The Race Is On

These sixteen flutists from the School of Music will draw from their stamina, breath control, energy, and discipline honed through years of practicing—and running—when they participate in the 5K, 10K, or half marathon on the weekend of April 26-27. So far about 50 FAA student, staff, and faculty athletes will compete in one of the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon events, plus many others will be cheering along the route, monitoring intersections for safety, handing out bags and shirts, setting up booths, and serving in other capacities as volunteers. Will we see you out on the course?

April 22, 2013

Daniel Schneider's Book Wins George Perkins Marsh Prize from the American Society for Environmental History

Hybrid Nature: Sewage Treatment and the Contradictions of the Industrial Ecosystem by Daniel Schneider has received the George Perkins Marsh Prize, which is bestowed by the American Society for Environmental History for the best book in the field. In this 2011 publication from MIT Press, Schneider—a professor and the interim head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning—views the development of biological sewage treatment plants in the nineteenth century as industrial ecosystems with juxtapositions inherent in their operation that include the environment and industrial society, public interests and private profits, and engineering and labor. He extends his discussion of biological sewage treatment plants in England and the United States to the current field of biotechnology, contemporary genetic engineering and its consequences for the environment, and natural purification methods for sewage treatment.

Read a description of the book from the publisher

April 19, 2013

Alumnus Philip Bohlman Selected for Guggenheim Fellowship

Philip Bohlman—the Mary Werkman Distinguished Service Professor of Music and the Humanities at the University of Chicago and an honorary professor at the University of Music, Drama, and Media Hanover—has been named a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow. Bohlman earned a PhD in musicology at the School of Music in 1984 and has made significant contributions as a scholar, performer, and researcher. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former president of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Bohlman will focus his Guggenheim-funded work on music during the formation of nations and nationalisms across the globe. He will draw from his earlier research on modern nation-states in Europe to connect music to religion, location, and language during times of initial contact, colonization, and restructuring.

Read more about this distinguished alumnus

April 18, 2013

Krannert Center and SITI Company Awarded Innovative Doris Duke Grant

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has selected a long-term residency-based collaboration between Krannert Center and SITI Company, led by artistic director Anne Bogart, to receive one of just ten grants in 2013 to change expectations about art’s meanings. In a program called “Making Communities Visible,” area groups will participate in activities with members of SITI Company and Krannert Center staff to expand notions of community and concepts about art. The Doris Duke Artist Residencies to Build Demand for the Arts focus on partnerships between artists and performing arts organizations and support efforts to imagine novel ways to engage the public and increase interest in jazz, contemporary dance, and theatre.

April 10, 2013

Jennifer Monson Awarded MAP Fund Grant for Collaborative Project

Jennifer Monson, a professor with Dance at Illinois, has received a 2013 grant from the MAP Fund for In Tow—what and who we move forward with. This project imagined through iLAND—the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature, and Dance that she founded—will allow for a year-long experimentation between Monson, dancer and choreographer David Zambrano, electric harpist and composer Zeena Perkins, multimedia choreographer DD Dorvillier, and other artists in Champaign-Urbana that will cross aesthetic, historical, and geographic contexts. In Tow will include a public engagement component and an online archive about the collaboration. The project was one of 41 awardees chosen by a distinguished, multinational panel among 813 entries. The MAP Fund supports work that manifests a creative spirit rooted in thoughtful inquiry, features adventurous approaches, explores cultural differences, and propels human progress.

April 9, 2013

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