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CLA this Week — 11/3/14


Tuesday, Nov. 4

The Humanitarian Engineering program, in partnership with CLA, the Division of Outreach & Engagement, the College of Public Health, and other parts of the campus community, welcomes Jamie Bechtel to campus.  A leader in international conservation, she is the second 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. Jamie will join us for many activities, including a public lecture from 4:30 – 6 p.m.  in Kearney 112 (free reception starting at 4 p.m.). For more information, contact 541-737-5589 or http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/heatosu/jamie-bechtel-november-4-5-2014/ 

Wednesday, Nov. 5

Perspectives on World War 1 —  Join us for a panel discussion with SHPR’s Joseph Orosco, Jacob Hamblin, Christopher Nichols, and Kara Ritzheimer, who will examine the global dimensions of the conflict, anarchism and the power of nationalism, the legacy of chemical weapons and the relationship between citizens and the state. This event will also feature a special exhibit of WWI archival materials. 4 p.m., Valley Library, 5th Floor, Special Collections and Archive Center.

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,  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.

Religion, Gender, and the Body —  The sixth event in this year’s Ideas Matter series will be two presentations and a discussion on Religion, Gender, and the Body. Susan Shaw, director of the School of Language, Culture and Society, will present on Bodies, the Erotic, and Joy: Feminist Theological Perspectives, and assistant professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Crystal Boson will present the talk, You Unzip Your Body and They Slide Right In: Hoodoo, Possession, and Gender Performance. 7 p.m., Memorial Union Journey Room.

Friday, Nov. 7

Another Politics — Amidst war, economic meltdown, and ecological crisis, a “new spirit of radicalism is blooming” from New York to Cairo, according to Chris Dixon. In his latest book, Another Politics, he examines the trajectory of efforts that contributed to the radicalism of Occupy Wall Street and other recent movement upsurges. Drawing on voices of leading organizers across the United States and Canada, he will present the histories and principles that shape many contemporary struggles. Noon, Milam Hall, Room 319A.

Disability Studies at OSU —  Join a group of OSU community members interested in discussing Disability Studies teaching and research, in general, and the development of a DS curriculum at OSU, in particular. 2 p.m, Milam Hall, Room 306.

Upcoming Events

November 11 — University Theatre of the School of Arts and Communication and the School of Writing, Literature, and Film will sponsor a Veteran’s Day Reading of World War I poetry and drama at 4 p.m. on November 11 in Moreland Hall lobby.  Faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students and members of the community will be reading the poetry of Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, e.e. cummings, and many others as well as excerpts from  O’Casey’s “The Silver Tassie,”  R.C. Sheriff’s “Journey’s End,” and Frank McGuinness’s “Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme.” The event is free and seating is limited.

November 12 — Reception for Fairbanks Gallery artist Ralph Pugay, Everything Taste Like Chicken. 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12, Fairbanks Gallery. Portland based painter Ralph Pugay’s paintings are darkly humorous and disquieting. His paintings show scenes drawn from complex aspects of our contemporary lives, which the artist describes as “absurd situational narratives, constructed through the melding of incongruous symbols and ideas, where the mundane and fantastic converge.” Ralph Pugay recently won the Seattle Arts Museum’s prestigious Betty Bowen Award, which honors a Northwest artist for their original, exceptional, and compelling work.


Associate professor of history Marisa Chappell was recently interviewed for the story, The Stigma of Welfare in White Working Class America, for the website TheRealNews.com.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Professor of Theatre Arts Charlotte Headrick recently  presented a paper, “Irish Women Dramatists: An Indigenous Group” at the 30th annual meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, West, hosted by the Univ. of New Mexico, held in Santa Fe.  She has also written the introduction to Nicola McCartney’s “Cave Dwellers in the just released Staging Intercultural Ireland:  New Plays and Production Perspectives,” co-edited by Matthew Spangler and Charlotte McIvor from Cork University Press (2014).

Trischa Goodnow, Professor of Speech Communication, recently published an essay entitled, “Light from the Middle East: The Real versus the Imagined in Contemporary Photography” published in the book The Power of the Image: Emotion, Expression, Explanation edited by Andras Benedek and Kristof Nyiri.

David Kerr, Associate Professor in Psychological Science,recently  traveled to Slovenia with support from a joint Slovenia-U.S. cooperation grant to consult on a research study of a suicide prevention program for youth living in higher risk regions of the country. He also presented his research on suicide prevention at the Universities of Primorska and Ljubljana, and at a meeting of professionals in suicidology at the Tallin After Tallin meeting at the University Psychiatric Hospital in Ljubljana.

Assistant professor of history Christopher McKnight Nichols recently published the article, “The Wilson Legacy, Domestic and International,” Ch. 1, in Companion to Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover, Katherine A.S. Sibley, ed. (Wiley-Blackwell, Dec. 2014): 9-33. He will also giving an invited talk, based in large part on the chapter and on work stemming from his book, Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global, entitled “Wilsonianism in the 1920s” at Williams College (Williamstown, MA) on November 15 as part of a conference entitled “A New Look at the New Era.”

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