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Will Bagley to Receive Western Writers of America’s Owen Wister Award

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Will Bagley, a journalist known for monumental nonfiction books about the Mormon West and overland trails, will receive the 2019 Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Contributions to Western Literature from Western Writers of America (

Bagley will also be inducted into the Western Writers Hall of Fame, housed outside the McCracken Research Library at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyo.

“People either love or hate me,” said Bagley, who lives in Salt Lake City. “The Wister Award is an expression of affection from my WWA friends that is appreciated and humbling, for it calls to mind the words ‘I am not worthy!'”

The nonprofit guild’s highest honor will be presented during Western Writers of America’s convention June 19-22 in Tucson, Ariz.

Bagley is a three-time winner of WWA’s Spur Award for “Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Youngand the Massacre at Mountain Meadows”; “The Mormon Rebellion: America’s First Civil War, 1857-1858”; and “With Golden Visions Bright Before Them Trails to the Mining West, 1849–1852,” all published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

Bagley has also received the Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and the Caroline Bancroft History Prize. His books have also been honored by Westerners International, Utah Division of State History, Wyoming State Historical Society and the John Whitmer Historical Association.

“Will is not just a tenacious researcher, he is a brilliant writer,” WWA executive director Candy Moulton said. “His ‘Blood of the Prophets’ is a classic – impeccably researched and written with precision.”

Bagley’s other books include “South Pass: Gateway to a Continent” and “So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812–1848,” both Spur Award finalists.

Since the early 1950s, Western Writers of America has honored and promoted all forms of literature about the American West. Previous Owen Wister honorees include Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday; historians David Dary and Robert M. Utley; and best-selling novelists Rudolfo Anaya, Elmore Leonard, Tony Hillerman and Lucia St. Clair Robson.

The Wister Award is a bronze statue of a buffalo created especially for Western Writers of America by artist Robert Duffie.

SOURCE: Western Writers of America



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Chevening Scholarships Programme: Photography Exhibition Celebrates UK’s History of Educating Global Changemakers

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Global leaders who are determined to overcome humanity’s most pressing problems are featured in a photography exhibition opening in London’s Noho Showrooms on 14 March.

The exhibition, called ‘Changemakers: 35 visions of global leadership’, will feature 35 specially-commissioned portraits of UK-educated leaders taken by photographers from all over the world. The images, accompanied by reflections on their time spent studying in the UK, demonstrate the strength and global appeal of UK higher education, along with the UK’s commitment to welcoming talented individuals from around the world.

Amongst the leaders featured are the current President of Costa RicaBotswana’s youngest ever government minister; a Sundance and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker; the first female judge in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan; and a winner of the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year award.

The exhibition celebrates the international ties forged through 35 years of the UK Government’s Chevening Scholarships programme.

Chevening was established in 1983 to help identify and develop future world leaders in a variety of fields. Since then, the programme has enabled 50,000 future leaders to transform their careers and their communities.

Louise Thomson, Head of Programme Management, said: ‘The spirit of 50,000 Chevening Alumni around the world is exemplified through our 35 changemakers.

‘From defending human rights, to campaigning for climate justice and countering extremism, those featured in our exhibition are diverse, but there is one thing that unites them: they have made the most of their UK education, and are using it to drive positive change in their home countries.’

Exhibition opening times:
Changemakers is free to attend, and open every day between 14 to 17 March 2019 from 10:00 to 18:00 at Noho Showrooms, 67 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 7PT.

The exhibition is part of a programme of events and campaigns to celebrate Chevening’s 35th anniversary.

The name ‘Chevening’ comes from Chevening House in SevenoaksKent – currently the joint official residence of the UK’s Foreign Secretary.

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Rokkan And Cadillac Unveil ‘RISE’ During Oscars

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On Sunday, February 24, Rokkan and Cadillac introduced a new creative campaign, ‘RISE,’ to the 2019 Academy Awards audience. Its message of “keep rising” captured the excitement of the landmark Hollywood event with the type of cohesive campaign that is synonymous with Rokkan – a fully integrated red-carpet activation, celebrity partnerships and the debut of four new television spots featuring Cadillac’s full lineup of SUVs.

‘RISE’ celebrates Cadillac’s legacy of rising beyond expectations and reimagining the future. The suite of work demonstrates how the brand has risen once again, motivating people to rethink what Cadillac is through sleek visuals, electric sounds and the exhilaration that comes from sitting behind the wheel of a Cadillac SUV.

The new work exemplifies Rokkan’s ability to penetrate cultural moments with 360-degree creative and strategic campaigns. The multifaceted broadcast, social and experiential elements of ‘RISE’ work in harmony, fully engaging a diversified audience with consistent and comprehensive messaging.

The :60 second television spot, ‘Rise Above,‘ epitomizes Cadillac’s legendary style and craftsmanship. The dramatic film shows people from different walks of life physically rising up into one of Cadillac’s SUVs juxtaposed against others dressed in awards show-elegance, rising into the spotlight on stage. The additional three :30 second spots focus on features of each model: the XT4, XT5, and Escalade, all underscored by Childish Gambino’s iconic “Me and Your Mama.”

“With the launch of this new work, we looked back at what Cadillac has always stood for, a symbol of making it, a metaphor for taking a step upward, and applied that thinking to a modern audience. It also purposefully aligns with all that The Oscars represent and allows us to weave seamlessly into the excitement of the evening,” said Rokkan chief creative officer Brian Carley. “Few brands in the world have the kind of legacy that Cadillac does and it’s such an honor to be entrusted to look at the brand from a completely new angle and create story-telling opportunities that position Cadillac in a new way for a new generation.”

The social extension of ‘RISE’ reintroduces the Cadillac logo to the world, bringing into focus the four, blue horizontal lines within the crest. Visualizing those lines as a staircase opened the door to an innovative story-telling technique throughout Oscars weekend. Leading talent in the entertainment industry accepted the invitation to tell their inspirational stories of perseverance, determination and success, using the hashtag #KeepRising.

“Perseverance and imagination have always been part of the Cadillac brand,” said Deborah Wahl, Chief Marketing Office, Cadillac. “And this campaign brings that DNA to the forefront with our crest and incredible new family of SUVs – the very essence of the Academy Awards as winners ascend to the stage, making it the perfect platform to showcase our aspirational campaign and the Cadillac SUV lineup.”

Rokkan and Carat partnered to create a one-of-a-kind interview platform on the red carpet, bringing the blue lines of the Cadillac crest to life in a physical space. As the marquee platform for the pre-show, Cadillac was a focal point of the broadcast, including an exclusive on-camera interview with Yalitza Aparicio and other incredible Hollywood storytellers who told their “keep rising” stories of overcoming adversity from the blue step stage.

‘RISE’ officially launched on February 21 and includes four television broadcast spots, digital, social and OOH. The theme of “keep rising” will continue to be rolled out over the course of the year.



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The Art Institute Of Austin Expands Opportunities For Students In Creative Industries

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Studio Enterprise, an education services company that uses education and training as a platform to impact the creative industries, is partnering with The Art Institute of Austin, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston and New Republic Studios (NRS) to offer college students opportunities that will expand their skills to bring them closer to employment in their chosen fields.

Studio Enterprise recently partnered with The Art Institute of Austin to provide student centric support through relevant educational and professional work opportunities before and after graduation in the creative sector.

This collaboration will provide the college students, with “last-mile” training to give them a leg up on entering the job market by providing NRS facilities, backlots and production assets for training programs, seminars, master classes, workshops, festivals and co-productions. The partnership will be an extension to the current media arts programs including training experiences and hands-on projects as well as mentoring, networking and internships, that can lead to better employment opportunities in the creative industries in Texas.

The Art Institute of Austin has served as an important source of creative professionals in the Austin community for more than a decade. It is one of The Art Institutes, a system of private, nonprofit schools located throughout the United Statesthat extends back to 1921. The school offers diploma through bachelor’s degrees in design, media arts, culinary and fashion and has already successfully placed students and alumni into the NRS internship program. This new formal partnership will deepen this relationship and give way to more student opportunities built with, and for, The Art Institute of Austin.

NRS provides an innovative, multi-platform experience by allowing companies the opportunity to produce the best in content and technology. The creative campus unites film, TV, commercial, new media, altered reality/virtual reality and immersive media all under one roof. They strive to be a focal point of the content community in Texas with their philosophy that the sum is greater than the individual parts.

“We have enjoyed working with students of The Art Institute of Austin through our internship program for many years. They are well trained, talented and professional,” said Mindy Raymond, president of NRS. “We now look forward to a more robust schedule of events that will continue to place the students and NRS at the fulcrum of the film industry in Austin.”

“We are proud to expand opportunities for students through this partnership with Studio Enterprise and New Republic Studios,” said Dana Hagen, campus president of The Art Institute of Austin. “These two organizations will be critical in further providing programs, training and experiences that help students to land that all-important first job out of college.”


SOURCE Studio Enterprise; The Art Institute of Austin

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