November Faith and Works Lecture: November 2, 2017


Heritage Now: Two-Day Festival in Pakistan

Heritage Now

The British Council, Walled City of Lahore Authority, French Embassy in Pakistan, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, UNESCO and Government of Pakistan National History & Literary Heritage Division present:

Heritage Now
21-22 October, 2017
9:00AM to 10:00PM Daily
Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore

Heritage Now is a two-day festival that celebrates and reflects upon the cultural heritage of Pakistan. The festival will bring together professionals from Pakistan and various other countries to discuss pressing issues facing the museums and heritage sector in Pakistan through conversation, performance and art.

Heritage Now is supported by U.S. Embassy Pakistan, European Union, University of the Punjab, Alhamra Arts Council Lahore, Luxus Grand Hotel, Alliance française Lahore and AFD.

Its curating partners include ASSITEJ Pakistan, Morango, SAMAAJ, Social Innovation Lab and The Little Art.

The Festival is free and open to public. 

The complete programe of Heritage Now is available on this link. 

Info Session: Columbia University School of the Arts Admissions

We are excited to announce the dates of our upcoming Information Sessions for the 2018-2019 academic year. These sessions are a great way to learn more about our Programs and to meet faculty, staff and current students.

Film MFA
Date: Friday, October 20, 2017
Time: 6pm – 8pm
RSVP here

Theatre MFA
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm
(MFA Acting production will follow at 2pm)
RSVP here

Writing MFA
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
(A student reading in the LeRoy Neiman Gallery will follow at 8:30pm)
RSVP here

Visual Arts MFA
Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time: 11am – 1pm
(Tours and Open Studios will follow the information session)
RSVP here

Our Fall 2018 applications will be available online on Monday, October 2, 2017 at

If you have any questions, please visit our website or email the Admissions Office at

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CINDY Awards: International Entry Deadline

Nearly 58 years ago, OSCAR was being presented for the finest in feature films.  The EMMY Award continued to honor broadcasting program excellence.  The CINDY Award was presented for the first time to those producing informational content in 16mm film format.

When the Cinema in Industry (CINDY) Awards premiered in 1959, things were pretty straight forward.  But today, there are multiple delivery platforms and even more subject matter categories and applications for informational programming.  From webinars, infomercials and video games to online interactive training, commercials and phone apps, you can still find an appropriate spot at the CINDY Awards where your digital media production efforts fit right in.

If you craft words, images, sound effects and music into digital content that captures audience attention and delivers the desired outcome, there is room for your work at the CINDY Awards.  For information: on why you should participate this year and discover who has received the award in the past, click:



This month’s issue of AcademicKeys’ e-Flier for Fine Arts features 38 faculty openings, 8 senior administrative positions, and 3 post-doc opportunities and links to hundreds more positions in higher education.

This AcademicKeys e-Flier contains higher education positions in:
– Fine Arts – General
– Art History
– Art – Ceramics
– Art – Painting/Drawing
– and other related areas

Visit for more information.

5th Contemporary Cultural Studies Conference

We invite you/your research students to submit a paper to 5th Annual International Conference on Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCS 2017) which will be held on 27th – 28th November 2017 in Singapore.

The full paper submission deadline (extended) is on 14th July 2017. Hope that provides adequate time for you to complete the paper submission. If you need more time, please email us at: We hope you can be part of CCS 2017.

Briefly about CCS 2017:

–     Keynote Addresses:
–   Prof. Jeanette Hoorn, Professor of Visual Cultures, President Australia-Morocco Friendship Group, Faculty of Arts The University of Melbourne, Australia – Art and the Everyday: Female Painters in the age of Orientalism

–   Assoc. Prof. Margaret Chan, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University – Strategic Cultural Heritage: Discovering the cultural DNA of success

–   Assoc.Prof. Anna Hickey-Moody, Department of Gender & Cultural Studies, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney, Australia – Arts Practice as Method, Urban Spaces and Intra-Active Faiths

–     CCS 2017 Conference Proceedings: All accepted and presented papers at the conference (CCS 2017) will be published in the conference proceedings (Print ISSN: 2382-5650, E-Periodical ISSN: 2382-557X).

–     Journal of Law and Social Sciences:  All authors who present their papers at the conference will be invited to submit an extended version of their research paper for the GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences (JLSS)  – Print ISSN: 2251-2853, E-periodical: 2251-2861. All submitted papers will go through blind review process for acceptance. All submitted papers will go through blind review process for acceptance and will be published digitally without additional costs.

–     Best Paper Awards and Best Student Paper Awards will be conferred at the conference (in order to qualify for the award, the paper must be presented at the conference).

–     CCS 2017 will also constitute a Special Panel Session.

–     Panel Proposals are invited for submission. A minimum of three papers centering on a specific topic will be accepted for submission under Panel Category.

For more information, please visit the CCS 2017 website: Would appreciate if you could disseminate this information to your colleagues/students who might be interested to participate in the conference.

Click on the following video testimonials to hear about previous CCS conferences: Dr. Marianne HulsboschDr. Eitan Ginzberg                                               

Should you require any assistance or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us at .

Department News (6-5-17)

A thoroughly delightful production of Argonautika, directed by Janine Sobeck Knighton, opened this weekend in the Pardoe Theatre.  From the roll call of the Argo crew to Hera and Athena’s placement of the heroes in the night sky, the production surprises and gathers momentum throughout.  The wonderful lighting, heroic music, costumes, set, and characterizations of the actors all combine seamlessly to tell the enchanting tale of Jason and the quest for the golden fleece.  You will want to bring your children and grandchildren to this one!  All this despite a major catastrophe on opening night!  Just an hour before call time on Friday, stage manager Caitlin Black received a phone call from Ian Buckley, who plays Tiphys, Medea’s brother Apsyrtos, and serves as one of the puppeteers for the two giant puppets.  He had been riding his bike to the HFAC and was hit by a truck.  In fact, he had been run over by the truck and had tire tracks on his chest!  But miraculously, he did not have a concussion or any broken bones.  And fortunately, he will be able to perform with the ensemble this coming Thursday and for the rest of the run.  In the meantime, Janine says her terrific cast was willing to support each other and figure out how to fill in for all Ian’s parts this weekend.  This was a big challenge, but like the heroes they played, the cast and crew were able to pull off this Herculean feat beautifully.  If you go, be sure to check out the dramaturgy displays in both the north and south Pardoe lobbies.  In the north lobby, there is a display of the costume renderings of each of the characters.  In the south lobby, there is an intriguing summer reading list of Greek Mythology books that are available in the HBLL and the Provo Library (For an in depth article about the lobby displays, go to the Fourth Wall here). To read the Universe’s article about the production, click here.



Julia Ashworth was in Cape Town, South Africa, presenting at the ITYARN (International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network) Conference, and attending the ASSITEJ festival.  Julia’s presentation centered on the ways we engaged with a Deaf audience and partnered with the Deaf community for the TYA production of The Taste of SunriseJulia reports that she saw over a dozen plays while at the festival, and her favorite shows were all from South Africa. The two plays that stand out the most were very different from each other; one was an adaptation of Animal Farm set in the current political landscape of South Africa, and the other, Mbuzeni, was spoken entirely in Xhosa (Nelson Mandela’s native tongue) about 4 young orphan girls and the role death plays in their lives.  Julia observes that “South Africa is an extremely beautiful place. I felt privileged to be there and to learn through first-hand experience more about their past, present and future.  It was wonderful to see how theatre for young audiences in South Africa is so connected to this country’s history and its people’s lives. I feel forever changed.”



Six Week Cinema has shot their first two commercials and is heading into production of the next short film, which will be a short doc.  This student run initiative, advised by Tom Lefler and Kyle Stapley, is designed to help younger media arts students feel more comfortable on set in preparation for capstone projects.  The projects are low stakes and emphasize collaboration.  Participating students write and shoot two commercials and four short films, each with a similar limited production schedule totaling six weeks and staggered throughout the summer:  3 weeks of pre-production, 1 week prepping and production, and 2 weeks of post-production.  At the end of the summer, the commercials and short films are shown in a festival to celebrate the students’ work.  This year, Six Week Cinema is being headed up by media arts students Celene Andersen and Hannah Harper.  To find out more about the projects, go to their Facebook page here.


London Study Abroad Report from Katie Jarvis:  This last week was so fun!! Students got cultural experiences from many areas in Spain, France, Italy, Ireland and Scotland. Also one of the students who stayed in London went to 12 shows!! All the British airline flights were cancelled so some of our students were stranded for a bit, but everyone is now safely back in London. We all shared about our experiences abroad and are looking forward to our last few weeks in England. Tonight we are going to Twelfth Night at the Globe!


Call for Papers: The Mario K. “Doc” Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy

Call for Papers
Life, the Universe, & Everything 46: The Mario K. “Doc” Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy is looking for 40-minute papers for the 2018 conference.

We are especially interested in papers in the following areas:
• Literary criticism/ analysis of works by our guest of honor, Todd McCaffrey, or of the Pern series in general.
• Science and technology ( especially new or unusual)
• Serious analysis of sf&f in cinema, television, radio, and other media
• Analysis of sf &f relating to poetry or theatre
• Critical analysis of the narrative, aesthetic, and thematic elements of sf&f video games
• Mormon culture, literature, and society in relation to sf&f

Submit full papers for consideration to LTUE-Academics, c/o Marny Parkin, 1063 JFSB, Provo, UT 84602 or email electronic submissions as RTF files to Include name, phone number, street address, and email address on cover sheet. Papers submitted without contact information will not be considered. Student papers welcome. Please see for more information.

Papers must be submitted no later than October 1, 2017.

Accepted papers may be published in the Proceedings volume at a later date.

The Rookies 2017 Competition

The Rookies has officially launched and we are taking submissions. This is a great opportunity for your students to win paid internships, prizes and scholarships. It’s free to enter and we don’t use students work for commercial gains.

This year’s categories are: Animation, Film Production, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Motion Graphics, Next-Gen Gaming, Photography, Visual Effects, Virtual Reality and Web & Mobile.

Team projects
Film of the Year:
Visual Effects, Animation, Film Production

Game of the Year:
Next-Gen Gaming, Virtual Reality. Web & Mobile

School of the Year
People’s Choice

Key dates:
Open for Submissions – NOW!
29 May 2017 – Submissions Close
7 July 2017 – Winners Announced

To enter: