CCA Dean's Convocation Features Liz Lerman and New Dean Rachel Nardo

Liz Lerman, choreographer, performer, writer and educator, will speak at the annual Caine College of the Arts (CCA) Dean’s Convocation Thursday, Sept. 12, at 5:30 p.m. in the Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall on the Utah State University campus. The convocation is the CCA’s welcome to its students and the public, and provides an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and administration from the college.

The college also welcomes new Dean Rachel Nardo. Nardo joins USU from California State University, Office of the Chancellor. Rising through the ranks as artist and academic, from choral and solo singer to conductor/producer, to assistant professor and associate dean, Nardo’s achievements are numerous.

“The Dean's Convocation is one of the great traditions for the Caine College of the Arts,” Nardo said. “It is a spectacular opportunity to celebrate the start of a new academic year. We are honored to bring Liz Lerman to the university and community as our convocation speaker.” 

Lerman has spent the past four decades making her artistic research personal, funny, intellectually vivid and up to the minute. A key aspect of her artistry is opening her process to everyone from shipbuilders to physicists, construction workers to ballerinas, resulting in both research and experiences that are participatory, relevant, urgent and usable by others.

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She founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and cultivated the company’s unique, multi-generational ensemble into a leading force in contemporary dance. She has been the recipient of major honors, including a MacArthur Genius Grant Fellowship, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance, Dance/USA Honor Award, ADF Teaching Award and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award.

Lerman’s talk, “Feedback, Judgement, and Criticism: Creating Frameworks for Change,” addresses the beauty of creative processes and practices involving the need to be very open and very critical. Lerman will explain how one employs best capacities. 

Lerman’s lecture is part of USU’s Year of the Woman. The university is joining the nation and state in celebrating significant voting rights anniversaries in 2020—the 150th anniversary of suffrage for Utah women, the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

The convocation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the CCA Box Office located in room L101 of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus, call 435-797-8022 or go online to    

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