On November 1st, the University of Ottawa’s Centre for International Policy Studies will be hosting Mark Stout, historian at the International Spy Museum. He will be giving a talk entitled “American Intelligence Assessments of the Al Qaida Threat from the Early 1990s to Today”. For complete details, please visit the CIPS website.
CIPS to Host Talk on “American Intelligence Assessments of the Al Qaida Threat from the Early 1990s to Today”October 25th, 2012
From 15 October until 16 December, the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) is exhibiting a photomontage collection, consisting of over 100 posters, books, magazines, and postcards, created by artists from 13 countries. The pieces exhibited by the CUAG are on loan from the Merrill C. Berman Collection in the United States. Mr. Berman’s collection of graphic and modernist art rivals those of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The U.S. Embassy collaborated with CUAG to bring Mr. Berman and art historian Mr. Adrian Sudhalter to Ottawa. On Saturday, November 3, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. Mr. Berman and Sudhalter will lead a tour and discussion of the exhibit. The U.S. Embassy grants partnership program supports the promotion of American culture in Canada.
Oscar Wilde wrote in his 1889 essay The Decay of Lying that, “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.” Certainly, this truism has been the inspiration for many major artistic propaganda campaigns over the years. The period between World Wars I and II gave birth to a new artistic process called photomontage, which developed simultaneously in Germany and the Soviet Union during this time. It became a formidable political tool in the hands of artists seeking to influence public opinion during the period between world wars. Gradually, it also became a medium used in advertising, publications, and social protest. The exhibition displays a wide ranging photomontage of works of art, several of which are considered to be milestones in the history of 20th-century graphic design.
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You are invited to join us for an interactive Digital Video Conference (DVC) with
Dr. Jennifer Lawless, Dr. Richard Fox, and Dr. Michael Genovese
U.S. Politics Experts
“The 2012 U.S. Election: Continuities and Surprises”
Wednesday, November 14th from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Embassy of the United States of America
490 Sussex Drive, Ottawa
Do you have questions about what will happen following the U.S. election? Who were the winners and losers? What do the results mean?
U.S. elections experts Dr. Jennifer Lawless, Dr. Richard Fox, and Dr. Michael Genovese will discuss the results of the 2012 U.S. election and explain what certain wins and losses may mean. The program will begin with a short presentation and follow with a question and answer period.
Dr. Jennifer Lawless is currently an Associate Professor for Government at American University, Director of Women & Politics Institute and Faculty Affiliate for the Centre for Congressional & Presidential Studies in the Faculty of Public Affairs, and is a nationally recognized expert on women’s involvement in politics.
Dr. Richard Fox teaches and researches in the areas of U.S. Congress, elections, media and politics and gender politics in the Faculty of Public Affairs at Loyola Marymount University.
Dr. Michael Genovese is a professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Leadership Studies at Loyola Marymount University.
Please RSVP to Alison Morris by Friday, November 9, 2012
via email: email@example.com or phone: 613-688-5484.
You must RSVP in order to attend. Reservations are non-transferable. Please bring photo I.D.
Electronic devices (cell phones, iPods, and cameras) will be checked upon arrival.
Please arrive at the SUSSEX ENTRANCE 10-15 minutes prior to the program to clear security.
Please indicate special needs requirements when you RSVP.
Parking is available nearby in the Byward Market.
Houston Ballet Master Class With Steven Woodgate
Public Ballet Class for advanced and pre-professional ballet dancers.
Thanks to the generous support of the Embassy of the United States of America, the Houston Ballet will be teaching a free dance master class for local Ottawa and Gatineau students.
STEVEN WOODGATE, BALLET MASTER
Australian Steven Woodgate joined the artistic staff of Houston Ballet in January 2004. In 1985, he graduated from The Australian Ballet School. He performed with The Australian Ballet progressing through the ranks to senior artist in 1996. In 1988, Mr. Woodgate was presented with the Victorian Green Room Award for best male dancer for his role as Bim in Gaîté Parisienne.
Mr. Woodgate has also performed the roles of Colas and Alain in La Fille mal Gardee, Franze in Coppelia, the lead role in Balanchine’s Night Shadow, Bronze Idol in La Bayadere, and Gremio in Taming of the Shrew. He also created the role of Goro in Welch’s Madame Butterfly, Florinda in Welch’s Cinderella, recreated Harlequin in Fokine’s Le Carnaval, and the T.V. choreographer in Bejart’s Le Concours.
He represented Australia in the International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 1989, where he was awarded the Moscow Music Magazine Award. In 2000, he was awarded The Churchill Fellowship, which enabled him to observe many ballet masters from around the world and study their various teaching methods. As well as performing, Mr. Woodgate has taught both student and professional classes around the world.
Saturday October 20th, 2012
9:30 am to 11:00 am
Location: Rehearsal Hall B, National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa (Enter by Stage Door)
BALLET TEACHERS AND DANCE STUDIOS: You are invited to select your top two students for the opportunity to take this class by Steven Woodgate at the NAC. Registrations will be accepted through your recommendation only. Deadline for registration: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm.
Maximum 30 participants in the class; Adult professional and pre-professional dancers can register themselves. Teens must be recommended by their ballet teacher or dance studio director. BALLET TEACHERS MUST select up to two of their top students for the class and can reserve their places by contacting Kirsten Andersen, Dance Outreach Coordinator at (613) 947-7000 ext. 588 or firstname.lastname@example.org
National Arts Centre inaugurates the 2012-2013 Ballet Season with the Canadian Premier of Marie by Houston Ballet. Thursday October 18, Friday October 19 and Saturday October 20, 2012 at 8 pm Southam Hall. All performances feature the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
By David Lublin, Professor in the Department of Government at American University
I traveled to Canada at the invitation of the State Department from September 21-28. During this visit, I participated in the Banff Forum—a conference of young Canadian leaders—in Collingwood, Ontario followed by programs organized by the American Consulates in Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary. Throughout my visit, I conducted presentations for Canadians on the upcoming U.S. presidential and congressional elections. Canadians are extremely interested in the American elections. Unsurprisingly, they are an unusually well informed audience due to access to American media and extensive coverage and commentary on the elections in the Canadian media.
Beyond the obvious question of who will win the presidential election, Canadians repeatedly expressed interest in a number of topics. I was regularly asked about the increasing polarization of the American political system and increased difficulties in addressing America’s problems. Several Canadians asked about efforts to expand voter identification laws in the U.S. Even in Alberta, no one asked questions about the Keystone Pipeline, apparently taking it in stride that this issue would eventually be resolved.
The strong friendship between the two countries was apparent throughout my visit. While Canadians are occasionally critical of the U.S. and its government, the comments I heard were not outside the norm of what one might hear in the U.S. These feelings appeared perhaps surprisingly consistent across the three very different cities in this diverse country. From my perspective, Canadians understand well that the relationship will remain close regardless of who wins the American presidential election. Canadians seemed to appreciate my interest in Canadian politics and appreciation for the importance of Canadian-American relations to the American economy and security.
My strong impression of is that Canada, despite its strong regional differences and stresses, is doing very well economically. Perhaps this was stressed by the higher value of the loonie than the greenback—a change from previous visits. But also appeared in a high level of confidence in Canada’s future, though inevitably expressed mildly. The rise of Alberta, and specifically Calgary, also impressed upon. Calgary appears poised, if it has not already done so, to take its place with Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver as a leading city of Canada.
Like the U.S., Canada has enormous diversity, not just in its diverse linguistic heritage, but also due to past and ongoing immigration. Though in Canada, it felt to me that this has more of an Asian and Haitian accent than a Latino one. Politically, Canada also appears to be shifting, though the change from center-left government under the Liberals to a center-right government under the Conservatives strikes this American as a more moderate divide than the one faced at home.
You are invited to attend a FREE fashion seminar with Prophetik by Jeff Garner and Korto Momolu
WHERE: Ottawa Festivals, 47 William
St., second floor (ByWard Market)
WHEN: Thursday, October 11, 2012
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Visit www.ottawafashionweek.ca for more information.
Ottawa Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 show is almost here! Ottawa Fashion Week and the United States Embassy would like to invite you to a fashion seminar with Mr. Jeff Garner and Ms. Korto Momolu to speak about eco-fashion and its importance in the industry. Jeff Garner, designer of Prophetik, an eco-friendly brand that has brought sustainable style to catwalks around the world and the pages of Vogue magazine. www.prophetik.com
Korto Momolu, a well known name household name thanks to season 5 of Project Runway US. Korto stood out as a designer who embraced colour and diversity and displayed such extraordinary talent that she returned for the All Star edition. www.kortomomolu.com
This session is FREE to attend, all are welcome. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Does this man look familiar? If you watch television or go to the movies, he should. Stephen Tobolowsky is a character actor with a prolific repertoire comprised of roles in some 217 films and television series since 1976. In the past few years, Tobolowsky has unleashed a latent talent for storytelling in his popular podcast Tobolowskyfiles.com.
On Thursday November 15, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., Steven Tobolowsky will be sharing two personal narratives from his deep (and sometimes deeply amusing) podcast with audiences live at the Ottawa International Storytelling Festival at St Brigid’s Centre for the Arts. The theme of the festival is “Naked Narrative: No books. No props. Just stories. For tickets or more information, go to http://www.ottawastorytellers.
This event is sponsored by the Embassy of the United States, Ottawa, in cooperation with the Ottawa Storytellers.
Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 8:00 p.m., Geof Huth is presenting visual poetry at the Ottawa Art Gallery. This free event is sponsored by the Embassy of the United States, Ottawa, in cooperation with the A B Series and the support of the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Council.
Add one part performance artist, two parts poet and just a pinch of something else and you get Geof Huth, visual poet extraordinaire. Mr. Huth’s visual poetry spans several artistic disciplines as he combines letters, words, colors, sounds, and sometimes live performance or video to poetically express his ideas and experiences. Some of Huth’s poems can be read and enjoyed in a traditional sense, while others must be examined, experienced, and interpreted by the audience without the intervention of any recognizable language.
Mr. Huth will also be meeting with students at Canterbury Art High School during his time in Ottawa.
Information about this and other A B Series events can be found at http://abseries.org/. Some examples of Mr. Huth’s work can be viewed in his blogs at http://365ltrs.blogspot.com/ and http://dbqp.blogspot.com/.