Arts & Life

Incarcerated artists find hope in creating an art exhibit

A mother stood by her son’s artwork with a beaming smile as a phone camera flashed while other visitors gazed at pieces of art intently. Artwork descriptions and artist profiles read as letters of encouragement, love, admiration, hope and, above all, resilience. The University of Arizona Museum of Art opened its newest exhibit “Hobby Craft" on Jan. 17, which will remain on display until March 29. The art was created and curated by inmates currently incarcerated in the Arizona State Prison Complex, and its themes radiated resilience.  Read more

Q&A: Fungi: more than a decomposer

Peter Kennedy is an associate professor visiting from the University of Minnesota and focusing on biology teaching and learning, ecology, evolution, behavior and plant and microbial biology.    Read more

Q&A: Deborah Kaye, Professor of Jewish Studies, published in The Religious Studies Review

Earlier this year, professor Deborah Kaye had her work on Judaic and Mediterranean studies published in the the Religious Studies Review. The essay, titled "Jewish Continuity and Mediterranean History: Medieval and Early Modern Studies," is an extensive essay on the extent of Jewish culture and how it has been analyzed in the past. She also writes on the impact Mediterranean lifestyles have had on Jewish customs. The Daily Wildcat was able to interview her about the work and her field of study. Read more

Q&A: $20 million endowment to College of Optical Sciences

This past fall, the College of Optical Sciences received a $20 million endowment from its founding director and former dean, James C. Wyant. This endowment will be used to create more faculty positions and will be paid out over the next five years. The Daily Wildcat was able to ask Dr. Wyant about his reason for the donation and other questions about his work and optical sciences.  Read more

New radio talk show to “raise the level of conversation”

Professor Albert Bergesen and Robin Hiller launched their new radio show, “Smart Talk”, at KVOI on Feb. 2. Bergeson teaches in the College of Social Sciences and Hiller works in the College of Education as the Interim Executive Director for the Education Policy Center Fellows.  Read more

B'Fit building bonds through fitness

A new fitness group has formed on campus. B’FiT Black Girls’ Fitness Club is a group partnered with the Associated Students of the University of Arizona and the Coalition of Black Organizations. According to its Instagram page, it’s a “new club on the University of Arizona campus dedicated to building bonds, getting fit and having fun while doing it.” Read more

UA names Andrew Schulz as new VP for the Arts

The University of Arizona now has a vice president of the arts, a position that President Robert C. Robbins says will increase the university’s cultural profile. As the new arts VP, Andrew Schulz, dean of the College of Fine Arts, will oversee the School of Art, the Fred Fox School of Music, the School of Dance, the School of Theatre, Film, and Television, UA Presents, the Hanson Film Institute and the CFA in schools.  Read more