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What Should This Blog Be?

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What should this blog be?
Now that I've got an academic year under my belt, I've been catching up.  I'm WAY behind on this blog.  I realized of late that it is partly because I haven't really decided what it should be.  So, I thought I should ask you. 
Here are a few ideas, based on a monthly posting: A  reflection on the state of the Arts on campus, in the region, the nation, and the world.  A spotlight on some faculty, student, staff member of the College, highlighting their achievements, contributions, special news.Commentary on some specific issue, such as funding for the NEA, a controversy in the news relating to the arts, a tribute to an artist.Guest columns from various faculty, students, or staff about themselves and/or a topic dear to them. Let me know what you think!  pkassel@niu.edu

Below are some pictures and one video from the Spring semester.  Happy Summer!

Convocation 2017 Stevens Construction

Cliff Alexis' Honorary Degree
Dean Kassel
BFA Showcase
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This is what I said last night at the Convocation:


We are so proud to celebrate the great work of our students.We are so proud of the learning, and making, and thinking, that is happening in our classrooms, studios, stages, and concert halls.We are so proud of you, the next generation of artists, scholars, teachers, doers, makers—Generation Renaissance—who will have careers in the world and a life in the arts.Who will do well, who will do good, who will do better.
We convene tonight to celebrate –our work and each other.We come together as a community, recognizing that art, artists, scholars, teachers, audiences do well, do good, do better in communion with one another.Although we may work alone in a studio or practice room or study carrel, or in small groups in the rehearsal hall, or even within our Schools, when we are exposed to other forms, other minds, other art, we are invigorated, our im…