Diverse artists featured this fall at ASU's West campus

August 26, 2014

The fall 2014 arts events season at Arizona State University’s West campus, with the theme “Pushing the Edge,” will feature classical and electronic music concerts, plays, nationally known authors and visual art installations. The wide variety of artistic events reflects the rich artistic and cultural life on the West Valley campus, anchored by the interdisciplinary arts and performance (IAP) program in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

“We have planned a diverse selection of events and activities to entertain and enlighten ASU students, faculty and staff, as well as members of our surrounding communities,” said Jeff Kennedy, an IAP faculty member in New College who worked with colleagues Marianne Kim and Charles St. Clair to plan the fall season. Calle 16 mural project Download Full Image

Details about the season may be found online at https://campus.asu.edu/west/events, or by calling the Arts Information line at 602-543-ARTS (2787). For events with an admission fee, tickets may be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com.

The fall event schedule on the campus, at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, includes:

Theater: “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark”

Sept. 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20 at 7:30 p.m.; Sept 14 at 3 p.m.

University Center Building, Second Stage West

Tickets: $10 general; $7 seniors; $5 students, faculty & staff

This new comedy from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage draws upon the screwball films of the 1930s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. The play takes a 70-year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African-American maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood starlet desperately grasping to hold onto her career. Circumstances collide and both women land roles in the same Southern epic movie, with the story behind the camera leaving Vera with a surprising and controversial legacy. “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” is directed by New College’s Charles St. Clair in a co-production with iTheatre Collaborative.

Theater: “La Razón Blindada (or Reason Obscured)

Sept. 26 & 27 at 7:30 p.m.; Sept 28 at 3 p.m.

University Center Building, Second Stage West

Tickets: $10 general; $7 seniors; $5 students, faculty & staff

This play by Aristides Vargas is based on a mix of “El Quijote,” the classic novel by Cervantes, Kafka’s “The Truth about Sancho Panza” and testimonies by Chicho Vargas and other political prisoners held during Argentina's dictatorship. Oppressed by physical and emotional abuse, two prisoners find solace in meeting every Sunday at dusk to tell the story of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. This production won the 2011 LA Weekly Production of the Year, as presented by guest artists 24th Street Theatre, also winners of the 2012 TCG Peter Zeisler Award for Innovation in the American Theatre. The play will be performed in Spanish with supertitle translation.

Public art: Calle 16 Mural Project

Annual mural painting project: throughout the day, Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Sands Classroom Building Courtyard

No admission charge ($2 per hour for visitor parking)

Hugo Medina returns to lead the West campus community in painting a new and unique mural designed by the renowned team from the Calle 16 Mural Project, whose work has become a part of the artistic fabric of the city of Phoenix. Plan to visit during the afternoons and watch the process, or pick up a paint brush and participate in the work yourself. The project is part of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at ASU’s West campus.

Authors visit campus: Joy Harjo and Winona LaDuke

Joy Harjo, keynote address: Sept. 30, 7 p.m., University Center Building, La Sala Ballroom

A conversation with Joy Harjo & Winona LaDuke: Oct. 1, 4 p.m., Sands Classroom Building, Kiva Lecture Hall

Winona LaDuke, Keynote address: Oct. 2, 7 p.m., University Center Building, La Sala Ballroom

No admission charge ($2 per hour for visitor parking)

Native American poet, musician and author Joy Harjo and Winona LaDuke, an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist, will visit the West campus for a series of thought-provoking discussions.

West Valley Symphony: Beethoven’s Fifth!

Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.

University Center Building, La Sala Ballroom

Tickets: $15 general; $10 seniors; $5 students, faculty & staff

The 70-piece West Valley ensemble returns to perform Beethoven’s most recognizable work, his powerful and dramatic Fifth Symphony, along with Mendlessohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, featuring soloist and ASU professor Katherine McLin. It promises to be a remarkable evening of music.

Electronic Music Festival

Nov. 17-22

IAP faculty Barry Moon leads a week of guest artists, master classes and performances by important sound artists for this year’s Southwest Electronic Music Festival. Guests include Konstantinos Karathanasis, Leigh Landy, Stephen David Beck, Pincushioned and Garth Paine. The festival’s daily schedule of events will be posted at https://campus.asu.edu/west/events.

ArtSpace West gallery exhibitions

Located on the second floor of the University Center Building (UCB), Room 228

Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday, from noon to 5 p.m. (except school holidays)

Gallery admission is free; parking in the visitor lot is $2 per hour.

The fall schedule is:


Sept. 4-Oct. 2

Opening Reception: Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.

Phoenix-based artist Jacob Meders explores the cultural “other” (alternative) as well as the western social alteration of North American Indigenous identity through commodification and historical documentation (alter-native). This installation incorporates 15th century-inspired hand carved woodcut prints with video and sound in the setting of a unique Native American gift shop that has many surprises. The piece offers questions for the imagination of the viewer as it portrays ideas of self and cultural identity.

Call and Response: Visual Culture of Race and Identity

Oct. 9-30

Opening Reception: Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.

Students and faculty respond with their own artistic creations to the work of Jacob Meders as they explore cultural identity and otherness, with a focus on process and native cultures. Always a favorite for the West campus community, this is the third “Call and Response” exhibition. It will be curated by IAP faculty member Patricia Clark and Mr. Meders.

Research fellows in religion and conflict win prestigious awards

August 26, 2014

The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University is pleased to announce that four students from the center’s Undergraduate Research Fellows Program have received prestigious scholarships to help them continue their studies in the United States and abroad.

Alysha Green and Cristian Cirjan have both received national awards to extend their studies overseas. Green, a 2013-2014 undergraduate research fellow, has been awarded a Fulbright award to teach in Brazil, and Cirjan, a 2012-2013 fellow, has a received a Boren award for international study in Romania. Undergraduate Research Fellows at the Center for the Study of Religion and Confl Download Full Image

Additionally, Abbey Pellino and Emily Fritcke have been awarded elite fellowships that will offer mentorship and training as they pursue careers in public service. Pellino, a 2014-2015 fellow, has been selected as one of 20 undergraduates nationwide for the Undergraduate Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, and Fritcke, a 2012-2013 fellow, has been awarded ASU’s College of Public Programs Spirit of Service Scholarship.

The undergraduate fellows program accepts motivated students from diverse areas of study to participate in faculty-directed research projects that are relevant to the study of religion and conflict. Students also participate in a seminar facilitated by the center’s director, Linell Cady, where they have the opportunity to meet with scholars and experts who visit the center each year.

“It is a pleasure to work with the fellows as they move through the program and go on to pursue their own research and professional goals,” said Cady, also a professor of religious studies at ASU. “They are an immensely talented group, and we are grateful to our Friends of the Center for their support of the fellowship program.”

Green, a global studies student and recent graduate of ASU, will travel to Brazil in March to participate in the English Teaching Assistantship Program as part of her Fulbright award.

While in Brazil, Green will work at a college campus teaching English to university students. In addition to developing and leading language learning activities, Green plans to take Portuguese classes, learn to cook traditional Brazilian cuisine and volunteer for local non-profits.

Green says her experience as a fellow and the mentorship of the professor she worked with, Angelita Reyes, played a significant role in her achievement. “I didn’t know what a Fulbright was until Dr. Reyes encouraged me to go to an informational meeting and apply. Outside of introducing me to the program, the discussions I was able to participate in during the fellows’ seminars made me aware of how much more there is to learn and see around the world.”

Cristian Cirjan, a biomedical engineering student, was awarded David L. Boren funding to spend a year in Romania studying the Romanian language and seeking to understand the trends and problems in the Romanian health care system from the perspective of health care professionals.

Cirjan plans to use his background in biomedicine and his knowledge of the Romanian language to explore ways to improve conditions in Romania’s health care system. He hopes this experience will prepare him for a career either in the U.S. Department of Defense Public Health Service Commissioned Corps or as an international public health analyst in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In addition to his research into Romania’s health care system, Cirjan will take advanced Romanian language classes, and will take advantage of the vibrant intellectual and cultural community of Cluj-Napoca – home to his academic institution abroad, Babes-Bolyai University.

Abbey Pellino, a senior majoring in global studies and sociology, will receive financial support for her senior year at ASU and her first year of graduate study from the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship.

The fellowship will cultivate her interest in pursuing a career in foreign service by offering her the opportunity to participate in relevant internships and receive mentoring from foreign service officers.

She believes her interest and involvement in the center’s programs played a significant role in having her stand out among other applicants. “Applying for the center’s programs was a great choice for me. It has allowed me to continue to work on my concurrent degrees while providing me the opportunity to pursue more specific interests through the center's certificate and research fellowship programs.”

Similarly, Emily Fritcke, a senior studying English literature and history, has also had the opportunity to investigate topics relevant to her career goals through her participation in the center’s fellows and certificate programs. Fritcke will further explore her interests in education and national security through the Spirit of Service Scholarship.

As part of the program, Fritcke will receive mentorship from high-profile leaders, and education on core topics for a career in public service. “The knowledge of world issues and the mentorship I gained as a fellow cultivated my desire to be a more active member in my local and global community,” says Fritcke. “I owe much of my success to the center and its staff for the support they have showed me throughout my undergraduate career.”

To learn more about the center’s undergraduate programs, please visit our education section.

To find out how you can support the Undergraduate Fellows Program, join the Friends of the Center.