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Friday news and events, March 31, 2023

College of Arts News and Events

March 31, 2023


◾ Congratulations to SOFAM faculty members, FASTWÜRMS, for being honoured with the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.  https://en.ggarts.ca/fastwurms 

FASTWÜRMS’s best-known local work is, of course, the beloved Gryphon statue at the entrance to the University at the north east corner of Gordon and Stone Roads.  When the statue was unveiled in 2014 Dai Skuse told us “FASTWÜRMS tried to design a creature that would convey the complexity of the University. The Gryphon is a strange hybrid creature, like mathematics and literature, logic and nonsense, academia and popular culture, eagle and lion. Our welcome message would be: expect the unexpected. At the University of Guelph, education is a transformative experience.”

You can read more about FASTWÜRMS’ GG Award here: https://news.uoguelph.ca/2023/03/u-of-g-visual-artists-fastwurms-honoured-with-governor-generals-award/    

◾ Congratulations also go out to Philosophy Alumnus, Professor Emeritus Ken Dorter, who has been granted the title of University Professor Emeritus.

◾ On the Tenure and Promotion front I’m delighted to announce that SOLAL’s Dorothy Odartey-Wellington is to be promoted to Professor on July 1st.  We can also celebrate six promotions to Associate Professor effective July 1st:  Kimberley McLeod, Paul Barrett, Troy Hourie (all from SETS), Gus Skorburg (Philosophy), and John Walsh and Alena Barysevich, (both from SOLAL).


 ◾ The Music program will be hosting its first STUDENT RELEASE PARTY on Monday, April 3rd @ 8:00 p.m. The show will be held in MacKinnon Building, Rm. 108. Come check out 9 new tracks written, recorded, and performed by students in the first-year music industry class. Space is limited, but the vibe is endless.

Eventbrite registration can be found here:


◾ Who’s There? 

an improvised performance bridging genres inside themes of presence and freedom. 

 7:00 PM  April 1 2023 

at Silence, 46 Essex St, Guelph 

Doors open: 6:40 PM

FREE, no cost to attend 

performance is about one hour 

refreshments available 

wheelchair accessible 

bathroom on main floor 

ages 16 + all are welcome!  

Co-created and performed by: 

Michael F Bergmann, Lucas Carravetta, Matt Endahl, Aimée Dawn Robinson 

With special guest performers, annais, Ben Finley, Erwan Noblet 

With outside eye Daniel Fischlin 

With Tech by Christine Mills and performers 

Poster design by Aimée Dawn Robinson with contributed images by Lucas Carravetta and AI. 

 Come one! Come all! Join us at Silence the evening of April 1st, to see and hear collaborative music, video, and dance. All improvised, all the time. 

After spending the autumn and winter together as colleagues in the first year of a PhD program focused on the concepts and worlds of improvisation – we now together become a band of performers with a giant country between some of us – asking the questions we need to as we continue to propel and be propelled through new and ever changing worlds. 

 ◾ The Centre for Scottish Studies and McLaughlin Library invite to the launch of “Truth or Treason? Sources for the Study of the Jacobites.”

Guest Speaker: Dr. Leith Davis, (Professor of English and Director, Centre for Scottish Studies, Simon Fraser University) will speak on

“’Female Rebels’: Gender in the 1745-46 Jacobite Uprising”

Monday, April 3, 2023

3-5 pm

Robert Whitelaw Room (McLaughlin Library 246)

RSVP: uoguel.ph/jacobites

◾ The University of Guelph Choir presents Voices of Hope on Saturday, April 22nd at 8pm at Harcourt Memorial United Church.  Registration is available on Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/voices-of-hope-tickets-594732991387 

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