Earth to Kenzie, a youth opera by librettist Jessica Murphy Moo, marketing & communications, and composer Frances Pollock, premiered in Chicago this fall, with public family performances in November. After Kenzie and her mom are displaced from their home, Kenzie relies on her imagination, the wild and funny antics of her video-game avatar, her mom, her teacher, and a new friend from the family shelter to get through a tough time. The show also involves Fortnite dance moves and space kitties. See these links for more.
Jessica Murphy Moo was also asked by Portland Monthly to write about her predecessor, the late Brian Doyle, on the occasion of a new collection of his essays (One Long River of Song: Notes on Wonder) being released by Little, Brown on Tuesday, December 2. See the article at this link.
Philip Vue, Clark Library, received a $12,720 Oregon Heritage Commission Grant from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department in November 2019.
Simon Aihiokhai, theology, presented “Achieving Success in College,” a talk given at the National FGEN Day at the University of Portland, organized by the Shepard Academic Resource Center, November 8, 2019.
Rachel Wheeler, theology, was elected as secretary/treasurer of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality in November 2019. She presented “The Revelatory Tide: Desert Spirituality and Contemporary Water Crises” and “Reading Luce Irigaray for an Elaboration of the Shared as Ascetic Practice” at the American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA, November 2019.