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A Message from Laurie Baefsky, a2ru's Executive Director

Warm welcomes! Thank you to the many a2ru partners and our a2ru staff who have made my recent transition into the network smooth on all fronts. Having attended over 20 meetings within my first two weeks on the job, I’m pleased to report that there is much afoot! We've recently welcomed the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a new partner, and our November Edge Effects conference at Iowa State University continues to evolve and develop, with early registration ending September 9. The a2ru website also continues to add rich content, and we've begun posting video clips of recent partner interviews and talks. Stay tuned for developments on our January Emerging Creatives Student Conference at Virginia Commonwealth University and the many newly minted papers and publications which continue to highlight and promote our work nationally. I look forward to meeting all of you in November in Iowa!

Early Bird Registration for a2ru National Conference Ends Sept. 9!

Join us this fall at Iowa State University for a2ru's 2014 National Conference, held November 5-8. Be sure to register by September 9 for the great Early Bird rate. 

Edge Effects, will highlight the arts-integrative interdisciplinary research, curricula, and creative practices faculty conduct at our partner institutions and beyond. Entirely focused on the work conducted at disciplines' "edges," this conference also provides space and forums for those who administer such work, assess its impacts, and optimize organizational and structural support to make it a sustained reality. 

To find out more about the conference, including the schedule  and how to register, click here. We look forward to seeing you in November!

University of Wisconsin-Madison Joins a2ru

We are excited to announce that the University of Wisconsin-Madision is a2ru's newest partner university. We look forward to sharing our research and resources with their administrators and faculty, and welcoming them to our many upcoming events!

How to Become an a2ru Partner

Currently composed of 30 top-tier institutions, a2ru is committed to transforming research universities in order to ensure the greatest possible institutional support for interdisciplinary research, curricula, programs and creative practice between the arts and other disciplines.

Partnership in the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) remains open. Full information about how to become a partner as well as our Phase I activities and membership can be found by clicking here.

Emerging Creatives Student Conference at VCU, Jan. 28-31

Building on the success of the last student conference at Stanford University, a2ru is pleased to announce its second annual Emerging Creatives student conference hosted at Virginia Commonwealth University, January 28-31, 2015.  This conference will coalesce students from across the county to explore creative interdisciplinary collaborations as a means to envision and help co-create the city of the future. Undergraduate and graduate students from a wide range of disciplines are encouraged to attend. Experts, special guests, and faculty mentors will guide student teams in developing and presenting innovative project ideas that have the potential to alter urban life in the coming decades. 

Three to five students from each a2ru partner university will be selected, and a limited number of interested faculty, staff, and administrators are welcome to attend. More information about how to apply will be posted here in mid-September. 

a2ru Partner Talks on YouTube

We recently launched a new YouTube channel to house our growing collection of partner interviews on a range of topics relating to the arts and interdisciplinarity. Visit our page to hear from Golan Levin, Associate Professor of Electronic Time-Based Art and Director of the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University; Ivica Ico Bukvic, Intermedia Composer and Associate Professor in Music Technology at Virginia Tech; Varun Soni, Dean of the Office of Religious Life at the University of Southern California; and Justine Cassell, Associate Vice-Provost for Technology Strategy and Impact at Carnegie Mellon University. Stay tuned for more to come. 
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