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ASU's New College announces upcoming events

By

Steve Des Georges

The Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies (HArCS) in Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences has unveiled a schedule of four events that will be featured over the next two months at the West campus.

Included in the varied mix is a pair of gallery installations, a “Science and Faith” presentation by international theoretical physicist Paul Davies, and “Digital Jam,” an open mic night for video artists and electronic musicians. The events are free to the public.

“This is really a very exciting schedule,” says Jeffery Kennedy, a faculty member in Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance (IAP) and events chair for HArCS. “You have a variety in what is being presented, and you have a wonderful mix of ASU faculty and renowned professionals. The subject matter for each is topical and is presented in interesting and innovative ways.

“We are looking forward to presenting these events, which really kicks off the new school year.”

The calendar begins with “Plague Round,” an Oct. 6-23 installation in the IAP gallery in the campus University Center Building (UCB). The semi-interactive installation of sight, sculpture and sound is presented by Barry Moon, an assistant professor in IAP. Gallery hours for the installation are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon. and Wed.; 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m., Tues. and Thurs. An opening reception is scheduled at the gallery on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.

On Oct. 21, “Science and Faith: An Evening with Paul Davies” features the ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences professor and world-renowned physicist in dialogue with New College assistant professor Owen Anderson about the relationship between science and religion and how this has changed under the influence of Darwin. The discussion, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Sands Kiva Lecture Hall, will include questions about how data is interpreted and the methods used by theoretical physics in studying the origin of the universe. The evening will end with time for audience questions.

One night later, on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., IAP faculty member Moon presents “Digital Jam” in the Devils’ Den in UCB. A little bit like an open mic night at a local club, this jam session is for video artists and electronic musicians to showcase their work, which can range from extremely abstract to beat-driven offerings. Artists and musicians are invited to plug-in and participate. The public is invited to enjoy the show. Please e-mail to digitaljam@asu.edu for more information.

IAP’s fall schedule ends with an Oct. 29-Nov. 10 IAP Gallery installation, “A Veteran’s Voice: Ken Hruby,” by noted sculptor Ken Hruby. An infantry officer in Korea and Vietnam, Hruby brings his own personal experiences to his unique sculptural creations, which look at the relationship between solider and society. The two-week installation includes an opening reception at the gallery at 6 p.m. on Oct. 29. Gallery hours during “A Veteran’s Life” are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon. and Wed.; 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m., Tues. and Thurs.

For updated information on IAP events, call (602) 543-ARTS (2787). For other HArCS events, call (602) 543-4444.

The New College Bachelor of Arts IAP is the arts division of HArCS and is the only one of its kind in the Southwest. This unique program incorporates a variety of media in the arts world. Majors take course work in digital media arts, music and electronic sound art, performance studies, theatre/performance arts, digital graphics and more traditional visual arts. Students who leave ASU at the West campus with a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance enter the arts world through a variety of professional opportunities with skill sets that prepare them for significant careers in the 21st century.