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College of Arts and Sciences
Dean's Office

Varner Hall, Room 217
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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(248) 370-2140
Fax: (248) 370-4280

College of Arts and Sciences Advising

O'Dowd Hall, Room 130
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-4567

College of Arts and Sciences
Dean's Office

Varner Hall, Room 217
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-2140
Fax: (248) 370-4280

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Judd Family Endowed Fund

The Judd Family Endowed Fund award was established in 2008 by the Judd family to provide Oakland University and the College of Arts and Sciences with the opportunity to sponsor programs in the humanities and arts, a passion of the Judd Family.

2020-21 Judd Family Endowed Fund Awarded Programs 

Trans & Film Media in the 21st Century 

Date: October 9, 2020

Time: 7–8:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual (Google Meet)

Guest speaker, Dr. Carl Keegan, Grand Valley State University, will examine the role transgender people play on- and off-screen in film and media of the 21st century.

The Oakland University Piano Pedagogy Workshop

Date: January 29-31, 2021

Location: Varner Hall

Guest faculty, Helen Marlais and Logan Skelton will be joined by OU piano faculty, Tian Tian, Rebecca Happel, I-Chen Yeh and guest artist, Robert Satterlee to present three days of lectures, performance instructions and concerts for pianists of all levels. 

January 29

9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.: Helen Marlais presents morning lectures and works with OU students teaching beginner to late intermediate repertoire.

8 p.m.: Robert Satterlee Solo Concert

January 30

9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.: Logan Skelton presents morning lectures and works with OU students performing late intermediate to advanced repertoire. 

8 p.m.: Guest and OU student showcase recital

January 31, Piano Day and Competition

9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.: OU Piano Faculty presents lectures and masterclasses

Competition runs throughout the day in Varner Recital Hall. Please visit the SMTD Piano Day page for more competition details. 

7 p.m.: Piano Competition Showcase Concert. 

On Hold:

Cleopatra Boy

Elaine Hagenberg Residency

Women and Gender Studies Poetry Slam

Program Requirements
  • Focus upon the arts or humanities
  • Highlight the University's College of Arts and Sciences' commitment to the arts and humanities
  • Programs must be open to students, faculty, alumni and the community
  • Programs highlighting the research or creative activity to a specific faculty member are not eligible for Humanities Awards.
Past Judd Awardees
  • An Exploration of Beethoven’s Music, Life and Legacy through 32 Piano Sonatas (2019-20)
  • Haruna Walusimbi, East African Music and Dance (2019-20)
  • Bing Liu: Masterclass, Filmmaker Roundtable and Community Screening  (2019-20)
  • JooHee Yoon, Illustrator: Upside Down Inside Out (2019-20)
  • The Art of Communication: Storytelling to Save the Planet (2019-20)
  • Envisioning Marche Funèbre: A Study in the Early Choreography of George Balanchine (2018-19)
  • Exploring the Video Essay: Creative and Critical Practice, keynote speaker Kevin B. Lee (2018-19)
  • Eula Biss Nonfiction Reading and Craft Talk (2018-19)
  • Andy Narell residency and concerts (2018-19)
  • Collaboration Behind the Curtain with composer Tom Cipullo: Residency and Performance (2018-19)
  • World Without Ice (2017-18)
  • Volunteer Work in Germany: The Refugee Crisis from an American Perspective (2017-18)
  • Lucille Tanazas lecture (2017-18)
  • Lorna Goodison Poetry reading and craft talk (2017-18)
  • Stuart Dybek reading and craft talk (2016-17)
  • The Ben Wendel Quartet (2016-17)
  • The Fine Art of Persuasion: Corporate Advertising Design, Nation and Empire in Modern Japan (2016-17)
  • Two Cases of Surviving Racial Discrimination During WWII: A Jewish boy in Shanghai and a Japanese girl in a California concentration camp (2016-17)
  • Choreographers for German Contemporary Dance (2015-16)
  • Literacy: Enhancing Reading Through Community Partnership (2015-16)
  • OU National Spoken Word Showcase (2015-16)
  • Jazz Vibraphonist Joe Locke (2015-16)
  • Ngoma: Music and Dance Uganda (2014)
  • Filming Shakespeare Behind Bars (2013)
  • App as Art (2013)