Arts Without Boundaries - A boundary is a dividing line that separates, it limits connection and creativity.
This year COFAC will provide artistic explorations outside the typical boundaries
of a specific artform, to find common threads that unite and connect, rather than
divide and limit.
Theme Scholar: Desiree Rowe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Dr. Desireé D. Rowe, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies,
will be our theme scholar for the 2019-20 academic year. As theme scholar, Dr. Rowe
will lead us in breaking down barriers between disciplines that allows for unforeseen
connections that enrich the experience for all. Dr. Desirée D. Rowe received her interdisciplinary
Ph.D. in 2009 from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University.
She also earned her M.A. from Minnesota State, Mankato and B.A. in English from Seton
Hall University. Her work lives at the intersections of queer performance ethnography,
feminist rhetorical perspectives on popular culture, and digital discourses. Her research
agenda currently focuses on creative participatory methods that explore the ways in
which women communicate negativity and failure. Her work includes articles in Women
and Language, Text and Performance Quarterly, Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies,
Rethinking History: A Journal of Theory and Practice, Qualitative Inquiry, and many
book chapters. In 2019 she was named a Fulbright Scholar to Kyushu University in Fukuoka,
Japan. In her spare time, she likes to bake cakes and build cardboard rocket ships
with her daughter.
Podcast Series: Arts Without Boundaries 2019-20
This semester, the theme podcast series will continue with another line up of incredible
faculty, staff, and students. Participants are asked to think and to plan outside
the typical boundaries of their specific artform, or even beyond “art” in general,
to find common threads that unite and connect, rather than divide and limit. The theme
will be explored through a series of concerts, plays, dances, recitals, speeches,
exhibits, presentations, written forms, or films focusing on the ways that each of
our individual disciplines informs and relates to the others. Podcasts will begin
September 9, 2019.
EPISODE 1: MARCY LIGHTFOOT
Marcy Lightfoot, the new Career Coach for the Media, Arts, and Communication Career
Community (MAC), tells us how she works to expands the boundaries of the career center
to meet the needs of students pursuing careers in these unique fields. (Transcript)
EPISODE 2: KALIMA YOUNG
Dr. Kalima Young, Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronic Media and Film,
gives us a sneak peak of the films featured in the 2019 fall film series, Arts without Boundaries: Breaking Binaries and Borders. Spanning several genres, this year’s film series explores the way boundaries shape
our sense of belonging and our conceptions of citizenship. (Transcript)