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Jeff Cogan, associate professor of music and director of the classical guitar program in Chapman’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, College of Performing Arts, has had his film, Daniel Friederich — Luthier d’Art, accepted into the Woodstock Museum Film Festival. The award-winning documentary chronicles the life of French guitar-maker Daniel Friederich and was honored with an Award of Merit from the Accolade Global Film Competition.
Catherine Keefe, adjunct faculty, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Department of English, had her poem “Grandmothers’ Lemon Bread” published by Split This Rock, a national network of socially engaged poets. The poem was written to engage with a Virtual Open Mic series as a show of solidarity “in response to and against violence toward marginalized communities.” The complete cycle of poems will be printed and mailed to Congress and the National Rifle Association. The poem can be found online at Split This Rock.
Kevin O’Brien, Ph.D., associate professor, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Department of English, attended an international conference on “Leo Tolstoy and World Literature” held at Tolstoy’s estate, Yasnaya Polyana, in Russia on Aug. 11 to 15. Scholars were present from all over the world, including, among others, the grandson of China’s greatest 20th century writer, Lu Xun. Speaking in Russian, O’Brien gave a paper on how Virginia Woolf reworked characteristic Tolstoyan themes with a feminist slant in her best known novel To the Lighthouse. O’Brien was pleased to discover the keen interest, particularly among Russian women scholars, in Woolf’s writings. Among the high points of the conference was touring the house in which Tolstoy lived and wrote War and Peace and Anna Karenina.
Chinary Ung, Presidential Fellow and Senior Composer in Residence in the College of Performing Arts, led a two-week workshop in Siem Reap, in collaboration with Cambodian Living Arts and the Nirmita Composers Institute. The program aimed to spark new creativity in young composers from Cambodia and the wider Mekong region. The workshop involved 10 emerging composers and traditional musicians from Cambodia, two emerging composers from the United States, as well as mentors and emerging composers from Laos and Myanmar. The group was supported by a world-class faculty of composers and performers from eight countries around Asia and the United States, leading a program including sessions in creativity and technical skills, rehearsals, recordings, and performances.