December 23, 2009

The writers at Cherry TArts want to wish you a happy holiday and a prosperous New Year.

We’re going to take a short break from blogging, tweeting and the like to enjoy the season.  But don’t worry, we’ll be back.

We have a lot to look forward to next year : Temple Theaters is staging RENT in the spring and Philagrafika 2010 promises to bring some of the most innovative print artist, like street artist Swoon, to campus.

See you in 2010!!

Dustin Morrow

December 23, 2009

School of Communications and Theater assistant professor Dustin Morrow is a filmmaker, photographer, writer and media artist.

Among his recent works are two feature-length films, a dark comedy about the increasing automation of the American cubicle-dweller entitled The Working Man, and an anthology of shorts exploring contemporary Irish identity entitled Firinne: Searching for Ireland. Morrow is in post-production on Ground London, a short film about London’s urban landscapes; is in pre-production on Lay it Down, a narrative feature to be shot in the Pacific Northwest in 2010; and is supervising the editing of two films he recently directed – Laptop, a documentary about electronic music, and The Marriage of Figaro, a cinematic interpretation of the classic opera.

During the summers, Morrow teaches and produces films in London and Dublin.

Get to know Dustin and his work by visiting his website

-Jazmyn Burton

The last ten years are likely the most important ten years of American history since the decade from 1929 to 1939.

The approach of a new year often signals a time for reflection. Offering a historical perspective, Temple History Professor Jim Hilty says that the last ten years are likely the most important ten years of American history since the decade from 1929 to 1939.

According to Hilty, during both decades America experienced extreme highs and lows. “Both were periods of unprecedented wealth and prosperity followed by descent into financial abyss. Both decades saw American financial power, status among nation states, and its prestige plummet. Both decades saw America’s fundamental passions and purposes challenged from within and without,” he said.

But, said Hilty, there are substantial differences.

“The ’30s era started with depression and ended with world war, American prosperity and purpose restored, its people at least temporarily unified, and America positioned as a world power,” he said.

By contrast, the period from 1999 to 2009 began with America as prosperous as any time in its history but ideologically divided as at no time since the 1850s.

“Then we were staggered by 9/11 and momentarily united in shock and grief seeking common cause to remain united. But here we are eight years later staggering along in two wars,” he said.

–Kim Fischer

Current acting MFA graduate student Yvette Ganier has been cast in a Broadway play that will preview and open in late February/early March. She will play Viney in the Circle in the Square production of The Miracle Worker, directed by Kate Whorisky and starring Allison Pill and Abigail Breslin.

The Miracle Worker, set in the South in the 1880s, tells the story of real-life Medal of Freedom winner Helen Keller, born blind and deaf, and the extraordinary teacher who taught her to communicate with the world, Annie Sullivan. It originally appeared on Broadway in 1959 starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke and won the Tony for Best Play in 1960.

Ganier has won an Obie Award (for an Off-Broadway performance) and has understudied a Broadway role before, but this is the first time that she will actually be appearing on The Great White Way.

– Jeff Cronin for the School of Communications & Theater Blog.

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Philagrafika 2010

December 15, 2009


1.29.10 – 4.11.10

Involving more than 300 artists at more than 80 venues throughout the city, Philagrafika 2010 will be one of the largest art events in the United States and the world’s most important print-related exposition.

Temple Gallery at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University will participate in the exposition along with several prominent museums and cultural institutions across Philadelphia, by offering installation space for several artist. The four month celebration of print in contemporary art begins in January.

– Jazmyn Burton

Intro to Hip-Hop theater

December 14, 2009

The critics called it a fad; a musical genre that would never last.

Fast forward 30-years and the cadence and creativity of hip-hop music has had an influence on American art and pop culture.

Now,  a new form of performance art called hip-hop theater is making its way on to stages across the county.

During the spring semester the Theater Department at Temple University will offer an Intro to Hip-Hop theater course taught by professor Samuel Reyes. Designed to introduce students to the principles and techniques characteristic of hip-hop theater and dance, students will examine the impact hip-hop is having on the professional theater in the United States, study the genesis and history of the culture and become and execute hip-hop movement.

– Jazmyn Burton

Teach-ins, a signature of university life in the 1960s, are alive and well at Temple through popular weekly discussions led by history professor Ralph Young, himself a child of that era.

On a recent Friday afternoon, the promise of a highly charged debate over intelligent design vs. evolution brought more than 275 students and faculty to a discussion with the Honorable Judge John Jones, the federal judge who ruled that teaching intelligent design in public high school went against the First Amendment separation of church and state in the 2005 case Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.

The topic was especially timely as the world marks the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his “Origin of the Species.” Almost a century ago, in 1925, many believed that the famous Scopes Trial would settle the issue about teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution but, as Jones explained, controversy has raged ever since.

For more on Temple Teach-Ins visit the Temple Newsroom.

Eryn Jelesiewicz