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CLA this Week — 4/14/14


April 14

Every Monday this term from 11-11:45 a.m., “Mindfulness Mondays” will take place  in MU 213.  Mindfulness Mondays involve guided meditations.  The group is open to all, regardless of previous meditation experience.  SPS Director John Edwards is the facilitator on April 14 and 28.

Center for the Humanities Lecture: Elena Passarello, Center Research Fellow, professor of Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, and author of Let Me Clear My Throat will speak on her new essay collection, Up, Simba! A Famous Bestiary, at 4 p.m. in the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue.

April 15

A reception for:  Dreams Before Extinction – An exhibition of prints from large-scale and exceptional paintings on Iran’s endangered species by the young  Iranian artist Naeemeh Naeemaei. Please join from 3:30-6:00 p.m.  in the Little Gallery, 210 Kidder Hall. This event is sponsored by the School of Language, Culture and Society.

Climate Club Brownbag Lunch: Hannah Gosnell and Julie Vano. The Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative (EAHI) would like to invite you to a “braided lecture” between Hannah Gosnell, Associate Professor of Geography, and Julie Vano, Postdoctoral Fellow at OCCRI. This is an opportunity to learn about the latest findings in climate change research and scholarship, and meet colleagues interested in interdisciplinary collaboration. 12-1 p.m. the Native American Longhouse.

The School of Arts and Communication is pleased to announce public lectures by candidates for our tenure-track Photography faculty position in Art.  Lectures will cover candidates’ research and teaching, and will be held at 1-1:50PM, GLFN Auditorium. Today: Kerry Skarbakka, assistant professor of digital media/photographic studies, Prescott College, Prescott, AZ. Please contact Julie Green, search chair, for additional information.

Vocal and speech therapist Brenda Nuckton will present “Vocal Physiology and Health for Singers,” at 3:30 and 7 p.m. in Benton Hall. Nuckton, a graduate of Lewis and Clark College and the Peabody Conservatory, enjoyed a career as a stage director and stage manager for a number of years, including with the Metropolitan Opera, before becoming a vocal and speech therapist. At 3:30 she will work with and present to OSU voice students, and at 7 p.m. she will give a lecture/demonstration. Both are open to the public and admission is free. Room in Benton Hall TBA – look for signs.

The OSU Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic “God and Genocide in the Old Testament” at 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium on the OSU campus.  The speakers are Richard Hess, Professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary, and Tracy M. Lemos, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at Huron University College in London, Ontario.  The issue they will debate is whether the God of the Old Testament is a God of love and mercy or whether his command to the Hebrews to exterminate Canaanite men, women, and children show him to be a violent deity.

April 16

Emeritus professor Marcus Borg is giving a talk about the larger meaning of the phrase “passion of the Christ.” The lecture describes Jesus’ final week in Jerusalem. 7:00 p.m., First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 114 SW 8th. The talk is free and open to all.

April 17

The School of Arts and Communication is pleased to announce public lectures by candidates for our tenure-track photography faculty position in art.  Lectures will cover candidates’ research and teaching, and will be held at 1-1:50PM, GLFN Auditorium. Today: Stephen Chalmers  assistant professor of photography, Youngstown State University, OH.
Please contact Julie Green, search chair, for additional information.

Professor Kayla García will tell some surprising and inspirational stories based on her new book “Latino and Latina Leaders of the 21st Century: Ordinary Beginnings, Extraordinary Outcomes.” She will share amusing anecdotes and provide background information on some well-known figures such as Sonia Sotomayor, as well as on some local leaders from our community. By describing some of the contributions made by Latinos to our legal, educational, and political systems, she will show how Latino issues have relevance for everybody, and are related to everything, everything, everything, everything. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Old World Deli, 314 SW 2nd.

April 18

The Clinic as Biological Warfare: Milam Hall, 301 at Noon. Bringing together contemporary work in feminist disability studies and Foucault scholarship, Philosophy professor Stephanie Jenkins will argue that the medical model of disability is a biopolitical tactic.  Using Foucault’s writings about race, biopower, and abnormality, this ‘lunch bunch’ presentation will show that the “birth of the clinic” transforms the violence of “race wars” into the apparent humanitarian aims of medicine.

Music à la Carte presents the OSU Clarinet Mafia and Double Reed ensembles at 12 p.m. in the MU lounge. Admission is free. Bring your lunch and come enjoy a varied program from two of OSU’s chamber music ensembles.

April 19

Between the Cracks: Spacial Shifting. 7:30 p.m. at the Corvallis Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Avenue. OSU art and music faculty and students perform new works for electronic and acoustic instruments. Featuring: Shawn Trail, percussion; Daren Keck, vocal synthesizer; Jade Hails, percussion; Lori Goldston, cello; Justin Sandoval, composer; Allison Johnson, composer; Bob Brudvig, percussion; Shelley Jordon, video; Mike Gamble, guitar; Clare Hogan, percussion; Wade Rasmussen, percussion. Admission: $15 at the door, $10 for Arts Center Members. Free for college students with ID.

Upcoming Events

Two mid-twentieth century events critical to the history and identity of English studies at OSU occurred within a decade of one another—the publication of Bernard Malamud’s “A New Life” in 1961, and the establishment of the English major at OSU, with its first graduates in 1964-65. In recognition of Malamud’s centenary and these converging timelines, it is appropriate that the English Student Association has arranged a gathering of students, faculty, community members, and alumni for an informal Malamud birthday celebration on April 24, 2-3 p.m. (Malamud’s birthday is April 26). Among planned activities:  Associate Professor of English Neil Davison will give a talk, “Malamud in Corvallis,” at the site of the Malamud archives in OSU’s Special Collections. Members of the English Student Association will read selected passages from Malamud’s work.  In recognition of the Malamud Centenary and 50  years of Excellence in English Studies at OSU, we will preview a few of the Malamud-related activities projected over the next year or two. Please join us.


The School of Arts and Communication announces the Center for Community Music (CfCM) under the direction of Dr. Julie Beauregard. The CfCM is a new entity serving musicians who have a range of musical experience and interests including youth, middle and high school students, college students and adults, in and outside of the music profession. The Center offers traditional and cutting-edge programs throughout the year, with a particular focus on summer programming, including professional development for music educators. Partnering with colleagues across campus, the CfCM is the place to find any and all offerings for those interested in expanding their musical skills and knowledge. For more information, visit CfCM’s new website.

2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln’s Legacy: This original exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society Museum in Portland takes an in-depth look at Lincoln’s monumental presidency between two historic points: the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Congressional passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. Through rare documents, artifacts, and cutting edge interactive elements, this exhibit – written and co-designed by OSU history professor and American west/Civil War expert Stacey Smith – will look at Lincoln’s legacy through the lens of slavery and the end of the Civil War and explore how Oregonians experienced this critical time in our nation’s history. The exhibit will run through July 4.

General Music Education Specialist Julie Beauregard just completed a term with the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Global Learning Community, for which she was selected as a participant. Participation was generously funded, and led to substantial revision of an existing course to contribute to students’ global learning competencies through engagement with a cultural “other,” immersion in an unfamiliar musical culture, and other practices that broaden familiar pedagogies and repertoires that strongly represent western traditions. The enhanced course will be offered for the first time during fall term, 2014.

Awards and Honors

CLA adviser Kerry Thomas, along with College of Engineering adviser Nova Schauss, won the Best in Region award in Vancouver, B.C. at the recent NACADA Region 8 conference. The presentation title was “Advising Students on Developing Resiliency as a Strategy for Academic Success.” This award brings both the opportunity to be one of ten highlighted Best in Region presentations at the international conference this fall in Minneapolis, Mn. Their presentation will also be highlighted as a pre-conference workshop at the NACADA Region 8 conference in 2015 in Idaho.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Congratulations to History of Science Professor Mike Osborne. His new book, “The Emergence of Tropical Medicine in France” (University of Chicago Press) arrived this week. This book examines the turbulent history of the ideas, people, and institutions of French colonial and tropical medicine from their early modern origins through World War I. Reviewer J.R. McNeill says “Osborne combines the study of institutions, individuals, and ideas into an elegant essay that everyone interested in the history of disease, health, and medicine will want to read.”

Associate professor of anthropology Melissa Cheyney was recently awarded a $99,268 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration for her work on out-of-hospital births in the U.S.

On Mon., April 7, Jacob Darwin Hamblin kicked off the Spring 2014 UCLA History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Colloquium presenting on his most recent book, “Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism.”  Hamblin will also be presenting Nukes, Oil, and Energy Strategies in Dangerous Parts of the World at the 3rd Annual Cultures of Energy Spring Symposium on April 24 at Rice University.

School of Language, Culture, and Society (SLCS) assistant professor Kenneth Maes recently published the two following articles in the American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of Infectious Diseases:

  • Kenneth Maes, Svea Closser, and Ippolytos Kalofonos.  (2014). Listening to Community Health Workers: How Ethnographic Research Can Inform Positive Relationships Among Community Health Workers, Health Institutions, and Communities. American Journal of Public Health. http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2014.301907

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