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September 2013  

Joyce Carol Oates to Kick Off Visiting Writers Series

Joyce Carol Oates
National Book Award winner and bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates [right] will kick off the University of the Arts' new Visiting Writers Series this month. Created in connection with the University's newly launched BFA in Creative Writing program, the series will feature six acclaimed contemporary writers visiting the UArts campus each year. These distinguished poets, novelists and short story writers will give readings ---  all of which are free and open to the public.

Oates' inaugural reading is co-sponsored by The American Poetry Review and will take place on Tuesday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Arts Bank Theater (601 South Broad Street).


Photo of Joyce Carol Oates by Michael Spingler. 

Celebrated Illustrator/Alum to Receive PA Governor's Award for the Arts

Jerry Pinkney

Celebrated illustrator Jerry Pinkney DIPL '60 (Advertising Design) [right] can add yet another award to his collection: the prestigious Pennsylvania Governor's Award for the Arts. The Caldecott Medal winner, who is the focus of an exhibit titled "Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney" that runs through September 22 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will receive the Distinguished Arts Award from Governor Tom Corbett at a free and open-to-the-public ceremony being held October 22 at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg. The renowned children's book illustrator was also recently honored by the city of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which declared June 26, 2013, "Jerry Pinkney Day." 


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Top: Illustration from Pinkney's picture book Black Cowboy, Wild Horses. 


Music Lecturer/Alumnus Plays with The Roots, John Mayer, Ne-Yo at Philly '4th of July Jam' 

Matt Cappy
School of Music Senior Lecturer and alumnus Matt Cappy BFA '96 (Trumpet), MAT '07 (Music Education) [right] spent Independence Day playing with The Roots as the backing band for John Mayer, Ne-Yo, Jill Scott and Grace Potter at Philadelphia's "4th of July Jam." He also played with Queen Latifah at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles for a DVD concert taping, and played and arranged on "Wise Up Ghost," the new album by Elvis Costello and The Roots set for release on September 17. 
'Philadelphia Weekly' Cover Story Calls Faculty Member 'New Face of Indie Film'
Maori Holmes PW Cover

Film/Video Senior Lecturer Maori Holmes is the "New Face of Indie Film," according to a cover story in the July 31 issue of Philadelphia Weekly. The feature article spotlights the filmmaker's recent BlackStar Film Festival, a celebration of cinema focused on work by and about people of African descent, which ran August 1 - 4. The festival was also featured in The Philadelphia Tribune, on and on the Greater Philadelphia Film Office blog.


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Animated Series by Acting Alum Wins Daytime Emmy


Dan Vs.

"Dan Vs.," the Hub Network animated series co-created by UArts alumnus Dan Mandel BFA '01 (Acting), recently won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program. The show --- about Dan, a borderline sociopath and arsonist with anger management issues who thinks the world is against him --- received three nominations, including one for Mandel as co-executive producer.
Professor Camille Paglia Weighs in on Miley Cyrus in 'Time' Magazine

Miley Cyrus

University Professor of Humanities & Media Studies Camille Paglia was featured in Time magazine, weighing in on singer Miley Cyrus's controversial MTV Video Music Awards performance on August 25. In the piece, she blasts Cyrus and bemoans the state of pop music today, wondering, "How could American pop have gotten this bad?" The article, titled "Miley Cyrus, Go Back to School," was also featured on the Drudge Report.  


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Family and Alumni Weekend: October 18 - 20

Family and Alumni Weekend

All alumni and families of current students are invited to join us for Family and Alumni Weekend, scheduled for October 18 - 20, 2013, and sponsored by Student Affairs and the UArts Alumni Association. This year's highlights include the Making IT Reception featuring work by recent alumni, the Golden Arts Reunion honoring the 50th reunion of the Class of 1963 and a Retirement Celebration Luncheon honoring long-time School of Music faculty member Dr. Donald Chittum. The weekend showcases the many talents of the UArts community and provides plenty of opportunities to connect with current students and their families, as well as with alumni and faculty. We look forward to welcoming you to campus next month!


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