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.

College of Fine Arts and Communication 2019-20 theme

Theme Scholar: Desiree Rowe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Desiree Rowe

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.


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)


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