Noon to 1pm Tuesday, May 7, 2019 O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Room 108 University of St. Thomas
This final presentation of the 2018-2019 noonartsound series, Let’s Play! Comedy, Music, and Improvisation, will focus on the concept of improvisation in daily life and its importance as an agility-based life skill. Interactive exercises along with musical demonstrations will be featured! Free and open to all, we hope you will join us!
About our presenters:
Since 1984, Dr Chris Kachian has directed one of the largest guitar programs in the USA at the University of St Thomas where he is professor of music. He has lectured in music of Europe, the Americas, the Twentieth-Century, the World, the United States, Film, Protest, Mathematics, and Guitar Pedagogy and Guitar Literature. He is also head of the UST Music Business, Recording Arts, and the Popular Music degrees. 2001 – 2005, he became the Director of Guitar Studies for MMTA for whom he lead – authored and edited the nation’s first comprehensive, multi-genre guitar pedagogy syllabus. In 2011, he wrote the film score for Per Bianca, which won Best Film at the Minnesota 48-Hour Film Festival and won a screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Dr. Kachian is concert touring this summer to Sweden, Greece, Israel, Jordan and Italy.
Professor Bernard Armada came to St. Thomas in 1997 and teaches rhetoric, public speaking, and argumentation in the Department of Communication and Journalism. He has studied and performed sketch comedy, improvisation, and music around the Twin Cities for over fifteen years. He is a staunch believer that the fundamental principles of improv can greatly improve people’s personal and professional lives.
We invite you to register for a workshop on Japanese Stab Binding! Experts from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts will help you create a journal that you can use as you wish!
Come to the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Room 102, on Wednesday, April 10 at 10am for an hour-long class. Materials will be provided for you at no cost.
Limited space is available so be sure to RSVP to to Merrie Davidson by noon on Wednesday, March 27!
April 2, 2019 Noon to 1 pm O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Room 108
All are welcome – refreshments will be provided
“Improvisation, creativity, agility, and the ability to create and innovate under conditions of turbulence and uncertainty are central not only to the jazz process, but also the entrepreneurial process. Join us as we explore these and other surprising similarities between jazz and entrepreneurship, as well as the lessons that both of these fascinating, complex, and collaborative activities have to offer one another.” – Dr. Steve Cole
Alec Johnson: Alec Johnson, whose primary teaching interest is Innovation has taught for 18 years at the University of St. Thomas in Entrepreneurship. He is a Julie Hays Teacher of the Year (Opus Business School), and owns several businesses including his freelance photography business (www.acjfineartphoto.com).
Steve Cole: Dr. Steve Cole is Head of Music Industry Studies and Recording Arts at the University of St. Thomas. As a jazz musician (saxophonist) Dr. Cole has eight major label solo releases, and has published over 150 original works. His research in organization development & change explores how music based interventions can build individual and organizational capacity for creativity, agility, and dynamic capability.
All are invited to attend the March 5th noonartsound presentation, featuring Drs. Craig Eliason (Art History) and Vanessa Cornett (Music), speaking about Art and Music as Contemplative Experiences, at noon in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Room 108.
“How do human beings experience the arts? Specifically, how do we direct our attention when perceiving a piece of art or music? Can a more contemplative encounter with an artistic or musical work enlighten our intellectual understanding of it? Join us as we explore the distinct processes of analyzing the arts (by assessing, scrutinizing, contextualizing) and simply experiencing them with an attitude of open mindfulness (without judgment, in the present moment).” – Dr. Vanessa Cornett
About the presenters:
Dr. Craig Eliason is a professor in the Art History department and teaches courses on modern art and design. He researches the history of the design of printing types, and is a practicing type designer as well.
Dr. Vanessa Cornett teaches piano performance and other courses in the Music department. An advisor for the UST Project for Mindfulness and Contemplation, she enjoys exploring the applications of mindfulness in the performing arts, and contempative practices in higher education.
Chris Kachian, Music department professor, started moderating noonartsound 8 years ago with Shelly Nordtorp-Madson. It began as a demo-lecture series of music performance and talks by art historians, and has morphed into everything from politics and propaganda, leadership and motivation, music and monuments, etc. Hosted by the Library in the O’Shaughnessy Room at noon six times throughout the academic year, all are welcome to bring lunch and enjoy a light dessert.
As Dr. Kachian says, “It’s way cool. Just to give you an idea about how diverse this has all become, Bernie Armada (the UST linguistics prof and a standup improv comedian) and I are talking about “improvisation as an apocalyptic life skill” later this spring semester.”
Please plan to join us! Bring your lunch if you wish – light dessert will be provided.
It’s Study Night in the Library!!
Tommies are invited to spend a productive evening of study together in the Great Hall of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library – bring along that assignment that has been hanging over your head – meet with consultants from the Writing Center, MaRC math tutors, enjoy some healthy snacks, take away some fun and helpful library swag, sign up for a free five-minute chair massage, meet with Karen, our motivational coach and get some help with homework planning, ask the librarians about getting those citations done correctly, find proper resources for your papers . . . and more!!
We hope you will join us – procrastinators especially welcome! You can do this!
Monday, December 3, 2018 7-10pm!
Please plan to attend the May 1 noonartsound in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at noon. All are welcome and, of course, refreshments will be provided.
Andy Scheiber and Bernie Brady are this month’s featured noonartsound presenters, sharing their perspectives on the music and art of the Vienam era, featuring street art, protest music, and photojournalism.
Dr. Scheiber will sing a few Vietnam-related songs — mostly “protest” songs from people like Pete Seeger, Country Joe McDonald, and Tom Paxton. He may add some reminiscences of his own. (He was subject to the military draft, and was within weeks of being called when they suspended military conscription in the early 1970’s.)
You are all cordially invited to the 20th annual Poetry on the Patio on Tuesday, April 24 at Noon! We’ll be outside on the O’Shaughnessy-Frey terrace in weather that has been predicted to be beautiful and in the 70’s! Stop by and hear co-workers and colleagues from across campus read their favorite poems. It is always fun to hear the poems they choose to share and each year we try to bring you new readers.
This year’s program includes poems by Langston Hughes, Richard Wilbur, Seamus Heaney, Philip Levine, William Butler Yeats, Wislawa Szymborska, Ted Kooser, Robert Frost, Margaret Atwood, Michael Hartnett, D. H. Lawrence, and Sarah Kay.
Our readers include Annmarie Thomas, Lon Otto, Tony Curtis, Kerry Kraemer, Peter Gregg, Christina Balsley, Paola Ehrmanntraut, Michael Degnan, Jordan Osterman, Ann Zawistoski, Hayley Graffunder, Marty Warren, Mary Reichardt, Artika Tyner, and host Dan Gjelten.
We hope you will join us! Poetry on the Patio is free and open to all; refreshments will be provided!
Author Will Cavert
Reading and Book Signing
Monday, November 13, 2017
7:00 pm O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Room 108
London in the early modern period was one of the world’s most polluted cities impacting everything from the health of its citizens to how the politics and culture developed during this time.
Dr. Will Cavert, assistant history professor at the University of St. Thomas, will speak about his recently published work: The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City which takes a closer look at how the people who lived and traveled to London adapted to London’s “smoky air.” London in the early modern period was one of the world’s most polluted cities impacting everything from the health of its citizens to how the politics and culture developed during this time.
- The John Ben Snow Prize from the American Conference on British Studies
- The Whitfield Prize from the Royal Historical Society
- The Turku Prize from the European Society for Environmental History and the Rachel Carson Center of the University of Munich.
About the Author:
Dr. Cavert is a historian of Britain during the early modern period, c. 1500-1800, with research interests in urban and environmental history. He is the author of The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City, published in 2016 by Cambridge University Press, as well as studies in The Journal of British Studies, Urban History, and The Global Environment.
He came to the University of St. Thomas in 2014 from The University of Cambridge where he was a post-doctoral fellow at Clare College, having taken a Ph.D. at Northwestern University in 2011 and an M.A. at Loyola University Chicago. Before that he completed his undergraduate studies at Carleton College, and is a native Minnesotan. He teaches classes on The Modern World Since 1550 (HIST 112), British social and political history, early modern European history, the history of science, and the history of climate, environmentalism, and natural disasters.
Reading is free and open to all – books will be available for purchase – refreshments provided!
The Coffee Bené Rewards program is now in place – you can sign up at coffeebene.com/rewards to earn points for your purchases at Coffee Bené!
Just remember to give your phone number to the barista whenever you order and your purchase will be recorded and points awarded. Click to Read more about it!
The O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library’s Coffee Bené shop is set to open again this Fall Semester and we can’t wait!! Enjoy your August and we’ll see you soon!