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Access to the arts and vibrant cultural scenes is a big part of what makes a city a great place to live. But how can we plan for the long-term resilience and relevance of the arts in Calgary? And how do we balance making the arts accessible with ensuring that they are practised at the highest level?
A result of two years of rigorous consultation, Living a Creative Life is a strategy designed “to align and activate Calgarians in creating a vital, prosperous and connected city through the arts.” In this presentation, Emiko Muraki, Director, Impact and Engagement with Calgary Arts Development will discuss the genesis of the Living a Creative Life strategy, how it responds to Calgary’s unique advantages and challenges, and how University of Calgary students, staff, and faculty can connect their passions with its mission to “empower every resident to live a creative life, fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city.” Learn more about the strategy at LivingCreative.ca.
This event will take place in Social Sciences 1153. All are welcome. Presentation and Q&A will be followed by an informal reception, generously supported by the Faculty of Arts and the Department of English.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 15:30 - 17:00
Classicists have recently given unprecedented attention to our fragmentary understanding of Aristotle’s comic theory. Many concur that catharsis, which Aristotle describes in the Poetics as the end of tragedy, is less a purgation of emotion than a clarification of and habituation to the emotions evoked by plot, and that catharsis occurs not only in tragedy but comedy. Several scholars also argue that nemesan, or “righteous indignation,” identified by Aristotle in the Rhetoric as a virtuous mean between envy and malice and opposite to the pity evoked by tragedy, is the principle emotion evoked by comedy in Aristotle’s theory. Though not apparently a reader of the Poetics, Shakespeare regularly employs these affective categories in comedies as diverse as Love’s Labours Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, and Measure for Measure. This paper considers the presence of indignation in Claudio, Beatrice, and Benedick in Much Ado and the way in which the Friar’s fake-death hoax brings about catharsis of this emotion in both characters and audience.
This event is free and open to the public. Presented by MARCS - The Medieval and Renaissance Cultural Studies Research Group.
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 14:00 - 15:00