Dr. Brant Pope, currently head of the Department of Theatre at The University of Illinois, has been appointed chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin, effective June 1, 2010.
Two faculty members in the Department of Art and Art History, Lawrence McFarland and Troy Brauntuch, have each been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in New York City. The prestigious fellowships are granted annually, based on demonstrated achievement and exceptional promise for productive scholarship and creative ability.
The 2010 Maya Meetings will take place at UT-Austin’s new academic and conference center for Mesoamerican studies, the Casa Herrera, a beautifully restored 17th-century mansion located near the center of Antigua, Guatemala’s colonial capital. The Casa Herrera is a new research, conference and teaching facility operated by the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin in collaboration with the Fundación Pantaleón. The Maya Meetings will offer a combination of learning workshops and academic lectures. Three workshops focusing on hieroglyphs and iconography will run for four days from March 16 through 19, accompanied by two courtyard lectures during each evening. The topic of the 2010 Maya Meetings will focus on new developments in the study of early Maya iconography and writing, focusing on the sites of Kaminaljuyu, Takalik Abaj, Izapa, San Bartolo and others.
Meyers has commissioned Jakub Ciupinski to write, ‘The Wreck of the Umbria’ for violin and electronics.
Meyers and Nel will perform Beethoven, Schnittke, Duke, Gershwin and others at Bates Recital Hall on February 7th at 4 PM.
This month the versatile and innovative violinist Anne Akiko Meyers goes on tour with the world’s most celebrated jazz trumpeter, Chris Botti. The first concerts took places earlier in January in Greensville (SC), Morristown (NJ) and Portland (ME) with future dates in Durham (NC) on January 25th and 26th and West Palm Beach on January 28th with more to be announced in the spring. On the program Meyers joins Chris Botti in his GRAMMY-nominated Emmanuel from Botti’s latest recording project Chris Botti in Boston.