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Forgotten Future: The Education Project at COLLABORACTION

by Joshua C. Robinson

The Program for Forgotten Future (Photo Credit: Joshua Robinson)

The Program for Forgotten Future (Photo Credit: Joshua Robinson)

I recently went to see, “Forgotten Future: The Education Project” at the Collaboraction theater space. The set up was an immersive theater experience, if not a slightly interactive one, outlining the troubles of the Chicago Public School system, and the broader arena of public schools nationally. The dichotomy of strife between public schools seems to be put in stark contrast by two lines, “There was blood and casings still on the pavement,” says the character Mrs. Tate (played by Ebony Joy), and another from a star overstressed student, “Northside is the best, and I have to go to the best,” exclaims Lauren Perry (played by Leah Aberman, a 7th-grader at Lane Tech Academic Center). The intricacies of the public school system’s failings and successes are outlined artfully with a combination of projected information, a straightforward and well-executed classroom style set, and inspired performances.

Forgotten Future: The Education Project at COLLABORACTION

I recently went to see, “Forgotten Future: The Education Project” at the Collaboraction theater space. The set up was an immersive theater experience, if not a slightly interactive one, outlining …

Business & Entrepreneurship MAM Joshua C. Robinson, JoshuaCDRobinson@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Second year begins

by Jasmine Clark

Best view – 600 S. Michigan Ave, 13th floor, September 3rd, 2014

This week marks the beginning of my second year in the photography program. It will be a busy semester. During the third semester of the three year program, second years go through a candidacy process. It takes place in late November and involves presenting a body of work created during your time in the program. I spent my first year experimenting with different approaches to my work while getting accustomed to a new environment. It is a pass or fail process. Passing signifies that you are ready to work on your thesis project.

Second year begins

This week marks the beginning of my second year in the photography program. It will be a busy semester. During the third semester of the three year program, second years …

Photography MFA Jasmine Clark, jasmine.clark@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Time to get that crew!

by Chelsea Rowan

It’s the time of year to meet your (potential) crew!

One of the most important days of the year for Cinema Arts + Science MFA’s (whether directing or producing), is the day of the Meet and Greet. The Meet and Greet is a way for the MFA students to mingle with Columbia’s talented undergraduate students with the hope of finding crew members for upcoming projects. The Meet and Greet was held on September 18 in the 1104 S. Wabash building. During the process of the Meet and Greet, my fellow Directing MFA’s and I were looking for potential Directors of Photography, Sound Recordists, and Line Producers, among other crew members, in order to crew our Directing for Character final project.

Time to get that crew!

One of the most important days of the year for Cinema Arts + Science MFA’s (whether directing or producing), is the day of the Meet and Greet. The Meet and …

Cinema Art + Science - Cinema Directing MFA Chelsea Rowan, chelsea.rowan@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

A Reading Series Brought To You By Columbia Students

by Parker Stockman

Flyleaf Journal teamed up with Bird’s Thumb for the Sapphire Summer Reading Series. Both emerging journals, Flyleaf publishes one story at a time in a pamphlet-style size, complete with illustrations from an artist, and Bird’s Thumb publishes fiction, poetry, and essays in their online journal. The reading featured work from three authors published with each journal for six readings total. It was at Bru Chicago in Wicker Park.

A Reading Series Brought To You By Columbia Students

Flyleaf Journal teamed up with Bird’s Thumb for the Sapphire Summer Reading Series. Both emerging journals, Flyleaf publishes one story at a time in a pamphlet-style size, complete with illustrations …

Creative Writing - Fiction MFA Parker Stockman, parker.stockman@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Be The Voice

by Danielle Dwyer

Mic’ing up Chicago youth boxer Felix Gonzalez for one of my broadcast pieces.

Throughout Columbia College Chicago’s Journalism MA program I have heard the phrase “be a voice for the voiceless,” to describe the responsibility of journalists.

And while I have agreed, witnessed and experienced that firsthand, it has led me to another thought.

As a journalist it’s important to be the watchdog for people—getting involved with community members and seeking out and listening to a diverse group or individuals to hear about underlying issues they, or someone they know, have faced.  BUT, you will never fully get to that point if you don’t do one thing first.

Be The Voice

Throughout Columbia College Chicago’s Journalism MA program I have heard the phrase “be a voice for the voiceless,” to describe the responsibility of journalists. And while I have agreed, witnessed …

Journalism MA Danielle Dwyer, danielledwyer14@yahoo.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Artist in Residence Sophie Kahn

by Justin Botz

Photo by Robert Wrazen

Photo by Robert Wrazen

This is an exiting semester for the Interdisciplinary Arts and Media Program as this is the first year of our Artist Residency program. For our first resident we had the privilege of inviting artist Sophie Kahn.

Artist in Residence Sophie Kahn

This is an exiting semester for the Interdisciplinary Arts and Media Program as this is the first year of our Artist Residency program. For our first resident we had the privilege …

Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA Justin Botz, justin.botz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

My Cohort & Me

by Jeni Crone

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The truth is that I decided that I was ready for grad school sometime over the course of watching the first season of HBO’s Girls. I mean, it could have been anything of the quarter-life crisis genre—the Garden State soundtrack could have set me in motion at that time. I was turning twenty-four and it wasn’t that I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I knew exactly what I wanted, and there was no longer a valid excuse to keep me in my twenty-something stasis of “taking some time off.” All I had to wait for was the next application deadline.

My Cohort & Me

The truth is that I decided that I was ready for grad school sometime over the course of watching the first season of HBO’s Girls. I mean, it could have …

Education - Visual Arts MAT Jeni Crone, jennifer.crone@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Critical Revelations

by Dustin Seelinger

Bad Religion at the Double Door

My thesis critique is next week (ahhhhhhhhh!!)!! I’ve spent the last few weeks humming and hawing about what exactly I was going to do for it. Originally I wanted my thesis install in the gallery to be a straight reflection if the work I make; drawings, video, weird kid friendly play-sculptures, my zine. The original pitch to faculty didn’t go over that well; it seems like too scattered of an install. During that conversation, an alternative play date was brought up. Since social practice is something I’m interested in, I thought, why not? So I built a new proposal to create a space for kids to learn about the punk scene while their parents could get together to have a conversation about parenting. I met with my advisors and they did not like the idea at all. They mostly thought that it would look too cutesy. But… During that meeting, we spent a lot of time speaking about what is and is not considered punk and the motivations of the genre. After 50 minutes, my zine came up and they were like, that’s the thing. And so it is.

Critical Revelations

My thesis critique is next week (ahhhhhhhhh!!)!! I’ve spent the last few weeks humming and hawing about what exactly I was going to do for it. Originally I wanted my …

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Dustin Seelinger, dustin.seelinger@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Postulation on Process

by Steph Jurusz

Lights Outside 33 E. Congress

As I’m writing this, I’m halfway through week two of the semester and it feels like summer is a distant memory.

I noticed it around this time last year, and maybe it’s mental, but the first day of September brought about a distinctive change in the weather, in the feeling of the sun. Today was the first slightly chillier day, reminding me that fall is just around the corner. My mood and my production seems to ebb and flow with the change of seasons, fall tending to be a time of furious productivity, whether I’m a student or not. With the transition from my more lackadaisical schedule in the summer to the highly structured schedule I’ve imposed upon myself as I try to balance teaching, attending class, writing, reading, and working, I’ve been thinking a lot about my process.

Postulation on Process

As I’m writing this, I’m halfway through week two of the semester and it feels like summer is a distant memory. I noticed it around this time last year, and …

Creative Writing - Nonfiction MFA Steph Jurusz, stephanie.jurusz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

A view from the other side

by Kaity Sinke

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“Books” courtesy of “http://www.eta.edu.ge”

Now that fall semester of my second year in graduate school is in full swing, I’m starting to realize how quickly time is truly flying by. Thinking back to when I was first applying, I remember reading a former blog about what the typical day of a first year Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling student looked like, and how illuminating it was for me. Now that I have been given the opportunity to continue the role of graduate ambassador for my program, I would love to shed some light on what the life of a second year Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling student really looks like.

A view from the other side

Now that fall semester of my second year in graduate school is in full swing, I’m starting to realize how quickly time is truly flying by. Thinking back to when …

Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling MA Kaity Sinke, kaitysinke@gmail.com
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

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