This year’s University of Oregon Common Reading Program book selection Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is a memoir-letter written to the author’s teenage son. When Coates’ son learns that the murderer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin would not be penalized, Coates writes to his son, “What I told you is what your grandparents tried to tell me: that this is your country, that this is your world, that this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.”
Professor Ju-i Yuan died on February 10, 2016 at the age of 63 in her native city of Taipei, Taiwan. She is best remembered within a global arts community for her innovative research studies in the field of arts education, with special focus on the larger Chinese arts community. She received a M.F.A. in Fine Arts (1981) and a Ph.D. in Art Education (1986) at the University of Oregon.
Fifteen graduate students from multiple disciplines within A&AA offered the final products of their comprehensive research initiatives at the UO-wide Graduate Research Forum in February.
Eleonora Redaelli, Assistant Professor in Arts and Administration, has had her new article published in The Journal of General Education, which is a journal that "addresses the general education concerns of community colleges, four-year colleges, universities, and state systems." Redaelli's article is entitled "Educating for Participation: Democratic Life and Performative Learning." The full abstract of the article follows:
A gathering January 29 from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Many Nations Longhouse aims to create a “cultural narrative” for the next President of the United States to hear. Organized by John Fenn, associate professor in the Arts Administration Program and a newly appointed Cultural Agent for the US Department of Arts and Culture, the “story circle” is part of a national effort to weave a collective story from local perspectives gathered in homes, schools, houses of worship, and community organizations. “Sharing a story about your experience of community and culture here in Eugene will put your voice in the democratically driven dialogue that is the People’s State of the Union,” Fenn said.