Fall 2019 Events


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Heidi Almosara

She is a visual artist and full time faculty member in the Art & Design Department at UVU.  She received her B.F.A. from Texas Christian University and an M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Dallas in Texas.  Since receiving her masters, she has taught at several colleges and universities and has had over a decade of teaching experience.  Heidi specializes in screenprinting and actively exhibits internationally.  She has had exhibitions in the continental US, including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as, but not limited to, Russia, Peru, Japan, New Zealand, Finland, Taiwan, and Guatemala.  Before coming to UVU, she lived abroad in Japan for 3 years.  While in Japan, she studied at the Sogetsu Foundation in Tokyo and learned the art of Sogetsu ikebana – the Japanese art form of flower arranging.  She completed the required 5 levels of study to receive a teachers certification in this special art form and was awarded the Teacher’s Diploma 4th Grade from the Sogetsu Foundation.  Ikebana has become Heidi’s primary source for inspiration and has greatly transformed her artwork.   


NOV 6 | Japanese rock star scientists or uvu'S COLLABORATION WITH JAPAN

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Kim Nielsen

Prof. Nielsen was born and raised in Denmark, where he received a B.S. in Physics from University of Copenhagen, Denmark. A one-year visit to University of Alaska, Fairbanks, transcended into a four-year stay an a M.S. in Physics. Eager to see another part of the US, he attended Utah State University where he received his Ph.D. in Physics. After graduation, he was selected as a postdoctoral fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC., before moving to Boulder, Colorado as a research scientist. After working on NSF and NASA projects, he made his best career move and joined the UVU Department of Physics in 2012. Prof. Nielsen specializes in energy transfer through wave and particle dynamics in the atmosphere and near-space environment, and works closely with students and collaborators in Japan.

dec 4 | japanese movie event


Spring 2020 Events

Feb 4 | anxiety, alienation, and collapsing New boundaries: folklore & japanese horror cinema

Jon Smith
Presentation by Jon Smith
Date and Time: Tuesday, February 4, 2020; 11:00 AM Location: LA 116 - Center for Global Engagement
Abstract: While horror narratives have long been part of Japanese folklore and mythology, the horror genre within Japanese cinema did not solidify until after World War II. Instead, horror cinema took root within the national traumas of the war, the Allied occupation, and the subsequent radical transformations in government, economy, and cultural mores. In particular, 1950s landmarks like Godzilla and Ugetsu revised different myth and folk narratives to address contemporary concerns through innovative new forms of cinematic expression. Japan’s radical and tumultuous transformation continued through the second half of the 20th-century, giving rise to new cultural divisions. Within this social context, Japanese horror cinema offers some of the most urgent, compelling, and artistically innovative genre cinema ever created. These films not only push the boundaries of content and form, but they also represent a frequently sophisticated appropriation of traditional folktales, as well as formal components of traditions like Kabuki and Noh theater. In many respects, the modern Japanese horror film is a modern folktale, proliferating within an increasingly complex technological and multicultural landscape, an ever-expanding field of anxiety and fear that shows no sign of abating.

Jonathan Smith has an MA in Comparative Studies in the Humanities from BYU. Since 2016, he has been an adjunct instructor at UVU since 2016. Areas of specialization and study include horror & Gothic cinema and literature; theories of adaptation, and film genres; German cinema of the Weimar Republic and the New German Cinema; and British Romanticism. His own independent work within the arts includes film, photography, and writing. He currently also works at the Main branch of the Salt Lake City Library.

mar 11 | Developing the 21st Century Workforce: Utah-Japan Collaboration - Panel Discussion

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This UVU Global Spotlight: Japan event is held in collaboration with Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA’s The Alliance Working in America (TAWA) program, which seeks to engage regional leaders and audiences across the United States on the importance of U.S.-Japan relations to U.S. regional and national interests.

Time: 10am   
Location: Fulton Library Room FL120   
More information here: https://www.uvu.edu/global/global-spotlight/utjpconf.html

MAR 26 | Unfolding connections between hidden figures and origami-roots of knowledge speaker Series

Hidden Figures is a 2016 American movie about forgotten African American women who helped win the space race. Origami is an ancient art of paper folding, that can result in complex, beautiful, and eye-catching paper designs. The presentation will discuss the math behind the movie and the amazing Origami folds, and in addition, will draw connections between the movie, Origami, and space.

APR 6 | Spring Blossoms - featuring Takemitsu's Three Film Scores for Strings Orchestra


Apr 7 | mitsuhiro arita - illustrator, designer, concept artist from japan

The event on April 7 with Mr. Mitsuhiro Arita is from 5-7pm in SC 206ab. Mr. Arita will discuss the importance of how to bring power to the characters through the use of background art to express the drama and emotion of the characters.  Enjoy a live drawing demo with an introduction and Q&A session followed by a free autograph session (limited to one item per person — must be addressed. Please note that he cannot draw Pokémon characters due to Intellectual Property Rights).
Mitsuhiro Arita (有田満弘) is a freelance illustrator, designer, and concept artist who has been providing artwork for Final Fantasy XI & XIV, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc, Pokemon Trading Card Game, etc. He has been creating artwork for the Pokémon Trading Card Game since its inception. Known for having illustrated more than 500 Pokémon cards, this makes him the most prolific illustrator of Pokémon history.

APR 8 | A trbute to japan: percussion uvu concert