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Tuesday, October 9,2012
Alex Macon and Holly Harvey, News Editors
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"Through art and culture,
we can talk about something
that connects us emotionally
and bridge the cultural misun-
derstanding between the two
To portray the restricted
communication between the two
nations, Allahyari, a former grad-
uate student in UNT's new media
art program, co-curated "Iran-U.S.
Art" in 2008 and "Your Night/My
Day" in 2011.
Both projects rely on collabora-
tion between two team s of artists
- one from Iran and one from
the U.S. - to create intercultural
arts that provide a clearer under-
standing of the two countries,
The projects instruct a team
to send pictures or instructions
in their native tongue to the
opposing team. The opposing
team then deciphers the pictures
or instructions and completes the
project based on their perception
of the sent guidelines.
Allahyari said the dissonance
and misinterpretation of the
pictures and instructions from
the opposing team symbol-
izes corrupted communication
between Iran and the U.S.
"The purpose is to show how
the media as a third party can
skewer the meaning behind
messages," said Allahyari's
husband Andrew Blanton, an
American artist who participated
in the project. "And what lies
behind the media portrayal are
two nations of people with [a]
"IRUS Art" was displayed in
Denver and Chicago, and "YN/
MD" was presented in Canada
in May. Allahyari said it was
interesting to see how audi-
ences generally include two
generations: the older genera-
tion that lived through the 1979
Iranian Revolution and a younger
American generation that tends to
only associate Iran with nuclear
weapons and theocracy.
Allahyari also creates indi-
vidual projects on Iran that she
publishes on her site and exhibits
internationally. In the future, she
plans to step away from activist
art about Iran, but will look for
projects that can mediate the
cultural misconceptions of other
nations, such as China.
"These intercultural collab-
orative projects won't affect the
politics between two nations,"
Allahyari said. "But I hope it'll
change the cultural misconcep-
tions between the two nations."
The "YN/MD" exhibit will
be on display at UNT's annual
peace conference next March.
This year's theme is peace in the
Middle East, and the conference
will bring in scholars, experts and
diplomats from around the world.
Art history professor Nada
Shabout said Allahyari's work
provides both an insider and
outsider view on U.S. and Iranian
"We forget we are human
beings behind these conflicts,
and the media only focuses on the
negative," Shabout said. "Projects
like Morehshin's will allow us to
connect more on a human basis."
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The applied arts and
sciences major is offered
through the College
of Public Affairs and
The College of
Information also offers
a BAAS degree, but Toby
Faber, a senior academic
counselor in the college,
warned that the two
degrees are "similar in
"A student would pick
one over the other based on
their overall career objec-
tives," Faber said.
Jenna Colston, a senior in
the program and mother of
three, put her college career
on hold when her oldest
son was born with Down
syndrome. After 21 years, she
is receiving her diploma and
planning to earn her master's
"It is the perfect degree for
someone who has such diverse
interests they can't really
pigeonhole any of them,"
Colston said. "I love that my
degree allowed me to diver-
sify. It provides possibilities
where there might not have
seemed to be any. It opened
the whole world to me."
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North X quakes anomalous, experts say
The three earthquakes that
shook North Texas late last month
left many mildly rattled residents
scratching their heads.
North Texas is not on any major
fault lines, and area residents are
likely more familiar with torna-
does than other violent natural
disruptions, but the two earth-
quakes that struck West Dallas and
Irving on Sept 29 registered a 3.4
and 3.1 on the Richter scale, respec-
tively. A third quake in Irving the
next day registered at 2.1.
The quakes were strong enough
to be felt, but there have been
no reports of the seismic shifts
causing any damages or injuries.
"Anything that can be felt is a
noticeable earthquake in Texas,"
geography professor Reid Ferring
North Texas does not have the
geological conditions necessary
to create large earthquakes, and
historical data indicates that the
recent seismic activity is not neces-
sarily indicative of future earth-
quakes, Ferring said.
Environmental activists ques-
tioned whether there was a
connection between the quakes
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he largest earthquake
in Texas was near
Valentine, Texas in 1931.
The earthquake was a
5.8 on the richter scale.
The top five states or
earthquakes are: Alaska,
Source: National Earthquake Information Center
and gas drilling at the Barnett
Shale in North Texas.
A recent study conducted by
Cliff Frohlich, a senior research
scientist at the University of Texas'
Institute for Geophysics, found
a connection between injection
wells used to dispose of tracking
wastewater - a byproduct of a
drilling method used frequently
in North Texas - and small quakes
in North Texas.
The study found that most
earthquakes in the Barnett Shale
region occur within a few miles
of one or more injection wells
used to dispose of wastes associ-
ated with petroleum production,
according to a University of Texas
press release. The study indicates
that tracking itself does not lead
to an increase in earthquakes,
but that there is some correla-
tion between disposal of tracking
wastewater and tiny quakes.
Other experts have said there
is little connection between gas
drilling in North Texas and these
Seismologist and SMU professor
Brian Stump told NBC News that
he does not believe tracking or
gas drilling was a cause for the
earthquakes, and Ferring said last
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month's tremors were likely just
"It could just be a really natural
rare event and very difficult to
relate to any human activity,"
According to the United States
Geological Survey, the largest
earthquake ever recorded in Texas
was a 5.8 in 1931 near Valentine,
'They may be alarming to some
people. We don't like to hear our
houses shake," Ferring said. "But
I don't think there's any real threat
to property, to buildings, to people
or to water that we drink."
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