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Photo Essay: From Natural Life to Manufactured Reality, An Exploration

In a series of recent exhibitions at the University of Arizona, artists have challenged political correctness and concepts associated with normative behaviors while also reflecting on human interactions with nature and built spaces. 

Preparing to Perform in the 'Mecca' of Music

In this blog post, Jason Dungee, a UA doctoral student in the School of Music, writes about his connection with music and preparation to sing with other UA performers in Europe next month. A group of about 80 UA students and employees received an invitation from the organizers of the Varna International Music Festival, and will perform at the festival on May 6 and May 9. While abroad, the group will perform Antonín Dvořák's "Stabat Mater" in Vienna and Prague on some of the world's oldest and most prestigious stages. It is a rare invitation for a university to receive.

Photo Essay: From Practice to Professionalism, an Opera Becomes a Training Site

Beginning this week, the UA Opera Theater will present "The Magic Flute" or "Die Zauberflöte," an opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart offered in two acts.

FX Networks’ 'Justified' Writer and Renowned Entertainment Attorney to Visit UA

Students will have a chance to meet and learn from entertainment lawyer Bruce Gellman and UA alumnus Dave Andron, co-executive producer and writer for the FX series "Justified."

Twisting Fate for a Once-in-a-Lifetime International Performance

In this blog post, Stephanie Brink, who graduated from the UA in December 2013, shares her love of opera, and speaks about the definitive moment that led to her cha

Test Your Wildcat Spirit

In honor of the 100-year anniversary of the crossword puzzle, we've made a puzzle of our own – the UA Challenge. Are you up for it?

And here's more trivia: Did you know that UA alumnus Merl Reagle sold his first crossword puzzle to The New York Times when he was 16? Now a nationally syndicated crossword expert, Reagle presented "Crossword Puzzles – The 100-Year 'Fad'" during the Tucson Festival of Books.

Childhood Stories That Never Lose Their Magic

Something magical happens when you ask people to recall which books they most enjoyed as a child.

We asked several University of Arizona community members that very question in celebration of the upcoming Tucson Festival of Books, happening on campus this weekend.

In response, people were often transported to their younger, smaller selves, remembering the great wonder of discovery they felt while reading through books about child warriors, dreamlike lands and triumphant leaders.

February 2014: Month in Review

February was a strong month of innovation and discovery at the UA.

Researchers have helped developed tiny power generators able to convert the motion of a beating heart into electrical energy, the College of Optical Sciences received its largest gift for scholarships, a  faculty member earned a Noble Peace Prize nomination and the University announced a major milestone: the freshman-to-sophomore retention rate for ethnic minorities enrolled full time at the UA has surpassed 80 percent for the first time.

Here are some of the top new stories for the month:

Theatre Alums Make It ‘Big’ in New Commercial

Screen capture from the Big Lots commercial featuring UA alumni.

Capturing our Landscape, The View from Above

Aerial photographer Adriel Heisey, known internationally for offering a sky-view perspective of natural and built landscapes, is showcasing his work at the UA.

The Arizona State Museum is hosting "From Above: Images of a Storied Land," offering a bird's-eye view of historical landscapes and archaeological sites. The exhibition, curated by Archaeology Southwest, will be open through Sept. 20 at the Arizona State Museum.