Call for Applications: Summer Seminar on Nationalism, Religion and Violence

The 2nd Summer Seminar on Nationalism, Religion and Violence (NRVSS 2014) will be
organized between June 23 and July 4, 2014 at the Charles University in Prague
by Charles University in Prague and International Hellenic University in Thessaloniki,
supported by the London School of Economics – LSEE and PRIO. The language of
communication will be English.
The Summer Seminar will focus on four topics: (1) Violence and Genocide; (2) Nationalism
and Religion; (3) Institutions and Politics; (4) Memory. The seminar can be taken by both
undergraduate and (post)graduate students as well as activists. It is led by international
researchers from excellent universities such as Oxford, NYU or LSE targeting on Political
Science, History, Anthropology, International Relations, International Law and other related
disciplines. Fieldwork in memorial sites, research centers and international institutions based
in Prague will also be included.

Participation fees & discounts:

The tuition fees cost 750 Euros
 Early Birds Fellowship
 Development Support Fellowship
 Academic Excellence Fellowship

For more information visit:

Web site: nrvsschool.fsv.cuni.cz
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nrvsschool
Program Coordinator: Jiří Kocian
Contact: nrvsschool@fsv.cuni.cz

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UNO-St. Claude Gallery to host Master of Fine Arts Exhibitions

 

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Natalie McLaurin, Cocksure, 2013 mixed media, life size

 

The UNO-St. Claude Gallery is pleased to announce two concurrent exhibitions, held from April 12 to May 4. Natalie McLaurin’s Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition titled, “You are a weird bird,” is comprised of her sculptures, drawings, and prints that are reflections on humans as animals. McLaurin addresses ideas about gender and disguise, power and territory, and her own identity as a woman, with pattern, plumage, costume, and color related to birds.

In addition, the gallery will host an exhibition curated by Dr. Rebecca Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Art History at The University of New Orleans. This MFA Alumni Exhibition features three alumni artists – Alex Podesta, Nina Schwanse, and Monica Zeringue – whose work investigates notions of identity formation. Their recent work will be featured alongside a selected example of their graduate study work that demonstrates the development of their conceptual interests.

The gallery, located at 2429 St. Claude Ave., will hold opening receptions for these exhibits on Saturday, April 12, from 6-9 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 p.m.

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Spring 2014 Newsletter – SodaPOP

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! SodaPOP is the no calorie, refreshing, and entertaining newsletter of choice for all UNO COLA majors. You can find information about advising, departmental news and events, important deadlines, and more. For instance, did you know that THURSDAY, April 3 is the last day to drop classes for the Spring semester? For more news and interesting tidbits, you can read the newsletter by clicking here–> 2014 SPRING Newsletter – SodaPOP. Check your student e-mail for a POP quiz that can earn you prizes!

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Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues

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Third Space, Chicana Feminism, and Writing in Colonial Situations

Professor Damián Baca, an assistant professor in the English Department and faculty affiliate in Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona, will be giving a talk “Third Space, Chicana Feminism, and Writing in Colonial Situations” on 4/7 at 3 p.m. in LA 197. Baca works at the intersection of rhetoric, comparative writing systems in Mesoamerica/later America, and globalization. Baca investigates the rhetorical potential of post-Occidental reason – an invitation to theorize with, against, and beyond inherited patterns of thinking that emerged in Western Europe under capitalism.  His work, informed especially by Gloria Anzaldua and Walter Mignolo, examines how and why the current study of Rhetoric and Composition becomes an unquestioned alternative to the immense global plurality of communicative forms and knowledges that remain obscured. The talk is sponsored by UNO’s Latin American Studies Program, the Women’s Center, and the English Dept.

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Fredy Lozano at UNO

 
Discussion with Colombian Activist and Union Leader,
Fredy Lozano
Guest Speaker:  Fredy Lozano
When:  Monday, March 24th   –   3pm – 4:15
Where:  Milneburg  Hall, 318.   (Open to All!)
Fredy Lozano is a union activist and community leader who works at the Cerrejon coal mine in northern Colombia.  The mine, started by Exxon in the 1980s and now owned by a European consortium, is the largest open-pit coal mine in the world.  Fredy has been struggling both for worker rights and for the rights of indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities that are being displaced by the mine.      

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NOJO: Essentially Ellington Press Release

THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ INSTITUTE, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF IRVIN MAYFIELD, HOSTS
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER’S ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND
FESTIVAL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS (UNO).
Nine high school Jazz bands from across the region will perform and learn directly from renowned Jazz
artists on Saturday, April 5th, at UNO’s campus.
NEW ORLEANS, La. (March 18, 2014) – Nine high school Jazz ensembles from four states will kick off festival season in
New Orleans on Saturday, April 5th, by performing big band Jazz at Louisiana’s Regional Essentially Ellington (EE) High
School Jazz Festival. A program of Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) in New York City, EE co-produces these noncompetitive,
education-focused festivals at various locations across the country; they are designed to offer high school
Jazz bands of all levels the opportunity to perform the music of Duke Ellington and other seminal big band composers
and arrangers. This event will be hosted by the New Orleans Jazz Institute (NOJI), which is a partnership between the
New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) and UNO and is directed by Grammy-winning trumpeter Irvin Mayfield.
The Jazz festival, which is free and open to the public, will take place at UNO’s Performing Arts Center (PAC) in the
Recital Hall. Bands will perform from 9:00am until 3:00pm. Ensembles participating in the festival will perform three
selections; each band will receive immediate feedback from an EE adjudicator. Following the performances, the student
musicians and leaders will split into one of six workshops from 3:30-4:30pm: Rhythm Section, Trumpets, Trombones,
Woodwinds, Vocalists, and Band Directors. Members of UNO’s Jazz Studies faculty, NOJO musicians, and NOJI Director
Mayfield will lead the workshops.
“It is an honor to work with Jazz at Lincoln Center to bring Louisiana’s Regional EE Festival to New Orleans, the
birthplace of Jazz, and to the University of New Orleans, where Chairman Emeritus Ellis Marsalis created such an
important Jazz Studies program. I look forward to meeting talented student musicians from across the region,” said
Mayfield.
The day will conclude with a celebration and awards presentation from 4:45-5:45pm, also in UNO’S PAC Recital Hall. The
event will feature a performance by Mayfield with the UNO Jazz Studies faculty and other local musicians, as well as an
appearance by NOJI’s Saturday Music School “Junior NOJO” Big Band.
The festival is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit http://www.theNOJO.com or call Katie DeBruhl at
504.913.0575. The festival is presented through a partnership between NOJI, JALC’s EE program, UNO and NOJO.
Participating high schools include: The Dunham School (Baton Rouge, LA), Grissom High School (Huntsville, AL), James
Bowie High School (Austin, TX), Kentwood High Magnet School (Kentwood, LA), Little Rock Central High School (Little
Rock, AR), The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (New Orleans, LA), St. Thomas More Catholic School
(Lafayette, LA), Westlake High School (Westlake, LA), and Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center (Dallas, Texas).
All ensembles participating in the festival are members of JALC’s 2013-2014 free EE program. Schools that join this
program are eligible to participate in the regional festival and have the option to submit a recording for the national EE
High School Jazz Competition & Festival held annually in New York City at Fredrick P. Rose Hall, the home of JALC. As
part of their free membership, Band Directors receive eight original transcriptions of the music of the Duke Ellington and
Gerald Wilson Orchestras, as well as access to reference recordings, a revolutionary interactive music player featuring
the JALC Orchestra, teaching guides, newsletters and other resources.
Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles on the day of the festival. Interested individuals are asked to contact Katie
DeBruhl at kdebruhl@thenojo.com or 504.913.0575 for more information and to volunteer.
About The Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Program
EE is unique among educational resources for high school Jazz bands. Each year, JALC transcribes, publishes and
distributes charts by Duke Ellington and other seminal big band composers and arrangers, along with additional
educational materials, to bands in the U.S., Canada and American schools abroad. Beyond providing these charts, EE also
supports its members throughout the school year with a variety of initiatives, including teaching guides, the EE website,
newsletters, a student composition contest, and professional feedback of student performances of the charts. Schools
that join the program also have the option to submit a recording for the national EE High School Jazz Band Competition
& Festival held annually in New York City at the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Frederick P. Rose Hall.
About NOJI
NOJI is a partnership that links UNO’s strengths in Jazz education with NOJO’s professional and performance expertise
and serves to promote creative excellence and best practices in Jazz composition, performance, scholarship,
importation, exportation and education. NOJI hosts a medley of Jazz education and advancement initiatives, including
music education programs Saturday Music School and Project Prodigy, biannual Jazz commissions entitled “NOJI Masters
Series,” and a discourse class discussing New Orleans culture at UNO.
About NOJO
NOJO is a performing-arts organization whose goal is to strengthen the business of Jazz through performances, tours,
recordings, education, and media platforms. Founded in 2002 by trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader Irvin
Mayfield, NOJO’s mission is to inspire freedom and culture in the individual and global community by creating authentic,
engaging Jazz experiences, while celebrating the origins and transforming the future of Jazz. For more information,
please visit http://www.thenojo.com.
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