Walking into Thomas Paradise’s office in Ozark Hall, the first thing someone could notice is his extensive rock collection. The rocks are neatly scattered around his desk, along with his pictures and books of the ancient city of Petra near Wadi Musa, Jordan. Paradise, a professor of geosciences and an expert on Petra, has published more than 40 articles, maps and chapters on the subject and visited the site. He also taught at the University of Jordan while on a Fulbright Senior Scholar award. His most recent work will be featured to an estimated audience of 20 million people as part of a three-part series called Building the Wonders of the World. Petra will be featured along with the Flavian Colosseum in Rome, Italy, and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. The individual programs are schedule to premiere on PBS Feb. 18, 11 and 25, respectively.
Sunday, March 8, the University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble will begin a three-day performance and recruitment tour with venues in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The concert will include the world premiere of City of Giants by University of Arkansas professor of composition Robert Mueller.
The Fayetteville Public Library and the University of Arkansas student Distinguished Lectures Series are partnering to bring Bob Woodward, one of America’s most notable and award winning journalists, to Fayetteville in 2015. Woodward will appear at the University of Arkansas as part of the Journalism Days 60th Anniversary, sponsored by the Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism. He will be the keynote speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9 in the University of Arkansas Hillside Auditorium.
The University of Arkansas Department of Theatre partners with the African and African American Studies Program to present Katori Hall’s award winning play, “The Mountaintop” as part of their 2014-‐2015 Studio Series.
Join us in Fayetteville for a two-day program exploring Sacred and Secular Music from the African and black American tradition. This year’s symposium will feature Florence B. Price’s music. Internationally-recognized clinicians will lead sessions on composing, conducting, and performing new and traditional repertoire.