Friday, July 31, 2015

What a week for Northeastern Illinois University! Anthropology Assistant Professor Siobhán Cooke was awarded a grant for her research in Colombia, Ensemble Español had two programs selected by After School Matters, and Music Instructor Kathy Cowan announced plans to tour Ireland!

Around the Commons

National Geographic Society grant

The National Geographic Society Waitt Grants Program has awarded Anthropology Assistant Professor Siobhán Cooke (pictured above) and two collaborators a $15,000 grant in support of the proposed project, “Primate Paleontology in the Magdelena Valley, Colombia.” The project will build on two seasons of pilot research at a site in La Venta, Colombia, that showed differences in the types and quantities of animals in rock strata. These differences may be correlated with environmental shifts over time.

Singing in Ireland

Music Instructor Kathy Cowan will travel to Ireland from Aug. 2-11 to perform four concerts of “In the Deep Heart’s Core.” If you can’t make it to Ireland to see her sing, never fear: Cowan will perform some of the material in the Recital Hall on Oct. 1 with Northeastern Concert Coordinator Steve Zivin. But if you do go, check out her shows:

  • Sunday, Aug. 2, The Grain Store, Ballymaloe, Co. Cork
  • Wednesday, Aug. 5, The Model Arts Centre, Sligo, Co. Sligo
  • Sunday, Aug. 9, Thoor Ballylee, Gort, Co. Galway
  • Tuesday, Aug. 11, Little Theater, Cushendall Golf Club, Co. Antrim

Ensemble Español and After School Matters

After School Matters has selected two Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater programs for the 2015-16 school year. Ensemble Español, which is in its 40th year in residence at Northeastern, will operate the programs at Theodore Roosevelt High School and Steinmetz College Prep in Chicago.

And there’s more!

  • Northeastern’s Undocumented Students Project will staff a recruitment table at the Fiesta del Sol, July 30-Aug. 2. Volunteers will talk with parents about preparing their children to go to college with an emphasis on undocumented and DACA students.
  • Check out the College of Education’s summer newsletter!

In the media

Writing about the writer included English Assistant Professor Julie Iromuanya's new book, “Mr. and Mrs. Doctor,” in a story about novels that look at a world from an outsider’s point of view. The Chicago Tribune also asked Iromuanya about her favorite setting for a children’s book. The piece was a preview to the Children’s Read & Write Program, an annual back-to-school tradition that invites children to submit book reviews.

Also in the media ...

  • The Chicago Tribune quoted Anthropology student Ari Bachechi in a story about an archeological dig in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. Another student, Luke Podraza, also was shown in one of the photos.
  • The Delaware County (Pa.) Daily Times previewed a “Classic Jazz Jam Session” featuring Kenny Davis (B.A. ’86 Secondary Education – Music).
  • The Chicago Tribune and critic John von Rhein mentioned Music Instructors Brian Groner and Nazar Dzhuryn in a preview of the Woodstock Mozart Festival.
  • The Chicago Tribune reported that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel named El Centro architect Juan Moreno to the city’s landmarks commission.

To do

Chicago Chamber Music Festival

Northeastern will host the Chicago Chamber Music Festival (CCMF) from Aug. 1-8. CCMF is a one-week summer immersion program for talented young musicians ages 12-18. Co-directed by Susan Tang and Jaime Gorgojo, the festival includes five events that are free and open to the public.

On the stage

“Lounging,” a play written by retired Communication, Media and Theatre Instructor Jim Blair, is running at Chicago’s Raven Theatre through Aug. 2. The play, about an unforgettable day in an inner-city high school teacher’s lounge, stars Northeastern employees Liesl Downey, Dwan Buetow, Jeff Wade and Dan Wirth.

Mark your calendar!


Department of Art

But is it art?  Northeastern’s Department of Art can help you make the determination! Follow their Facebook page for student art exhibition opportunities and showings, program and study tour information and more.

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