Fresno State professors embark on a CSU Summer Arts journey

Three Arts and Humanities professors will teach Summer Arts courses: Steven Church, Anthony Radford and Faith Sidlow

~ By Tanya Osegueda, community relations specialist for CSU Summer Arts

Students from the world over are drawn to study CSU Summer Arts each summer. The opportunity to live, learn and work in an immersive environment for two weeks with world-renowned artists is just too hard to pass up.

But, what draws professors to teach a class during the summer?

Three Fresno State professors from the College of Arts and Humanities can answer that. Each of them has taken the opportunity to not only teach a course but join in the unique Summer Arts experience.

Steven Church

Steven Church

Church is the coordinator of the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, editor of The Normal School, associate professor in the creative writing program in the Department of English.

Church will teach The Normal School’s Creative Nonfiction Workshop And Publishing Institute from July 16 to 29.

“I wanted to teach a CSU Summer Arts course because I’d participated in past years as a guest artist and I just love the arts community that inhabits the Fresno State campus each summer. Plus I wanted to pursue a partnership between The Normal School and CSUs that would allow us to do a summer workshop with some of the top nonfiction writers in the country.”

Dr. Anthony RadfordDr. Anthony Radford

Radford is an associate professor of voice and opera in the Department of Music. He will teach Romantic Lied in Germany  from July 25 to Aug. 14.

“After attending Summer Arts as a student the last time this course was offered in Germany, I jumped at the opportunity to coordinate the course in 2018.

“Students will travel to Germany and be immersed in a cultural environment that adores the art of singing and Lieder. They will feel energized and excited about their singing when they work with our world-class faculty and perform for enthusiastic audiences.”

Faith Sidlow

Faith Sidlow

Sidlow is an assistant professor of broadcast journalism in the Department of Media, Communications and Journalism. She will teach Visual Storytelling: The News Feature from July 16 to 29.

“CBS News photographer Les Rose and I were at the Broadcast Education Association conference two years ago, and we were brainstorming a project we could work on together. He was retiring from news and had just been hired as a professor of practice at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

“When I saw the call for CSU Summer Arts proposals, I called Les. He said, ‘We could get Bob Dotson!’  Bob appeared on the NBC Today Show for 40 years, traveling around the country doing fascinating stories on everyday people.

“Les asked Bob, who immediately said yes. All of our other guest artists teach at the National Press Photographers Association’s video workshop in Norman, Oklahoma every year. This is an incredible workshop where journalism students and professionals go for one week to learn storytelling techniques from the nation’s best. That’s our goal for Summer Arts. This video workshop has never been on the West Coast, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to do it this summer.”

In all, 18 courses will be offered through Summer Arts this summer — 15 on the Fresno State campus and three abroad, in Germany, Spain and Italy. Application deadlines are coming fast.

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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