The Fourth Plinth, London: Northwestern artist Michael Rakowitz unveiled a 14-foot statue of the Lamassu, a winged Assyrian deity with the body of a bull and the head of a human, at the Fourth Plinth in London last March. Created from 9,000 steel cans of Iraqi date syrup, the piece is part of Rakowitz’s larger project The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, which uses ephemera to represent and commemorate lost Iraqi artifacts.
Studying El Sistema, Nairobi, Kenya: Senior Hannah Whitehouse visited Ghetto Classics and El Sistema Kenya, above, in Nairobi as part of her Circumnavigators Travel-Study Grant. Whitehouse, a violist studying music education and social policy, also visited England, Greece, India, the Philippines and New Zealand to study El Sistema, a philosophy that promotes child development through the rigors and rewards of orchestral music instruction.
On the Fringe Edinburgh, Scotland: Students from Northwestern’s American Music Theatre Project performed in two shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. The plays, Legacy: A Mother’s Song and Legacy: The Book of Names, are a collaboration between Northwestern and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Together, they illuminate the nature of motherhood, the immigrant experience and how cultural heritage evolves across time and space.
On Tour in Asia Beijing: Ninety students from the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra performed at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing as part of a three-city, weeklong Asia tour last March. Led by conductor Victor Yampolsky, the orchestra played works by Gustav Mahler and Leonard Bernstein ’57 H in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Order of the Rising Sun, Tokyo: Northwestern professor emerita Phyllis Lyons was awarded the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun for her role in promoting Japanese culture, language education and cultural exchange. Lyons, who lived in Japan from ages 9 to 15, taught Japanese language and literature at Northwestern for nearly four decades and was crucial to the founding of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.
From the Flight Deck Pacific Ocean, Baja Peninsula, Mexico: In April three journalism graduate students reported from the USS John C. Stennis, a naval aircraft carrier roughly 100 miles off the coast of the Baja Peninsula, as part of an in-depth reporting project associated with Medill’s Politics and National Security specialization. The Medill crew got to experience a “trap landing” on the carrier and observed flight operations from the flight deck.