Ceramics and graphic design students from two University of Arkansas art classes are joining forces with a top local culinary team to create an unforgettable kiln-to-table dining experience for Northwest Arkansas art and food aficionados alike. The Sunday, Dec. 11 event – Artisans at the Depot: A Kiln to Table Experience – will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the first of four gourmet courses prepared by Chef Patrick Lane at Arsaga’s at The Depot, 548 W. Dickson Street in Fayetteville.
Students gather around two tables in the front of the classroom, taking turns adding brightly colored sand to the chalked outlines of mandalas, or intricate geometric designs, that are meant to represent our universe. A soft, rhythmic scraping noise fills the room but it is not unpleasant. This is the sound of the chak-pur, a conical metal funnel with ridged sides. By moving a metal stick down the side of the chak-pur, the students can carefully control the distribution and placement of the sands they work with.
In case you missed it: The Departments of Physics, Biological Sciences and Chemistry and Biochemistry hosted Arkansas INBRE, also known as the Arkansas NIH IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, in October. The annual conference highlights fundamental and biomedically related undergraduate research in Arkansas and surrounding states. Additionally, several University of Arkansas students took top INBRE honors, get the details now.
In case you missed it: The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and African and African American Studies hosted renowned scholar Aldon D. Morris in October, who presented "W.E.B. Du Bois at the Center: From Science, to the Civil Rights Movement, to Black Lives Matter." Morris also talked about his new book, The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology.
In case you missed it: The Department of Theatre opened The Metal Children by Adam Rapp in November, featuring a cast of undergraduate and master of fine arts students in this dark and funny play about censorship. The play explored what happens when a small Midwestern community bans a controversial book, and the author travels to the town so that he can protest the decision.
In case you missed it: The Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society's new Blair Spotlight Series launched in April with "From the U of A to the Oval Office: Skip Rutherford Interviews Mack McLarty." The series will bring influential public figures to the U of A campus to reflect on their journey from student life to the national spotlight.
In case you missed it: The Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center launched its 2016-17 “FPAC Presents Series” in September with “Fayetteville’s piano man” Jonathan Story and renowned jazz singer Kara Story. The series continued with a holiday film screening in December and culminates with a performance by the St. Lawrence String Quartet on March 16.
In case you missed it: The Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism hosted a 20th anniversary celebration in October for UATV — University of Arkansas Television — which officially went on air during in fall 1996. The festivities coincided with Homecoming and brought current and former UATV staffers, U of A students, faculty, staff, alumni and community back to Kimpel Hall where it all began.
In case you missed it: The Department of Theatre participated in the 24th Annual Young Designers' Forum at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology Conference in March. Jacob Hofer, third-year Master of Fine Arts Lighting design candidate, was one of only 15 students invited to this highly competitive design forum. Hofer is the first U of A Lighting Designer to receive this high honor.