The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies is taking steps to ensure that a centuries-old Torah, anonymously donated to the UA, survives for years to come. A Jewish scribe recently visited campus to begin restoration on the Torah.
With the UA men's basketball team hanging on to its No. 1 ranking for five consecutive weeks, we're reminded of the numerous other ways in which the UA is the first and best. That includes the world's first robotic implantation of a ventricular assist device, the founding of dendrochronology and the UA's selection to lead the first mission to snatch a sample from an asteroid.
Using the power of social media, President Hart's New Year's video, posted and sent just after midnight on Dec. 31, reached up to 250,000 students, employees, alumni, future Wildcats and friends of the UA. The video features highlights from 2013, and celebrates the potential of this new year. Click below to watch this great video again … and again!
Big data. Optimism. Spaces, emotions and health. UA faculty members will speak about these topics and more during the fourth annual TEDx Tucson conference on Dec. 6. UA speakers will give five of seven presentations at the conference, which is dedicated to sharing "ideas worth spreading."
Before the curtain rises and the lights come on, UA students work behind the scenes to create an entire world for Arizona Repertory Theatre actors. Students in the Design and Technology division of the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television help bring the director's vision to life through lighting, sound, costumes and sets. The company's current production, "Boeing Boeing," runs through Sunday. Photo: Ed Flores.
UA students and faculty have been invited to Vienna and Prague to perform on some of the world's oldest and most prestigious stages, a rare invitation for a university. Image: Beatriz Verdugo/UANews.
Gov. Jan Brewer and the Arizona Commission on the Arts have appointed University of Arizona alumnus Alberto Álvaro Ríos the state's first poet laureate.
Being a professional choir conductor requires a high level of sustained formal study. The UA's graduate program in choral studies is one of the largest and most prestigious in the nation, with students persistently gaining national and international awards.
After over a decade with the UA Poetry Center, Executive Director Gail Browne is moving on to travel her own new roads. She departs leaving a proud legacy of brick and mortar and wood and words for generations to discover and enjoy.
The experience of art is personal. But when artists display their work, it’s purely public: they must break the confines of comfort zones if they want to connect with audiences. It’s School of Art Galleries Curator Brooke Grucella’s challenge to help artists see their work from the point of view of the other, and test themselves to make those connections happen.
Kate Kenski, PhD, has made a career of studying the ins and outs of our political system. This fall, she is offering a course called "The Struggle for the Presidency," where students view popular films that explore the historical, political and global aspects of the presidential election. And the entire Tucson community is invited to participate in the discussion.
Virtuoso Carrol McLaughlin took her harp from the concert stage into the cardiac care unit – where she tuned into individual patients and played 10 minutes of music improvised just for them. The UA Distinguished Professor of Music partnered with two UA scientists to monitor blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, self-reported perception of pain and other responses.
In the world of American landscape photography, Frank Golkhe is an icon. His work has been shown in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of art, as well as the Museum of Modern Art. He has garnered multiple fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. But aside from being a master artist, he is also an amazing teacher who has the unique ability to teach students how to communicate with the camera.
On April 21, 2012, senior film and video production major Josh Weisman experienced the world of a screenwriter: he got to pitch his own screenplay to three real Hollywood professionals at Pitch Fest, a unique event put on by the College of Fine Arts. Success doesn’t come easy, but a lot of work and a little help go a long way.
“To say a playground can be architecture starts to move our minds around this idea that with design comes endless possibilities,” says senior architecture major Andre Rodrigue. Those possibilities are playing out as undergraduate students from the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture put finishing touches on a playground they have created – from the first pencil stroke to the last screw – for the Arizona’s Children Association.
The University of Arizona Poetry Center holds its third biennial symposium, Poetry Off the Page, May 18-20, 2012. During the weekend, the Center will host various performances, classes, panels and exhibits, one of which will showcase the “precarious” work of Chilean poet, visual artist and filmmaker Cecilia Vicuña.
“Here I am, almost 60, making doll houses for a career, and it’s great.” University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Peter Beudert does much more than build doll houses. He is the head of design and technology at the School of Theatre, Film and Television. A member of United Scenic Artists, he teaches his students to have a unique sense of place, and builds worlds that transport audiences in time and space.
From Tumamoc Hill to the San Xavier del Bac Mission to Centennial Hall, Tucson is celebrating Arizona's 100th birthday as a state throughout the month. Join us on February 11, 2012 as four colleges – Humanities, Fine Arts, Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences – showcase a collaborative approach to bringing Arizona’s past, present and future to life on the stage.
At a university like the UA, one so focused on research and innovation, students are surrounded by laboratories of discovery. One of the more unlikely labs is the School of Dance, where the largest group of male dance majors in the nation works with ruthless intensity as they study, innovate, perfect and perform their craft.
What does it take to achieve excellence? According to Jay Rees, director of the Pride of Arizona Marching Band, it boils down to a willingness to make the sacrifices and do the hard work. Named one of the top five bands in the nation in 2009, the Pride of Arizona knows how to get it done, and they bring the fans to their feet every time. Watch video.>>