The decline of America’s cities has been arrested and there is renewed hope for the future, according to SynergiCity: Reinventing the Postindustrial City (University of Illinois Press, 2012). The editors of the collection are Paul Hardin Kapp and Paul J. Armstrong, architecture professors at Illinois.
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Learn more about the book at the University of Illinois Press site
December 23, 2012
The New York Times interviewed alumnus Brandon Dirden, 34, who is starring in the Signature Theater’s revival of August Wilson’s drama The Piano Lesson in New York City. Dirden earned his undergraduate degree at Morehouse College and then attended graduate school in theatre at Illinois.
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December 27, 2012
Katrine Trantham was recently appointed the assistant dean for recruitment and admissions in the Office for Undergraduate Academic Affairs. Katrine comes to Illinois from the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she served for five years as the director of enrollment and recruitment.
In her new role as assistant dean, Katrine will lead the development and implementation of a strategy for enrollment management in FAA as well as offer support to recruiting and admissions initiatives in the college’s schools and departments.
Katrine earned a bachelor of arts in studio art from the City University of New York (CUNY) Staten Island and a master of arts in teaching from the State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego. Prior to her position with the Savannah College of Art and Design, she served for seven years as an art educator in the Atlanta area, teaching at the middle and high school levels while also serving as the director of summer youth programs at Clayton State University.
December 21, 2012
Noël Wan, Junior in the School of Music, Is Semifinalist and Special Award Winner in International Harp Contest
Harpist Noël Wan, junior in the School of Music, was recently named a semifinalist in the 18th International Harp Contest in Israel. Noël was the youngest semifinalist at age 18. Special Awards were donated by the Aharon Zvi and Mara Propes Foundation for the three semifinalists. Contestants from four continents competed in November and December 2012 in this longest-running and prestigious contest for harp.
Noël Wan was previously named the winner of the Chi Mei Culture Foundation's 22nd Chi Mei Arts Award Scholarship in Taiwan, given to assist outstanding and talented young artists who work in the arts, music, and academic research. Noël was the first harpist ever chosen for the highly competitive honor since the first scholarship audition in 1989.
Noël Wan is an honors students and James Scholar. She studies with Ann Yeung, professor of harp and assistant director of Faculty Affairs.
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December 17, 2012
Beginning October 11, Krannert Art Museum will display African art in its newly renovated African Gallery, the first of a series of galleries to be updated. Kathleen Harleman, KAM director, worked with the New York-based architectural firm of Rice + Lipka to update the flooring, display cases, and lighting in the gallery. Old cabinets were replaced by light plexiglass cases, and incandescent lighting has been replaced by cooler halogen and LED bulbs.
Another feature of this installation is a series of five iPads used to provide an interactive menu of short videos related to the displays. Some include an interview with the artist, while others show a narrative vignette or footage of African masked dancers.
October 8, 2012