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By Our Love: Exposing Paradox in Political Tribalism

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The creators of “By Our Love,” an animated short video produced by Greenhouse Studios, will facilitate a dialogue in partnership with the Encounters Series, titled “Paradox in Political Tribalism,” which will be held virtually via Zoom on February 4, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Released on January 22nd, “By Our Love” is a thought-provoking animated short set to professor of music Earl MacDonald’s jazz ensemble arrangement of the hymn, “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love.” MacDonald’s single, also titled “By Our Love,” is now available on all major music streaming platforms through the label Outside in Music. 

The nine-minute-long animation features several biblical quotations representing commonly accepted Judeo-Christian virtues, alongside imagery conceptualized by Cora Lynn Deibler, professor of illustration, to raise questions about the state of contemporary Christianity and its relationship to the polarized political climate currently dividing the United States. Production team members included illustrator Hal Tedeschi and animators Carly Wanner-Hyde & Miles Waterbury. The animation was produced by Greenhouse Studios Design Technologists Tom Lee and Brooke Foti Gemmell

The team’s goal of aligning emotionally powerful, musical moments with equally potent imagery led to the creation of images and text prompts which interact with the music, to enhance, reinforce, and expand the ideas set forth in the music. Produced over the last ten months as a completely virtual collaboration, the animation features work by student artists and serves as a springboard for thoughtful contemplation, discussion, dialogue, and commentary.

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Rather than the common panel discussion with the standard audience question and answer period, “Paradox in Political Tribalism,” will foster a more audience-inclusive dialogue using individual breakout rooms to encourage and reflect upon group discussions about the ideas which arise from the music and their relationship to contemporary Christianity. This dialogue will be open to all members of the UConn community and is capped at 50 participants. Participants can register here.

Greenhouse Studios Named UConn Spirit Awards Finalist

Sara Sikes, Tom Scheinfeldt, Jonathan the Husky, and Clarissa Ceglio at the 2018 UConn Spirit Awards

Congratulations to the Greenhouse Studios Working Group, which was recognized today as a finalist for the 2018 Team Award at a ceremony for the UConn Spirit Awards! The team was one of three finalists, along with the University Events and Conference Services Department and the Team Award recipient, the UConn Hartford Campus staff & administration.

The ceremony was a wonderfully-organized event which acknowledged several inspiring individuals and groups, and even featured Jonathan the Husky as a guest! It was an honor for the Working Group to be recognized as a Team Award finalist, and congratulations to all of the award finalists and winners!

Here is a quick description of the UConn Spirit Awards, from the program's website: “The University of Connecticut established the UConn Spirit Awards to honor staff and faculty at our Storrs and regional campuses for stellar contributions and dedication to civility in the workplace. The goals of the UConn Spirit Awards are to:

  • Build community within the University and University departments;
  • Provide an opportunity for employees to be recognized for their contributions to the University, which are not specifically academic but related to teamwork and civility; and
  • Create an event that acknowledges the efforts of all employees, especially staff members.”

 

Brooke Foti Gemmell, Design Technologist

Greenhouse Studios Staff