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 Hoff and Harnett install phone booth with recording equipment on the quad

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Events give audience a front row seat to explore faculty work

Arts Unplugged

The College of Arts & Sciences’ Arts Unplugged series brings the research and creative works of our faculty into the public sphere for discussion and inspiration. These outreach events celebrate the intellectual discoveries of our College and the impact those discoveries have on our daily lives and give us an opportunity to share some of the most engaging work happening in the College.

Past events

 Odyssey Ithaca

Odyssey Ithaca

From tales of sinking ships to murderous fights to bedroom shenanigans, a cast of 75 readers told the story of Homer’s “Odyssey” during a daylong event in Klarman Hall, our inaugural Arts Unplugged event. The reading, spearheaded by Athena Kirk, assistant professor of classics, featured speakers from the community and local colleges, state and local representatives, as well as special audio segments from Annie Lewandowski, senior lecturer in music.

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 Students at Odyssey Ithaca reading
Students, faculty and staff followed along with the story in books available for borrowing during the event.
 Annie Lewandowski, senior lecturer in music at Odyssey Reading
Annie Lewandowski, senior lecturer in music, played a series of whale sounds during Chapter 12, “Difficult Choices,” which includes a run-in with a group of Sirens.

 Words from a Bear

Words from a Bear

Cornell’s newest film professor, Jeff Palmer, shared advice for creating a Sundance documentary and screened his latest feature film during our second Arts Unplugged event at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. “Words from a Bear,” Palmer’s first feature film, explores the creative works of N. Scott Momaday. Our event also included a talk by Gus Palmer, professor emeritus at the University of Oklahoma, and one of the narrators of the film.

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 Palmer giving lecture class in auditorium
Filmmaker Jeff Palmer offered a masterclass on making a Sundance documentary as part of the celebration of his film release on campus.
 Palmer and Bunn holding up plans
Palmer, left, and Austin Bunn, associate professor of performing and media arts, show off Palmer’s early plans for “Words from a Bear.”

 Cornell According to Sound

Cornell According to Sound

Our third event in the series featured a sonic look at campus, brought to us by Chris Hoff ’02 and Sam Harnett, creators of The World According to Sound. The duo spent the fall semester finding and recording sounds across the university – from fish and frogs, to Latin speakers and dirt. Along with four performances at the Schwartz Center, listeners were able to visit five pop-up listening stations across campus to help them become more aware about the role and impact of sound in their lives.

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 Chris Hoff working with students on recording equipment
During his visit to campus, Chris Hoff ’02, standing, of the World According to Sound, worked with students on recording techniques.
 Installing the phone booth on the quad
Sam Harnett, left and Hoff, right, install sound equipment in a phone booth on the Arts Quad, one of five “listening stations” installed around campus as part of the event