Dr. Rhonda Garelick
Director, Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium
Rhonda Garelick is a scholar and critic of performance, literature, fashion, and cultural politics. She is the author of Rising Star (Princeton University Press, 1998, winner of the Kayden Award for outstanding manuscript in the Humanities) and Electric Salome: Loie Fuller's Performance of Modernism (Princeton University Press, 2007). She is currently at work on a book about modern fashion, mass culture, and interwar European politics, entitled Antigone in Vogue: Coco Chanel and the Myths of Fashion (under contract to Random House). Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Newsday, the Chicago Tribune, the International Herald Tribune, and the Sydney Morning Herald, as well as in numerous scholarly journals, critical anthologies, and museum catalogues in both the United States and Europe. In 2006, she received a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. Professor Garelick has taught at Yale University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Columbia University, and Connecticut College. She received her Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in French and Comparative Literature from Yale University, and did extensive graduate work in Paris at both the University of Paris/VII and the Ecole Normale Superieure. Professor Garelick holds a joint appointment at UNL in the English department and at the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.
Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium
Amy Ossian earned a B.A. with distinction in Theatre Arts and, later, an MBA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has worked on both the producing and presenting sides of the performing arts field. She has had the opportunity to work in all areas of the field from finance to programming. Major accomplishments as an arts administrator are growing the Lied Center’s internship program, coordinating Echoes of Project X: The Pentagon Papers Symposium, a cross-campus collaboration featuring distinguished speakers and a performance by L.A. Theatre Works, implementing an on-line volunteer coordination tool, launching the Student Lieder program and now working with IAS. Amy is a graduate of the 2008 Association of Performing Arts Presenters Emerging Leaders Institute and stays abreast of the field through networks such as APAP, Arts Midwest, Plains Presenters Consortium, and Major University Presenters. She has also been involved on campus by participating in groups such as the University Association of Administrative Professionals and UNL Wellness Ambassadors.
Program Assistant, Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium
Tey Leon is an undergraduate student in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts studying Graphic Design. She is also a freelance photographer and graphic designer, a desk assistant at the Jackie Gaughn Multicultural Center, and a designer for the Daily Nebraskan. Tey is a founding member of A.A.R.T., a Lincoln-based artist collective, and a member of UNL’s Diversity Enhancement Team. She was recently chosen to represent the department of Art and Art History as a member of the “Hixson-Lied Cast,” helping the college to recruit new students. As an IAS seminar student during Season IV, she was very inspired and welcomes the opportunity to work with the IAS team. She looks forward to being part of IAS Season V and encouraging fellow students to participate in all the program has to offer.