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TEDxUM: “Encouraging crazy ideas”


TEDxUM, scheduled for all day Friday, April 8, at the Michigan Theatre, expects to draw 1,700 people to campus. TEDxUM, a spin-off from the national movement TED, “aims to bring a TED-like experience to the University of Michigan by showcasing the most fascinating thinkers and doers for a day of presentations, discussions, entertainment, and art." While all 1,700 seats at the Michigan Theatre are filled, the conference will be streaming live during the day; visit their Web site on April 8 here. During the TEDx event they will be displaying a twitter and facebook feed where people can actively comment and contribute their thoughts about the incredible talks that are going on.

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance has a direct connection to TEDxUM through presenters at the conference. AJ Holmes, Ali Gordon, and Carlos Valdes (pictured, left), musical theatre undergraduates, will stage the first university-sponsored musical, Gibson Fleck, created by students. Donia Jarrar, a master’s student in composition, was born in Kuwait and fled the country during the Gulf War, to Egypt, where her family still resides. During the recent uprising there—and feeling helpless watching it unfold from her apartment in Ann Arbor—Donia started her own blog to translate what she was hearing from friends and loved ones into English. She will speak about her remarkable story.

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Theatre Student Lands Major TV Role 03/25/2014

Elizabeth Batiuk (ethnomusicology) has been chosen as a fellow at the Sweetland/Rackham Dissertation Writing Institute for spring 2014 and James McNally (ethnomusicology) received a summer and academic year FLAS for the study of Portuguese.    03/17/2014

Musicology graduate student Elizabeth McLain has been awarded a prestigious Lurcy Fellowship for research in France during the 2014-2015 academic year.   03/14/2014

December 2013

SMTD students Zoe Kumagai, Stephanie Aboukasm, and Adam DesJardins are among students profiled in an LSA article about the "Michigan in Washington" program, in which students intern at various Washington, DC organizations and businesses, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center, and the Washington Performing Arts Society.    12/10/2013

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Evan Zegiel, a sophomore who studies with Fritz Kaenzig, was the First Place winner in the Tuba Student division of the 2013 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium & Tuba Festival.     08/21/2013

July 2013

Professor Ashley Lucas and three Theatre & Drama students are engaged in an intensive exchange program with UniRio in Rio de Janiero, Brazil this summer, where they are blogging about their experiences in UniRio's prison arts program and more.   07/12/2013

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower