Associate Professor Of English
Associate professor Jennifer Low (English) just published her latest book, Dramatic Spaces: Scenography and Spectatorial Perceptions, with Routledge Press. Low's work is concerned with stage design and its effect on playwrights and audiences. In the parlance of literary scholarship, plays are texts; for theater professionals, plays are performances. Yet clearly a drama is both text and performance.
Full Professor Of Rhetoric And Communication Studies
During the 2014-2015 academic year, Noemi Marin, Full Professor of Rhetoric and Communication Studies, published a co-edited volume entitled Rhetorics of 1989: Rhetorical Archaeologies of Political Transitions. This scholarly collection, singular in its scope, began as a Special Issue (vol. 18, 2015) of the journal Advances in the History of Rhetoric and was then published as a separate volume by Routledge (2015; ISSN: 1536-2426 print/1936-0835 Online). Along with her co-editor, Cezar Ornatowski, Marin authored the "Introduction" to the volume. As a single author, she contributed a chapter in the volume: "Rhetorical Crossing of 1989: Communist Space, Arguments by Definition, and Discourse of National Identity Twenty-Five Years Later" (167-186). In addition to publishing the above volume, Marin also continued as editor of The Journal of Literacy and Technology (a bi-annual international academic journal), served as co-organizer of the International Conference on Peace Studies held at FAU on the topic "Colonizing and De/Re-Colonizing Nations: A Research Inquiry into Communist Practices 25 Years Later," and presented research papers at five different international conferences. Marin was also featured in the Romanian Community News as one of the Successful Professionals of Romanian origin in the USA and in Florida.
The transmedia opera "Melancholalaland," which was composed by Joey Bargsten (SCMS) with choreography by Thea Zimmer, premiered at the Miami Beach Cinematheque. The opera stages local professional opera singers and dancers in a live mix with video, animation and digital music, creating a re-invention of opera that is more accessible to audiences.
Alejandro Sanchez Samper
Alejandro Sanchez Samper's (Music) CD "Bogotá - Buenos Aires," which features the Quinteto Leopoldo Federico (Colombia) and was recorded and released through FAU's Hoot/Wisdom Recordings, was released this past summer. The CD release event was held in the foyer at the Teatro Colón (Colombia's national opera house) in downtown Bogotá. Among the attendees was former Colombian president Belisario Betancourt and former Colombian Secretary of Education Cecilia María Vélez White. Sanchez-Samper gave remarks during the event and spoke about the role and importance of Hoot/Wisdom Recordings as an educational and non-profit enterprise and the role it is playing in the professional development of both students and faculty.
Irena Kofman's (Music) newest CD, "Theodor Gouvy, 3 Sonatas for Piano Duet," was released by Talent Records this past Spring. Classical Music Reviews said: "The performance, too, is absolutely first-rate. The De Groote/Kofman team showing not only great empathy for the style, and clearly sounding as if they enjoyed every single note, but in pure terms of balance and ensemble, their playing can simply not be faulted."
The FAU Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Kyle Prescott (music), has been selected to perform at the Southern Division Conference of CBDNA (The College Band Directors National Association) in 2016. The six invited ensembles include The University of Florida, The University of Louisville, and FAU. Cody Birdwell, President of CBDNA summed up the situation concisely: "This invitation represents the pinnacle in terms of research and performance in our distinguished profession, and you should certainly be proud of your musical and educational achievements." The event is in Charleston, South Carolina, in the new $145M Gaillard Center, in February, 2016.
Kathryn Johnston (Theatre) has become a certified teacher of Knight-Thompson and she has been appointed to the board of The Arts Radio Network Theatre Project and appeared in their productions of "The Philadelphia Story" and "Rebecca."
Visual Arts And Art History
Julie Ward (Visual Arts and Art History) was awarded the Dorothy F. Schmitt College of Arts and Letters Japan Foundation Summer Travel Grant and spent two weeks in Japan, mainly in Tokyo and Kyoto. Ward used the opportunity to continue her research into the subculture of truckers. While researching "The Last Independent Trucker," she found the Dekotora trucks of Japan and knew that they would emerge as a new line of inquiry at some point. Dekotora is an abbreviation for "decoration truck." The goal is to add as many decorations to your truck while still keeping it operational.
Arlene Fradkin (Anthropology), Rod Faulds (University Galleries) and Evan Bennett (History) were recently awarded a $15,000 grant by the Florida Humanities Council for their project, "Beanie Backus and Florida's Highwaymen: History, Commerce and Art." The project centers on an exhibition jointly presenting a selection of FAU-owned original works by Backus and Highwaymen paintings borrowed from private collections, supplemented by texts and historical photographs and artifacts, to be on display at FAU's Ritter Gallery from September to November 2016. A series of public programs by Florida-based humanities scholars will take place concurrently with the exhibition and will examine the art and the social, historical and political milieu of these artists.