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CLA this Week — 5/5/14


May 5

Rosaries and Ropeburns: Boxing and Manhood in American Catholicism, 1880-1970: Early 20th-century Roman Catholic priests believed they were locked in battle with secular philosophies and lifestyles in a fight over the souls of young men. To enhance the appeal of the Church, they turned to the sport of boxing, emphasizing values of virility and disciplined masculinity. Amy Koehlinger, Center for the Humanities Research Fellow and Professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion will explore this historical connection in a talk accompanied by clips from Kid Monk Baroni, a 1952 film featuring Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy in his first major role. 4 p.m. Center for the Humanities, Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue.

Sexual Harassment in Egypt: The Old Plague in the New Revolutionary Order: 4 p.m., MU Journey Room. Join us for a public talk by historian Dr. Hanan Hammad (TCU). Since the Tahrir uprising in January 2011, revolutionary and counter-revolutionary forces in Egypt have turned the female body into a site for political struggle. In her talk, Dr. Hammad traces the history of sexual harassment in Egypt, and argues that the ongoing struggle of the past three years has succeeded in destabilizing gender and sexual orders, and brought renewed focus to women’s right to control their own bodies. https://www.facebook.com/events/666724163387313/

Sexuality and Secularization: Marianne Weber as Theorist of Religion: 7 p.m., MU Journey Room. Lori Pearson (Carleton College) will explore the questions about women’s rights and sexuality that informed modern understandings of religion. Marianne Weber, wife of well-known sociologist of religion Max Weber, defined central categories related to the effect of religious institutions and legal codes on the subordination and empowerment of women, and she broke new ground in exploring the status of women in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

May 6

The OSU Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic “Is Christianity a Help or a Hindrance to Sound Environmental Stewardship?” at 7 p.m. in Milam Auditorium on the OSU campus.  The speakers will be Professors Loren Wilkinson of Regent College in Vancouver, Canada, and Allen Thompson of Oregon State University.

May 7

One of the nation’s foremost experts on income inequality, David Cay Johnston, will speak from 11 – 11:50 a.m. in Corvell 216. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and noted author will  discuss what many are calling the defining challenge of our times. His talk, “Rich, Poor or in the Middle — Why Inequality Matters to You,” is free and open to the public.

May 8

University of Arizona Associate Professor of Mexican American Studies Lydia Otero will present “Revisiting the Mexican American Past for a Place-Based Sustainability Model.”  The talk is free and open to the public and will be held at Centro Cultural César Chávez, 3-5 p.m.

The last event in the CL@SE 2014 Documentary Series will be held on at 6:30 p.m. at Darkside Cinema. “Gay Latino LA: Coming of Age,” is a documentary by Jonathan Menendez.  The docudrama follows the journey into adulthood of three young men and their search for identity while dealing with issues of family, machismo, religion, culture, and life in LA.  Filmmaker Jonathan Menendez along with actor Mario Novoa will be discuss the film after the showing.  Screening is free and open to public.

May 9

School of Psychological Science Head Academic Advisor, Teri Duever will speak on “What Makes Life Worthwhile” as part of the Flourishing @ OSU Lecture Series. 12:30-1:30 pm, Kidder 202

DJ Spooky: That Subliminal Kid: 7:30 p.m., The La Sells Stewart Center, C&E Auditorium. Composer, multimedia artist and author Paul D. Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky, is known for his genre-bending art, vast catalog of music and work in social justice. In addition to collaborating with musicians, such as Chuck D, Thurston Moore and Yoko Ono, Miller was the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Miller is the executive editor of Origin Magazine, which focuses on the intersection of art, yoga and new ideas and author of Book of Ice, a multimedia, multidisciplinary study of Antarctica that contemplates climate change and humanity’s relationship with the natural world.

Founded in 1859, and deeply steeped in tradition, the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club is known as one of the oldest and finest collegiate choruses in the U.S. The choir launches its 2014 spring tour here on the OSU campus, performing “Songs of Innocence and Experience” on May 9 at 7:30 p.m. LaSells Stewart Center, with two Oregon State Choirs, Bella Voce and the OSU Meistersingers, as will the University of Michigan Friars men’s a cappella group. Tickets for the Michigan Men’s Glee concert are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at tickettomato.com. K-12 and college students with ID can purchase tickets at the door for $5 each.

Upcoming Events

May 14, 12 – 2 p.m., syndicated “¡Ask a Mexican!” columnist and OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano will present “Mexican Coke and Gabacho Tacos: Exploring Culinary Sites and Histories of a Two-Way Reconquista.”  The talk is free and open to the public and will be held at Centro Cultural César Chávez.

The Oregon State University Campus Band will present a free public concert on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge on the OSU campus. Directed by Dr. Robert Brudvig, the OSU Campus Band numbers 45 student musicians. This non-auditioned group is open to all currently enrolled students who wish to continue playing their instrument, even though they might be studying other disciplines rather than music. In keeping with the tradition of the OSU Campus Band, this concert will feature a mix of band classics and contemporary works.


CLA will be hosting two open forums for CLA faculty/staff/students this month around a college strategic plan. All are invited and encouraged to attend either session. Please mark the following for your calendars:

  • Forum One:  May 14, Wed., 3 4 – p.m., MU 208
  • Forum Two:  May 20, Tues., 10 – 11 a.m., MU 206

The School of Arts and Communication has launched the Center for Community Music (CfCM). 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. With a broad vision for the role of music in our local, regional, national and global communities, the CfCM has plans for growth that will include increasingly diverse programs and student populations each year.

Dreams & Memories,” an exhibit of prints and monoprints by artist Royal Nebeker, opens today in Fairbanks Gallery. The exhibit runs through May 28. As an artist, Nebeker creates personalized narratives based on dreams and memories, often embellished with words and notations that help tell the story. Some of his works are based on personal events, others on literature. Through powerful and enigmatic imagery, Nebeker paints what arts historian Stephen C. McGough has called a reflective journey of the artist’s life, exploring such universal themes as hope, fear, joy, anguish, sexuality, spirituality, power, vulnerability and the dynamics of personal relationships.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Assistant professor of English Ehren Pflugfelder recently published a chapter entitled “’Running with the Big Dogs’: The Rhetoric of Fan Identity in a Postmodern NASCAR,” in Motorsports and American Culture: From Demolition Derbies to NASCAR; eds. Mark D. Howell and John D. Miller. 87-102. Plymouth, UK: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

Assistant professor of political science Alison Johnston has been invited to McGill University’s European Union Center of Excellent to give an invited lecture (as well as a keynote address for the European Community Studies Association-Canada Annual Meeting) on her work on the institutional origins of the European Debt Crisis this week.

Ron Mize, associate professor in the School of Language, Culture, and Society, was an invited speaker to the 100 Year Commemoration of the Ludlow Massacre.  He presented his paper “William Dow, Coal Towns, and Resisting Segregation: Company Union Rhetoric as a Call For Civil Rights,” at the LaborFest Symposium held at El Pueblo Historical Museum in Pueblo, Colorado on April 19.

Adjunct assistant professor of anthropology Peter C. Little recently published the book Toxic Town, which tracks the effects high-tech pollution has on the small town of Endicott, N.Y. NYU Press.

At the May 1 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, musician Dr. Dana Reason of the School of Arts and Communication performed some of her own piano compositions, spanning from classical to jazz. Triad meets in the MU, Room 211, from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend free of charge and pay $11 if they have a catered lunch. To reserve a seat for future meetings, contact: nick.houtman@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-3817

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