Mary Stuckey has been elected by the Southern States Communication Association to represent it on the NCA Nominating Committee.

Shirlene Holmes learned last Thursday that a bid she had submitted to take theatre students to Scotland to participate in the August 2015International Collegiate Theatre Festival has been accepted.  The ICTG in Scotland runs in conjunction with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, one of the world’s largest performing arts events.  Many steps remain – a production has to be developed and specific students recruited to take the trip, and a lot of fundraising would have to occur to help students participate.  But the opportunity is a terrific one.

Alessandra Raengo has learned that she will receive a GSU CENCIA grant that will help organize a series of screenings of films made by the Black Audio Film Collective (UK, 1982-1998), which will unfold over two consecutive weekends in fall 2014.  The event, organized by Liquid Blackness, will combine film screenings and discussions of its impact.  So, for example, the first weekend events will include the participation of David Lawson (who has been active in the collective) and Eddie Chambers (UT-Austin), one of the early historians of black arts in Britain.  Then the second weekend, which will call attention to the cinematic work of John Akomfrah, will also involve Kara Keeling, associate professor of critical studies, American studies, and ethnicity at the University of Southern California.