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CLA this Week — 11/17/14


Monday, Nov. 17

School of Public Policy, Political Science, American Politics Job Talk —  2:30-4:00 p.m., MU 211. Dr. Benjamin Newman, Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut, will present “Diversity of A Different Kind: Gentrification and its Impact on Social Capital and Political Engagement in Black Communities,” on the literature that examines the effect of residential integration on political behavior primarily focuses on how whites react to the entrance of non-whites into their communities.

Center for the Humanities Lecture — Ray Malewitz, 2013-14 Center Research Fellow, and faculty in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, will discuss the presence and purpose of animals in Western literary narratives and ask, “Can Literary Animals Have Agency?” at 4 p.m. in the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue.

Tuesday, Nov. 18

Are your students interested in a short-term study abroad experience in Cuba? Please let them know about the first informational session being held today at 5:00 p.m. in Gilkey Hall Room 305. Now in its third year, the program consists of a spring term prep course and two weeks in Cuba in June. The program is open to all majors and both graduate and undergraduate students. For additional information visit: http://ie3global.org/.

Spirituality in Physician-Patient Relationships — Do questions of spirituality and religious meaning arise in physician-patient interactions? Should physicians participate in prayers or other religious rituals? Join a panel of four local physicians who will address the treatment of the physical body and its spiritual and religious implications. 7 p.m., Memorial Union Journey Room.

Wednesday, Nov. 19

Assistant professor of history Christopher Nichols will be involved in a live panel on OPB’s Think Out Loud, which is scheduled to be taped in front of a live audience at the Portland City Hall next week at noon. Nichols will be talking about foreign policy, the coming Republican majority and its influence on foreign relations, and also reflecting on the legacy of WWI.

Thursday, Nov. 20

Combating Climate Change: Will a carbon tax fly in Oregon? — Join us for a public forum on carbon pricing viewed from three distinct perspectives: economics (Jeff Renfro: Senior Economist and Jenny Liu: Assistant Director or the Northwest Economic Research Center), legal (Nancy Shurtz: University of Oregon Law School Professor), and public policy (Kirstin Eberhard: Senior Researcher at Sightline Institute).  7 p.m., Linus Pauling Science Center – Room 125.

Friday, Nov. 21

Disability Studies @ 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 306.

Upcoming Events

December 3Teaching at a Land Grant University: A Commitment to Local Knowledges, Dr. Adela C. Licona — The Center for Latino/a Studies and Engagement and the Difference, Power, and Discrimination Program present a lecture by Dr. Adela C. Licona, Associate Professor and Director of the Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English Program at the University of Arizona. This presentation addresses the establishment and the expressed mission and mandates of public universities in the United States through the granting of federal lands in order to more deeply consider their (missed) democratic potentials.


In an attempt to animate the practice of “critical localism,” the presentation will draw from works relevant to Oregon’s environmental and human history, that integrate science and the humanities to consider how such works might invite multiple knowledges into a number of classes from those in environmental and social sciences to those teaching rhetoric, poetry, and writing. 12-2:30 p.m., MU 208. Lunch will be served.


The Native American Longhouse Eena Haws is looking for Native American readers to participate in the reading of two plays by First Nation dramatists Yvette Nolan and Drew Taylor. Waylon Lenk, M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from State University of New York and member of the Karuk Tribe, will be on campus winter term directing. The readings will take place in the winter term at the Native American Longhouse (NAL) Eena Haws on the OSU main campus. Contact Charlotte Headrick, Theatre, or Natchee Barnd, Ethnic Studies, for more information.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Theatre Arts Professor Charlotte Headrick presented a paper “Channeling the Scots Irish in the North Georgia foothills: Directing Frank McGuiness’s “Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme” at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association meeting in Atlanta, Georgia hosted by Georgia State University on November 8, 2014.
Also, her most recent book, Irish Women Dramatists: 1908-2001 was just released by Syracuse University Press: http://syracuseuniversitypress.syr.edu/fall-2014/irish-women-dramatists.html.

Assistant professor of psychology Kathleen Bogart recently published the following online, in advance of print: Bogart, K. R., & Tickle-Degnen, L. (2014). Looking beyond the face: A training to improve perceivers’ impressions of people with facial paralysis. Patient Education and Counseling. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2014.09.010.

Nana Osei-Kofi, Associate Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies delivered a keynote address, “Difference and Vulnerability in Social Justice Work” at the ACPA Institute on Social Justice, held at Seattle University on November 10, 2014.

Hua-yu Li of Political Science has just published an article “From Revolutionary Party to Ruling Party: The CCP’s Adoption of Soviet Governing Structure in the Early 1950s.” The article appeared in a special issue, The Forgotten Decade in Modern China Studies.

Director of OSU’s popular music program Dana Reason has just released the CD version of “Reasoning,” the first part of a two-part recording session completed as part of an Artist-in Residence award she received Dec. 2013 at Jack Straw Studios in Seattle. The jazzy-pop album includes OSU faculty: Mike Gamble (guitar), and Shawn Trail (live session producer). It also features Seattle cellist Lori Goldston (of Nirvana fame), virtuoso bassist Mark Dresser (NY/UCSD), and drummer/music gaming producer Peter Valsamis (LA). Reason composed, arranged and performed all the music on the recording. Reason will perform a CD release concert in Corvallis Wed. Feb. 18th (venue TBC).

Assistant professor of history Christopher Nichols recently published as an exclusive on Armistice Day and the global effects of WWI in the Huffington Post as a lead on their The World Post page. Also, on Nov. 15 he gave an invited talk about the “Legacy of Wilsonianism in the ‘Interwar’ Years” as part of a multi-day conference entitled “Reflections on The New Era: Reassessing the 1920s” at Williams College (Williamstown, MA).

Natalie Dollar, of the School of Arts & Communication OSU-Cascades, recently presented at So Many Roads: The World of the Grateful Dead, a conference at San Jose State University.  Her talk entitled “A Cultural Rhetoric of Remembrance” explored how devout fans of the Grateful Dead, Deadheads, utilize the “Steal Your Face” symbol as a communicative scene of cultural remembrance, a scene characterized by a prism of communication dialectics. She is also serving as Co-PI on a team of OSU-Cascades and Culver Educational School District researchers and teachers was recently awarded K-12/University Partnership, 2013-2014 No Child Left Behind: Oregon University / School Partnership Program Title II-A Grant for $240K to fund a study titled Cultivating a STEM Learning Community in rural Oregon. Additionally, Dollar serves as as Co-PI on a team of OSU-Cascades and Culver Educational School District researchers and teachers was recently awarded an Oregon Department of Education STEM Lab School Grant for $475K for the Cascades STEM Lab School Cooperative.

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