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CLA this Week — 10/27/14


Monday, Oct. 27

Storytelling, Religion and the Contours of Well-BeingPaul Stoller, Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University, will explore the death of Jean-Marie Gibbal. Some have attributed Gibbal’s premature death to korte or death magic that practitioners had sent from Mali (where Gibbal had done fieldwork) to France. This story provides the framework for a wide-ranging discussion of ethics, embodiment, epistemology, religion, storytelling and our never-ending quest for well-being in the world. 7 p.m., Memorial Union Journey Room.

Tuesday, Oct. 28

The College of Liberal Arts is pleased to bring Tia Brown McNair from AAC&U to our campus to give us a timely presentation on titled “Innovation to What End? Promising Strategies and Critical Questions for Improving and Equalizing Student Learning and Success.” Oct. 28, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Memorial Union Room 213.

British photographer and artist John Hilliard will speak about his photography “A Catalogue of Errors” at the LaSells Stewart Center at 7 p.m.  Since the sixties, John Hilliard, has been making photographs that explore the limitations of photographic representation. His appearance is part of the Visual Artists and Scholars lecture series. All are welcome.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

The College of Liberal Arts, in partnership with Humanitarian Engineering program, the Division of Outreach & Engagement, the Corvallis Sister Cities Association, and other parts of the campus community, welcomes Joni Kabana to campus. A photographer and visual storyteller, she is the first of 3 visitors to OSU this fall as part of the Voices from the Field series, which focuses on perspectives, methods, and stories related to doing work in cross-cultural and low-resource environments. Joni will join us for many activities, including a colloquium with faculty and students on issues of representation on from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Asian-Pacific Room of the MU (206). She will also deliver a public lecture from 7-8 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center (free reception starting at 6:15pm). For more information, contact 541-737-5589 or http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/heatosu/joni-kabana-oct-2014/

Genealogy as Critique: Foucault and the Problems of Modernity —  Drs. Sharyn Clough (Philosophy), Evan Gottlieb (English), and Stephanie Jenkins (Philosophy) will discuss this new book with author Dr. Colin Koopman (UO- Philosophy). 4 p.m., Milam 319.

Thursday, Oct. 30

Haunts at Autzen presents: Night of the Uncanny featuring mini-lectures by Jon Lewis and Ray Malewitz, a reading by Marjorie Sandor from her new edited collection, The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows (Feb. 2015, St. Martin’s/Griffin), a performance by The Reader & The Listener, and a screening of The Haunting, the 1963 adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House. 7 p.m., at the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue.

Friday, Oct. 31

The SPP Brownbag Series continues at noon when Dr. Michael Jones (Political Science) and Holly Peterson (Public Policy) present “A River Runs through It: A Multiple Streams Framework Meta-Review.” The brownbag will be held in Fairbanks 304. The event is free and open to the OSU community.

School of Psychological Science Fall Colloquia — Dr. Jason Silveria, assistant professor of music presents “Physiological responses to music performance errors,”  4 p.m., Reed Lodge Room 111.

Upcoming Events

November 5 — OSU’s School of Writing, Literature, and Film invites CLA friends and faculty to a celebration/open house of our 2nd floor remodeled lobby and classrooms in Moreland Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.  Please join us in celebrating this new student activity space and landmark of our School’s history, present, and future.


Jacob Darwin Hamblin, associate professor of history at Oregon State University, has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Paul Birdsall Prize for his book Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism (Oxford University Press, 2013). The Birdsall Prize is awarded biennially by the American Historical Association (AHA) to honor the most important work published in English on European military or strategic history since 1870.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Sebastian Heiduschke, Associate Professor in World Languages and Cultures, traveled to Arizona State University on Friday, Oct. 24 to give an invited lecture about the impact of German film on both sides of the Berlin Wall. The event was part of the 25th anniversary celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall, funded by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington DC, the School of International Letters and Cultures and the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at ASU.

Sarina Saturn, Assistant Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences gave a talk at Mercy Corps in Portland on the neuroscience of resilience on Thursday, Oct. 23.  Her work is also featured in a new book, “A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity” by Nicolas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn. She will also be presenting her research at the Science of Compassion conference on November 10 in San Francisco, and will be co-hosting a day-long trauma resilience workshop with Living Yoga and Unfold Studios in Portland on November 15.

Assistant professor of political science Alison Johnston recently published the article, “Comparative Institutional Advantage in Europe’s Sovereign Debt Crisis,” in the journal Comparative Political Studies. 47(13) 1771-1800.

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