Arts & Culture

FAU Event Introduces New Book by Barbara Schmidt

Florida Atlantic University will host an event to celebrate the launch of "The Practice," a new book by Barbara Schmidt, on Tuesday, May 13 at 7 the Libby and Harry Dodson Auditorium in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. The free event includes a lecture and book signing. Registration is required at

Schmidt, a businesswoman, philanthropist and spiritual teacher with more than 30 years of experience in spiritual development and research, will present excerpts from her new book which offers simple tools for managing stress, finding inner peace and uncovering happiness.

"Barb offers readers life-changing spiritual guidance in an easy to follow format," said New York Times bestselling author, Gabrielle Bernstein. "What makes this book so magnificent is that she has infused her own stories and struggles to help readers connect and learn."

Schmidt has studied with many notable teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Deepak Chopra, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, James Finley, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Caroline Myss and Marianne Williamson. Since 2001, Schmidt and the Schmidt Family Foundation have supported FAU's Peace Studies Program. In 2005, she helped to launch a community outreach series that evolved into her nonprofit organization, "Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life".

Schmidt remains an integral community partner with FAU and its new Peace, Justice and Human Rights Initiative. Dean Heather Coltman of FAU's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will talk about this new initiative after an introduction from FAU President John Kelly. 

April 7, 2014


Winners of the inaugural writer's project, "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment", were honored on March 27 during an outdoor lunchtime ceremony at the FAU Davie campus.

The Writer's Project was created by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the University Center for Excellence in Writing in commemoration of Women's History Month, which is celebrated worldwide every March.

"All FAU students, male or female, were eligible to submit an essay about a woman who had been influential in their lives, whether it be a friend, family member, public figure or even a fictional character," said Karen Esteves, Associate Director of New Student & Owl Family Programs for the Office of Multicultural Affairs in Broward.

This year's Writer's Project winner was Rochelle Maitland, FAU psychology major. She read Susan Cain's, Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking (Broadway Books, 2013). In her essay she discussed the impact the book made on her.

"I found that Susan Cain's book, Quiet , empowers and encourages introverts to embrace their nature," said Maitland, a fellow introvert.

"Cain's book allowed me to rediscover myself and discover a strength that I thought was a weakness."

In her essay, Maitiand wrote about the calm demeanor, introspection and quiet strength that can be found in introverts, most notably Rosa Parks and Mahatma Gandhi. 

The Honorable Mention Award was given to Wista Sulfa, FAU early care and education major, who wrote about her mother.

The Runner Up Award was won by Ana Carolina Bravo, FAU sociology major, who also wrote about her mother.

Next year, Esteves expects to expand the Writer's Project to include submissions in video, fine art, multimedia and photography.

"There is great creativity among our students and we are all about our students at FAU," said Esteves.

April 2, 2014

FAU Presents Annual Juried Student Exhibition

The University Galleries and the Department of Visual Arts and Art History at Florida Atlantic University will present the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition from Friday, March 21 through Saturday, April 6 in the Ritter Art Gallery, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, March 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. Both the exhibition and opening are free and open to the public.

This annual juried exhibition is produced and organized by students with the goal of providing students an opportunity to show their work in a professional environment. It is open to all FAU students who may submit up to three works each. From the typical 80 to 100 students participating, the exhibition presents about one-third of the submitted works. The 2014 Juried Student Exhibition will be juried by art professionals Tim Rollins and Kathleen Goncharov.

Tim Rollins is an internationally renowned artist and educator and the creator of K.O.S (Kids of Survival), a teacher-student group that produces collaborative works of art. He was born in Pittsfield, Maine and received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. After completing his graduate studies in art education and philosophy at the New York University, he began teaching art for special education middle school students in a South Bronx public school. The group has exhibited extensively nationally as well as internationally, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C. (2011); Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the 1988 Venice Biennale.

Kathleen Goncharov was recently appointed as Curator of Exhibitions and Audience Engagement for the Boca Museum of Art. In the past, she has served as curator at The New School in New York; public art curator at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University; and as curator at the Judith K. and David J. Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers University.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. The University Galleries are closed Sunday and Monday. This exhibition is made possible in part by the FAU Student Government, Boca campus, through student activity fees. For more information, call 561-297-2661.

March 18, 2014


Dr. Joey Bargsten, associate professor of Interactive multimedia at FAU Davie, is the recipient of a 2013 Knights Arts Challenge grant ($2,500) for his multimedia opera, MELANCHOLALALAND(TM), expected to make its world premiere in 2014-15. The award was presented last month.

Bargsten is an artist and composer whose Media ExperiMental Ensemble (meme(TM))  has performed throughout  South Florida since 2009.

MELANCHOLALALAND(TM) focuses on the off-beat relationships  between executives who run  Melancuria, Inc.--a global corporation that specializes in anti-melancholia drugs and self-pleasure technologies- and how they deal with mobs of protesters, disgruntled employees, and dissatisfied lovers, among many others.  This production will star local singers and dancers in a live mix with video, animation and digital music. Bargsten says this work has as much in common with pop and karaoke as it has with traditional opera.


December 11, 2013

FAU's University Galleries Present 'Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race'

The University Galleries at Florida Atlantic University present "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race," a traveling exhibition produced by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

The exhibition will be on display in the Schmidt Center Gallery, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus, from Saturday, Dec. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 (closed for the holidays from Sunday, Dec. 22 through Monday, Jan. 6). Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, from 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

"Deadly Medicine explores the Holocaust's roots in then-contemporary scientific and pseudo-scientific thought," explains exhibition curator Susan Bachrach. "At the same time, it touches on complex ethical issues we face today, such as how societies acquire and use scientific knowledge and how they balance the rights of the individual with the needs of the larger community."

Through reproductions of photographs and documents, films, and survivor testimony, "Deadly Medicine" traces how the persecution of groups deemed biologically inferior led to the near annihilation of European Jewry in the 20th century. It also challenges viewers to reflect on the present-day interest in genetic manipulation that promotes the possibility of human perfection.

There will be an academic symposium related to the exhibition on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 titled "Eugenics: Race, Public Health and the Science of Nationalism." The symposium will explore the legacies of eugenics from several disciplinary perspectives. Papers will be presented by FAU students and faculty, as well as by invited scholars. The symposium is free and open to the public and more information is available at

"Deadly Medicine" at FAU is generously underwritten by Marilyn and Jay Weinberg and cosponsored by FAU's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters and Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education. The traveling exhibition is supported in part by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund, established in 1990.  Group and class tours are welcome during public hours as well as at other times scheduled by appointment. To make an appointment for these tours or for a docent-led tour, please call 561-995-6773. Galleries exhibitions are sponsored by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. For more information, call 561-297-2661, email or visit  

December 9, 2013

New FAU Libraries Mobile-Optimized Website Available through FAU Mobile

A new FAU Libraries mobile-optimized website, which provides access to such helpful resources as "SearchWiSE," "select mobile databases," "ask a librarian" and "view/renew books," is available through FAU Mobile, a free mobile app that can be installed on iOS and Android devices. Other phones with a web browser can view FAU Mobile at The FAU Libraries mobile-optimized website was made possible through a Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN) grant.


November 5, 2013

Installation Art by Felicia Chizuko Carlisle Inaugurates 'southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art'

The University Galleries in Florida Atlantic University's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present a site-specific installation by Miami-based artist, Felecia Chizuko Carlisle as the first in a series of  "southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art" exhibitions from Saturday, Nov. 2 through Wednesday, April 30, 2014.   Carlisle's installation will be presented in the Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space, a large hallway space in the Performing Arts Building, 777 Glades Road,  Boca Raton campus. There will be an opening lecture with the artist on Friday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the lecture hall adjacent to the exhibition space. The exhibition and the opening are free and open to the public. Born in Florida, Felecia Chizuko Carlisle graduated from the University of West Florida and then went on to attain a M.F.A. degree at San Francisco Art Institute. Carlisle's work has been shown both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at Miami Art Museum and University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, as well as Sarai Media Lab in Dehli, India. In 2013, Carlisle was awarded residency at OxBow Artist Residency, an affiliate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Saugatuck, Mich., and was also a local resident at Cannonball, a leading nonprofit arts organization in Miami. Her work is also a part of the Margulies Collection. Felecia Chizuko Carlisle currently lives and works in Miami and is represented by Emerson Dorsch.

For more information, call 561-297-2661, email or visit

October 29, 2013

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