Department News (7-3-17)

Last week, Dr. Wade Hollingshaus returned from Prague (Czech Republic), where he had been attending the Performance Philosophy biennial conference. He was presenting research on the Finnish philosopher, artist, and scientist Erkki Kurenniemi. Because of conversations with other scholars and the presentations he was able to attend, Wade reports that the conference was the most productive he’s ever attended, in terms of generating new ideas for his work. Also, during the conference, Dr. Hollingshaus had the honor of being elected to the executive board (“core conveners”) of the International Performance Philosophy network, the conference’s sponsoring entity. The first photo is the Old Town Square in Prague; the second photo is a view of the city from Prague Castle.

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Amy Jensen and Benjamin Thevenin attended the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) Conference in Chicago last week, mentoring five undergraduate students and one recent graduate student on presentations.  Benjamin Thevenin was the conference program chair, guiding the process of planning, curating, and designing all of the content for the conference– a huge feat!  Benjamin also serves as a member of the NAMLE Leadership Council. Amy Jensen was the awards committee chair and program reviewer; Media Arts graduate Alexis Romero serves on the student leadership council.  Amy mentioned that she was especially proud of the student presenters.  No one could believe that they were undergraduates! The presentations and presenters were as follows:

  • Sam Woodruff, Kyler Sommer, Haley Flanders, “The Media Journal Project: Media Literacy & Self-Awareness in Elementary Education”
  • Amy Jensen, Hadley Holyoak, “Pedagogies, Processes and Performance(s): Digital Literacies and Art Making in School Settings”
  • Benjamin Thevenin, Malori Bigler, Ian Hawkes, “’Dark Ride: Disneyland’: Mobile Games, Theme Parks & Media Literacy Education”

Benjamin and the students met up with faculty member Brad Barber and other recent graduates for dinner.  Brad’s wife Susan helped students get into the Art Institute of Chicago. Susan is currently in her final year of her MFA program at the institute.

Hodley Holyoak, one of the undergraduates who presented, observed, “The conference was very informational and eye-opening to all the different ways educators across the country are helping their students to be media literate. All of the presenters from BYU did very well and encouraged discussion on media literacy in the college setting. My favorite part was getting to explore Chicago as the conference was located right downtown next to all the action. Here is a picture of some of our group on the pier by Lake Michigan and a view of the [Chicago] skyline.”

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Deanne DeWitt recently went with 30 members of the USITT Costume Commission from all over the US to attend a summer study tour, sponsored by USITT, “Discover British Costume Collections,” at The Arts University in Bournemouth, England. The group studied historic clothing from nearby collections in many museums and other exhibits, including the Russell Cotes Museum in Bournemouth; The Blanford Fashion Museum in Blanford; the National Trust Berrington Hall – Wade Costume Collection in Leominster; the Hereford Museum Resource Centre in Hereford; the Hampshire Cultural Trust and the Mysterious Miss (Jane) Austen exhibit in Winchester;  the Kensington Palace Royal Coronation Collection and the newly opened Victoria Revealed, the Enlightened Princesses, and Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibits; the V & A Collections at the Clothworker’s Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles & Fashion; and the V & A Museum with the new Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion exhibit in London. The group was given lectures by senior curators from all of the places they visited and allowed to photograph, and sometimes handle, their special collections. They were also treated to a performance of Kneehigh’s Tristan and Yseult at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  In addition to clothing collection visits, they got to see other historical sites, including Hereford Cathedral and its Mappa Mundi and chained library, Salisbury Cathedral with the “best” surviving copy of the Magna Carta, and Winchester Cathedral, the resting place of Jane Austen. Deanne felt it was a once in a life time opportunity and “dream come true” trip, and she can’t wait to share all she learned with our costume students!

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