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CLA This Week — 2/23/15


Monday, Feb. 23

Depression in the 17th and 18th Century — The Something Old, Something Blue exhibition showcases artifacts from the combined Horner Museum and Benton County Historical Society artifact collections, with an emphasis on the color blue. Complementing this new exhibit, the Benton County Historical Society is hosting a 5 week lecture series, the Benton Lectures. As part of this series, Horning Professor Dr. Anita Guerrini will be presenting a lecture on “Obesity and Depression in the Enlightenment” at 10 a.m. in Moreland Auditorium, at the Benton County Historical Museum.

Republican Revival: The Election of 1952, Taft, Ike, and Conservative Isolationism — a Center for the Humanities Research Fellow Lecture. Christopher McKnight Nichols, history faculty in the OSU School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, is a 2014-2015 Center Research Fellow and director of the Citizenship and Crisis Initiative. In this talk, Nichols will reveal a little-known history of the hotly-contested election of 1952 that featured Senator Robert Taft, a proponent of isolationism, and General Dwight Eisenhower, a staunch internationalist, to illuminate understanding of the changing landscape of U.S. Foreign and domestic policy. 4 p.m., Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave.

Tuesday, Feb.24

Virginia Woolf and Feminism Lecture — Pamela Caughie (Professor of English and Faculty in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies, Loyola University Chicago) will deliver an OSU Critical Questions Lecture entitled “‘those queer dead women’: Woolf and Feminism” from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Room 213.

Fixed: Film Screening and Q&A with Director Regan Brashear —  What does “disabled” mean when a man with no legs can run faster than most people in the world? From bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening, researchers around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body. The new documentary FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement takes a close look at the drive to be “better than human” and the radical technological innovations that may take us there. 7 p.m., Memorial Union, 213: Pan-Afrikan Sankofa Room.

Wednesday, Feb.25

What Does a Socially Conscious University Look Like? —  Join a coalition of faculty, staff, and student organizations for a community dialogue about the learning and working conditions at OSU and the ways in which we can all work together to ensure that OSU embodies the values of social justice.  Noon, Memorial Union, 213: Pan-Afrikan Sankofa Room. The event is sponsored by the OSU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, Allied Students for Another Politics, Coalition of Graduate Employees, Service Employees International Union503 Sub-Local 083, Movimiento Estudantil Chicano/a de Aztlan, the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures, and Student Leadership Involvement/Intercultural Student Services.

Boyling Mad: On Editing the Works of Robert Boyle — Edward Davis, Professor of the History of Science at Messiah University, will discuss his research and experience editing the Works of Robert Boyle. 4 p.m., Milam Hall, Room 301.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Concert — Between Two World Wars, directed by Marlan Carlson. Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem, Prokofiev: Concerto No. 2 for Violin with Jessica Lambert, soloist, Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4. Wednesday, February 25, 7:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, $20 – $32, OSU students free with ID. cosusymphony.org

Thursday, Feb.26

OSU Jazz at the Majestic — 7:30 p.m., Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. OSU students free with ID.  K-12 youth free with one paid adult admission. Advance tickets available on line only at tickettomato.com

Friday, Feb. 27

Join us from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 305 Gilkey for the Winter Political Science Seminar Series Talk, “Flirting With Disaster: The Curse of Public Debt in Prosperous Developed Countries” with Dr. Zsofia Barta from the College of Public Affairs, University of Albany, New York.

Music à la Carte — Sunghee Kim, piano.  Bach: Partita No. 2 BWV 826, Liszt: Ballade No. 2, Bach – Petri: Sheep May Safely Graze,  Chopin: Ballade No. 4 , op. 52. Noon, Memorial Union Lounge.

Documentary Filmmaking Workshop — Students and faculty are invited to attend this workshop, in which Sue Arbuthnot and Richard Wilhelm discuss their approach to documentary filmmaking, including commissioned and independent films, drawing on their 20-year careers. They describe the process of filmmaking, from conception through post-production, including finding dynamic subjects, financing, filming on location, scripting, editing, and music. Using clips from several of their films, they discuss how to create poignant stories that make an impact. They also address their experience with distribution and marketing, essential but often-overlooked components to the filmmaking process. 2 – 5 p.m., 112 Kearney Hall.

Dryland Documentary Screening — Documentary filmmaking attendees and others are encouraged to attend a free screening of the film Dryland, by Sue Arbuthnot and Richard Wilhelm. 7 p.m., The La Sells Stewart Center.

Sunday, March 1

Steinway Piano Series Concert — Simon Trpčeski, of Macedonia performs Brahms: Three Intermezzi, op. 117; Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, op. 24; Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales; Poulenc: Trois Novelettes, 15 Improvisations, Tocatta from Trois Pièces. 4 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. $20 advance, $25 at the door. corvallispiano.org

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 4— Photography Faculty Talk: The Photography Faculty, Julia Bradshaw, Kerry Skarbakka and Lorenzo Triburgo will be discussing their work and the face of the new Photography Program at OSU. The talk starts at 4 p.m. in the Fairbanks Gallery. Seating is limited, but late-comers are welcome. The Photography Faculty Exhibit is also ongoing until March 10 at the Fairbanks Gallery.


Associate professor of English Evan Gottlieb recently accepted an invitation to join the “Editorial Board of Studies in the Novel,” one of the top peer-reviewed journals in literary studies.

Applications due Feb. 27 for Graduate Student Writing Retreats at Shotpouch Cabin: OSU faculty members are invited to nominate graduate students in the humanities or environmental sciences for a writing retreat sponsored by the Spring Creek Project. The Retreat gives students exclusive use of the Cabin at Shotpouch Creek for one week (March 23-29) and a stipend of $250 per person. For more information: https://springcreekproject.submittable.com/submit/36459

The first issue of the new Writing 121 publication, The Exchange: A Forum for Writers, Readers and New Perspectives is out. The Exchange is an initiative of Tim Jensen, Director of Writing, the WR 121 GTAs, and the School of Writing, Literature, and Film.  This Barometer insert is supported in part by the Office of Academic Affairs, and serves as a demonstration project of student success in writing. Copies are available in Gilkey Hall.

Awards and Honors

Jeff Fearnside, instructor in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, is the recipient of a 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission. Only 13 fellowships were awarded this year, just five of those to writers.

Horning Professor Emerita Mary Jo Nye, who was recently honored with a festschrift conference at OSU,has been promoted to full membership by the International Academy of the History of Science in recognition of  her scholarly contributions and impact on the history of science. She formerly was elected to corresponding membership.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Paul L. Farber, Distinguished Professor of History and Zoology Emeritus, delivered the 2015 George  Sarton Memorial Lecture at the recent meeting of the American Association for the Advance of Science in San Jose, California. Professor Farber spoke to an assemblage of 300 scientists on “Darwinian Evolution and Human Race.”

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