Printmaking workshop takes art students across borders

Visual arts students who participated in a cross-border printmaking workshop Friday used the theme of international dialogue as a starting point for their works, says instructor Julie Sando. She took members of her class “Studio Practice and Ideas: Image” to Signal-Return, a recently-opened letterpress shop in Detroit’s Eastern Market, for the shop’s first international workshop.

Owner Ryan Schirmang said Friday’s snow closed many of his neighbouring shops, but didn’t deter the UWindsor group.

Retired faculty members keep hand in instruction as writing advisors

Although the students who use their services come from all different academic disciplines, varying countries and cultures, and range from first-year undergraduates to doctoral candidates, they generally share one challenge, say the volunteers of the Writing Advisor program: grammar.

“Sometimes the first draft of their papers won’t contain any articles at all,” says Kai Hildebrandt, one of the professors emeriti who have been helping students with their essays. “In fairness, some of their native languages don’t have articles like English does.”

Curtain rises on classic comedy

The University Players production of Tartuffe, the 1664 comic masterpiece by Molière, opened Thursday at Essex Hall Theatre.

The play is directed by drama alumnus Jim Warren, and has been an audience favourite for nearly three and a half centuries. With a soaring and beautiful set, and gorgeous period costumes, this will be a production you won’t want to miss.

Open-mindedness of philosophy department appeals to grad student

Feminist author and social activist bell hooks once said that she entered the classroom with the conviction that it was crucial for her and every other student to be an active participant, and not just a passive consumer of education.

That’s a sentiment that must certainly resonate with Jamie Sewell, who is studying the author’s works as part of her master’s thesis is philosophy.

University Players presents classic tour de force

University Players presents Molière’s classic comedy Tartuffe, February 7 to 10 and 13 to 17 at Essex Hall Theatre.

This is a hilarious tour de force by the 17th century master of comedy. Tartuffe is a holy man who dazzles Orgon with his piety, preying on Orgon’s trust and duping him into giving him everything he owns. But Tartuffe hasn’t pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes—the rest of the family sees him for what he is. Will this family be able to save themselves? Their antics while trying to get Orgon to see the truth will leave you on the floor laughing!

Piano recital to bring northern voices to Canada’s south

Pianist Yoko Hirota, chair of the music department at Sudbury’s Laurentian University, will perform works by six Canadian composers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, at Mackenzie Hall.

The recital shares its title, “Voces Boreales (Northern Voices),” with Hirota’s most recent CD.

“Having performed contemporary music in Canada and abroad for almost two decades, I have had the privilege of meeting composers whose aesthetics and musical universes are helping to shape Canada’s musical identity,” she says.