English and Creative Writing alum Kate Wisel wins “one of the nation’s most prestigious awards for a book of short stories” for her manuscript Driving in Cars with Homeless Men, selected by Min Jin Lee.
Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member Michelle Duster, a great-granddaughter of journalist and anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells, celebrates the official unveiling of Ida B. Wells Drive, the first-ever downtown Chicago roadway to be named after an African-American woman. More coverage at Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader, NBC Chicago, and WBEZ Chicago.
Photography faculty member and alum Cecil McDonald Jr.’s MFA ’08 In the Company of Black examines the “extraordinarily, ordinary” lives of black Americans. His series is on view at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Photography Professor and 2017 MacArthur Fellow Dawoud Bey and Photography alum Jess T. Dugan MFA ’14 named recipients of the 35th annual ICP Infinity Award through the International Center of Photography.
The fourth annual film festival, co-directed by faculty members Michelle Yates and Susan Kerns, will screen many notable films including the premiere of Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blanché, a documentary about the world’s first female director.
The Dance Center’s production of Ananya Dance Theatre and the Hokin Gallery’s exhibition “Fulfilled Fantasies: Contemporary Chicago Drag Works” are highlighted as top things to do in Chicago in February.
Fashion Studies Associate Professor Virginia Heaven is interviewed on the upcoming “Silver Screen to Mainstream: American Fashion in the 1930s and Anna Blessmann ’40s” fashion exhibit she’s curating, which will be on display at the Chicago History Museum beginning April 8.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jon Anderson and Emmy-nominated composer/multi-instrumentalist Sean McKee will work as Artists in Residence at Columbia this semester.
Film student Anna Chandler and faculty members Teresa Prados Torreira and Michelle Duster have signed the open letter, an initiative of Scholars for Social Justice, a new national network of progressive scholar-activists led by scholars of color.
Journalism student Ridvan Bolgi writes on “More Friends than Mountains,” a project that works to connect children from Chicago Kurdish communities to those in refugee camps and other places in Kurdistan.
Photography Professor and MacArthur Fellow Dawoud Bey is highlighted for Night Coming Tenderly, Black, a photographic series that features large-scale images of both authenticated and purported Underground Railroad sites, opening this Friday at the Art Institute.
The Center for Black Music Research was integral to the efforts of violinist and Chicago native Rachel Barton Pine, who has dedicated her career to cataloging and performing classical works by black composers.
Photography Professor and MacArthur Fellow Dawoud Bey’s new body of work Night Coming Tenderly, Black, which is opening at the Art Institute next week, is included in Newcity’s “art top five” for January 2019.
The roundup of 2018’s top moments includes the “bold, galvanizing use of Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’” at the start of the Red Clay Dance Company’s EKILI MUNDA | What Lies Within at the Dance Center.
English and Creative Writing Associate Professor Aviya Kushner writes on Ariel Burger’s Witness, a memoir recounting Berger’s experiences as Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel’s student, teaching assistant, and mentee.
Associate Professors Susan Kerns and Michelle Yates, co-founders of the Chicago Feminist Film Festival, bring a selection of the films from last year’s festival to North Central College. The 2019 Chicago Feminist Film Festival will be held Feb. 27 to March 1 at Columbia.
Cinema and Television Arts alum Stephanie Graham’s '05 photographic series Love You, Bro explores the ways in which affection is expressed between African-American men. Her work will be on display at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery through November 15.
Events including “Overlooked: Ida B. Wells” featuring Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member Michelle Duster at the Harold Washington Libary and the launch of English and Creative Writing faculty member Ruben Quesada’s new book Revelations are included in a roundup of Chicago’s top literary events in November, edited by English and Creative Writing faculty member Toni Nealie.
Cinema and Television Arts student Ben Tull won the 2018 National Student Production Award for Best Public Service Announcement for his video NBD, which also features Theatre student Alexis Kirkpatrick.
Director of exhibitions for Columbia’s Department of Exhibitions, Performance, and Student Spaces Meg Duguid curates Where the Future Came From, a research project that focuses on the role of feminist-run art activities. The exhibition opens November 2 at the Glass Curtain Gallery.
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Cinema and Television Arts student Matthew Hayward received the American Society of Cinematographers Gerald Hirschfield Student Heritage Award for his work on the film The Latent Image. Additional coverage at Production Hub.
The Museum of Contemporary Photography’s newest exhibition of Arnold’s work is noted for the artist’s “complex visual arrangements of photography, painting and text [that] were built upon his own multilayered identity as a Black, gay veteran and prominent member of Chicago’s art community.”
The Museum of Contemporary Photography is mentioned for its presentation of the new exhibit Echoes: Reframing Collage along with its companion exhibit, The Many Hats of Ralph Arnold: Art, Identity & Politics.
Music Professor and Interim Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts Rosita Sands is featured in this essay arguing for a holistic, compassionate approach to incorporating multiculturalism in higher education curricula.
The B-Series at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago will host B-Free, a festival that highlights hip-hop artists and street dancers, as well as Ephrat Asherie Dance’s Odeon. More coverage at Dance Informa.
Journalism alum Jasmine Browley ’15 examines how Black women are affected by ovarian cancer compared to white women based on access to treatment, familiarity with family member’s medical history, and other factors.
Film alum George Tillman Jr. ’91, who wrote the screenplay for Soul Food and produced the Barbershop films, is receiving the best reviews of his career with his adaptation of Angie Thomas' YA best-seller The Hate U Give, opening Oct. 5. Additional coverage in Chicago Crusader.
Musical Theatre student Marvin J. Malone, who plays Yonkers and is the understudy for the roles of Cigar and Phil, is interviewed and highlighted for his performances at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts.
Film alum Angela Snow ’06’w documentary Mortality of Dreams follows the construction of a sustainably designed, state-of-the-art, and international volunteer-run "green" hospital in the village of Yantalo, Peru.
Former English and Creative Writing Associate Professor Samuel Park’s posthumous novel The Caregiver, completed before his death in 2017, is considered “an absorbing and well-crafted work of fiction.” Additional coverage in People.
Audio Arts and Acoustics faculty member Mary Mazurek discusses the importance of supporting women as audio and recording engineers in the music and radio industry, as well as her own experiences working in the field.
Photography faculty member and alum Cecil McDonald Jr.’s ’94 In The Company of Black examines the “extraordinarily, ordinary” lives of black Americans. His series will be exhibited at the University Galleries of Illinois State University through October 14.
Art and Art History Associate Professor Jeffrey Abell is quoted in this piece comparing the audiences and organizational philosophies between the annual EXPO exhibition of established artists and galleries, and The Other Art Fair, which showcases emerging talent.
Photography student Kat Liu will have her films confronting the sexualization of Asian women featured at “The Ground Floor,” the fifth biennial show that features graduate students’ work from Chicago’s art schools.
Theatre Associate Professor and Interim Chair Peter Carpenter choreographed Dance faculty member Margi Cole in “REboot”, produced by Third Way Projects and founded by former Dance Presenting Series Director Bonnie Brooks.
Photojournalism alum Tonika Johnson ’03 will be featured during the Chicago Humanities Festival this fall, which also features Tom Hanks, Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson, and writers Jill Lepore and Rebecca Traister.
Dance faculty member and Dance alum Margi Cole’s ’90 REboot is listed as one of the “don’t-miss” picks for events in Chicago this week. The performance at the Dance Center features several Columbia alums and faculty members.
Photography Professor Judy Natal and English and Creative Writing Associate Professor Patty McNair comment on Ragdale, a nonprofit international retreat that serves over 200 artists annually and where they have both been residents.
John Duffy ’03 and Ray Nowosielski ’03, who were studying Film at Columbia on September 11, 2001, detail how they “accidentally” revealed the identity of a controversial CIA agent a decade later, excerpted from their new book.
Jillian Bruschera MFA ’14, Julia Goodman, Trisha Oralie Martin MFA ’12, Marilyn Propp, and Maggie Puckett MFA ’11, who are all connected to the Center for Book and Paper Arts, contributed work to a new exhibition at Boise State University, co-curated by Art and Art History Associate Professor Mel Potter.
The Dance Center will host the collaboration between Red Clay Dance Company and Uganda’s Keiga Dance Company to present EKILI MUNDA | What Lies Within, a dance performance that engages with African Diaspora and the roots of movement.
Film alum Christian Sprenger ’07 won an Emmy Award for Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour) for his work on FX’sAtlanta. Sprenger was also nominated in the same category for his work on Netflix’s Glow.
Film alum Jade Begay ’11, who is also working on a VR/AR project that explores the connections between identity, land, and storytelling, co-authors this piece about the importance of the historic climate change conference.
The solo exhibition To Honor and Comfort by Book and Paper Arts alum Laurie Wessman LeBreton MFA ’11 will be on display at the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Moraine Valley Community College until October 26.
The West Aurora school board recognized Cinema and Television Arts alum Alex Perez ’16 for being named one of the top young government officials in the nation by NextGen Nation, an organization that promotes young government leaders.
The Dance Center’s presentation of the world premiere of the Red Clay Dance Company’s “EKILI MUNDA/What Lies Within,” choreographed by the Chicago-based company’s founder, artistic director, and alum Vershawn Sanders-Ward ’02, is included in a roundup of marquee dance events this fall.
Film alum Josh Tsui ’91 is highlighted for his work in the video game industry and his new documentary Insert Coin: Inside Midway's 90s Revolution, which chronicles the history of Tsui’s first employer, Midway Games.
Photography alum Nate Mathews’ ’05 new exhibition Ersatz captures empty spaces that are meant to look appealing. His photographic series is on display at the Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery through October 14.
REboot, a new performance choreographed by Dance faculty member and alum Margi Cole ’90, Interim Chair of Theatre Peter Carpenter, and Dance faculty member and alum Colleen Halloran ’09, is a must-see performance in Chicago for the month of September.
Humanities, History, and Social Sciences faculty member Prexy Nesbitt discusses the roles of activism and education through his relationships and work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and Barack Obama.
Melanie Zeck discusses her role as the Research Fellow at the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia, including her research interests and how working musicians and researchers can benefit from the museum’s archives.
The Smashing Pumpkins drummer and Trustee Jimmy Chamberlin discusses his time on tour, the myriad educational tools Columbia offers its students, and his enthusiasm behind the decision to join Columbia’s Board of Trustees.
Dance alum Erin Kilmurray ’08 is profiled for her work creating, directing, and choreographing The Fly Honey Show, a sex-positive, politically-charged cabaret featuring several other Columbia performer and producer alumni.
Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member Michelle Duster writes on how grassroots groups and social media facilitated the renaming of a major downtown street to Ida B. Wells Drive, honoring her late great-grandmother.
Cinema and Television Arts alum Demon Griffin MFA ’16 will expand the popular BACinema screenings to include more independent, classic, and international movies as the new film programmer for the Beverly Arts Center.
Michelle Duster, Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member and great grand-daughter to Wells, was present as the City Council made the historic vote to have the first downtown street named after a woman of color. More coverage at Chicago Tribune, NBC5,The Root, and more.
Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member Michelle Duster’s Commemorative Art Committee, which she co-chairs, has raised enough money to build a monument in honor of her great grandmother Ida B. Wells-Barnett. More coverage at the Chicago Tribune.
Alum and Tony-award winner Anna D. Shapiro ’90 will direct Straight White Men. Written by Young Jean Lee, this is the first play to be produced on Broadway by an Asian-American female playwright. More coverage here.
Film alum and cinematographer Christian Sprenger ’07 has been nominated twice in the same category for an Emmy in Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series on his work for Atlanta and Glow.
Photography Professor Dawoud Bey’s new series “Night Coming Tenderly, Black” is featured, which serves as a call to a period in African-American history where the journey for liberation was led largely through the darkness of the night.
Columbia participated in the first-ever “College Break Thru” program, offering prospective performing arts students a chance to participate in pre-auditions and receive constructive feedback from experienced faculty members.
Communication Associate Professor Shanita Baraka Akintonde writes on growing up on the South Side of Chicago, how young people are engaging with these neighborhoods, and the effects of policing on the city’s youth.
Art and Art History Professor and “Artist Mother of Chicago” Sabina Ott is remembered for her establishing work in the Chicago arts community. Additional coverage can be found at Artforumand Hyperallergic.
Cinema and Television Arts and Creative Writing student and second-ever National Youth Poet Laureate Patricia Frazier discusses her Chicago upbringing, her writing aspirations, and her debut book Graphite.
Graciela Iturbide HDR ’08, considered “one of the most influential photographers active in Latin America today and…one of Mexico’s greatest living artists” will have a major exhibition of her work featured at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts in January 2019.
Cinema and Television Arts student and second-ever National Youth Poet Laureate Patricia Frazier discusses poetry as a form of activism, her debut book Graphite, and growing up as a queer woman of color in Chicago.
Cinema and Television Arts alum Devlyn Camp is celebrated for their work as the creator and host of the podcast Mattachine: A Serialized Story in Gay History and their They and Them talk show on Que4 1680 AM.
Composer, creator of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and former Chair of the Music Department William Russo is remembered for his global career in the arts, and his lasting contributions to Chicago’s jazz scene.
Following her appearance at the 2018 Chicago Blues Festival, alum and singer-actress Melody Angel discusses her musical influences and her role in the Goodman Theatre’s Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3).
Chris Richert, Communication faculty member and general manager of the Columbia Chronicle, provides advice on how student journalists can successfully understand both the editorial and business sides of a running a publication.
The Dance Center’s distinctive contemporary dance presenting series is profiled, and Series Director Ellen Chenoweth explains why Columbia is the "only [place] where I have seen a performing series embedded within the curriculum so deeply."
Theatre Associate Professor Bill Williams interviewed Chicago author Rebecca Makkai on the inspiration for her novel and the importance of faithfully portraying Chicago's AIDS epidemic for modern audiences.
Communication Associate Professor Elio Leturia, in connection with other nationwide journalism faculty members, describes how recent technology has shifted students' ability to observe and report on issues.
The Museum of Contemporary Photography's Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts Sheridan Tucker Anderson discusses her process in curating the museum's Afrofuturist In Their Own Form exhibition, which runs through July 8.
A memorial statue of poet Gwendolyn Brooks, who taught at Columbia College Chicago, will be unveiled in the Bronzeville park named after Brooks, who becomes the first black, Chicago-based poet honored with a statue and memorial in a city park.
Humanities, History, and Social Sciences Professor Stephen Asma writes on 'nones'–millennials who describe themselves as nonreligious–and the trend of turning toward forms of spiritualism through yoga, meditation, and healing stones.
Design alum Nick Drnaso '11 is praised for his new graphic novel, Sabrina, which is a thoughtful meditation on mystery and the mundane during divisive political times. Additional coverage: The Guardian.
Multimedia Journalism graduate student Gabriela Cruz-Martínez discusses the difficulties that Puerto Ricans have had in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, particularly when it comes to their citizenship, rights, and representation.
Cinema and Television Arts student Patricia Frazier, recently named Chicago’s first National Youth Poet Laureate, discusses her debut book Graphite, the influence of Gwendolyn Brooks, and her future projects. Additional coverage can be found at Blavity.
Journalism alum Justin Kaufmann ’96 speaks with Dean of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Matthew Shenoda about why addressing racism is a necessity and Shenoda’s progressive, anti-racist mission for Columbia.
Illustration alum Max Clarke ’13 is profiled on his evolving musical career, which has seen him release his critically-acclaimed debut album Hollow Ground, open for big-name acts like Foxygen, and more.
Julia Fine MFA ’15 and former faculty member Audrey Niffenegger are interviewed about Fine’s debut novel What Should Be Wild, written during her time as an MFA student in the English and Creative Writing Department.
Cinema and Television Arts alum Chloe Bestward ’17 and MFA candidates Areej Mahmoud and Ryan Buckley have been shortlisted for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ International Student Film Awards.
English and Creative Writing Associate Professor and Ray Bradbury’s authorized biographer Sam Weller brought his graduate students to Carnegie Library in Waukegan, Illinois, where Bradbury first fell in love with literature.
Cinema and Television Arts alum Nathan Rodgers ’17 discusses his process in editing Chicago rapper Towkio’s new music video, where he used the song’s jazz-fusion beat as a guideline rather than letting it dictate the cuts.
Multimedia Photojournalism student Halie Parkinson speaks with Music student Asher Witkin and Pulitzer Prize-winning Photography faculty member John H. White about the power and impact of Kendrick Lamar as a musical role model.
Karen Irvine, deputy director and chief curator of the MoCP, introduces Dave Jordano’s new book A Detroit Nocturne, writing that Jordano “exposes lives of perseverance and fortitude that have long existed in Detroit despite its problems.” Additional coverage: Lens Scratch.
In honor of Montgomery, Alabama’s new memorial to lynching victims, Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member Michelle Duster discusses the accomplishment and historical impact of her great-grandmother, anti-lynching advocate and journalist Ida B. Wells.
Journalism alum Tatiana Walk-Morris ’14 examines her experience, and those of other black women, in having her hair invasively searched by the TSA in manners that reinforce “the stereotype that black people are inherently criminal.”
Film alum Sharon Zurek ’76, owner of Black Cat Productions, praises the new Chicago Filmmakers space, which will open on April 28 with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Dr. Eric Freedman, Dean of the School of Media Arts, and other Chicago industry leaders in attendance.
American Sign Language Chair and Associate Professor Peter Cook will headline the May 29-June 2 performances of Storytelling Live! in Jonesborough, Tennessee, where he will bring ASL, pantomime, storytelling, and movement to his matinee performances.
Wilson, North Carolina’s fourth-annual “Eyes on Main Street” photo festival features the work of Wilson youth who took photography lessons with Columbia students as part of Columbia’s ongoing partnership with Canon USA.
Theatre alum Aidy Bryant ’09, who stars in Amy Schumer’s upcoming comedy I Feel Pretty, discusses her closeness to the film’s overarching theme of body positivity and self-love. More coverage: Chicago Sun-Times and Windy City Times.
California Senator Kamala Harris writes about how Television alum Lena Waithe ’06 has empowered audiences who can now “turn on the TV and see vivid, funny, deeply real portrayals of people like themselves.”
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Film and Television Arts Associate Professor Ruth Leitman and Interim Chair Eric Scholl discuss Columbia’s new Interdisciplinary Documentary Program, its expert faculty, and notable alumni working in documentary.
In the wake of the Parkland, Florida tragedy, Photography Associate Professor Greg Foster-Rice weighs in on the debate saying, “the classroom should be an environment defined by safety, consideration, and open debate…not by weapons.”
Music Business alum Megan Gonzalez ’04, the founder of Minooka Music Studio, discusses the studio’s new summer camp offerings, including musical theatre classes and the new “Camp Rock” for experienced teen musicians.
Education Associate Professor Katie Paciga, who is presenting at this year’s National Association for the Education of Young Children conference, discusses the importance of social and linguistic support alongside digital learning, especially for children in poverty.
The English and Creative Writing Department’s Writer-in-Residence T Clutch Fleischmann and their former student, Nonfiction alum Sung Yim ’17, will read at the Poetry Foundation’s Open Door Reading Series April 17 at 7 p.m.
The English and Creative Writing Department’s Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Aleksandar Hemon will present his keynote speech “The Failure of Empathy” at this year’s John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference.
Film alumni Chris Charles ’07 and Laura Farber ’06 discuss their documentary on the Columbine massacre We Are Columbia—a subject that’s close to home for Farber, who survived the mass shooting in 1999.
As part of the University of Kentucky’s Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series, Museum of Contemporary Photography Chief Curator Karen Irvine will discuss her efforts to discover and support the work of emerging photographers.
Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member Michelle Duster, great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells, discusses the legacy of the historic journalist and activist the of the “most famous black woman in America.”
Former student Jasmine Waters—who has lived as a reality star, an entertainment journalist, and now serves as a screenwriter for NBC’s This Is Us—discusses her efforts to bring black characters and their authentic experiences to the forefront.
Film alum Janusz Kaminski ’87 spoke at the 2018 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference, discussing his feelings about the film industry’s transition from film to digital and how contemporary cinematography is “lacking in vision.”
The English and Creative Writing Department’s Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Aleksandar Hemon reviews Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2017 film Phantom Thread, examining the film’s sexual politics and the patriarchal narrative that it nurtures.
Photographer Akito Tsuda ’93 recently returned to Chicago and walked the same Pilsen streets he photographed in the 1990s, noting the changes while also acknowledging the fact that Pilsen made him “better than before.”
Bebe Miller, whose show In a Rhythm headlined the second weekend of the Dance Center’s “Process v. Product” festival, is praised for taking “a form that many see as obtuse and [making] it accessible.” More coverage can be found at Newcity Stage.
Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member Michelle Duster discusses the efforts to have a monument built in honor of her great grandmother, journalist and anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells—which would speak not only of Wells’ accomplishments, but also add representation for women in the country’s national monument registry.
Scholar and historian Owen Keehnen will join Humanities, History and Social Sciences Associate Professor Carmelo Esterrich April 19 to discuss the history and impact of the Belmont Rocks, a “famed stretch of land along Chicago's lakefront that was once the only safe place for LGBTQ people to gather in the daylight.”
Student Juniper Schenone discusses her decision to bank sperm before beginning her transition, citing the importance of biological fertility and “having the availability to pass down [her] genes and have that emotional connection.”
In honor of the April 5-19 Chicago Latino Film Festival, Television alum Pepe Vargas ’85—the festival’s founder and man behind the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago—is profiled on his legacy. Additional coverage at Hollywood Chicago.
Honorary Degree Recipient and Journalism alum Mary A. Mitchell ’91 will receive the Mazzei Award, which is “presented to a person who shows extraordinary skills in the world of communications,” at this year’s Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans’ annual media luncheon.
As part of its Art Design Chicago initiative, the Terra Foundation for American Art has awarded grants to Columbia’s Glass Curtain Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in a continued effort to “expand public engagement with Chicago’s cultural community.” More coverage atArt and Education.
Columbia’s top fashion design students will compete in this year’s “Close-Up”-themed Driehaus Awards, showcasing their collections in a runway competition for a $7,500 prize and an apparel display at Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue.
Journalism Associate Professor Jackie Spinner profiles John O’Connor on his 20 years of reporting on the Illinois statehouse for the Associated Press, where he “has exposed corruption at nearly every level of Illinois government.”
Cinema and Television Arts Associate Professor Jeff Spitz celebrates the diverse voices coming out of Chicago—many of whom have completed long-form documentaries and received festival praise—and promotes The Doc Talk Show #13, which takes place Thursday, March 29.
Columbia’s Dance Center will kick off the spring season with its “Process v. Product” festival, featuring headlining performances from Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak and Bebe Miller Company. Additional coverage found at Picture This Post.
Television alum Lena Waithe ’06 discusses the future of her Showtime series The Chi, which includes the new appointment of Ayanna Floyd Davis MFA ’98 as showrunner and the expansion of the show’s female characters.
Theatre alum Michael Allen Harris ’11 is dubbed a “young playwright on the brink of greatness,” foregrounding under-represented narratives and showcasing relatable African-American LGBT characters in his new drama Kingdom.
Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member Michelle Duster discusses her great-grandmother, journalist and anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells, and the New York Times’ decision to posthumously honor her with an obituary, on The Daily podcast.
Art Design Chicago, a new initiative led by The Terra Foundation for American Art, aims to broaden the story of Chicago’s art history through 29 exhibitions debuting this year—including the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s October exhibition The Many Hats of Ralph Arnold, curated by Photography Associate Professor Greg Foster-Rice.
English and Creative Writing Associate Professor Jim DeRogatis continues his coverage of musician R. Kelly with a piece on Jerhonda Pace—who last summer accused Kelly of abuse—and her frustration as Kelly continues to face no consequences despite the #MeToo movement taking down other alleged abusers.
BLKHaUS Studios, founded by Art and Art History Associate Professor Fo Wilson and Norman Teague ’12, will participate in this summer’s Back Alley Jazz event, a “jazz jam” that channels the South Side’s community affairs of the ’60s and ’70s.
Former student Jeremy Felton, known as Jeremih, released his sultry R&B EP The Chocolate Box March 9, and continues to work on his fourth studio album Later That Night. More coverage at Rap-Up, Uproxx, and XXL Mag.
Journalism student Andrea Salcedo praises the Chicago Feminist Film Festival for its screening of Constanza Novick’s El Futuro que Viene (The Future Ahead), the first Latin American film to open the festival.
Student Briana Kennedy writes on Columbia’s student-organized #ENOUGH National School Walkout March 14, held in support of gun reform and in remembrance of the 17 lives lost at Stoneman Douglas High School.
The David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation’s $1 million gift to the Museum of Contemporary Photography from January is included as an example of a recent trend of Chicago philanthropists supporting the arts through donations to university museums.
Theatre Assistant Professor and Director of Comedy Studies Anne Libera discussed The Second City’s connection to Saturday Night Live at the Conversations in Comedy: SNL & The Second City panel March 8.
Alum Sheila Brown ’89, executive director of the CineCares Foundation at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, discusses career highlights and issues such as how professional attitudes towards women have evolved in the film industry.
Kingdom, a new play by Theatre alum Michael Allen Harris ’11, “a story about gay African-Americans and a play about elderly people because those people are so often invisible onstage,” runs through March 31 at the Den Theatre.
Journalism Associate Professor Jackie Spinner writes on new revelations surrounding Karega Kofi Moyo’s photography, much of which depicts the unrest following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Neysa Page-Lieberman, the Executive Director of Columbia’s Department of Exhibitions, Performance and Student Spaces (DEPS), has curated Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond, currently exhibiting at Moore College of Art and Design.
Journalism alum Mary Mitchell ’91 presented at the City Club of Chicago’s Exodus from Illinois panel, discussing what government officials can do to reinvigorate the state and reverse recent years of population decline.
Communications consultant and former associate vice chancellor for public affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago Mark Rosati has been appointed Columbia’s new Vice President for Strategic Communications and External Relations.
Communication alum Alexandra Eidenberg ’05, a longtime champion for better Illinois healthcare, runs for Illinois Representative with hopes tomake insurance “accessible to everyone.” More coverage can be found at Evanston Now and Chicago Sun-Times.
The Dance Center’s March 2-3 presentation of the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan will likely be the last Chicago performance with founder Lin Hwai-min, who plans to retire at the end of 2019. More coverage: Chicago Magazine.
Radio Associate Professor David W. Berner’s essay collectionThere’s a Hamster in the Dashboard, which chronicles his life through relationships with his former pets,is considered “insightful and humorous, entertaining and touching.”
Audio Arts and Acoustics alum Frank Waln ’14, an “award-winning Sicangu Lakota Hip Hop artist and music producer,” performed at this year’s Native Education Raising Dedicated Students (NERDS) gathering.
Lin Hwai-min, founder and director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, discusses his artistic career and what makes Cloud Gate Dancers unique. Cloud Gate will premiere its new program Formosa at the Harris Theater March 2 and 3.
Communication Associate Professor Lillian Williams writes on how trustee emeritus Lerone Bennett Jr., who passed away last week, influenced her early years and what today’s generation can learn from his black history lessons.
On Friday Columbia's student center was granted a construction permit, "the first indication that work is ready to begin in earnest." The center is set to be completed by early 2019. Additional coverage can be found at Chicago Construction News.
Theatre alum Joanie Schultz ’00, co-founder of Chicago’s Flush Puppy Theatre and current artistic director of Dallas’ WaterTower Theatre, returns to her hometown of Aspen, Colorado to direct three student-penned plays at the Theatre Masters’ Take Ten Festival.
The Dance Center’s presentation of Doug Varone and Dancers was “wholly worth” braving this weekend’s weather for the company’s 30th anniversary celebration, which featured a rare stage appearance by Varone himself. More coverage: Picture This.
Communication Associate Professor Elio Leturia’s No Literal—on display at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago until Feb. 22—illustrates the importance of correct Spanish through twelve posters. More coverage: Borderzine.
Film alum Jeff Borowiak ’16 has been appointed motion designer at post-production house The Colonie, following his breakout work with interactive web series The Reunion and 2017 Feminist Film Festival selection Game Master.
Columbia will host the third annual Chicago Feminist Film Festival, showcasing work from under-represented film professionals. The festival includes three feature films, 40 short films, and two web series.
Communication alum Jeff Tobler ’03 has been promoted to senior vice president at Warner Bros. TV, where he will lead the Television Publicity and Communications division on scripted programming and media outreach. More coverage: First Comics News.
Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member Shannon Downey uses her embroidered craftivism “to inspire, instigate, engage, inflame, empower and incite people into action,” encouraging artists to find their voice and then use it to bring change to the world.
To promote the power of culture’s role in bettering the world, the Appleton Boychoir will present IMAGINE ... The Peace Concert this Saturday, featuring student Katie Welko’s interpretative dance performance to Craig Hella Johnson’s “Will There Really Be a Morning?”
English Assistant Professor Nicole Spigner writes on the context around the #MeToo movement and believes that now people “can survey the damage already done and suffer new hurt as we make a reach towards liberation.”
Graphic Design alum Kyle Letendre ’12, now a freelance lettering artist, illustrator, and designer, is using his artistry to address issues of gender and sexuality within contemporary illustration and design.
Dean of Fine and Performing Arts Onye Ozuzu is co-curating the second annual Dance Gathering in Lagos this year, with a “Body and Memory” theme that focuses on “diverse forms of creative endeavors that variously explore the body as a storehouse of memories and inherited traumas.” More coverage at The Netand Bella Naija.
Acoustics alum Tom Noble ’12 offers personal anecdotes and advice for budding designers, writing that “viewing other designs can provide insight and a learning experience that otherwise can only be gained after years of practice.”
English and Creative Writing Associate Professor Sam Weller, a two-time Bram Stoker Award winner and authorized biographer of Ray Bradbury, will be the next featured guest of Elgin Community College’s Writers Center Reading Series on Thursday, Feb. 15.
Brothers David "Buzz" Ruttenberg and Roger "Biff" Ruttenberg have donated $1 million to the Museum of Contemporary Photography from The David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation, the largest cash donation to the museum in its history.
The Chi—the South Side-based Showtime series from Television alum Lena Waithe ’06—has been renewed for a second season, with fellow alum Ayanna Floyd Davis MFA ’98 signing on as executive producer and showrunner.
2003 Honorary Degree Recipient Henry Fogel has received a National Opera Trustee Recognition Award for his work with the Chicago Opera Theater, where he served four years as board president and now sits on its Governance, Finance, Audit, and Executive Committees.
Communication Associate Professor Anne Marie Mitchell discusses the investigation into Sun-Times reporter Richard Roeper buying Twitter followers, citing social media’s “wild west mentality” that has inevitably led to profiteering and exploitation.
Creative Writing alum Matthew Hoffman ’98, a film historian and assistant circulation manager for the Park Ridge Library, will kick off the 10th season of the library’s Classic Film Series March 1 with Whisky Galore!, the first of six Ealing Studios comedy films.
Alum Michael Glover Smith ’00 will speak with audience members and screen his award-winning film Mercury in Retrograde, an examination of the modern relationship, at the Gene Siskel Film Center this February.
Journalism alum Michelle Alegria ’97 will be joining Fox’s WFLD-Channel 32 as the new traffic reporter for Good Day Chicago, following her nearly decade-long stint as a featured contributor for 190 North, the magazine show from ABC’s WLS-Channel 7. More coverage here.
Various interviews from Film alum Janusz Kaminski ’87, a staple cinematographer in the films of Steven Spielberg, are featured in this compilation-style podcast about the four-time Oscar-winning director.
In light of the announcement that Animaniacs will return in 2020, Cinema and Television Arts Associate Professor Ronald Fleischer and faculty member Douglas Rice speak about the origins of their animation studio StarToons, where they produced their Emmy-winning work for the show.
Juan Giraldo MFA ’15 is profiled on his work as an artist in residence for Wilson, North Carolina’s Eyes on Main Street project, where he spent much of his time documenting workers at the Bridgestone tire plant as an homage to his favorite photographers.
Theatre faculty member Andra Velis Simon is praised for her balanced musical direction in Chicago theatre troupe The Hypocrites’ production of Pirates of Penzance, which is currently showing in Pasadena, California through Feb. 25.
Dance Chair and Associate Professor Peter Carpenter and Associate Professor Raquel Monroe are mentioned in this review of the anthology Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings, which features essays from the two about queerness, national protest, and the bending of genre to reflect the fluidity of gender and sexuality.
Communication Assistant Professor Laurence Minsky’s book The Activation Imperative: How to Build Brands and Business by Inspiring Action was selected as a “must read” by the ANA Educational Foundation, taking a place beside the classics on advertising, branding, and marketing.
Music Associate Professor and Jazz Studies director Scott Hall has created “high-spirited and enjoyable” arrangements being performed by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra for their collaborative concert with Latin jazz group The BraziLionaires, Pasión y Romance. Find more coverage from the Journal Star and WGLT.
In this podcast, Film alum Zach Sands ’03 discusses the role that comedy plays in the discourse surrounding national identity and the American Dream, which he details in his 2017 book Film Comedy and the American Dream.
The Way to Andina, the award-winning opera documentary from Cinema and Television Arts alum Arlen Parsa ’09 chronicling his mission to produce and premiere his great-grandfather’s lost opera, premiered Jan. 25 on WTTW.
Participant Media's documentary president Diane Weyermann MFA ’92 discusses STARZ's acquisition of America to Me, a nonfiction series detailing a "year in the lives of students, parents, and educators in the Oak Park and River Forest High School community."
Steven Teref MFA ’06 has been named a National Book Critics Circle Award Poetry finalist for his translated collection Directions for Use, featuring the "erotic, wry, feminist poems" of Serbian poet Ana Ristović.
Theatre alum Jonathan Hirsh ’11 discusses Fare Trade, his new web series inspired by the online trading platform Bunz—described as the "Craigslist without money"—and the cash-less economy it encourages.
Among the many dance events this winter, the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago will welcome back Doug Varone and Dancers for the first time since 2001, as well as the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. More coverage here.
Two teams of Columbia students from various disciplines placed first and second in the NRF Foundation's Student Challenge competition, with the top team's students receiving individual $5,000 scholarships, and the second place team receiving scholarships of $2,500. More coverage can be found here.
Communication Assistant Professor Shannelle Armstrong-Fowler appeared on Windy City Live to discuss the origins of her salon Haute & Co. Bridal Boutique, and what inspired her new body positive bridal reality show The Perfect Fit.
Journalism alum Mallory Szczepanski ’11 has been named the new editorial director for waste and recycling publication Waste 360, where she will "manage editorial efforts, grow the brand’s digital presence, and continue to cover leading industry events."
Marketing Communications alum Jeff Shafer ’09, who "found his niche and his passion in admiration for [Martin Luther] King," is profiled alongside his brother—professional muralist Sike Style—and their father for the family's sixth King Day mural project.
Television alum Lena Waithe ’06 and Creative Writing alum Iliana Regan ’05 are listed among eight Chicago trailblazers for their accomplishments this year—a new television series and a memoir, respectively—as well as their contributions to Chicago and beyond.
Film alum Damian Huck ’05, a freelance producer with 12 years of experience working for clients like Apple and Toyota, has been named executive producer for ONE at Optimus, an arm of post-production house Optimus. More coverage here.
Former student Kent Velesrubio, winner of the Best Made in the Marianas Award from the 2014 Guam International Film Festival, discusses his life since winning the award and offers advice for aspiring filmmakers.
"The Bees, Part 1" a short story written by MacArthur Fellow and Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Aleksandar Hemon, is introduced by Everything Is Illuminated author Jonathan Safran Foer for The Guardian's short story podcast.
The Perfect Fit, Communication Assistant Professor Shannelle Armstrong-Fowler's reality show about pairing plus size brides with their perfect gowns, premieres tonight on PeopleTV. More coverage at Chicago Woman.
Alum Jen Davis ’02 will showcase Eleven Years, her photography exhibition that "explores body image, identity and relationships," at Mercer County Community College's James Kerney Campus Gallery from January 25th through February 22nd.
Alum Anna D. Shapiro ’90 and Dance faculty members Carrie Hanson and Daniel "BRAVEMONK" Haywood are listed among the Chicago artists that made "art that helped things feel bearable or even, occasionally, bright" this past year.
Television alum Lena Waithe ’06, "one of the most sought-after new voices in Hollywood," discusses the inspirations behind The Chi, growing up queer in Chicago, and the importance of authentic representation.
In their new show Lather. Rinse. Repeat. | Fall. Climb. Release., Dance alumni Aaliyah Christina '16, Trinity Dawn Bobo ’16, Keyierra Collins ’16, and student Keisha Bennett explore the American black female experience.
Television alum Lena Waithe ’06 discusses humanizing Chicago’s South Side and representing black lives in her new Showtime series The Chi. More coverage can be found at the Chicago Tribune, TV Guide, and Variety.
School of Fine and Performing Arts Dean and Dance Professor Onye Ozuzu discusses the effects of increased access through the internet, which she sees as “a mode of cultural transportation, which both expands what dancers make and can have the effect of homogenization."
Chicago hosted the world premiere of Music Assistant Professor Ilya Levinson’s “Ghost Tango,” a chamber music piece Levinson wrote with exaggerated emotion to “illustrate the desire of the ghostly world to communicate with our real world.”
Art and Art History alum Nicholas Steindorf’s ’09 solo exhibition New Grey Planet at the Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn aims to make viewers aware of how our memories and expectations intrude upon and alter our perceptions.
“Over & Over,” the newest show at Columbia College’s Glass Curtain Gallery, features work by artists whodig into pattern and repetition as markers of identity and behavior, forms of building culture, the different mechanics used to program our sentience.
English and Creative Writing Associate Professor Jim DeRogatis explores why the popular music industry isn’t concerned about the sexual-misconduct allegations against R. Kelly amid the outing of many other prominent celebrity predators.
Theatre alum DeZhane Rouse ’17 incorporates her passion for both acting and activism in her role as an educator for Catharsis Theatre, which uses improv skits to make humorous but impactful points about gender and power.
Master of Arts Management alum Rebecca Fons MAM ’11 is the new Programming Director at Iowa City’s art house cinema, FilmScene, where she will direct the art house theater’s lineup of American independent films, foreign films, and documentaries while building new initiatives to expand FilmScene’s community of movie lovers.
Communication Associate Professor Suzanne McBride believes that getting journalism students into the community teaches them how to accurately report on violence in a community and creates a passion in them to cover local news.
Columbia’s Jazz and Fusion Ensembles, under the directions of Music faculty members Scott Hall and William Boris, respectively, performed alongside jazz musician and Columbia’s musical artist in residence Jon Irabagon during Columbia’s Jazz Showcase.
Associate Professor of Journalism Jackie Spinner reports on the experience of enrolling her autistic sons in Moroccan schools, and the limited or nonexistant access to education many children in the country face.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined President Kim, DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly, students, and the Gensler team on November 13 to break ground on Columbia’s first-ever Student Center, set to be completed in 2019.
Before breaking ground at Columbia’s first-ever Student Center, Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised the building for its “environment that [will be] conducive to imagination, to collaboration, and to working together.”
Communication Associate Professor Laurence Minsky discusses how to help businesses create successful marketing content by recognizing that customers come to execute a specific task, and visuals should reflect that.
2017 Honorary Degree Recipient and former Columbia student David Cromer’s Broadway play The Band’s Visit was praised by the New York Times as “one of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by.”
Communication Associate Professor Curtis Lawrence talked to Woodlawn residents who are wary that the Obama Presidential Center, slated for a 2021 opening in Jackson Park, will bring unwanted gentrification to their neighborhood. More coverage at CityLab.
The Hollywood Reporter ranked Columbia College Chicago’s Masters in Music Composition for the Screen in its Top 25 Best Music Schools, praising its “cutting-edge” technology and the five-week Semester in LA.
Photography Professor Dawoud Bey appreciates the “cushion” the MacArthur Fellowship has given him, allowing him to focus on upcoming projects like Station, a work of history about Ohio’s Underground Railroad.
English and Creative Writing faculty member Stan West invited journalist Lourdes Nicholls to his “Culture, Race, and Media” class where she shared her family’s memorabilia detailing the incarceration conditions of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Audio Arts and Acoustics alum Kevin Rhomberg ’13, aka Knox Fortune, hopes his new album Paradise will show fans that his hip-hop affiliation with artists like Vic Mensa and Chance the Rapper isn’t the extent of his musical repertoire.
Virago-Man Dem will be performed at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago through November 4, with choreography exploring “facets of black masculinity and how stereotypes surrounding black men affect their identities and expressions of self.”
Columbia College Chicago Fashion students partnered with United Airlines in a five-week class challenging them to design a reusable travel bag made from recycled airport banners, with all proceeds from the finished product going to charities.
Alum Akito Tsuda ’93 returned to the Pilsen neighborhood for a reception of his book Pilsen Days, where he revisited a few of the remaining landmarks that he photographed more than 20 years ago. More coverage at Hoy,Telemundo Chicago,NBC 5, and Univision.
Photography Professor Paul D’Amato’s new book here/still/now features the “joy, sadness, determination, resignation, love, and vulnerability” of African-American residents of Chicago’s West Side, and includes a foreword by Photography Professor and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Dawoud Bey.
Humanities, History, and Social Sciences Professor Stephen Asma discusses how his book explores the complicated narrative of “hero vs monster” in today’s society, even digging into the evolving language we use to describe them.
Photography Professor Dawoud Bey spoke with Morning Shift host Jenn White about spending time with the subjects of his portraits and how being awarded the MacArthur Fellowship is an “affirmation and validation of all of the work [he’s] been doing over the past 42 years.”
Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts graduate student Colleen McCulla was selected as an artist for the We’ll Work for Artprogram, which provides business entity formation and legal counsel for working visual artists.
In discussing his book and the recent Las Vegas shooting, Humanities, History, and Social Sciences Professor Stephen Asma explores the “roles that desire and repulsion play in our conceptions of monsters.
Business and Entrepreneurship faculty member Shannon Downey’s embroidery twist on “Boys Will Be Boys” has been lauded as the “perfect mix of femininity and ferocity” and has gone viral in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations.
Cinema and Television Arts alum Gil Hizon ’06 was selected for CBS’s Entertainment Diversity and Inclusion Writers Mentoring Program which pairs writers with an executive mentor to develop new material before moving on to a 16-week workshop.
Theatre alum Aaron Mitchell Reese ’12 will direct The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves, a musical based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Columbia Honorary Degree Recipient Gwendolyn Brooks, running from October 20–December 23.
Chicago Magazine examines English and Creative Writing Associate Professor Jim DeRogatis’ extensive and substantial career as a music critic and journalist, especially his decades of aggressive investigative reporting on R. Kelly.
English and Creative Writing faculty member Mort Castle discusses how he’s been successful in his career, claiming that he always teaches his students that “writing is a craft, and a craft can be learned.”
Cinema and Television Arts alum Meena Singh ’02 cites the mentorship of Film and Video alum Ken Seng ’99 in learning about studio productions, a skill that shows itself in her true crime documentary Netflix series, The Confession Tapes.
In response to his 2017 MacArthur Fellowship award, Photography ProfessorDawoud Bey discusses how he hopes his work can begin to “transcend differences while locating a common humanity that we all share.”
Reggie Wilson and Fist + Heel Performance Group performanceat Columbia’s Dance Center createdwhat “felt like an assertion of identity” through a mixture of Western contemporary dance and West African dance.
Photography Professor and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Dawoud Bey says that when teaching students to find their own voice in their art, it’s “as much about photography as it is about teaching a set of values.”
English and Creative Writing Professor and Dean of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Matthew Shenoda’s work with the African Poetry Book Fund is helping to give a voice to African poets whose work might otherwise go unheard.
Columbia’s first Honorary Degree Recipient and Pulitzer Prize winner Gwendolyn Brooks greatly influenced poet and educator Haki Madhubuti, who recently celebrated 50 years with his publishing company Third World Press.
Photography alum Clarissa Bonet MFA ’12, whose current work explores aspects of the urban space in both a physical and psychological context, will speak on a panel about how to find inspiration and create meaningful art.
The exhibition ¡Sí Se Puede!, currently open at Columbia’s Glass Curtain Gallery, is profiled as part of Chicago's celebration of iconic civil rights and labor leader Dolores Huerta, who is also the subject of a recent Wabash Arts Corridor mural by alum Sam Kirk ’05.
Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, History, and Social Sciences Professor Steven Corey draws on his specialties in urban studies and waste disposal to comment on the litter and mess left behind at music festivals and what it might mean on a social level that participants feel little guilt about it.
Television alum Lena Waithe ’06 solidified her place at the table with her historic Emmy win, and her upcoming series with Showtime The Chi will feature her behind the script once again. More coverage at CBS Chicago, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicagoist, and CBS Chicago.
Television alum Lena Waithe ’06 made history at the 69th Emmy Awards by becoming the first African American woman to win an Emmy for outstanding writing for a comedy series forMaster of None. More coverage at ABC7 Chicago and CBS Chicago.
Reggie Wilson and Fist + Heel Performance Group will put on Citizen – a performance with a postmodern mix of blues, folk, and dances of the African diaspora – at the Dance Center October 12–14. More coverage at Newcity Stage.
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago kicks off the fall season with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project (September 21-23), followed by the Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group (October 12-14), and the debut of the New York-based COCo. Dance Theatre (November 2-4).
Alum and VP of Emerging Technology and Innovation for Leo Burnett Tod Szewczyk ’02 held an information session The Future of People, Technology, and Advertising where he tracked how fast technology is changing in the printing industry, and how marketers, advertisers, and others can cope with the new landscape.
After President Trump announced DACA would be rescinded, Creative Writing alums Jan-Henry Gray MFA ’16 and Hafizah Geter MFA ’10, along with other poets with different relationships to migration and citizenship, respond to the disruptive decision in their own words.
Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts Onye Ozuzu discusses her current endeavor Project Tool while balancing administrative duties, including the development of Columbia’s new Hip Hop Studies minor.
Art Education alum Lauren Ball MAT ’17 will kick off the SideCar Gallery 2017 fall season with her exhibition Resurface, opening September 9, and includes relycled abstract shapes and found photography.
English and Creative Writing Associate Professor Sam Weller held a three-day writer’s festival at Dimensions Academy, vouching for its life-changing opportunities for kids who need more than what traditional schools can offer.
Photography Professor Dawoud Bey was one of a handful of judges overseeing The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today contest, where the artists addressed topics that are affecting the nation and world today.
Photography Associate Professor Kelli Connell will debut her exhibition Kelli Connell / Double Life: Fifteen Years, a body of work that shows the “complex and layered nature of relationships,” at the McDonough Museum of Art.
Theatre alum Carly Jo Greer ’13 will put on a one-night only performance of her solo show I Come From Hoarders, a combination of storytelling and theatre about what it’s like to grow up in a family of hoarders.
Director of Columbia’s Department of Exhibitions and Spaces Neysa Page-Lieberman, Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography Natasha Egan, and Art History alum Tempestt Hazel’10 are featured in NewCity’s annual list of who makes art work in Chicago.
Kicking off the public art exhibition Street Level, Cirque du Soleil’s mural inspired by Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico, painted by former student and artist Gloria “Gloe” Talamantes, will be the first of eight new murals in the South Loop neighborhood.
Former student Francis Scott Key White and his sister Alex White, who have been touring the world with their band White Mystery for ten years, are set to play two shows back in their hometown of Chicago.
Advertising Art Direction alum Mikey Corona ’06 and his business partner Brian Riggenbach prepare to open their diner The Mockingbird, complete with creative menus and eclectic decorations, walking the line between unpredictable and accessible.
Dance alum Sydney Harner ’16 is taking all of her choreography and teaching experience learned from professional dancers at Columbia and giving back through expanded dance courses at Power in Motion Gymnastics.
Cinema and Television Arts Assistant Professor David Krause built eight David Lynch-replica film sets for Sandro Miller’s 17-minute film Psychogenetic Fugue which portrays a selection of Lynch characters and iconic scenes.
Saint Xavier University’s Art Gallery will present Design Instructional Specialist Meghann Sottile's exhibition Traced Hallows, which uses ordinary found objects and metalsmithing to create “hallowed places” that remind her of sacred relics and shrines from her childhood.
Communication faculty member Alyssa Schukar photographs a vibrant community living in a toxic environment in her new project, The Most Industrialized City, hoping to document the lives of the people she meets with empathy.
Television alum and Emmy nominee Lena Waithe ’06 discussed the value of queer writers during GLAAD’s panel on lesbian, gay, and bisexual trends on television, where she also learned she was the first black woman nominated for a comedy writing Emmy.
Columbia alums and members of rock group Friday Pilots Club Caleb Hiltunen ’17, Mike Fornari ’17, Ethan Mole ’17, and Spencer Rydholm ’17 discuss their writing chemistry, origins at Columbia, and their upcoming EP ahead of their performance at House of Blues on Wednesday, August 9.
Interdisciplinary Arts alum Matthew Marcum MA ’10 will present The Existential Emporium at this year’s Sideshow Fringe Festival, “an immersive live art exhibition that explores mindfulness as performance and allows the audience members to engage in meditative practices.”
Alum Mike Owens ’97 launched his animated series Danger & Eggs, starring Theatre alum Aidy Bryant ’09 and now streaming on Amazon Prime, after spending years animating for popular cartoons like Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain.
Journalism alum Lee Bey ’88 will oversee the education department, its collections staff and exhibitions, and several strategic initiatives and museum planning projects as vice president of Chicago’s DuSable Museum, the largest caretaker of African American art, history, and culture in the nation.
Assistant professor at OSU and Photography alum Kerry Skarbakka MFA ’07 continues to create his art, overcoming rejections from past projects and focusing on collaboration this coming August in the exhibition Log Cabin Medley.
Film alum Barbara E. Allen ’75 will be the executive producer of The Experience with Dedry Jones, a live-studio audience television show that allows viewers to connect with some of Chicago’s most popular musicians and artists on the scene.
Film student Sophie Mannaerts joins Jo Yong-joo and Ha Joo-young in biking across the country as part of Triple A Project’s mission to raise awareness for WWII’s ‘comfort women’ by holding demonstrations in front of Japanese embassies.
American Sign Language Chair and Associate Professor Peter Cook was named to the Performing Arts Advisory Committee in order to help “improve the quality of [ASL] theater” at his alma mater, the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Theatre faculty member James Sherman’s comedic play, which runs through August 27 at the Piven Theatre, uses the neo-Nazi marches in Skokie in the late 70s as the backdrop to explore American Jewish identity.
Film alum and Lenscratch marketing director Katie Harwood ’05 talks about photography and “Everything is Fine Here,” her project using the transience of objects as a metaphor for the disintegration of a family.
Theatre alum and 2016 3Arts Award recipient Jess Godwin ’05 will perform popular Elton John songs on July 8th as part of a Goodbye Yellow Brick Road segment of the Artists Lounge Live series at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.
Alum and faculty member Jonathan McReynolds ’11 “hopes to encourage the growth of artistic talent in higher education” by providing two $5000 scholarships to students in the African-American community.
Photography alum Rashid Johnson ’00 uses materials such as shea butter, black soap, and white ceramic tile to explore themes of race, identity, and escape in an exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum through September 17th.
Interdisciplinary Arts alum Jamillah James ’05 is a featured curator for her work at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, citing Art and Art History associate professors Debra Parr and Amy Mooney as mentors.
Cinema Art and Science Associate Professor Dan Rybicky hosted the Chicago Community Trusts’s On the Table initiative, an event focused on ways to better foster LGBTQ inclusivity in cultural institutions.
Music Composition for the Screen alum and violinist Emer Kinsella MFA ’16 is interviewed about her journey from Dublin to Los Angeles and her compositions featured in Jungle, the forthcoming film starring Daniel Radcliffe.
Cinema Art and Science Juan Carlos Valdivia's '87 2013 film Yvy Marley (Tierra sin Mal) will be screened at the Contemporary Latin America Film Show in Costa Rica to celebrate his work as a Bolivian filmmaker.
Humanities, History, and Social Sciences professor Stephen Asma uses examples of sports figures, philosophers, and artists to discuss how improvising can enhance a person's ability to adapt to a specific environment for success.
Cinema Art and Science student Kelsey Sante's six-minute film Reach, which tells the story of a young woman suffering from panic attacks, will screen at the 20th annual Dances With Films festival June 1-11 at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. More coverage at The Daily Herald.
Business and Entrepreneurship alum Rebecca Fons '08 discusses reopening the Iowa Theater and the cinematic history of major films like The Bridges of Madison County, which were filmed in her hometown of Winterset, Iowa.
Strategic Marketing and Communications email marketing manager Geoffrey Anderson discusses Glimmer, a social app he designed to be inclusive for users with disabilities, and how its international audience is helping build a strong community for its users.
The Museum of Contemporary Photography's #AiWeiwei exhibition, currently on display until July 2, is highlighted for the artist's political statements, activism, and use of social media to promote work like Leg Gun and Selfie.
Cinema Art and Science alum and director Bucher Almzain MFA '15 is interviewed on his film The Outcast, screening at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and the value of bringing diverse cultural experiences to the big screen.
Photography alum Angela Pulido '05 discusses her exhibition "Spatial Testimonies," which explores the effect of people displaced by violence and will open on May 27 at Galería Cafam de Bellas Artes in Colombia.
Theatre faculty member Andra Velis Simon is the musical director for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, a play following a woman's attempt to quit smoking, which will premiere on May 9 at the Porchlight Theatre.
Theatre professor John Green directs Sacred Sands: A Play for Voices, "a spoken word play recital" that explores the efforts to protect the unique natural resources of the Indiana dune region on May 14.
The late Richard Kiphart HDR '17, former chair of the Board of Trustees and 2017 Honorary Degree Recipient, is remembered by his wife for his philanthropic and social justice passions, which helped to establish their family foundation.
Columbia Advertising, Communication and Journalism students win the Young Globals Student Competition, where they collaborated to create a campaign to raise awareness on the connections between unhealthy food, diversity, and type 2 diabetes. More coverage at Little Black Book.
The Dance Center announces it's 44th season of contemporary dance, which includes the return of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Doug Varone and Dancers, and more installments of the hip-hop mini festival B-Series. More coverage at Broadway World.
Interdisciplinary alum Jamillah James '05 discusses how she grew to love researching and engaging with art through the development of zines, radio shows, and house shows, which led to her curatorial career in Los Angeles.
Columbia's 2017 Honorary Degree Recipients are recognized for their achievements ahead of the Commencement ceremonies, including theatre director David Cromer, LGBT allies Judy and Dennis Shepard, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events commissioner Mark Kelly, and renowned painter Kerry James Marshall.
Columbia's Cinema Art and Science department is recognized as a leading film program for offering almost 200 undergraduate and graduate courses, its "diverse and comprehensive curriculum, and its extensive internship program.
Cinema Art and Science alum Matthew Richmond '03 initiates a campaign to complete a documentary about local German restaurant "Brauhaus," and how owners Harry and Guenter Kempf established their business over 30 years ago.
Alum and activist Angela Davis Fegan '15 discusses how she subverts gender stereotypes thorough letterpress printing and how venues like The Empty Bottle influence audience interactions with her Lavender Menace Project.
Cinema Art and Science alum Eric Anthony '09 works as a boom operator on local TV shows Empire, Chicago Fire, and Betrayal after learning the mechanics of sound mixing from technicians filming Public Enemies in 2009.
Members of the Columbia community are nominated for 2017 Jeff Awards, including associate professor Kendra Thulin, faculty member Michael Stanfill, accompanist George Howe, alum Ryan Bourque '09, and current students Tyler Franklin, Darren Patin, and Jon Martinez.
Music student Jeremy Gentry discusses becoming the first live-in "Musician-In-Residence" at the Exhibit on Superior, where he will perform original compositions, take requests from apartment tenants, and live rent-free for a year.
Cinema Art and Science students Jonathan Levert and Marquise Davion share how former President Obama inspires them to create change in the community during a panel discussion at the University of Chicago. More coverage at Chicago Sun-Times and Standard Examiner.
Creative Writing part-time faculty member Randy Albers celebrates critic, essayist, and teacher Donna Seamen's contributions to writing ahead of her upcoming book release Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists.
American Sign Language associate professor K.Saunders performed a one-man comedy show at the Deaf Cultural Celebration held at the Iowa School for the Deaf, which aims to develop awareness of deaf culture.
Theatre alum Coco Ree Lemery '12 is the recipient of "The Emerging Technical Collaborator Award" at the 24th Annual Merritt Awards for Excellence in Design and Collaboration for her work on over 500 projects.
Columbia's Film Row Cinema will host the International Screenwriter's Association Master Series Seminar "TV Weekend From Concept to Studio Deal," which will discuss building a TV career within the Chicago film industry from May 5-7.
This year's Honorary Degree Recipient and renowned painter Kerry James Marshall is listed among Time's "100 Most Influential People" for his narrative paintings depicting the black experience, including his recent exhibition, Mastry.
Columbia student filmmakers will participate in the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London, which features over 25 short documentary and narrative films from up-and-coming international filmmakers. More coverage at Yahoo!
Cinema Art and Science alum Arlen Parsa '09 shares his experience filming for his first feature-length-movie, The Way to Andina, which tells the story of his late grandfather's efforts to bring the 1933 opera, Three Spanish Dances, to Chicago Symphony Orchestra's stage.
Business and Entrepreneurship student Tyler Bradley receives "Social Entrepreneurship Initiative of the Year led By a Student"at the Future Founders first Entrepreneurship U awards for his contributions to the start-up community.
Photography faculty member Brad Temkin has been named a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow for his photographs of contemporary landscapes, which have been featured in Aperture, Black & White Magazine, and European Photography.
Cinema Art and Science alum Daniel Kibblesmith '05 discusses his new comic series Quantum and Woody, a pair of interracial superhero brothers who grapple with racial tensions, superpowers, and family issues.
Design alum Ryan Blake '10 discusses how he used his past experience designing video games like "Man of Steel" and "World War Z" in his current job at Level Ex, where he designs anatomical simulations for doctors to study.
Communication alum Kristen Radtke '08 explores her family's medical history in her graphic memoir Imagine Wanting Only This, where she uses abandoned places to create a thumbnail history of the character's stories.
Cinema Art and Science part-time faculty member and alum Marc Menet ’03 will be honored at Oakton Community College’s first Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony for his work that has appeared on Showtime, PBS, NBC, and others.
Dance alum Ann Marie Snow '12 designs Highland Park Players Triple Threat musical theater workshop program, which will provide children with "insights and coaching that will enhance their talents for musical theater auditions and performances."
Former Cinema Art and Science student Rhyan LaMarr adds to the trend of filming in Chicago with Canal Street, saying “there are certain stories that need to be created by people who are from Chicago.” More coverage at NewsDog.
Humanities, History, and Social Sciences professor Dominic Pacyga’s book Chicago: A History is cited in the case for the annexation of Chicago suburbs, which could help Chicago maintain its status as a "global city."
Art and Art History associate professor Debra Parr discusses the relationship between art and scent at Dinner Party, an art exhibition where smells are used to create a sensory experience for the audience.
Theatre alum Sean Patrick Leonard '97 discusses the inspiration for Rockabye, a short film which deals with family and grief after a car accident leaves a father a single parent. More coverage at NewsDog.
Honorary Degree Recipient and Namibian President Hage Geinob HDR '94 will open the 58th Zimbabwe International Trade Fair, which will encourage business networking to promote industrial development on April 28.
The Dance Center of Columbia debuts Liz Gerring's Horizon, a performance showcasing a continuous hour of dancing by Gerri's company of seven which combines modern dance with contemporary movements on April 7-8.
The Museum of Contemporary Photography presents the #AiWeiwei exhibition which will trace the evolution of his work with 25,000 prints and digital images from significant bodies of work like Selfie, Leg Gun, and Weiweicam from April 13-July 2.
Professor and Photography Department chair Peter Fitzpatrick heads up a workshop teaching local Wilson kids the basics of photography in conjunction with Eyes on Main Street, an outdoor photo festival.
Photography adjunct faculty member and Center for Community Arts Partnerships Teaching Artist Krista Wortendyke's work, Killing Season of Chicago, depicts the sites of local homicides from 172 victims in 2010 and will be featured at the University of Akron's Myers School of Art on April 14.
Cinema Art and Science adjunct faculty member Mark Schimmel participated in the "TV Academy Career Day" at Columbia on April 1, where television professionals discussed internships, educational requirements, and the need for local television jobs.
Cambridge Education Group is offering students conditional admission to partner institutions, including Columbia by providing English language preparation courses and counseling services to assist in applying to their university of choice.
Columbia's senior financial analyst Jessica Davenport Williams, Journalism alum Jazzy Davenport '10 and Khadijah Warfield discuss the importance of creating a space for women of color to interact and develop community in their organization, Black Women Break Bread. More coverage at She Knows.
Dance associate professor Bonnie Brooks will moderate the "Living Dance Dialogue," where former Merce Cunningham Dance Company members will share their experiences of traveling, training and working in a rigorous company.
English senior lecturer Jim DeRogatis is mentioned for his contribution on discussing how controversy and activism assisted in building Pearl Jam's music legacy in his book, Milk It! Collected Musings on the Alternative Explosion of the 90's.
Creative Writing associate professor Sam Weller pens an article contrasting the impact of losing librarians who serve as educational mentors in public schools with the fictional dystopia in Fahrenheit 451.
Theatre adjunct faculty member Joanie Schultz-Milioto directs Queen, a play which explores conversations surrounding climate change, race and friendship through two doctoral candidates seeking to protect the planet.
Advertising, Communication and Journalism students are finalists for the Young Global Student Competition, where they collaborated to create a campaign to raise awareness on the correlation between unhealthy food, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Alum Angela Davis Fegan '15 discusses the inspiration behind her Lavender Menace poster project, which combines queer-visibility politics with art objects and are easily displayed in locations like a bar or bathroom.
Theatre alums Joe Reitsma '08 and Cody Estle '11 will star as a couple dealing with marital problems while parenting their two sons after Hurricane Sandy wrecks their home in By the Water, currently showing at Northlight Theatre through April 23. More coverage at Chicago Tribune.
Columbia will host the launch of "Startup Weekend Chicago for Creative Enterprises," which consists of 54-hour events designed to provide experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs from March 31-April 2.
Theatre alum Shea Couleé (Jaren Merrell) '11 discusses how drag has evolved over time and the influence of 1990's supermodels like Naomi Campbell, Iman and Grace Jones as inspiration for her personal style. More coverage at Chicago Tribune.
Cinema Art and Science student and photographer Jake Osmun shares the biggest influences that helped develop his style and how he created relationships with artists like Vic Mensa, Kanye West and Justin Bieber.
Cinema Art and Science alums John Corcoran '11 and Ram Getz '13 will co-write Teammate: My Life In Baseball, a film adaptation of Cubs catcher David Ross's upcoming book, which focuses on his 15-year career leading up to the 2016 World Series.
Ahead of his headlining performance at the Chicago Improv Festival from March 27- April 2, former student Scott Adsit shares how Chicago inspires him to encourage young improvisers to experiment with their craft.
Cinema Art and Science alum Eddie O'Keefe '09 will participate in the Chicago International Television Festival where he will premiere When the Street Lights Go On, a murder mystery narrated through the viewpoint of a 15-year-old-boy.
Assistant director of diversity recruitment Precious Davis shares how her experience as the first transgender bride on TLC's Say Yes to the Dress helped share her authentic story as a trans woman who found love.
Creative Writing associate professor Sam Weller shares eight creative secrets he learned in the 12 years he spent shadowing and writing as Ray Bradbury's biographer, which he incorporates into his workshops and crafts as a teacher.
Columbia will adopt a global entrepreneur-in-residence program which allows sponsorship for students to obtain H1-B visas and work in occupation with technical expertise. More coverage at Business Standardand Chicago Sun-Times.
Theatre alum Shea Couleé (Jaren Merrell) '11 discusses her experience preparing for her upcoming role as a contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race and how the support of the local drag community has helped develop her craft. More coverage at Chicagoist
Audio Arts and Acoustics associate chair and professor Benj Kanters will speak on a panel regarding how artists and engineers can sustain healthy hearing and how to prevent damage at South By Southwest on March 17. More coverage at Living Design Online.
Columbia Fashion students participated in a week-long challenge from the Department of Aviation to create fashionable looks from recycled airline materials, which will be on display at O'Hare for the month of March.
Alum Ruben Aguirre '02 discusses the impact of the Wabash Arts Corridor murals, which adds vibrancy to the South Loop and features murals from Illustration alum Heidi Unkefer '13 and Photography alum Don't Fret '10.
Future student Maya Esparza is selected as an Illinois finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program for her fundraising efforts with Keys for Kids, which benefits patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Creative Writing associate professor Don DeGrazia co-writes The Creatives, a pop-opera stage production with playwright Irvine Welsh which features music from Iggy Pop, New Order, Simple Minds, Oasis and Chance The Rapper.
Theatre alum '95 and Honorary Degree Recipient Chester Gregory HDR '15 will reprise his role as Berry Gordy for Motown the Musical, which tells the story behind Motown legends shaping America through music.
Cinema Art and Science professor Doreen Bartoni and associate professor Daniel Rybicky will lead a panel discussion following the screening of the documentary Sonita, which tells the story of Sonita Alizadeh escaping a forced marriage.
Cinema Art and Science associate professor Kevin Cooper will produce Bury the Lead, a drama based on a journalist fabricating a compelling news story in his attempts to gain a Pulitzer Prize. More coverage at Screen Mag.
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Honorary Degree Recipient and poet Gwendolyn Brooks HDR '64 will be honored with a centennial tribute celebration at The University of Chicago from April 6-8 in honor of the 100th anniversary of her birth.
The Malpaso Dance Company artistic director Osnel Delgado discusses collaboration with company dancers performing in Indomitable Waltz and 24 Hours and a Dog at The Dance Center March 9-11. More coverage at Chicagoist.
Cinema Art and Science alum Jordan Vogt-Roberts '06 discusses how despite being from the Midwest, studying film at Columbia allowed him to pursue his dream of directing major motion pictures in Hollywood. More coverage at Yahoo! News.
Dance associate chair and professor Paige Cunningham Caldarella reflects on the mental and physical challenges of being a Merce Cunningham dancer (2000-2004) for Merce Cunningham: Common Time, on display through April 30 at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Business and Entrepreneurship alum and actress Nadine Velazquez '01 discusses her new History Channel series Six, which explores the lives of Navy Seals, and how she implements her Chicago roots into her characters.
Theatre student Megan Magensky and Journalism students Bianca Cahue and Maria Cardona share their experience interviewing retirees who reflect on advice they would give their younger selves regarding financial responsibility.
Business and Entrepreneurship student Brianna Davis serves as sister Kianna Davis' muse in Only the Good II, a painting featured in the 2017 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry.
Photography adjunct faculty member Cecil McDonald explores various themes around human interaction and experience in a world of haves and have-nots in a set of programs entitled "Stuff" as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival.
Marketing Communications email marketing manager Geoffrey Anderson discusses Glimmer, a social app he designed to be inclusive for users with physical and cognitive disabilities. More coverage at The Star Online.
American Sign Language associate professor Jim Van Manen partners with internationally known artist Ann Silver to create Silver Moon Brand, a partnership advocating for inclusion of Deaf art in creative communities and academia.
Humanities, History and Social Sciences assistant professor Michelle Yates and Cinema Art and Science assistant professor Susan Kerns discuss community and diversity of film in preparation for the Chicago Feminist Film Festival from March 1-3.
Music student Bailey Ring discusses solidarity for the transgender community during a protest rally after President Trump removed protections for transgender students in public schools. More coverage at WMOT Roots Radio.
Alum Rashid Johnson '00 shares why using domestic materials such as soap, butter, mirrors and tiles help complicate the narratives of his poetic exhibition, Hail We Now Sing Joy at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
Theatre adjunct faculty member Thomas Pasculli co-creates Mother of Smoke, a play addressing how we respond to violence and its existence in our daily lives, premiering March 23 at The Broadway at Pride Arts Center.
Communication and Media Innovation assistant professor Jackie Spinner discusses how politicians are avoiding their constituents and bypassing the press by substituting social media platforms for town hall meetings.
Interdisciplinary Arts alum Eduardo Vilaro's '99 choreography will be featured in Ballet Hispánico en Familia which celebrates Latin America dance and culture on March 11 at The United Palace of Cultural Arts.
Cinema Art and Science alum Ronit Bezalel '99 will premiere her film 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green on PBS, which details the history of the Cabrini Green Chicago housing development. More coverage at Minnesota Spokesman-Reporter.
Theatre student Kyla Norton and alum Teagan Walsh-Davis '10 perform in Nevermind, It's Nothing, a show combining slam poetry, spoken word and sketch comedy at the Ensemble Theatre February 17- March 24.
Communication and Media Innovation associate professor Laurence Minsky's book The Activation Imperative is cited for discussing brand-building as a strategy for engaging with customers for financial success.
Business and Entrepreneurship associate professor Jerry Brindisi and assistant professor Justin Sinkovich discuss how social media backlash places pressure on artists to make their political views public.
Columbia will honor Communication and Media Innovation alum Tari Segal '03 for her work as director of photography on Chicago Justice at the Women in Film Focus Awards. More coverage at Hollywood Chicago.
Former Theatre student Sam Bailey directs Brown Girls, a Chicago-based web series receiving praise for celebrating women of color, friendship and queer people. More coverage at Chicago ReaderandChicago Magazine.
Creative Writing associate professor Don DeGrazia discusses working on Creatives, a play inspired by Iggy Pop, Oasis and Happy Mondays premiering February 19 at the Chicago Theatre Workshop. More coverage at The National.
Future student Josani Lopez receives inspiration for success from mentor Kelly Medina who works with College Possible Chicago, a nonprofit pairing college graduates with low-income high school students.
Photography adjunct faculty member and Museum of Contemporary Photography Curator Allison Grant will give a guest lecture as part of Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series at the University of Nebraska.
The Lyric Opera of Chicago will host an expert panel and master classes February 2-4 at Columbia's Music Center where they will discuss social, career planning and vocal health. More coverage at Chicago Tribune.
Humanities, History, and Social Science adjunct faculty member Rozell "Prexy" Nesbitt discusses Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech and the effects it had on the civil rights leader. More coverage at Truly Viral News
Former Communication and Media Innovation student Michelle Monaghan '99 reflects on her role as an internal affairs detective in Sleepless, and how her devotion to her job contrasts from the matriarchal stereotype. More coverage at Stars and Stripes.
Theatre alum Almayna Narula '16 will perform in the world premiere stage adaptation of Captain Blood, an action-packed love story set in the Caribbean showing January 28- February 26 at the First Folio Theatre.
Former Cinema Art and Science student Nell Taylor's Read/Write Library develops community for local artists through reader engagement, discussion on civil liberties and advocating diversity within literature.
Columbia will host "The Expert Panels and Master Classes" series where vocalists headlining the Chicago Voices Concert will teach master classes and moderate panel talks on vocal health, pedagogy and the business of music.
Audio Arts and Acoustics alum Frank Waln '14 is praised for his accomplishments as a graduate of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program which assists students of color with financial assistance for college.
Creative Writing associate professor Eric May will participate in The Frunchroom on January 19, a reading series featuring reporters, poets, DJs and lawyers exploring the South Side through storytelling.
School of Fine and Performing Arts Dean and Dance Professor Onye Ozuzu discusses the effects of increased access through the internet, which she sees as “a mode of cultural transportation, which both expands what dancers make and can have the effect of homogenization."
Creative Writing associate professor Sam Weller writes about his affinity for Charles Dickens holiday classic A Christmas Carol and his children's first experience watching the stage adaptation at the Goodman Theatre.
Theatre alum and adjunct faculty member Joanie Schultz '00 is named artistic director for the WaterTower Theatre, where she will work with both new works and classics in the worlds of theatre and opera. More coverage at CultureMap
The Music Department's Composer-in-Residence Heather Mcintosh is recognized for her electronic score in the indie film Rainbow Time and speaks about the progressiveness of gender equality for women composers.
Director of Infrastructure Services Mark Las discusses the new integrated DWDM system connecting all 10 Columbia sites which will provide reliable, high-speed data transmission. More Coverage at EIN NewsDesk.
Communications and Media Innovation alum Mary Mitchell '91 moderates a discussion with Cook County Sheriff, Tom Dart and Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department Eddie T. Johnson on aggression in law enforcement.
Design alums Katie Wagner '16 and Anna Soltys '03 work with award-winning artist Rahmaan Statik to beautify the Village of Rosemont with 43 murals that honor great artists like Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Vincent Van Gogh.
Creative Writing associate professor Sam Weller and students Carlos Douglas Jr., Jade Moreno, and Bella Crum are interviewed about how curiosity help guide artistic creation in the "Chicago:City of Stories" class.
Cinema Art and Science alum and head of animation effects for Disney's Moana Marlon West '85 discusses the importance of diverse animation in the film and the authentic portrayal of Pacific Island culture that would connect with audiences.
Columbia is ranked one of the top music schools in the country for its growing media scoring programs, which balance academics and concert-oriented training with commercial possibilities. More Coverage at Poblanerías
Audio Arts and Acoustics alum Frank Waln '14 reflects on learning the historical narrative of Native Americans as a student growing up and channeling the frustration of stereotypes, and genocide into his music.
Communication and Media Innovation assistant professor Jackie Spinner describes the election's impact on journalists to report accurate news despite public perception and scrutiny. More Coverage at Columbia Journalism.
The Center for Black Music Research is working to archive music, photographs, videos, and posters to educate audiences Chicago's hip-hop culture for the production of the film Midway: The Story of Chicago Hip-Hop.
Incoming Cinema Art and Science student Aaron Mirtes was a finalist in C-SPAN's StudentCam Documentary Competition for his work on "In Sickness and In Healthcare," a film focusing on the Affordable Care Act and its future.
Senior Lecturer Jim DeRogatis writes how art assists during controversy after participating in the Chicago Book Expo tribute to the late film critic Roger Ebert and remembering songwriter Leonard Cohen.
Cinema Art and Science graduate student Hernán Olivera helps pen a letter from Fulbright Scholars expressing concern about Donald Trump's promise to cancel the J-1 visa program and its potential effects on international relations. More Coverage at WOW
Senior Financial Analyst Jessica Davenport Williams and Communication and Media Innovation alum Jazzy Davenport '10 co-found Black Girls Break Bread, an organization created to empower black women through open discussion in a judgement-free space.
Communication and Media Innovation associate professor Laurence Minsky writes on the benefits of social media in the workplace through "social selling," a strategy which enhances professional relationships, networking, and sharing educational content.
Columbia's Film Row Cinema will host the Chicago Books Expo's event to honor late film critic Roger Ebert with a discussion regarding his writing and contributions to the Chicago Sun-Times. More coverage at WBEZ
Business and Entrepreneurship adjunct faculty member Andrea de Fraga created the Evolve Planner to assist students in financially responsibility and budgeting. More coverage at Houston Chronicle and Times Union
Communication and Media Innovation alum Joe Wright '06 describes his experience winning the grand slam ball from the Cubs during game six of the 2016 World Series after a life-long affinity for the team.
Alum Angel Simmons '09 wins Live Out Loud Charity's Ms.Worldwide USA Ambassador and will work to spread awareness on suicide prevention, anti-bullying, and character development. More coverage at Atlanta Daily World.
Theatre alum Josh Salt '14 will star in the Broadway revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, an adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos novel which provides complex ideas of sexual consent, competition, and charm amidst the opposite sex. More coverage at Playbill
Television alum Lena Waithe '06, who currently stars on the Netflix series Master of None, will discuss television writing at the Chicago Humanities Festival and her experience co-creating Showtime's newest drama The Chi.
Alum Stephan Wagner '94 was inducted into The Society of Innovators for curriculum based on BEAD TOWN, a community project using recycled materials for a non-traditional learning experience. More Coverage at BioPortfolio
Design Assistant professor Chris Arnold wants his new adult coloring book The Chicago Coloring Book – Landmarks and Hidden Gems to help “improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem.
Missouri state House Representative and alum Kevin Corlew ’95 seeks a second term and cites failing infrastructure and low standards for state-issued identification as some of the biggest issues facing Missouri.
Creative Writing alum and Beverly author Dennis Foley MFA ’02 talks about his role in editing and collecting the recently published We Speak Chicagoese which includes 33 short stories and poems from 28 area authors.
Creative Writing associate professor Shawn Shiflett's new novel, Hey, Liberal! gives a perspective of the civil rights movement based off of Shifflett's personal experience with integration as a teenager.
Communication and Media Innovation associate professor Shanita Akintonde is named a WNBA #RedefinePossible winner for her creation of Women Who R.O.A.R.R. (Reject Oppression and Reclaim Respect), which offers workshops and seminars designed to instill female empowerment.
Communication and Media Innovation alum and Englewood resident Tonika Johnson '03 is a featured artist in the Englewood Art Fair, using her photography to challenge the stereotype that all residents are criminals or victims of violence.
Photography professor Dawoud Bey's exhibition Harlem Redux, featured at the Stephen Daiter Gallery, depicts, the vivid details of the transforming urban life in Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park and and neighborhood gentrification.
Business and Entrepreneurship alum Rebecca Meyer '04 is the newest senior manager in circulation for the Daily Journal where she will play an integral part in the publication's print and digital platforms.
Audio Arts and Acoustics alum Frank Waln '14 shares his experience creating politically charged subject matter regarding his Native American ancestry ahead of his new song "7," set to be released on Indigenous People's Day.
The Community for Accredited Online Schools identified Columbia as on of the best four year arts schools to attend in 2016-2017 for its wide variety of program options and affordability. More coverage at Benzinga.
Comedian Issa Rae challenges Columbia film students to transcend the racial boundaries of television by encouraging them to use internet platforms like YouTube to tell stories that extend to a larger demographic.More coverage at Cable One.
Communication and Media Innovation associate professor Elio Leturia explains the use of Latinx and how he teaches students to use the pronoun to identify gender fluidity betewen men and women. More coverage at La Raza.
Part-time Design faculty and printmaker Erik Beehn shares how growing up in a Las Vegas Travelodge influenced his latest exhibition House Sitting, on display at Platform in Evanston and opening on October 1.
Comedy Studies director and assistant professor of Theatre Anne Libera will join Bob Saget at the Museum of Contemporary Art to discuss how comedy shapes and bends to the zeitgeist. More Coverage at Chicago Now.
Photography professor and artist Judy Natal will showcase her project Another Storm Is Coming and screen her videos Breathed on the Waters and Storm Redux in her keynote address at the first Chicago Climate Festival.
Former Cinema Art and Science student and writer D.V. DeVincentis has signed on to an exclusive television production deal with FX after his Emmy win for People v. O.J. Simpson. More coverage at Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.
Cinema Art and Science alum Derek C. Fisher '12 is being honored by the Emerging Cinematographer Awards (ECA) for his cinematography work on alum Jonathan Moeller's MFA '16 comedy short Use Your Oui Oui.
Art and Art History alum Angela Davis Fegan '15 discusses the latest project in her three-part series, Lavender Menace Poster Project, that explores multiple identity groups by addressing race and queerness through an interdisciplinary lens.
An in-depth interview with former Cinema Art and Science student Tim Rutili explores the artistic process of recording Roomsound in preperation for its performance at Schuba's on September 23. More coverage at Daily Herald.
Part-time Music faculty member and singer-composer Joe Cerqua will perform "Inside/Out" at Links Hall from September 29 through October 1, an "immersive experience" that combines dance with live music.
Cinema Art and Science alum Matt Kugelman '04 makes his directorial debut with Hurricane Bianca, a new comedy starring RuPaul's Drag Race season six winner Bianca Del Rio at the celebrity packed Reeling film fest. More coverage at Chicagoist.
Filmmaker and Cinema Art and Science alum Matt Kugelman '04 will appear alongside "RuPaul's Drag Race" star Bianca Del Rio to kick off the Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. More coverage at Broadway World.
Music alum Michael Kramer '06 shares how his experience in Columbia's study abroad Semester in LA positively impacted his career as a music composer for Thor: The Dark World, Furious 7 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Cinema Art and Science alum Jerry Vasilatos'90 discusses the film competition as a "rite of passage" for any aspiring filmmaker. Winners receive the opportunity to ahave their work shown at the Cannes Film Festival 2017.
Creative Arts Therapies alum Amelia Barrett '10 is directing Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance, a play she finds fascinating for changing the hypocritical rules of the Victorian Era and granting power to women.
Cinema Art and Science alum Maria Abraham MFA '12 was selected as a 2016 Screenwriting Lab fellow at Film Independent, where she will be immersed in a five-week program developing projects with top industry professionals.
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Television student, Michael Frushour '18 is the recipient of the 2016 Harold E. Ennes Scholarship which is awarded to individuals interested in continuing or beginning their education in broadcast engineering and technology.
Theatre alum Jen Albert '97 produced and choreographed the fight scenes for Punch and Judy, a live-action adaptation that takes audiences on a kill-crazed day of adventure with leading character Punch.
Fashion Studies alum Agnes Hamerlik (BA '12) is one of six people chosen to attend St. Fashion Studies Incubator's first class aimed at supporting businesses and boosting the city's fashion-related economy. More coverage at St.Louis Post-Dispatch.
Cinema Art and Science alum Mike Laubach (BA '97) discusses his professional career in animation including The Polar Express and Beowulf, and his most recent project Kubo and the Two Strings out this Friday.
Cinema Art and Science alum Matt Kugelman (BA '04) makes his directorial debut with Hurricane Bianca, a new comedy starring RuPaul's Drag Race season six winner Bianca Del Rio which will debut at the Chicago LGBTQ+International Film Festival.
College Magazine ranks Columbia as the top choice for aspiring comedians, citing the Comedy Writing and Performance and Comedy Studies programs, notable alums Scott Adsit (BA '87), and previous students Andy Richter and Andy Dick.
The Hollywood Reporter ranks Columbia as one of the top 25 best film schools in the nation, recognizing notable alum and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (BA '06) of The Lego Movie and Barbershop producer George Tillman Jr. (BA'91). More coverage at the Tribune.
Cinema Art and Science alum Bob Teitel (BA '90) was invited by IFP Chicago to be apart of an in-depth conversation, the latest installment in their "75 Minutes With..." series, that will discuss his successful film producing career.
William Pierce brings the complexity of Chicago violence to the mainstream audiences in the new series pilot This Is Not Chiraq where he kept the talent local and built a film crew consisting of recent graduates and students from Columbia.
Current students Micahel Frushour ('18) who is studying television production, is the recipient of the 2016 Harold E. Ennes Scholarship that celebrates individuals pursuing education in broadcast engineering and technology.
Creative Writing alum Margaret Wappler (BA '98) discusses the creative process behind the pre-9/11 time period in her debut novel, Neon Green, an alternate-history, science-fiction comedy set in the suburb of Oak Park.
Creative Writing alum Toni Nealie (MFA '13) talks about her current book of essays, The Miles Between Me, which focuses on personal narratives regarding race, identity, and her experiences with immigration in the United States.
Dance alum Krystal Harfert (BA '08) discusses her role as a staff member of BANDALOOP, a nonprofit art organization whose performers travel worldwide, bringing dance to new audiences in public and natural spaces.
Cinema Art and Science alum Rachel Kapraun (BA'05) shares her experience working at the Chicago startup Brideside, which takes a spin on wedding planning by focusing on the selection of the bridesmaids dresses.
Fine and Performing Arts student Shelby Gahm ('17) assisted with the opening of the two dynamic exhibits: Cyber Squatting with a Honey Pot and Building Layers: Modern Encaustic, currently open at the Freeport Art Museum.
Photography part-time faculty member Krista Wortendyke discusses the thought behind her current mural Mass_Observation that uses images captured from YouTube videos to show a correlation between past race riots and recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.
Former student Graham Young shares how his time in Chicago influenced his recently released single "Illinois Sky," and his upcoming plans for his band the Michigan Rattlers whose five-track EP will be released this fall.
Assistance Director of Diversity Recruitment Precious Davis (BA '13) shares her experience on using her various performance platforms to advocate for the LGBTQ community, HIV prevention, and social justice education.
Petcoke: Tracing Dirty Energy showcases ten artist dedicated to documenting the effects of fossil fuels on our society. Visitors can view the exhibition shot in an aerial perspective for free at the Museum of Contemporary Photography.
Eye on India has partnered with Columbia to create long-term projects in the disciplines of fashion,dance, film, and arts management, including the recent "Sari Project," with Columbia fashion students.
Columbia College Chicago will curate Game Art vs. Art Game at the VGA Gallery August 18th. Famed Chicago artist William Chyr has an ongoing art residency at the gallery that brings games into high-art conversation.
Alum Conor McGarry (BA '16) will participate in the third annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater in Planted, a play exploring the relationships of gay men through various characters and songs.
Alum Courtney Mack (BFA '15), who starred in the outstanding hit Heathers: The Musical, is celebrated amongst ten young talent emerging from the theater scene. Mack will be performing Mamma Mia at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora this fall.
Art and Art History part-time faculty member Sonya Basinger, who was named the Sculpture Park director in 2015, shares her thoughts on Skokie's seventh annual "Art in the Park," event which will take place next weekend.
Columbia will participate in EXPO Chicago in September, which celebrates cross-cultural alignments and community through exhibitions, gallery openings, and public art projects. Columbia will offer a tour of it's Wabash Corridor Murals and showcase the Petcoke: Tracing Dirty Energy exhibit.
The Museum of Contemporary Photography will host national and international artists and photographers including Martha Rosler, Ike' Ude', and Vik Muniz in "Lectures in Photography," programming aimed at connecting students and photography professionals in scholarly discourse.
Business and Entrepreneurship alum Cory Hajde (BA '13) discusses the creation of his current company BravoArtist that seeks to provide affordable and diverse experiences for local music communities in the Midwest.
Cinema Art and Science part-time faculty member Paul Peditto shares his thoughts on creative disagreements in the artistic process between collaborators and how to develop those to create the final product.
Creative Writing associate professor Matthew Shenoda will participate in "African Poetry Today: A Celebration and Reading,"organized by the African Poetry Book Fund and Ford Foundation in New York City.
Photography alumna Barbara Diener (MFA ’13) exhibits her work from Sehnsucht, which documents rural communities in the United States and Europe that continue to exist despite their disappearing cultures, in the Regional Artist Gallery through Sept. 11.
Art and Art History associate professor Fo Wilson’s new exhibition, opening at Milwaukee’s Lynden Sculpture Garden on June 26, explores what an enslaved 19th-century woman might have collected in her living quarters through sculpture and found items.
The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago and Columbia's School of Fine and Performing Arts will present “Opening of Workwear (Abiti da Lavoro),” an exhibit investigating clothing for imaginary professions.
In association with the Dance Center, the Ballet de Lorraine will present Merce Cunningham pieces as part of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 2016-17 stage season. Additional coverage at the Chicago Sun-Times.
Cinema Art and Science alumnus Vann Fulfs (BA ’16), recipient of the JDogg Scholarship, is the first to graduate with a degree funded by the scholarship, which was created in memory of Justin Amorratanasuchad.
Teresa Puente, Communications and Media Innovation assistant professor, is interviewed about the increased number of questions she has been receiving about her heritage in the midst of Donald Trump's ongoing race rhetoric.
Future student Alyssa Oltmann is busy wrapping up one master’s degree with the opening of her play, “Transgression,” at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, before beginning her MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia.