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Identity & Exchange

Dance major Leila Awadallah's twin passions—dance and her Palestinian-American identity—have fueled her choreographic and intellectual explorations... and brought her national exposure at the American College Dance Association's national festival.
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Science on Stage

Explosions. Fire. Flashes of Light. Theatre meets science with “Energy & U,” an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance and the College of Science & Engineering to excite elementary students about a future career in the sciences.
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Owning the Spotlight

Mary Shabatura is a graduate of 2014 who is lighting up stages across the Twin Cities--literally. Since graduation, Mary has been working on multiple projects as freelance lighting designer. “From lamps to general stage lighting, the lighting emphasizes the time, place, and mood of the story being told on stage.”
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After More Than 50 Years, U of M is Shuttering its Showboat

A summer tradition that traversed more than 50 years will end in August, after the Minnesota Centennial Showboat concludes its final season. “The Showboat,” as it was known in theater circles, will be shuttered after a 60-performance run of “Under the Gaslight,” a show typical of the work that has drawn audiences to watch university students since 1958 (with one interruption).
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Baptism by Fire and Disco

Pouring molten iron and jamming out to disco music aren’t two activities that usually go together. This Friday, noon to 4:00pm, the Regis Center’s foundry will hold one of its annual iron pours, where students, professors and visiting artists will work together to melt down and pour molten iron for projects they’ve been working on.
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School of Music Alumni Among 2016 Grammy Winners

Music alumni Maria Schneider and Stephen Paulus were among the honorees at the 2016 Grammy awards. Paulus, who died in 2014, won best contemporary classical composition for "Prayers and Remembrances," a piece written for the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Paulus's family received the award from fellow alumnus Maria Schneider. Schneider herself received her fourth and fifth Grammy awards at the ceremony.
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Dancing Memories

“I tell stories through dance and try to express social issues with audiences through personal stories which are partly remembered, partly researched, and partly imagined,” says professor Ananya Chatterjea.
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Renaissance Man of Ceramics Exhibit

Associate Professor Robert Silberman genuinely displays the strong connection between the classroom and the community. Committed to both globalism and international education, he worked with four artists from Mexico to create an exhibit on contemporary Mexican ceramics at the Northern Clay Center, showcasing the importance of art history while connecting with the Hispanic community of the Twin Cities.
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Fascination With the Far

PhD student Andrea Truitt is researching popular interior design trends prints of the late 19th century, such as a penchant for exotic furnishings that reflected Middle Eastern culture. She has found that today’s consumption of design imagery exhibits many of the same tendencies.
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Merging Art and Statistics

Qinyun (Sherry) Shao is an outstanding student who understands the importance of applying classroom knowledge to career opportunities. Sherry knew her undergraduate work had to involve art in some way. “After visiting so many museums, galleries, and studios,” she reports, “I am certain that my future career must be related to art. I love art and I am eager to share my passion and ideas about art with others.”