Talkington is a confidence-building, mind-expanding artistic journey with an infinite number of destinations. Talkington grads are theatrical sound designers, independent filmmakers, and modern dance teachers. They're gallery owners, experimental sculptors, and Chicano art historians. They're symphony conductors, opera singers, and Broadway performers. Most importantly, our alumni lead rewarding lives marked by unceasing creativity, hard work, and honest expression—habits that they learned right here at Talkington.
Conversations on Identity and Diversity
"What are you?"
School of Art MFA student Madeline Castillo joins the Inside Kids to discuss involvement with diversity committees throughout the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, as well as Maddie's lived experiences as non-binary BIPOC.
Anime and Manga with Dr. Stacey Jocoy and Dr. Heather Warren-Crow
Dr. Stacy Jocoy was the guest editor of the volume and contributed a substantive chapter, as well. Dr. Heather Warren-Crow also contributed a chapter to this important special issue considering the soundscapes and aurality studies of Japanese popular culture.
This issue of Mechademia considers sound and soundscapes, broadly conceived, as an aspect of the deeper narratives of anime, manga, gaming, and related fields. The studies in this volume offer musicological, sociocultural, musico-psychological, acoustical, and visual considerations toward the investigation into the global ramifications of soundscapes in Japanese popular culture.
Eats and Arts
Dr. Lesley Wolff joins Ricki to give insight into the artistry of food. Dr. Wolff is currently working on her book Hungry Eyes: Picturing Foodways and Indigeneity in Postrevolutionary Mexico City, which traces the shifting relationships between art and food during Mexico's post-revolutionary era (1920-1960). Dr. Wolff's research has appeared in Food, Culture & Society; African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal; and Ralph Norton and His Museum.
Outstanding Researcher Dr. Ali Duffy
Dr. Ali Duffy joins the Inside Kids to discuss her research. Dr. Duffy is a professor of dance at the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Art's School of Theatre & Dance, as well as the Artistic Director of the Flatlands Dance Theatre in Lubbock, Texas. In her latest research, Dr. Duffy explores motherhood int he arts.
Ms. Marvelous Leslie Ortiz
Educator of the Year for Zachry Middle School and School of Theatre & Dance Alumna (BA Dance) Leslie Ortiz joins The Inside Kids to talk about her award winning year as a dance teacher. We also jump into topics like comic books, anime, video games and more.
Jazz Studies with Ben Haugland, Stephen Jones, Kevin Whalen - the We Just Met in the Parking Lot Band
Host Ricki Castanieto talks with Jazz Studies professors Ben Haugland, Stephen Jones, and Kevin Whalen. They play and discuss Miles Davis, bebop, benefits of a music education, and the biggest advice for those looking to start a band and gig.
Hint: "don't come up with the band name first."