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CLA this Week — 5/12/14


May 12

Center for the Humanities Lecture: How did the 1925 feature film The Joyless Streets breed tensions between local and federal officials in interwar Germany? How did Asphalt, a 1929 movie about a sexual vamp charming her way out of arrest, contribute to the Weimar Republic’s 1933 collapse? Kara Ritzheimer, Center Research Fellow and faculty in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion will examine mechanisms of censorship and the debates that made it palatable to the German population in A Nation Lacking Its Moral Center: Censorship and National Identity in Post-WWI Germany, 4 p.m., in the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue.

May 13

Governor Tom McCall Memorial Lecture: “The Road to Legal Marijuana in America.” Mason Tvert, Communications Director of the Marijuana Policy Project, will discuss the changing landscape regarding the legalization of marijuana in the U.S. 7 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Free admission. Presented by CLA and the School of Public Policy.

Come see Chris Downey, May 13-14, 6:30-7:30 p.m., LPSC 125. Downey will discuss accessible design and how it affects you! “Chris Downey is an architect, planner, and consultant. Working with design teams and clients, he draws on his unique perspective as a seasoned architect without sight, helping to realize environments that offer not only greater physical accessibility, but also a dimension of delight in architecture experienced through other senses.”

The Oregon State University Campus Band will present a free public concert today at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge on the OSU campus. Directed by Dr. Robert Brudvig, this 45-member band is open to all students on campus. Many of its members are non-music majors who want to continue to play their instruments while in college. In keeping with the tradition of Campus Band, selections on the program will range from classic band pieces to contemporary works.

May 14

Talk by Professor Stack on the Death Penalty and Wrongful Executions: In his book Grave Injustice, Professor Richard A. Stack (American University) examines the cases of individuals who have been executed but are likely innocent. Stack demonstrates that racial disparities in implementation, procedural errors, incompetent defense attorneys, and mistaken eyewitness identifications lead to an alarming number of wrongful convictions. Stack will speak on this subject today, MU, Room 213, 12-1:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact brett.burkhardt@oregonstate.edu. This event is sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, the OSU School of Public Policy, and the OSU Prisoner Rights Advocacy Group.

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 Aggregate Effect of School Choice: Evidence from a two-stage experiment in India: The School of Public Policy welcomes Karthik Muralidharan, 4-5:30 p.m., Milam 206. Dr. Muralidharan will  present experimental evidence on the impact of a school choice pro- gram in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh (AP) that featured a unique two-stage lottery-based allocation of school vouchers that created both a student-level and a market-level ex- periment. This design allows us to study both the individual and the ag- gregate effects of school choice (including spillovers). We find that private school teachers have lower levels of formal education and training than public-school teachers, and are paid much lower salaries.

May 16

In the Intimacy of the Sultan’s Palace: Photography, Power, and Authority in Abd al-Aziz’s Court: 12 p.m., Milam 301. As the private photography instructor for Sultan Abd al-Aziz in pre-Protectorate Morocco, Gabriel Veyre played a central role in establishing and representing a French presence in the country. This talk examines the relationship between the sultan and his photographer as a way of understanding the cultural and political negotiations in this era between France and Morocco. Join us for a lunch bunch lecture with Patricia Goldsworthy (Western Oregon University).

Music a la Carte: The Tardis Ensemble, a string & wind chamber ensemble from Eugene will perform at 12 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. Admisson is free.

A Streetcar Named Desire: University Theatre presents Tennessee William’s 1948 Pulitzer Prize winning play which chronicles the tragic unraveling of fading Southern belle, Blanche Dubois, when she comes to live with her sister, Stella, and boorish brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Starring Anna Mahaffey, Brittany Potter, Alex Ries. Withycombe Hall Theatre 5/16- 5/17, 7:30 p.m.;  5/18, 2 p.m. Tickets available at box office or online.

Upcoming Events

One-hundred-thirty musicians take the stage when the Corvallis-OSU Symphony takes on the Mahler’s masterful Sixth Symphony under the baton of Dr. Marlan Carlson. The concert takes place at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20. For tickets and more information, visit: http://cosusymphony.org.

May 22, 2014, 5:30-7 p.m., Withycombe Theater: The School of Psychological Science, in collaboration with Healthy Campus Initiatives would like to invite you to attend a seminar by Dr. Linda Bacon from City College of San Francisco. In  Dr. Bacon’s talk titled The Next Public Health Challenge: Losing the Anti-Obesity Paradigm, she debunks the obesity myths, explains the fall-out of a health agenda based on the concept that thinness is the goal and that one’s weight is simply a matter of personal choices, and offers an alternative path to better health and well-being for people of all sizes.

Critical Questions Lecture Series: Associate Professor Allison Hobgood of Willamette University, author of Passionate Playgoing in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2014) and co-editor of Recovering Disability in Early Modern England (Ohio State, 2013),  will present “Poetry, Prosthesis, and Queer-Crip Intercourses in the English Renaissance” in the MU Journey Room on  June 2 at 4 p.m.


To announce to CLA students: Have you ever wanted to create something amazing? Something that’s fun and unique? HWeekend is your chance to do that in a weekend! This event brings together students of all levels and majors with mentors from all areas of design to create something new. Unlike other weekend events, this one will involve mechanical, electrical, and programing. Some projects will also involve art, music, science, business or whatever else you want to do. Students will actually be making something to show.

Fairbanks Gallery Art, Royal Nebeker, Dreams & Memories, an exhibit of prints is now open  in Fairbanks Gallery. As an artist, Nebeker creates highly personalized narratives that are based on dreams and memories, often embellished with words and notations that help tell the story and drive his narrative. Through powerful, evocative, and enigmatic imagery, Nebeker paints what arts historian Stephen C. McGough has called a reflective journey of his (the artist’s) life, exploring such universal themes as hope, fear, joy, anguish, sexuality, spirituality, power, vulnerability, and the dynamics of personal relationships.


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