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Women’s rights, immigration policy to be subject of faculty showcase

The University of Toledo’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies will host a faculty showcase focusing on women’s rights and immigration policy Friday, Feb. 24, in Libbey Hall.

The showcase will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar and light refreshments, followed by presentations by two faculty members on research they have developed during the past year.

Dr. Asma Abdel Halim, associate professor and chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, will discuss women’s rights in the Sudan, which ranks No. 5 on the list of countries affected by President Donald Trump’s travel ban. She will examine women’s rights in the Sudan from a legal perspective, including the issues that face women in the country, as well as what local and international women’s organizations are doing to change Sudanese laws and regulations affecting women.

Dr. Karie Peralta, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, will focus her presentation on the efforts of non-governmental organizations to assist Haitian migrants in the Dominican Republic in navigating the documentation process needed to regularize their status. She will present information gathered from in-depth interviews with non-governmental organization leaders working with the migrants.

“As the community prepares to commemorate Women’s History Month in March and continues to wrestle with issues of immigration, these presentations will give attendees the opportunity to explore these topics in greater depth led by UT faculty members who have specialized in researching these subjects,” said Dr. Jim Ferris, director of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Ability Center of Greater Toledo Endowed Chair in Disability Studies.

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies, part of the College of Arts and Letters, is the leading engine of interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities and social sciences at the University. The school offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 10 fields that work between as well as across traditional disciplinary boundaries to find innovative ways to solve problems.

Researchers create online database to help inform public about harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie

It’s now easier for Toledo area residents and businesses looking for information about water quality and the health of Lake Erie to go directly to the source.

Researchers at The University of Toledo launched a website database containing hundreds of reports and studies discussing Lake Erie harmful algal blooms.

In 2014, the city of Toledo issued a ‘Do Not Drink’ advisory for half a million residents for three days due to the level of the algal toxin microcystin detected in the drinking water.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education, with the assistance of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, gave UT $66,000 in 2015 to develop the database and support research related to harmful algal blooms.

The Lake Erie algal bloom online database project was a collaborative effort between Dr. Patrick Lawrence, professor in the Department of Geography and Planning, and associate dean of social and behavioral sciences in the College of Arts and Letters; Dr. Kevin Egan, associate professor in the Department of Economics; and researchers from Ohio State University and Kent State University.

The database currently contains more than 300 reports, web links and key contacts, Lawrence said. The team plans to update the database and add more resources before the next algal bloom season.

“The intent is to help educate and inform stakeholders in the Maumee watershed by providing access to the best and most recent research and information so as to drive an open and participatory engagement with discussion about how we can all work collectively on a wide range of solutions to reduce the frequency, size and impacts of Lake Erie harmful algal blooms,” Lawrence said.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education has funded more than 20 projects from several Ohio universities, including cost-benefit analysis for potential options to use wetlands as a form of natural storage and treatment of nutrients from farmland; economic issues associated with improving farm practices to reduce runoff of nutrients; and an assessment of the connections and interactions among stakeholders within the Maumee basin involved or interested in harmful algal blooms and possible measures to address and reduce them.

For more information about Lake Erie harmful algal blooms, the database can be found at lakeeriehabsis.gis.utoledo.edu.

Pianist to perform at Art Tatum Memorial Jazz Scholarship concert Feb. 20

International jazz pianist Phil DeGreg will be the guest artist for the 2017 Art Tatum Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert, which will take place Monday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

DeGreg is an accomplished jazz pianist, comfortable in a wide range of styles, ranging from mainstream to bebop to Brazilian jazz. His versatility has led to professional performances with dozens of internationally recognized jazz artists — Woody Herman, Dave Liebman, Dizzy Gillespie and many others — as well as leading and recording with his own groups. He has released 11 recordings as a leader and has been recorded as a sideman on many other jazz projects.


His most recent disc, “Melodious Monk,” was recorded with trumpeter Kim Pensyl and features the music of Thelonius Monk. All About Jazz magazine wrote: “[DeGreg] exhibits an excellent understanding of the complex compositions, and the stride tradition from which Monk sprang … they succeed because they have an undeniable affection for Monk, and their performance is top-notch … Phil DeGreg’s masterful piano interprets Monk brilliantly, and Kim Pensyl’s trumpet is the perfect complement.”

A native of Cincinnati, DeGreg completed a degree in psychology from Yale University before becoming a professional musician. After three years working and studying music in Kansas City, he finished a master’s degree at the University of North Texas and subsequently toured the world for a year with Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd.

DeGreg has presented lectures and demonstrations to the International Association of Jazz Educators, the National Group Piano Teachers Association, the Ohio Music Educators Association, the Ohio Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association, and has published articles for Jazz Player Magazine.

The concert is presented by the UT Department of Music Jazz Studies Program. Proceeds from ticket sales support the Art Tatum Memorial Jazz Scholarship, which benefits minority students who want to study jazz at the University.

DeGreg also will present a free master class for students Monday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Advance concert tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for UT faculty, staff, alumni students and seniors 60 and older. Visit utoledo.tix.com or call 419.530.ARTS (2787). Tickets also will be available at the door.

To support the Art Tatum Scholarship, click here and search “jazz.”

Role of arts in America to be examined at symposium

The UT School of Visual and Performing Arts, and its partners, will present a dialogue on “The Role of Arts in Today’s America” Monday, Feb. 20.

“The purpose of the symposium is to broaden the dialogue and to build a regional coalition with a voice,” Debra A. Davis, director of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, said. “Our partners include the Toledo Museum of Art, the Arts Commission and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.”


The free, public event will feature four sessions and a lunchtime keynote address.

Will Lucas will give the keynote address. He is the founder and CEO of A William Lucas Co., which is home to several technology and media-related businesses, including Creadio, a brand marketing technology company servicing nationally recognized brands since 2007, and Classana, an online platform that helps companies organize educational resources. He also is a co-founder of ICON, a photography on-demand service, and is one of the few young minority TEDx organizers in the United States; he curates the Technology Entertainment Design talk in Toledo.

Lucas, who graduated from the University in 2015, was appointed to the UT Board of Trustees by Gov. John Kasich in February 2016. He serves as vice chair of the board’s Academic and Student Affairs Committee and is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.

Session topics will be “Our Current Artistic Moment,” a timely subject exploring concerns about artistic responses to the current social and political moment; “Programming the Arts Across a Divide,” which looks at the challenges of creating meaningful arts events across a range of divides — urban, rural, cultural, ethnic, economic and others; “Arts in Education,” which examines how to ensure that the arts continue to occupy a valued place in the curriculum along with other disciplines; and “Arts and Community,” which considers what is needed to sustain the organizations and projects that provide arts experiences and services to diverse communities.

A complete schedule, including information about the panelists, is available online at utoledo.edu/al/svpa/symposium/schedule.html.

The Arts Symposium will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. Sessions will take place in Thompson Student Union Room 2592, and the luncheon will be held in the Thompson Student Union Ingman Room.

Box lunches for the keynote address are available for purchase in advance. Attendees do not need to order a lunch to attend the keynote address; they are welcome to bring their own lunch.

RSVP online at utoledo.edu/al/svpa/symposium or call 419.530.7356.

UT to stage English-language debut of Korean play, ‘The King and the Clown’

The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film will present “The King and the Clown” Friday through Sunday, Feb. 17-19 and Feb. 24-26.

The play, written by Taewoong Kim, is popular in its native South Korea, according to Keeyong Hong, UT theatre student and director.

UT student Michael Vanderpool rehearsed a scene in the UT production of “The King and the Clown.” He plays Gonggil, a clown.

Hong, a seasoned actor from Incheon, South Korea, is studying abroad at The University of Toledo.

Even though he has worked as an actor in his home country for more than 10 years, Hong said, “I wanted to come to the United States to study acting and directing formally.”

He learned about UT’s program when he attended a Linklater theatrical voice workshop presented by Haerry Kim. She recommended UT’s Theatre and Film Department to Hong. Kim guest directed the UT production of “The Hothouse” in 2011.

Hong was impressed with the wealth of opportunities to perform, direct and work on a production at UT, and he enrolled as a theatre major. He is excited about directing his first UT production, “The King and the Clown.”

“This play is very popular in Korea. In America, people always do plays written by Shakespeare, Chekhov and other famous writers, but you don’t often get to see a Korean play. I wanted to share the Korean culture with American audiences. This is a good play [for that] because it shows the Korean culture, but it also carries themes that people all over the world share — love, pain, sacrifice, relationships. These things are universal.”

Some of the traditional Korean cultural themes Hong said audiences can expect to see are reflected in the clothing of the characters and their habit of sitting and sleeping close to the floor, which is done because the ground is often warmer than the air.

He also said Korean people show great reverence and respect for elders and invest much authority in their leaders. “In the play, they obey the king completely. He can kill anyone without a reason,” Hong said.

The king’s authority in this cultural context is at the center of the story of “The King and the Clown.” Two clowns, Gonggil and Jaensaeng, offend the king, an act punishable by death. But the king grants them a reprieve if they can make him laugh. Fortunately, they manage to survive. Enamored by the lure of wealth and prestige, Gonggil soon becomes a favorite of the king, much to the dismay of his friend, Jaensaeng. Jaengsaeng is crushed because he believes Gonggil has sold his soul to win the king’s favor.

Because of sexual content and profanity, this play is not recommended for audience members 17 and younger.

Cast members for “The King and the Clown” are UT students Moody Debert as Yeosan, the King; Michael Vanderpool as Gonggil, a clown; Tyler Mitchell as Jaengsaeng, a clown; Tessa Lee as Nogsu, the queen; Xaverie Baker as clown one; Kaitlynn Maccamey as clown two; Justin Petty as clown three; Kevin Upham as clown four; Yun Ji-Sang as a minister and chorus member; George Johnson III as Pansoojeong, a fortuneteller, and King Insoo; and Caris Croy as Hong, an eunuch, and chorus member.

Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. All performances will be held in the Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre.

Tickets are $8 for students; $10 for UT faculty, staff and alumni, and military members and seniors; and $15 for the general public. Call 419.530.ARTS (2787) or order online at utoledo.tix.com. Tickets also will be available at the door.

UT scholars to host forum Feb. 13 titled ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves in the Time of Trump’

The University of Toledo’s third post-election forum since President Donald Trump was elected focuses on the topic “Our Bodies, Ourselves in the Time of Trump” and implications of repealing the Affordable Care Act.

The free, public event to discuss health care, reproductive rights and LGBTQA+ issues will be held Monday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Kent Branch Library, 3101 Collingwood Blvd.

“Based on actions thus far and the 2016 presidential campaign, we know the Trump administration will be approaching all three of these areas of policy with a different perspective from the previous administration,” said Dr. Ally Day, assistant professor in the UT Disability Studies Program. “Our forum is designed to address changes and questions community members may have in relation to larger policy and their own health-care options.”

Featured speakers will include:

• Dr. Karen Hoblet, UT associate professor of nursing;

• Robert Salem, UT clinical professor of law and chair of the Equality Toledo Board of Directors;

• Anita Rios, Ohio NOW;

• Hillary Gyuras, community education manager for Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio;

• Sarah Inskeep, regional field manager for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio; and

• Katie Hunt Thomas, disability rights attorney for the Ability Center of Greater Toledo.

The event is sponsored by the UT College of Law and the School for Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Arts and Letters.

Piano series to continue Feb. 4-5

The Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series will continue with guest pianist Caroline Hong visiting campus this weekend.

Hong will present a master class Saturday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. and a recital Sunday, Feb. 5, at 3 p.m. Both free, public events will be held in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.



Her program will feature “The Goldberg Variations” by Johann Sebastian Bach, originally for harpsichord.

“[‘The Goldberg Variations’] have never been performed on the UT piano series. But they are always a treat to hear in a live performance,” said Dr. Michael Boyd, UT professor of piano, who organizes pianists for the series.

The work comes with an interesting tale about its origin, Boyd added. Legend has it that Bach composed the work for a count who suffered from insomnia. The count’s harpsichordist, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, was pressed into service to perform the work whenever the count found himself up at night pacing the floors. While that may not be why the work was written, Goldberg is often credited as the first person to have played the variations, hence they bear his name.

Hong, associate professor of keyboard at Ohio State University, is internationally active as a soloist, chamber musician, lecturer and master class teacher at universities, institutions and competitions.

For more information on the piano series, contact Boyd at michael.boyd@utoledo.edu or 419.530.2183.

UT political science scholar to speak at alumni event about presidential election

The community is invited to an event hosted by the Golden Alumni Society at The University of Toledo discussing the victory of President Donald Trump, the Electoral College and its history, and the effect of the 2016 election on the major political parties.

The Golden Alumni Society is comprised of UT alumni who graduated at least 50 years ago or who have reached the age of 75 since graduation.

The free, public program titled “The Election and the Future” features Dr. Jeffrey Broxmeyer, assistant professor in the UT Department of Political Science and Public Administration, will take place Friday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. in the Driscoll Alumni Center Schmakel Room. Reservations are required.

Retired Judge George Glasser is a member of the Golden Alumni Society and coordinator of the event. He graduated from UT with a bachelor of arts degree in 1951 and a law degree in 1953.

“This is the first time the Golden Alumni Society is hosting a program about an election,” Glasser said. “The subject is on everybody’s mind and stirring up a great deal of controversy and opinions. We want to serve the community by utilizing some of the fine resources we have at the University to provide information, discussion and answers to questions.”

This semester, Broxmeyer is teaching courses at the University about political parties and the presidency. His current research in American political development focuses on the wealth accumulated by party leaders during the 19th century.

“I plan to provide some historical context to the election results as well as a political science perspective on where the country is heading with the new Trump administration,” Broxmeyer said. “One of the main topics will be the development and impact of heightened political polarization on governing, political institutions and public discourse.”

A question-and-answer session will follow Broxmeyer’s presentation.

To sign up to attend the event, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 419.530.2586 or register online at toledoalumni.org.

UT scholars to host forum Jan. 31 titled ‘A Law and Order Presidency? Issues in Policing and Criminal Justice’

The University of Toledo’s second post-election forum since President Donald Trump became the country’s 45th president will feature a panel of scholars focusing on the topic of “A Law and Order Presidency? Issues in Policing and Criminal Justice.”

political-forumThe free, public event will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. at the West Toledo Branch Library, 1320 West Sylvania Ave.

“We invite all concerned members of our community to join us for a public discussion about critical issues and questions pertaining to law enforcement, the terms on which we adjudicate crime and punishment, how we think about rights, and how we might aspire to justice,” Dr. Rene Heberle, professor of political science, said.

Heberle will discuss “Undoing Mass Incarceration in the Trump Era: What Is to Be Done?”

Additional speakers and topics will include:

• Jelani Jefferson Exum, UT professor of law, “What May Change? The Influence of the Attorney General on Criminal Justice Protections and Priorities.”

• Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe, UT assistant professor of disability studies, “Not in Our Name: Disability, Mental Health and Criminal Justice Reform.”

• Gregory Gilchrist, UT associate professor of law, “Federal Influences on Local Policing.”

“Criminal justice and policing reforms have been at the forefront of political and policy activity at the federal level, in statehouses, in communities and in the streets for the last several years,” Heberle said. “Faculty from various disciplines will offer perspectives on the kind of influence the federal government has had on reform efforts over the past several years. More importantly, we will discuss prospects for continuing reform given the fundamental shifts in ideological perspectives and priorities signaled by the new administration taking shape under President Donald Trump.”

The event is sponsored by the UT College of Law and the UT School for Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Arts and Letters.

Creatively yours: UT art faculty showcase, discuss works

Headlines, Jesus Christ, political rhetoric, family photographs and memories, technology and communication — these are some of the inspirations behind works created by UT Art Department faculty members.

Barry Whittaker's "Idolatry" displays different images that change with the music.

Barry Whittaker’s “Idolatry” displays different images that change with the music.

Check out the faculty exhibition that is on display through Friday, Feb. 10, in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery on UT’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

“The exhibition features a wide range of visual practices, spanning all genres and media,” said Brian Carpenter, UT gallery director and lecturer in the Art Department. “The 13 artists featured in the exhibit teach in the areas of painting, sculpture, graphic design, art history, printmaking and photography.”

Creations by Chris Burnett, Jerod Christy, Debra Davis, Phil Hazard, Daniel Hernandez, Thomas Lingeman, Barbara WF Miner, Deborah Orloff, Mysoon Rizk, Karen Roderick-Lingeman, Arturo Rodriguez, Barry Whittaker and Eric Zeigler are in the spotlight.

A reception with the artists will be held Friday, Jan. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery.

In addition, several faculty members will discuss their creative processes Saturday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art Little Theater. Those scheduled to speak are Lingeman, Miner, Orloff, Rodriguez, Whittaker and Zeigler.

“It’s always fascinating to hear artists discuss what leads to their creations,” Carpenter said.

Orloff will talk about “Elusive Memory.”

An installation titled "Threads" by Deborah Orloff features a color photograph on vinyl and a carton of old letters, photographs and slides.

An installation titled “Threads” by Deborah Orloff features a color photograph on vinyl and a carton of old letters, photographs and slides.

“Family photographs provide glimpses of the past and elicit memories, shaping narratives of personal history and identity,” she said. “Pictures reinforce recollections, but do we really remember our past, or have we simply absorbed personal photographs into fabricated memories and shaped our perspective accordingly?

“The connection between photography and memory is enigmatic, and my new artwork is a meditation on this dubious relationship.”

Whittaker will discuss his work titled “Idolatry,” a screen that sits atop an amplifier and shows images that change with the music.

“I like to image communication in its most fractured and disrupted forms,” he said. “Our inaccuracies travel across space and time. We’re only aware of our communication tools because of their failings and shortcomings.”

He added, “I believe that artwork should inspire dialogue between individuals or between a work and its audience. With that in mind, I experiment with technology and the structure of communication both as subjects and as processes.”

The free, public exhibit can be seen Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information on the exhibition or lectures, contact Carpenter at brian.carpenter@utoledo.edu.