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Wednesday Memo
April 9, 2014


• During spring break, Robert Barone and Clark Hultquist, History, led a group of 33 students, alumni, friends and UM faculty, including Ted Metz and Walter Fenn, to the Republic of Ireland. The tour visited archaeological sites such as Newgrange, the Poulnabrone Dolmen, and the Dun Aengus fortress on Inis Mór (the Aran Islands). They toured the cities of Navan, Sligo and Galway and concluded their trip with two days in Dublin.

• Robert Barone, History, attended the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference at Auburn University. At the conference, held April 5, UM students Chris Hightower and John Hagan (both senior history majors) presented papers. Hightower’s paper was titled “Unconventional Wisdom: Julia Tutwiler’s Writings on Women’s Education.” Hagan’s paper was titled “Dissolution of the Samurai Class.”

• Roderick George, Music, recently completed a concert tour of Russia, which included appearances in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk and Dubna. Touring with seven professional New York-based opera singers March 15-27, highlights included two appearances with Moscow’s Orpheus Radio Symphony under Maestro Sergey Kondrashev at the International House of Music in Moscow, which was recorded for future radio broadcast. George also performed with the Radio Symphony in Dubna for a special concert celebrating the founding of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research. Additionally, he performed in the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Hall with the Symphony Orchestra of the Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre under the baton of Anatolia Chepurnov, the Lensovet House of Culture in St. Petersburg and in Moscow at the Spaso House, the residence of American ambassadors of the United States Embassy in Russia. The concerts featured standard operatic repertoire, selections from the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Broadway, jazz and spirituals.

• Jim Murphy, English and Foreign Languages, gave a reading of his poems March 28 in Fairhope at the annual meeting of the Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers.

• Scott Stephens, Art, has work included in “Multiple Methods: A Print Exhibition” at Space One Eleven in Birmingham through April 24. The show features the work of 10 artists who produce a wide range of printed works from traditional techniques to current innovations, including hand-printed lithographs and woodcuts, letterpress and book arts, photography and digital installation. Stephens’ work includes a display of the plate materials used to make each print. For more information, visit Space One Eleven. Additionally, Stephens recently gave a printmaking demonstration at the Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) as part of the museum’s First Thursdays events. The presentation was on the 19th-century printing technique of stone lithography as seen in the work of Eugene Delacroix in the featured exhibition at the BMA.

• Scott Stephens and Collin Williams, Art, along with UM printmaking students Kimberly McWhorter, Sabrina Gagnon, Amy Mathews, Hannah Hawk, Jade Harden, Sabrina Pearson and Hannah Martin, are included in the exhibition “The Art of Printmaking” at the Selma Art Guild gallery. The show opened Sunday, April 6, with a cyanotype demonstration by Stephens, and will be up through Friday, April 25. For more information, visit Selma Art Guild gallery.

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