorri Davis

Nov. 11       7:30 p.m.                    Public Reading and Book Signing                         Reynolds Performance Hall

Tickets are required. Two free tickets may be obtained through the Reynolds Box Office from 10-4, Mon-Fri, or by calling (501) 450-3265. Tickets will be released 10/10/13 for UCA students, and 10/17/13 for UCA faculty/staff and the general public. Seating is general admission. Doors open at 6:30. No re-entry will be allowed. No bags, purses, or backpacks. No cameras or video recording of any type will be permitted.

As one of the West Memphis Three, convicted of the 1993 murder of three Arkansas boys, Damien Echols is one of few on earth to know what it means to persevere through imprisonment and ultimately reclaim his freedom. There were many who stood by his side though his 18 years on death row, including such high-profile artists as actor Johnny Depp, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines, and former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins. Echols credits his wife and biggest supporter, Lorri Davis, for taking charge of his legal efforts, which led to his 2011 Alford plea deal and release. The media also played a crucial role in Echols' fight to clear his name, bringing to light new forensics in 2007 that revealed no DNA evidence existed to link him to the crime scene.

Echols' New York Times bestselling memoir, Life After Death, published in September 2012, focuses on his abusive childhood and brutal incarceration, as well as his stores of patience and perseverance that he drew upon to survive in prison. The book is also a deeply moving and profound account of Echols' and Davis' fight to prove his innocence, giving a voice to those who are persecuted for the way they look or anyone who has experienced an injustice. Their story gives hope to those who know what it's like to struggle against seemingly insurmountable odds. Actor Johnny Depp, who has optioned the movie rights to the novel, wrote "Damien Echols suffered a shocking miscarriage of justice. A nightmare few could endure. An innocent man on death row for more than eighteen years, abused by the very system we all fund. His story will appall, fascinate, and render you feeble with tears and laughter. A brilliant memoir to battle with literary giants of the caliber of Jean Genet, Gregory David Roberts, and Dostoevsky."

In 2012, West of Memphis, the documentary film based on Echols' story, directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Amy Berg and produced by Echols and Davis in collaboration with the multiple Academy Award winning team of Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh - both long time supporters of Echols - premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released to theaters in late December.

 

Past Artists in Residence

Spring 2013

Jennifer Egan

LIsa Harper

 

Matthew J. Smith is a professor of communication and director of cinema studies at Wittenberg University, a liberal arts institution in Springfield, Ohio. At the conclusion of his seven-year tenure as chair, the department received the 2010 Rex Mix Program of Excellence Award, the top honor presented by the Undergraduate College and University Section of the National Communication Association.

Matt specializes in teaching graphic storytelling and has taught a popular course on graphic novels for the past six years. He also leads a summer field study to Comic-Con International, where students study the intersection of fan culture and marketing, and he has taught a specialized course in the works of comics auteur Alan Moore. In addition, he teaches courses in Media Literacy, Critical Methods, and Media Law, and helped develop interdisciplinary minors in journalism and cinema studies. He co-founded the Integrated Media Corps, an on-campus internship experience, and Communication Leaders, a year-long senior leadership development program. In 2009,Wittenberg’s Alumni Association recognized him with its Distinguished Teaching Award, the university’s highest award for teaching.

Matt holds a Ph.D. in Communication (1998) and a M.A. in English (1995) from OhioUniversity, and a bachelor's degree in English from West Liberty State College (1993). He is co-author of five different books, the latest three in collaboration with Dr. Randy Duncan of Henderson State University. These include The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture (Continuum, 2009), which is a textbook for the comics studies classroom, and Critical Approaches to Comics: Theories and Methods (Routledge, 2012), which was nominated for a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Educational/Academic Work. Another collaborative volume, Icons of the American Comic Book, is currently in press. Matt is a member of the Executive Council of the Eastern Communication Association and immediate past president of the Ohio Communication Association.

His wife Susan is employed by the Air Force Museum Foundation inDayton,Ohio, and their twin sons, Trevor and Kent, are third graders who share their dad’s love of comics.

 

September 17

9:00-9:50 AM

Craft Presentation: Organizational Communication

WTH 115

September 17

10:00-10:50 AM

Craft Presentation: Organizational Communication

WTH 115

September 17

1:30-2:30 PM

Craft Presentation: Introduction to Communication Research

WTH 114

September 17

7:30 PM

Public Presentation: "Beyond BIFF! BAM! Pow! Reclaiming Comics as the Ninth Art"

COB 107

 

 

 

Architects of Air build ‘luminaria’ – monumental inflatable structures designed to generate a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour.

Since 1992 Architects of Air’s luminaria have made over 500 exhibitions in 38 countries.  From Berlin to Brooklyn, Hong Kong to Hawaii, Taipei to Tel Aviv, Sao Paulo to the Sydney Opera House, the monumental walk-in sculptures of Architects of Air have enchanted audiences around the world.

Built in 2010, Mirazozo makes extensive use of an ‘illuminated seam’ feature where luminous seam lines create a scintillating lattice of light.

The pattern of these neon-like strips induces the viewer's gaze to shift between different perceptions of the same view – an effect one encounters in the contemplative geometric surface design of Islamic art and architecture.

Mirazozo’s center dome is the largest open space structure that Architects of Air has built - one particularly suitable for hosting performances. Mirazozo was conceived to be very modular and to permit compact configurations.

http://www.architects-of-air.com/

 

 

 

 

Since 1980, CORE Performance Company has been creating and performing innovative contemporary dance. Known for its riveting, passionate and unique work, CORE has been internationally acclaimed in performance, tours and residencies in the U.S., Mexico, Guatemala, Sweden, Germany, Croatia and the Republic of Georgia.

 

With homes in Atlanta, Georgia and Houston, Texas, CORE creates intimate and original work that evolves through experimentation, improvisation, and collaboration with artists from different mediums.

http://www.coredance.org/

These presentations are supported by Mid-America Arts Alliance with generous underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arkansas Arts Council, and foundations, corporations, and individuals throughout Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Additional funding is provided by Alternate ROOTS and the Ford Foundation through the ROOTS Tour & Residency Program and the Arkansas Arts Council Arts in Education Mini-Grant.

 

 

 

The Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today's world. Now in its second decade as a quartet, the Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications in its tours across the United States and abroad. Their performances regularly take place in many of the world's most important concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House.

 

At the same time, the Quartet's belief that concert music can also be a meaningful part of everyday life has also drawn the foursome to perform in settings as diverse as the workplace, schools, juvenile prisons, and the White House. In fact, the Ying Quartet's constant quest to explore the creative possibilities of the string quartet has led it to an unusually diverse array of musical projects and interests.

 

http://www.ying4.com/index.html

 

October 3

3:30-4:30 PM

Music Discussion Session

SFAC RH

October 4

9:00-10:30 AM

String Quartet Master Class

SFAC RH

October 4

7:30 PM

Public Concert

RHP

 

 

 

Ed Sanders is an American poet, singer, social activist, environmentalist, author, publisher and longtime member of the band The Fugs. He has been called a bridge between the Beat and Hippie generations.

Sanders wrote his first notable poem, "Poem from Jail", on toilet paper in his cell after being jailed for protesting the launch of nuclear submarines armed with nuclear missiles in 1961. In 1962, he founded the avant-garde journal Fuck You. Sanders opened the Peace Eye Bookstore at 383 East Tenth Street in what was then the Lower East Side; the store became a gathering place for bohemians, writers and radicals. On January 1, 1966, police raided Peace Eye Bookstoreand charged Sanders with obscenity, charges he fended off with the aid of the ACLU. Notoriety generated by the case led to his appearance on the February 17, 1967 cover of Life Magazine, which proclaimed him "a leader of New York's Other Culture."

In late 1964, Sanders founded The Fugs with Tuli Kupferberg. The band broke up in 1969 and reformed in 1984. On October 21, 1967, Sanders helped The Fugs and the San Francisco Diggers in an attempt to exorcise the Pentagon. In 1968, he signed the "Writers and Editors War Tax Protest" pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.

In 1971, Sanders wrote The Family, a profile of the events leading up to the Tate-LaBianca murders. He attended the Manson group's murder trial, and spent time at their residence at the Spahn Movie Ranch. There have been two updated editions of The Family, the most recent in 2002. The Process Church of the Final Judgement sued Sanders's U.S. publisher for defamation over a chapter linking them with Manson's activities. The case was settled by the publisher, who removed the disputed chapter from future editions. The Process Church then sued Sanders's British publisher, but lost the suit and were forced to pay the defendant's legal fees.

Sanders is the founder of the Investigative Poetry movement. His 1976 manifesto Investigative Poetry, published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights Books, had an impact on investigative writing and poetry during the ensuing decades. In the 1990s, Sanders began utilizing the principles of Investigative Poetry to create a series of book-length poems on literary figures and American History. Among these works are Chekhov1968: A History in Verse, and The Poetry and Life of Allen Ginsberg. In 1998, Sanders began work on a 9-volume America, A History in Verse. The first five volumes, tracing the history of the 20th century, were published in a CD format with over 2,000 pages in length.

Sanders received a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry in 1983, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry in 1987. His Thirsting for Peace in a Raging Century, Selected Poems 1961-1985 won an American Book Award in 1988. He was chosen to deliver the Charles Olson Memorial Lectures at SUNY Buffalo in 1983. In 1997, he received a Writers Community residency sponsored by the YMCA National Writer’s Voice through the Lila Wallace Readers Digest Fund.

In 1997 he was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. In 2000 and 2003 he was Writer-in-Residence at the New York State Writers Institute in Albany, New York.

 

October 16

7:30 PM

Public Reading and Book Signing

COB 107

October 17

3:00 PM

Writing Craft Lecture and Q&A

WTH 331

 

 

 

Born in Shanghai, pianist Jue Wang has been concertizing regularly in his native country since the age of ten. Recent First Prize and Gold Medal winner of the XVth Paloma O'Shea Santander International Piano Competition, Mr. Wang is rapidly garnering attention as a gifted young performer who has already made successful debuts at many prestigious venues around the globe.

As winner of the Santander Competition, Mr. Wang receives a generous cash prize, a recording distributed by Naxos and an extensive concert and recital tours with more than 100 performances offered through the competition. Highlights include debuts at New York's Carnegie Hall and London's Wigmore Hall. Additional recitals are scheduled for Hannover NDR Hall in Germany, Bilbao Sociedad Filarmónica, Zaragoza Auditorio de Congresos in Spain, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Warsaw's Penderecki and Santander's International Festivals, as well as venues in Switzerland, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Panama and Mexico. Mr. Wang is slated for concerto performances with the Oviedo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and the Spanish Radio and Television, Murcia Regional, Colombia National and National Dominican Republic Symphony Orchestras.

During the 2008-2009 season, Jue Wang presented his Madrid debut recital at the Auditorio Nacional de Música and his Valencia concert debut at the Palau des Arts, performing with the Palau des Arts Orchestra and Maestro Zubin Mehta. He gave recitals at the Úbeda International Festival, Santander Palacio de Festivales, Klavierfestival Ruhr in Germany, Sintra International Festival in Portugal, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, the Córdoba Rafael Orozco International Piano Festival and performed the inaugural concerts at the Badajoz Festival Ibérico and at the Oviedo International Piano Festial "Luis G. Iberni". Critics have praised his "self-confidence and concentration on the stage...his confidence and maturity are evident during his performances" (Diario Córdoba) and have highlighted his "Virtuoso abilities, [he] read with unusual clarity and brilliance" (Heraldo de Aragón).

In addition to the Santander prize, Mr. Wang also received First Prize at the 51st International Piano Competition María Canals in Barcelona. Mr. Wang received a Masters Degree in 2009 from the Shanghai Conservatory. He is currently studying at the Manhattan School of Music with Dr. Marc Silverman in the Artist Diploma Program.

 

October 23

1:40-2:30 PM

Music Q&A with Students

SFAC RH

October 23

7:30 PM

**Conway Symphony Orchestra Concert, featuring Pianist Jue Wang

RPH

 

 

 

Digby is the pseudonym of liberal political blogger Heather Parton who founded the blog Hullabaloo. She has been called one of the "leading and most admired commentators" of the progressive blogosphere.

Digby began as a commenter on the blogs of Bartcop and Atrios and launched her own blog on January 1, 2003, calling it Hullabaloo "because one function of blogs is to cause a ruckus" and decorating it with a picture of a screaming Howard Beale from the film Network. She has been joined by other bloggers on Hullabaloo, including composer Richard Einhorn, who blogs under the name "Tristero".

Digby was a Navy brat who graduated from Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, Alaska. She studied theater at San Jose State College and worked on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System and for a number of film companies, including Island Pictures, Polygram, and Artisan Entertainment.

Digby won the 2005 Koufax award for blog writing and accepted the Paul Wellstone Award on behalf of the progressive blogosphere from the Campaign for America's Future at their "Take Back America" conference. Digby had initially kept her identity secret and it was widely assumed that Digby was male until she made an appearance at the 2007 Campaign for America's Future conference to accept the award.

 

November 13

7:30 PM

Public Reading and Book Signing

COB 107

November 14

TBA

Blogging Craft Lecture and Q&A

WTH 331