arts & letters
The Monthly E-Newsletter of The College of Arts & Letters at California State University, Los Angeles
art - communication studies - english - liberal studies - modern languages & literatures - music - philosophy - theatre arts & dance
Issue No. 0.1
Dean Terry L. Allison
Hello friends of Cal State LA's College of Arts and Letters!
Welcome to the Arts & Letters newsletter, designed to keep you informed about many of the exciting developments in Arts and Letters, from student and faculty prizes to lectures and performances, alumni news, student, staff, and faculty profiles, and even job announcements. You'll find them all here, a new monthly must for you, our greatest advocates and supporters.
During this stressful and challenging time for public higher education, we hope that the outstanding accomplishments of our students, alums, faculty, and staff bring you cheer while demonstrating that despite our many fiscal challenges, fantastic opportunities still exist in the College of Arts and Letters at Cal State L.A.
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WALLS OF PASSION:
The Murals of Los Angeles
Walls of Passion, a unique photo- documentary exhibition, opens January 31 at the Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Cal State L.A. The Opening Reception will be held January 31, at the Fine Arts Gallery, 6-10pm, and will feature a panel discussion with grafitti and mural artists, exhibit curators, and scholars of muralism and Los Angeles culture, including: Man One, Paul Botello, Kent Twitchell, Francisco Letelier, Dr. Holly Barnet-Sanchez, Dr. Roberto Cantu, Dr. Michelle Hawley, Isabel Rojas-Williams, and Justine Bae, moderated by Manuel Aguilar-Moreno.
Walls of Passion exhibits large format photographs of prominent Los Angeles murals, including historic artwork significant to the Latino, African-American, Philipino, Anglo-American, Chinese, and Korean communities of L.A. Walls of Passion is the launch of a 5-year project intending to document all major mural art in Los Angeles.
Opening Reception: Jan. 31, 6-10pm, FREE. Exhibit continuing through Feb. 28.
Gallery hours: Monday through Thursday, and Saturday, 12-5pm.
Fine Arts Gallery is located in Bldg. 9. Parking recommended in
Structure C or Lot 5, $1 for 2 hours. Directions are available at
Curated by the Art History Society of CSULA.
Claudia Quintero is a natural born leader. No matter what she is asking of you, no matter the sort of day you're having or what you ate for breakfast, going along with Claudia always sounds like a good idea. And it always is. For our first issue of the Arts & Letters E-newsletter, we were lucky enough to catch Claudia Quintero, College of Arts & Letters ASI Representative. We could hardly keep up with her long enough to ask her full name, but when we did, we discovered an inspiring breadth of talents and accomplishments in a young lady who works tirelessly on behalf of her fellow students.
Full name: Claudia B. Quintero
Birthplace: Tijuana, B.C., Mexico
Majors: Music and Communication Studies
Jobs: Leadership Development Assistant and Beginning Theory Music Teacher
Currently reading: Iron and Silk, by Mark Salzman
Listening to: Feeling Good, by Michael Buble
Personal Mantra: 1. Live as if today were your last day on earth, but always look forward to tomorrow. and 2. Live life with no regrets, and always try something at least once, because you never know, and because nothing matters more than today.
A&L: WHAT KEEPS YOU BUSY AT CAL STATE L.A.?
CBQ: I am a dual major--Music and Communications. I chose communications because I LOVE to talk. And I have always had an interest in being an attorney. As for music, I've been playing the piano since I was 8 years old, and I was taking private lessons until 3 years ago, when my private instructor passed away. I was sad and really missing music, so when I came to CSULA, I knew I couldn't pass up the opportunity to double-major. I'm so happy now, because I do something I love every day here at CSULA, and it is almost like being at a music conservatory.
A&L: WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS?
CBQ: I plan to graduate in June 2010, and until then I will continue to provide service for the students of CSULA. My greatest goal as the A&L ASI Representative is to create a stronger A&L Student Council.
A&L: HOW DOES THE A&L STUDENT COUNCIL SERVE STUDENTS, FACULTY, & STAFF?
CBQ: The Arts & Letters Student Council serves a few purposes. First, we serve our consituency of students in the College of Arts & Letters. The Council is a place for A&L students to voice their concerns, suggestions, and questions, and it is also a source of information about A&L programs. We also foster leadership skills, encouraging students to participate actively as leaders in the College. For faculty and staff, we are a channel of communication between them and A&L students, just as they are a channel for us. And we put on events for our students, like Finesse de La Nuit, the student art showcase, last November (2008). We always welcome questions, concerns, and ideas from faculty, staff, and students alike.
A&L: WHY DID YOU CHOOSE CAL STATE L.A.?
CBQ: I was an AB540 student when I applied to Cal State L.A., meaning I was undocumented and not able to apply for financial aid. I decided CSULA was affordable and still within my vision of my ideal 4-year university. I am so glad I chose CSULA. I have never regretted it. One thing I really notice about CSULA students is that they are so passionate about their interests. And within our College, I notice that students really take pride in what they do. Not only are they passionate about what they do, but they are also passionate about who they are, and they are excited to share all of it with everyone else around them.
A&L: WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING?
CBQ: My dreams of being an attorney, changing people's lives, and opening my own performing arts conservatory for low-income individuals in an underserved city. I'm really proud to have
been accepted to present a paper at the Western States Communication Association Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference this February.
I wrote a 23-page research critique on Senator John McCain's use of the
word "conservative" during his presidential campaign, and how he
redefines it to fit his political agenda. And I'm also really looking forward to going to Costa Rica with the CSULA Concert Choir in March. That
will be the best thing, ever.
John Kennedy, Professor of Music
How many of you have ever been to a chamber music recital?. . .anyone?
Professor of Music John Kennedy is not accustomed to silence, but that's often the response he gets when he asks what people know about chamber music.
In response to my own silence, Kennedy graciously explains: "chamber music is simply music composed for and played by small groups of instruments, usually under a dozen. Most often it is not conducted, though the larger and modern pieces are more likely to be conducted. Chamber music can be presented by a string quartet, wind quintet, or piano trio."
You, meet chamber music. Chamber music, meet (your name here) .
Professor of Composition in the Department of Music at Cal State L.A., John Kennedy is the founding music director and principal conductor of the Chamber Players of Los Angeles. The group consists of full time musicians as well as professionals in other fields, including medicine, law, computer engineering, and screenwriting.
The mission of the Chamber Players is to bring chamber music to the Los Angeles community with affordable presentations offered to audiences who may not normally have the opportunity to attend chamber music performances.
For Kennedy, his involvement with the Chamber Players is a vital part of his continuing musicianship. He says, "It's important to be active as a musician and be constantly applying the skills I am teaching to my students. That's what we all seek to do as music teachers, and this is my way of doing it. It also creates opportunities for my students."
Kennedy is a founding member and the Faculty Advisor of the Student Composer Forum, which presents a quarterly recital of new works by student composers and a formal recital for the general public.
As Faculty Advisor for the Graduate Student Composers, an extracurricular group, Kennedy is pretty hands-off. He says this group is a largely student-driven, and he trusts it in the hands of the advanced graduate students who make up its membership. The students select the repertoire, produce the program notes, develop advertising and publicity, write the stage directions, write the pieces, assemble instrumentalists, and often perform or conduct their own pieces.
Kennedy also directs the New Music Ensemble (NME), geared toward both composers and performers, teaching students repertoire requiring special techniques or approaches because the pieces are new or rarely performed. NME concerts are fairly popular at CSULA, and they are often free. The next NME concert is planned for March 10. NME is a course available for credit and is one of the official ensembles of the Department of Music.
The NME's next event will present works of Stravinsky, including "The Septet," and "Three MOB Pieces" by H. K. Gruber. The MOB-art & tone-ART ensemble was a group of artists in the seventies in Vienna, who, according to Kennedy, were using kitsch as fine art. Kennedy says, "MOB pieces are not what you would consider standard 1970s European music. But then, the New Music Ensemble is never exactly 'standard'."
Kennedy has been a professor at CSULA for 15 years. Of his time here, he says, "working with such an eclectic variety of students is what has kept me here. It's why I enjoy teaching. CSULA students are more open minded-not set in their ways. I've taught at a lot of other schools, and CSULA students are some of the most dedicated and driven students I've known."
Professor Kennedy welcomes your questions about chamber music, new music, or Cleveland, Ohio (his hometown). You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You could be the next Student, Faculty, or Staff Spotlight. If you are an A&L Faculty, Staff, or Student and you have exciting news or an interesting activity or achievement to share with us for upcoming issues of this newsletter, please contact Noelle Leiblic, Events, Publicity, and Outreach Coordinator: (323) 343-5061 or email@example.com.
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Walls of Passion: The Murals of Los Angeles
CSULA Fine Arts Gallery, 1st Floor, Fine Arts Building
A Photo-Documentary Exhibition of mural artwork in the city of L.A. Opening Reception, Jan. 31, 6-10pm, at the Fine Arts Gallery. Exhibit continuing through February 28.
Composer's Forum: A Concert
8pm, Cal State L.A. Music Hall
The Multicultural History of Boyle Heights:
A Lecture by Dr. George Sanchez
6pm, University Student Union, 3rd Floor, Room 308A
Dr. Sanchez, Professor of History and American Studies & Ethnicity at USC explores the hitory of the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. For more info. contact the American Communities Program at (323) 343.5823.
Public Scholarship Across The Disciplines
8:30am-12:00noon, University Club
A colloquium on community-based learning. For more info. contact the American Communities Program at (323) 343.5823.
On the campus of CSULA, 9:00AM-12:30PM.
A Welcome Day event for students already admitted to Summer and Fall '09. See the campus, meet outstanding professors, check out Cal State L.A.'s
national award-winning solar car, obtain info on your major, and more. At the Eagle Nest Gym. Breakout sessions at College-specific locations. Call the Office of Outreach and Recruitment at (323) 343-3839 for more information.
National Self Determination and Global Justice:
An American Communities Program Works-In-Progress Colloquium with Dr. Mohammed Abed
3:30pm, Integrated Humanities Center, King Hall, 4th floor, Room D4051.
For more info. contact the American Communities Program at (323) 343.5823.
Poetry Reading: Sesshu Foster
6pm, Location TBA
Sponsored by the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, National Endowment for the Arts, and Departments of English and Liberal Studies. For more information, contact the CSULA Department of English: (323) 343.4140.
Powerful Visions Lecture Series
1:00-3:30pm at the Huntington Library, Overseers' Room
Theme: Studies in Critical Aesthetics: Four Examinations of Beauty and Imagery as Intellectual Endeavor and Cultural Work. Presentations to include: Pablo Baler, Assistant Professor, Spanish, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures: "Powerful Visions: The Bionic Man, The Blind Poet, and The Utopia of Absolute Representation." Suzanne Regan, Professor, Television and Film, Department of Communication Studies: "Cultural Memory: Historic Mapping of Pasadena." Hae Kyung Lee, Professor of Dance, Department of Theatre Arts and Dance: "Beauty of True Moments." Jose Cruz Gonzalez, Professor of Playwriting and Directing, Department of Theatre Arts and Dance: "Walking through the Landscape of Beauty: Study and Reflection on the Past and Present for Guidance Towards The Future."
Japanese Speech Contest
1:30-5:00pm in the University Student Union
Twenty-five contestants from seven high schools, colleges, and universities in Southern California will compete with prepared speeches in Japanese. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures: (323) 343.4230.
ANNOUNCEMENTS, ACHIEVEMENTS, AND AWARDS
Amada Dominguez (CSULA Alumna, BM 2006, MM 2008) won fourth place in the Long Beach Mozart Festival on January 17, 2009. She was in the finals with a young artist from the Los Angeles Opera and other prominent young singers from the greater Los Angeles area. Amada has also been accepted by audition to the Taos Summer Opera program for Summer 2009.
opera program offered by CSU Summer Arts in Fresno. Dr. Susan W. Kane (Faculty, Department of Music, pictured at right) has been invited to give her paper "Bridging the Gap Between the University and the Stage" at the International Congress of Voice Teachers in Paris, France, in July 2009. When she returns, she has been invited to teach in an
Communications Studies student Derek Jaughn has established an College Arts & Letters profile in the online Facebook community. Visit CSULA Arts'n'Letters on Facebook for announcements, discussion groups, and invitations to events exclusively for our Facebook friends.
Five CSULA students were honored at the Annual Scholarship Awards luncheon for the Textile Association of Los Angeles, held on November 19, 2008: Himal Choi, Asalia Uribe, Aurelio Gonzales, Robert Joseph Gamlowski, and Nina Dark.
Music graduate student Hainu Tan (pictured at left) was selected as one of seven emerging composers at Illuminations & Reflections: the First Annual Symposium on Music in the 21st Century. Hainu's work was chosen from an international call for scores. Hainu is the only selected composer at the Master of Music level, sharing the honor with six doctoral candidates and professors from Berklee College of Music, Yale School of Music, Brandeis University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, and Harvard University. You can listen to Hainu's work at her homepage: http://www.tanhainu.com/
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5-10 hours per week. Primary duties include attending Arts & Letters performance and exhibition events (Art, Dance, Film, Music, Theatre) and writing reviews. Interested applicants, please contact Noelle Leiblic, Events-Publicity-&-Outreach Coordinator, at (323) 343-5061.
The application deadline is FEBRUARY 17 for the National Student Exchange Program. CSULA Students can earn university credit while studying abroad. Study Abroad offers amazing opportunities for travel, leadership, and a rich global education, and options are much more affordable than many students realize. For more information, visit the Office of International Programs and Services at CSULA, or click HERE to download the NSE application. CONTACT: Amy Y. Wang, J.D., Director, International Programs and Services, California State University, Los Angeles, Administration Building 127, Telephone: 323-343-3170
TECHNICAL INTERNS needed for THEATRICUM BOTANICUM
Theatricum Botanicum is seeking technical interns for their 2009 summer repertory season within the areas of Costuming, Lighting, Sound, and Stage Management (EMC points available). Theatricum is committed to presenting thought-provoking classics, socially relevant modern plays and education programs in a beautiful, natural outdoor sanctuary for the arts. Season preparation begins in March with the last of five repertory productions opening in July. Intern program aims to integrate interns with staff and seasoned professional artists in hands-on positions that will provide the opportunity to observe and experience practical applications of the skills required in professional theatre. Please see website for requirements and application information: www.theatricum.com/internprograms For questions or application submission please contact: Jackie Banks-Mahlum, Producer: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 310-455-2322 x226 or visit www.theatricum.com.
CSULA ON-CAMPUS SCHOLARSHIPS
Cal State L.A. on-campus scholarships are awarded
by the Scholarship Office, academic departments, and
various campus organizations. The current
scholarship application is now available. The
submission deadline for new students is April
11 , 2008. Visit the Center for Student Financial Aid for important information about Scholarship Eligibility.
CASTING CALL FOR PLAY IN BOYLE HEIGHTS: "BREAKFAST WITH MY MOTHER"
TeAda Productions is casting its 2009 7th Annual TEADAWORKS New Performance Festival production of Breakfast With My Mother, a play about three generations of Chicana women and the role reversal of their lives as dementia enters their isolated world of retirement, gardens, and Spanish-language television. Seeking actors to fill the roles of: LUZ: Grandmother in her 80s-90s (can be played by someone younger), suffers from dementia and osteoporosis, walks with the aid of a walker and enjoys singing Mexican songs. Will also play an active woman in her retirement. Must speak English and Spanish and have good comedic timing. MARIA: Caregiver in her mid-40s-50s. Obsessed with the care of her mother and oblivious to the outside world. Must speak some Spanish.
Maria G. Martinez, writer; Elizabeth Kay Otero, director. Rehearsals begin February 9, 2009. Performances run March 6-8, 2009, at
CASA 0101 Theatre, 2009 E. First St., Los Angeles, CA 90033. Auditions will be held on Wednesday, Feb 4th in the evening, at Brooklyn & Boyle, 2003 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033. Call or e-mail for appointment: Email pix and resumes to email@example.com or bring them to the audition. To schedule an audition call (310) 998-8765, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A prepared 1-2 minute comedic or dramatic monologue is preferred, and sides will be provided to all who audition. Equity Waiver production. For more information visit www.teada.org
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