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Theatre Professor Publishes Book Review

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The winter 2014 edition of New Hibernia Review (a peer-reviewed journal on Irish studies) features a book review by NIU School of Theatre and Dance assistant professor Kay Martinovich.

Kay reviews the book Stewart Parker: A Life (Oxford University Press)by author Marilynn Richtarik. Among other statements praising Richtarik's work, Kay writes "Richtarik thoughtfully brings to life this remarkable writer, his sense of humor, his verbal deftness, and his positive attitude at whatever life threw his way."

[In another, likely unintentional connection to NIU, one of Parker's final plays is entitled "Northern Star."]

To read an abstract of Kay's review, click here.

Congratulations on the publication, Kay!

Sculpture Professor Featured in Magazine

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The visual art magazine Beautiful/Decay is featuring the work on Mike Rea, assistant professor of sculpture in the NIU School of Art and Design, in their latest issue. The feature includes photos of several of Mike's pieces - check it out here!

Brown Bag Lunch Scheduled to Learn about Famed Choreographer Bill T. Jones

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The NIU School of Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce a Brown Bag Lunch for this Thursday, January 22. The presenter will be Catherine Cabeen, the Repetiteur from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Catherine will present a lecture/demonstration on famous choreographer Bill T. Jones' dance "Spend Days Out Yonder," which is being set on the BFA dancers in the School of Theatre and Dance. Please bring your lunch and join us! Gabel Hall 113 Thursday, January 22 1:15 pm to 1:45 pm

Percussion Professor Named as Fulbright Scholar

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Dr. Gregory Beyer, Associate Professor and Director of Percussion Studies, has been selected for a Fulbright award to Brazil. Beginning in August 2015, he has been invited to spend four months at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte as a Visiting Scholar. During his stay, Beyer will offer a symposium on contemporary performance practice of the Afro-Brazilian berimbau, a musical instrument associated with the Afro-Brazilian martial art known as Capoeira Angola. Beyer’s additional planned activities include: a collaboration with Sergio Freire, UFMG Professor of Composition and Chair of the Graduate Program in the School of Music, to create a new piece of music for solo berimbau and interactive electronics; training of Capoeira Angola with Mestre Juandir Nascimento at the International Foundation of Capoeira Angola (FICA) in Belo Horizonte; and a concert presentation of original compositions in conjunction with students from Belo Horizonte and st…