Arts & Culture

Wick Poetry Center Recognized for its Tribute to 50th Anniversary of the Cuyahoga River Burning Kent State University's Wick Poetry Center Director David Hassler was featured on 90.3 WCPN ideastream for his creative efforts in organizing the River Stanzas Project. The project pays tribute to the 50 year anniversary of the environmental protections and improvements that have taken place since the Cuyahoga River Burning in 1969. The River...

Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance Production of Little Women At the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year, Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance was nationally recognized and added several new awards to its collection. The musical theatre program and the design, technology and production program each were selected recently by On Stage Blog as one of the top 25 programs for the 2018-2019...

#MeToo Class Kent State University English Professor Vera Camden, Ph.D., turned a movement against sexual assault and harassment into a course in order to study the impact of the movement and the forces that led to it. Dr. Camden’s inspiration to start the #MeToo: Women and New Media course was internally motivated, but sparked by external factors. “My hope...

Janice Lessman-Moss headshot in front of weaving Janice Lessman-Moss, professor of Textiles, recently was awarded a United States Artists Fellowship in Craft, which includes $50,000 in unrestricted funds. United States Artists, a Chicago-based organization, awards “up to fifty $50,000 unrestricted fellowships to the most compelling artists working and living in the United States, in all...

Small Town, Big Music Book Cover Jason Prufer, '03, a lifelong resident of Kent and Kent State University alumnus, has compiled “Small Town, Big Music: The Outsized Influence of Kent, Ohio, on the History of Rock and Roll,” a book that covers the college town’s impressive – and previously unappreciated – rock history. Mr. Prufer, a senior library associate who has worked...

Artwork: Ibrahima Dieye (b. 1988, Dakar) Horror District, 2018 Combining his passions of art history and African studies, Joseph Underwood, Ph.D, assistant professor in the School of Art, wanted to bring something to Kent State that could speak to different audiences, ranging from the international to the local, from Senegal to Northeast Ohio. Dr. Underwood is the curator of The View From Here: Contemporary...

Writing Across Borders Exhibit at Taylor Hall Kent State University’s Taylor Hall is currently housing the Wick Poetry Center’s Writing Across Borders, a poetry exhibit featuring the work of immigrants and refugees living in Akron that was recently featured on Cleveland.com. The poems are combined with the graphic design work of Kent State students to create a vibrant and...

Kent State University alumna Jade Novah appears with YouTuber Terrell. Kent State University alumna Jade Novah, formerly known as Lindsay Fields, appeared in a 24-minute interview with YouTuber Terrell. Ms. Novah told Terrell about her time at Kent State before getting into the entertainment industry and eventually becoming a backup singer for Beyoncé. The YouTube video currently has more than 300,000 views and more...

Erin Shelley (left) with Chicago Med star Colin Donnell (middle) and RN technical expert Sophia Meneses (right) Wanting a career that would allow her to be independent and work from anywhere, Erin Shelley, Ed.D., MA, BSN ‘91, RN, was drawn to the nursing profession. These days, however, she practices nursing as “art imitating life” through her role as a technical expert on the hit NBC television show, Chicago Med. “My primary role is an operating...

“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek poses for a photo with Kent State University alumna Carrie Blazina. Who is Carrie Blazina? That’s the correct response to the clue, “This Kent State alumna will appear on the game show ‘Jeopardy!’ on Dec. 20.” Ms. Blazina, who graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in news, had her knowledge of geography, religion, literature and other topics tested on the popular game show earlier this year....