School of Arts and Communication
2016 SOAC Focus Series
The SOAC FOCUS Series brings together SOAC’s talented students and faculty to examine a chosen theme through a multidisciplinary approach. Through music, art, dance, theatre and communication we will explore storytelling, an interactive art form that connects all humans on a deep level, transcending time, location, age and language, while enacting change, understanding and peace. To tell a story is to bring someone into your world, touch their heart, mind and soul.
Wednesday, February 17, at 5pm
Food and Narrative
Fireside Lounge, Garfield Book Store • Free
Food is a common thread in life and yet, it is used more and more to construct distinct identity. It’s an integral part of our culture, history, family tradition, hospitality and personal narrative. What we eat, what and how we feed others, where we grocery shop, how we construct diet limitations, and what recipes we use, tell a story about ourselves. This spring, communication professors Justin Eckstein and Amy Young, along with special guests, expose food as a storytelling device.
Wednesday, March 9, at 5pm
Book Arts in the Pacific Northwest
University Gallery, Ingram Hall • Free • Opening Reception
The Pacific Northwest is nationally known for its strong community of book artists. This invitational exhibit features notable regional artists whose work utilizes the book. As part of the 2015 FOCUS Series, we explore the book’s long history as a vessel for stories in new and contemporary ways.
Wednesday, March 23, at 8pm
Sandström: St. Matthew Passion
Lagerquist Concert Hall, Mary Baker Russell Music Center
St. Matthew Passion is a traditional part of the Lutheran liturgy each spring. Sven-David Sandström’s setting is a thoughtful reimagining of St. Matthew Passion that honors both the Bach setting that inspired it and the contemporary audiences for whom it is intended. Performed by the Choir of the West and Choral Union with University Symphony Orchestra.
Thursday, April 28, at 6:30pm
These Four Years
Studio Theater, Karen Hille Phillips Center • Free
In this documentary, MediaLab explores questions of happiness and education: Is a four-year degree still the route to self-fulfillment and wellbeing? And, if college is not accessible to all, then what are the implications–for individuals and society at large– for those who do not have a four-year college education?