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UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival ’21 Goes Virtual

Jazz is all about improvisation and experimentation — and that is what the annual UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival will do when it improvises and goes all virtual Feb. 26-27. Performances for the 14th year of the event will be streamed from Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts in Winter Park (where UCF musicians will be shown) and…

UCF Class Spotlight: History of the Caribbean

Class NameLAH 3470 – History of the Caribbean InstructorLuis Martínez-Fernández, Pegasus Professor of history and member of the Puerto Rico Research Hub When is it offered?Spring, summer and fall semesters How many students are in a class?About 35 PrerequisitesEUH 2000 and EUH 2001 From the Professor How would you describe this course?This course is a multidisciplinary introduction to the historical trajectory of…

Celebrating the Lunar New Year

Once again in 2021, a time of new beginnings is upon us as the Lunar New Year looms Feb. 12, kicking off the Year of the Ox. A solar year — the time it takes Earth to orbit the sun — lasts around 365 days, while a lunar year, or 12 full cycles of the…

7th Annual Healing Art Exhibition Showcases Social Justice Visibility

UCF’s seventh annual Healing Art Exhibition, curated by Counseling and Psychological Services in partnership with the School of Visual Arts and Design, will be held virtually on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The exhibition will feature a virtual art gallery and awards ceremony celebrating the 2D artwork created by students, alumni, faculty and…

UCF Announces MS Degree in Themed Experience

A new two-year Master of Science program in themed experience at the University of Central Florida will prepare students to lead the innovative industry into the future. Beginning this fall, students will work closely with notable academic scholars and renowned industry professionals to learn to design and lead teams in creating world-class themed experiences, ranging from educational…

Theatre UCF Returns to the Stage this Spring

The show must go on, so Theatre UCF is finding new ways to bring live performances back to the stage for in-person shows this spring. The three outdoor performances include a hopeful musical concert, a colorful Commedia dell’arte play and a family-friendly show about wanting to be anything but average. To maintain the health and…

Review Roundup: Florida Rays Hits the Jazz Charts

Orlando’s own Flying Horse Big Band celebrates the legacy of Ray Charles. On their 7th album, The Flying Horse Big Band, joined by a host of distinguished guest artists, stands on the shoulders of genius. Ray Charles spent his formative years in Florida and went on to forge a long, successful career unique and stunning musical interpretations.…

UCF Alum Featured in Hulu Holiday Hit “Happiest Season”

Like several of the people in your Twitter timeline, Dominique Allen Lawson ’14 spent a part of his Thanksgiving holiday watching Hulu’s “Happiest Season”. The only difference is that when Lawson watched the movie, he saw himself in the film playing the cheeky, ambitious, side-eye-giving character of Levi.Finding His Footing Lawson, who grew up in Jacksonville and…

“Robert Reedy: Revival,” Solo Exhibition at Polasek Museum

Ceramicist and studio art professor Robert Reedy has been chosen for the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens’ winter exhibition. Entitled “Robert Reedy: Revival,” the exhibition will run from November 3, 2020 to April 11, 2021, both in person at the Winter Park location and online at polasek.org. Reedy is an Orlando-based contemporary American artist whose career spans…

Themed Experience Program Collaborates with VR Pioneer Carolina Cruz-Neira

Peter Weishar, director of UCF’s Themed Experience program, shared with InPark Magazine how he and the students in the MFA Theatre – Themed Experience track collaborate with Carolina Cruz-Neira, Agere Chair in Computer Science at UCF and creator of the CAVE virtual reality system. Read the full interview: http://www.inparkmagazine.com/a-meeting-of-minds-and-disciplines/ The CG image above is a work in progress from “Pegasus…

Deadline extended: Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts & Wellness Innovation Awards

The application deadline for applications for the 2020 Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts & Wellness Innovation Awards has been extended to December 4 at noon. The two awards of $25,000 each were founded in 2018 by philanthropists Chuck Steinmetz and Margery Pabst Steinmetz and are awarded to cross-disciplinary teams focused on the area of arts and wellness. The purpose of the Pabst…

OUC Installs Student-Designed Sculpture at Exploria Stadium

After much anticipation, a student-designed solar sculpture has been installed at Exploria Stadium, home of Orlando City Soccer and Orlando Pride. The sculpture was designed by 11 studio art and engineering students as part of a challenge posed by OUC for the Advanced Design Lab (AdLab) class in the spring of 2018. UCF students (now alumni) involved…

UCF Russian Professor Celebrates Culture Beyond Classroom

Associate Professor Alla Kourova was a fifth grader in Moscow when she heard a song that sparked her love for languages ­– Yesterday by the Beatles. “From then I wanted to learn English so I could learn to sing it and play on the piano,” says Kourova, who grew up in Russia, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Germany and Hungary.…

UCF Class Spotlight: North American Indians

Class name AMH 3580 – North American Indians Instructor Associate Professor Daniel Murphree When is it offered? Occasional, and is being offered in Spring 2021 How many students in a class? 35 Prerequisites AMH 2010 and AMH 2020 From the Professor Describe this class in 10 words or fewer. Looking at U.S. history through native eyes.What do…

Luciana Garbayo Receives College of Medicine Innovative Teaching Award

Philosophy Assistant Professor Luciana Garbayo has received the UCF College of Medicine Innovative Teaching Award. The award recognizes a faculty member demonstrating continued and effective use of innovative teaching methods in the clinical curriculum. Garbayo, who is jointly appointed in the Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts & Humanities and in the Department…

Voices from Texts & Technology: Lauren Rouse

Texts & Technology PhD student Lauren Rouse discusses her experience in the interdisciplinary doctoral program and how it is impacting her research and work. For information about getting started on your PhD, visit tandt.cah.ucf.edu.

Honor Veterans with the UCF College of Arts and Humanities

Each November, the UCF College of Arts and Humanities honors veterans with events such as lectures, plays and ceremonies, as well as initiatives like the Veterans History Project, macrame’d trees and flag displays. This year looks a little different due to COVID-19, but the college and university will still be honoring our veterans in safe…

UCF Alumni and student featured in the “2020 Florida Biennial: NOW is the Time / The time is NOW”

Four UCF alumni and a student are featured in the “2020 Florida Biennial: NOW is the Time / The time is NOW” exhibition taking place now through February 21, 2021 at Art and Culture Center/Hollywood. This exhibition features art focusing on unprecedented moments in history and offers a space for contemplation, packed with meaningful information and reflections about the signs of our times through a plethora of different mediums. Of the 32…

11 Lesser-Known Facts about the Mayflower and Thanksgiving

The closing song toward the end of the musical Hamilton is a profound statement about where history comes from: “Who lives, who dies and who tells your story?” Think about that for a moment. “What we learn about history depends on who was able to write down firsthand accounts and preserve them,” says UCF Associate Professor of History Rosalind…