Voices Online

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The College of Communication and Fine Arts' blog, Voices Online, offers a convenient way to stay abreast of news from the college's six academic departments, art galleries, music, dance and theater performances and other events. 


Caleb Suggs10 questions with Caleb Suggs, a grand 'voice' at the UofM

Caleb Suggs, a junior at the University of Memphis, is a man of varied talents: executive producer of Tiger News, on-air personality for WUMR 91.7 FM, writer for The Daily Helmsman, videographer — and more. He recently gave VOICES ONLINE insight into his time at the UofM and his journalistic plans.


Music buildingUofM's Scheidt School of Music hands out annual awards

The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis held its annual awards ceremony April 24 at Harris Concert Hall, handing out a multitude of honors that included the Presser Foundation Scholarship, the Scheidt School's most prestigious award.


Artina McCainScheidt School pedagogy students teach middle-schoolers in UofM class

Collaboration this semester between students from the Dr. Artina McCain, left, and the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music and Raleigh-Egypt Middle School students culminated  with a piano recital in the Psychology Auditorium at the University of Memphis.


Micah Lewis10 questions with UofM grad Micah Lewis, drummer in U.S. Fleet Forces Band

Micah Lewis' musical career has taken him from the University of Memphis to Yokosuka, Japan, where he served as a Musician 2nd Class in the U.S. Navy and a percussion instrumentalist for the Seventh Fleet Band, and now back to the United States.


Melody LehnUofM alumna Lehn receives Excellence in Teaching Award at Sewanee

Melody Lehn, assistant professor of Rhetoric and Women's and Gender Studies at Sewanee: The University of the South, has done quite well since earning her Ph.D. in Communication with emphases in rhetoric and public address from the University of Memphis.


CommunicationOsborn Fellowship will assist UofM communication graduate assistants

Michael Osborn, professor emeritus at the University of Memphis, retired as chairman of the Department of Communication & Film in 1995. But he's still having a profound influence on the department's students.




Dr. MossUofM communication students gain valuable insight on civil rights trip

Dr. Christina Moss (left) took six UofM students from her "Public Memory, Rhetoric and Civil Rights" class on a tour of landmark sites from the American civil rights movement. Moss and her students — Kori Johnson, Allison Hutchison, Nathan Spencer, Rachel Guffin, Brittney Mack and Isaiah Perry — traveled to Atlanta and three locations in Alabama: Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma.


Amanda Nell EdgarUofM conference explores intersection of popular music and social justice

Amid the city of Memphis' rich musical legacy, the Dr. Amanda Nell Edgar (left) and the University of Memphis' Department of Communication & Film hosted a one-day conference recently that examined the intersection of popular music and social justice.


shadyacShadyac: 'There's no accident that Memphis has this kind of energy'

Tom Shadyac — acclaimed filmmaker, boldface Hollywood name, University of Memphis instructor, philanthropist, de facto Memphian — received yet another award Tuesday night. But his acceptance speech wasn't about Hollywood's glitz or his career's fame.

 meemanCreative Mass Media concentration begins this fall at the U of M

This fall, the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media will step further into the 21st century by adding a new concentration, Creative Mass Media, which will prepare students to become media innovators who can create content in a variety of methods and formats.

jemele hillJemele Hill discusses Trump, journalism at U of M speech

In less than two years, Jemele Hill has been on the receiving end of a headline-grabbing @realdonaldtrump tweet, served a two-week ESPN suspension for voicing her opinion on Twitter, led much of the national discussion about former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and joined the staff of The Atlantic, where she has embraced her role as a writer and social commentator.

jemele hill3A look at Jemele Hill's day on the U of M campus

Jemele Hill, former ESPN journalist who now writes for The Atlantic, headlined the 2019 Norm Brewer First Amendment Lecture Series at the University of Memphis UC Ballroom.

dear artist2'Dear Artist' opens at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis

"Dear Artist," an exhibit featuring works from emerging and internationally known artists, opened recently at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis.



waters10 Questions with David Waters of the Institute for Public Service Reporting

David Waters retired recently from The Commercial Appeal, but that didn't mark the end of his journalism career or his impact on journalism in Memphis.



Jemele Hill

Jemele Hill to deliver Brewer Freedom of Speech lecture

Emmy Award-winner Jemele Hill's appearance at the 2019 Norm Brewer Freedom of Speech lecture series is a significant event this spring for the University of Memphis. Even President M. David Rudd is tweeting about it.

dear artist'Dear Artist' exhibition to open at Art Museum of the U of M

The Art Museum of the University of Memphis is preparing an exhibition that focuses on the social and economic importance of supporting artists throughout their career.



dambrosioJournalism graduate named executive editor of New Jersey newspaper

Paul D'Ambrosio graduated from the University of Memphis' Department of Journalism and Strategic Media last August — and he's already been named executive editor of the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey. 

Reviews are in for 'Be More Chill' at the U of M

Be More ChillThe Justin Braun-directed production of "Be More Chill" has ended its six-night run at the Department of Theatre & Dance's Mainstage Theatre at the University of Memphis. The reviews tell attendees what they already knew — that the U of M students performed the Broadway musical with style and aplomb.



U of M's new Dance Science concentration expands students' possibilities

danceThis fall, students in the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Memphis can for the first time pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre, with a concentration in Dance Science.


 Legacy of Art Department chair's 'Border Wall' lives on

dukebookcoverBy now, Richard Lou, chair of the University of Memphis' Department of Art, is accustomed to the global reach of his works. Last year, The Los Angeles Times described his "Border Door" performance art on the United States-Mexico boundary in 1988 as a "landmark sculpture." A photograph of the "Border Door" has graced the cover of books on political science and colonialism in Latin America and even, yes, a novel. Two more covers are on the way.


 Art Museum of the U of M holds Juried Student Awards

Art AwardsThe College of Communication and Fine Arts' Department of Art held its 36th annual Juried Student Awards ceremony at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis. Forty-nine students entered 135 works in the competition, with 31 works by 21 students being selected for public display.


U of M music graduate earns Grammy nomination

Rebekah Wineman in the studio.

Rebekah Wineman, who graduated from the U of M's Rudi E. Scheidt Department of Music in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in sound recording technology, has been nominated for her work as a mastering engineer in the Grammys' Best Historical Album category. She works for Meyer Media in New York City, where Andreas Meyer and Wineman remastered the recordings of pianist Oscar Levant for "Rhapsody in Blue: The Extraordinary Life of Oscar Levant."  

From the U of M to Puerto Rico with 'Hamilton'

Travis BlackwellIt's hasn't been that long since Travis Blackwell was at the University of Memphis earning his bachelor of fine arts degree in theater design and technical production with an emphasis in stage-management. But since his 2015 graduation, Blackwell's quick ascension as a professional stage manager has taken him to cities across the United States, much of it spent on the Tony Award-winning musical "Hamilton: An American Musical."