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CLA this Week — 5/19/14


Mon., May 19

Center for the Humanities Guest Lecture — In the late 15th century, a scribe known only as “Rate” composed a manuscript containing mysterious drawings of smiling fish alongside romances and didactic texts that provided moral guidance through a variety of nonhuman instructors, including, for example, a collection of tools that debate the merits of their layabout master. Myra Seaman, Professor of English at the College of Charleston and editor of the award-winning postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, will talk about this curious anthology and the range of medieval ethical authorities in “Objects of Correction: How the Book Fashioned the Household in Late Medieval England” at 4 p.m. in the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue. A reception will follow.

Tues., May 20

Big Love in the Middle Ages: Adjudicating Jewish Bigamy in Venetian Crete’s Secular Court — 12 p.m., Milam Hall, 301. Rena Lauer will explore the implications of legal pluralism and religious accommodation in a medieval colonial context by examining a trial in which Catholic judges were asked to decipher and rule on Jewish bigamy law.

Ethics & Literature in Austria: 1900-1938/1939 — 4 p.m., Memorial Union, Journey Room. This summer marks the centennial of the First Word War, which began with the diplomatic and military responses of the Habsburg Monarchy to South Slav nationalism. Horning professor David Luft will commemorate a different aspect of Austria in the early twentieth century, emphasizing the importance of ethics in the generation of Austrian intellectuals who reached maturity in the decade before the First World War.

Patrons of the Norma Siebert Printmaking Patron Program will be honored at the 2014 Norma Seibert Printmaking Patron Night at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Joyce Powell Journey Room. This year’s reception coincides with the Printmaking Program’s Student Show and Cascade Print Exchange VIII exhibits which will be displayed in the MU Concourse Gallery. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres and an informal talk by senior Alice Marshall, who created this year’s student print.

Campus Creature Census Celebration — Please plan to join The Spring Creek Project for an evening of art, photography, video, poetry and prose in celebration of the creatures with whom we share the OSU campus. The winning writers and artist in each category will share their work. We’ll also recognize some of our terrific local natural history groups. Refreshments served. Open to all. 7 p.m., International Living and Learning Center, Room 155.

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 today at 8:00 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit: http://cosusymphony.org.

Wed., May 21

Tobias Wolff receives Stone Award: OSU honors author Tobias Wolff with the Stone Award for lifetime literary achievement this evening. The award presentation and an on-stage interview begins at 7:30pm at the Portland Art Museum. Tickets are available at the museum’s ticket office or online at http://bit.ly/1hJXdVh. Regular admission tickets cost $15; student tickets cost $5.

Thurs., May 22

Dr. Aurora Sherman of the School of Psychological Science will be speaking at the Triad Club on campus, 12 – 1 p.m., Linus Pauling Science Center, Room 402. The topic is Girls and Dolls: Learning in Context.

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.

Tobias Wolff Reads at OSU: Tobias Wolff, winner of the 2014 Stone Award and author of the memoirs, “This Boy’s Life “and “In Pharaoh’s Army,” the novels “Old School” and “The Barracks Thief,” and four collections of stories, will give a reading and lecture tonight, 7:30 p.m., in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. A book signing and reception will follow the reading. Both the reading and reception are free and open to the public.

Fri., May 23

The School of Public Policy brownbag series continues today, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. when Dr. Paul Thompson will present “Impacts of New School Facility Construction: An Analysis of a State-Financed Capital Subsidy Program in Ohio”. Dr. Thompson will be joining the OSU Economics faculty in fall. The brownbag will be held in Fairbanks 304. The event is free and open to the OSU community. Note: time for this event was previously 12 – 1 p.m.

Knowledge, power and right in Vasubandhu’s Abhidharmakośabhāṣya —  12 p.m., Milam Hall, 301. When considering philosophers that posit a connection between knowledge, power and right, works of classical Buddhist scholasticism may not immediately come to mind. Curiously, however, this triad of concepts appears in close relation in Vasubandhu’s Abhidharmakośabhāṣya, a work of classical Buddhist scholastic philosophy. This presentation, by David Fiordalis (Linfield), will explore why.

Upcoming Events

CLA Scholarship and Creativity Fair — Join our College of Liberal Arts faculty as they showcase their innovative and creative work — from illustrating the psychological effects of meditation, to taking a social justice tour of Corvallis, to understanding the crisis in the Ukraine, and more. Come, too, for an evening of live performances and readings by our stellar faculty and students. Thurs., May 29, 5 – 8 p.m.

The future of sex work: A panel discussion to examine sex work through the lens of social justice and discuss the intersection of feminist critique with the growing global sex worker’s rights movement. Panel includes Nicole Von Germeten, OSU associate professor of history, Phoenix Calida, a sex worker and sex worker rights advocate, and Sabrina Morgan, a sex worker and human rights advocate. Wed., May 28, 4 p.m., Milam 319. For more information, joseph.orosco@oregonstate.edu. Sponsored by the Annares Project for Alternative Futures, annaresproject.org

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.


Note: CLA this Week will be sent on May 27 rather than May 26 next week, due to the Memorial Day holiday.



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