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CLA This Week — 4/13/15


Monday, April 13

Mobility Beyond the Automobile: Transportation as Persuasion — How do we envision and build the transportation of tomorrow when we’re dependent on conceptions of automobile mobility that are over a century old?  In this talk, Ehren Pflugfelder, Center for the Humanities Research Fellow and faculty in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, illustrates a rhetoric of transportation and suggests that new designs should be based on the understanding that transportation is persuasive. 4 p.m., Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue.

Sexual Violence against Indigenous Women in Guatemala — Gabriela Rivera, a human rights lawyer from Guatemala, is currently pursuing justice for indigenous women who have been victimized by sexual violence in Central America. Ms. Rivera, who will be speaking, has a long history of working with women who have endured violence and has participated in preparing and presenting petitions to the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights. Sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial Program at Oregon State University. Join the event on Facebook. 7:30 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Auditorium.

Tuesday, April 14

Pain and Perseverance in Guatemala — an exhibition of photos by Speech Communication professor Trischa Goodnow in support of the struggle for social and environmental justice in Guatemala. Please join us for a reception in The Little Gallery, 210 Kidder Hall, 3-5 p.m.  All are invited!

A Virtual Tour of Auschwitz — Although there were other Nazi extermination camps, Auschwitz-Birkenau is the best known. More than one million perished there. Marta D. Kunecka, who teaches philosophy at OSU, conducted tours of Auschwitz while in graduate school in Krakow, Poland. With the help of PowerPoint and other visual aids, she will recreate the experience of touring the Auschwitz complex, providing the audience with a sense of what prisoners saw and experienced there. Sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial Program at Oregon State University. Join the event on Facebook. 7:30 p.m., MU Horizon Room.

Wednesday, April 15

Science and Politics: Friends or Foes? — Nationally syndicated radio program Philosophy Talk returns to Oregon State University for a live show taping with Philosophy Professor Sharyn Clough. The ideal of science is objectivity in the service of advancing knowledge. We tend to assume that to be objective, scientists must keep their politics from influencing their work. But time and time again we see that science, even some of our best science, is awash in political influences. Could politics sometimes have a positive effect on objectivity in science? Join the event on Facebook. 7 p.m., Withycombe Hall Main Stage.

Watchers of the Sky (Film Screening) — This film, which was produced in 2014 and won a number of major awards at film festivals, including Sundance, is a documentary about Raphael Lemkin, the man who in 1944 coined the term “genocide,” and made it a recognizable crime in international law. Lemkin, a student of international law, was a Polish Jew who escaped to the U.S. in 1940 but lost more than 40 members of his family in the Holocaust. Sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial Program at Oregon State University. Join the event on Facebook. 7 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Auditorium.

Thursday, April 16

Human Rights Law and the Issue of Violence against Women — Elizabeth Heineman, chair of the Department of History at the University of Iowa, will examine international humanitarian law and human rights law regarding violence against women. As she will note, sexual violence in settings of armed conflict may now be prosecuted as a grave violation of international humanitarian law, yet many states lack adequate frameworks to address “peacetime” issues covered under the human rights framework, such as intimate partner violence. Sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial Program at Oregon State University. Join the event on Facebook. 7:30 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Auditorium.

Friday, April 17

Music à la Carte: Anthea Kreston, violin; with Asya Gulia, piano. Noon, OSU Memorial Union Lounge, Free.

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. 1 p.m., Milam Hall, Room 301.

Speech Communication Colloquium — Dr. Colin Hesse, Assistant Professor in Speech Communication, will present his research, “Exploring the Relational Correlates of Affection Deprivation,” from 4–5:00 p.m. in Shepard Hall 106.

Saturday, April 18

Corvallis Repertory Singers present Pirates of Penzance — 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Whiteside Theater, Corvallis. $12 & $15, High school and college students free with ID.
Concert Version featuring Anna Rikli as Mabel, Nicholas Larson as Frederick, Brice Cloyd as the Major General, Anne Hubble as Ruth, and Greg Zielke as the Pirate King. www.repsing.org.

Upcoming Events

Religious Rights and Human Rights — How has the promotion of religious rights figured into the larger effort to protect and advance human rights? Today’s distinguished panel explores this complicated question. Our panel, which includes Holocaust survivor Judge Thomas Buergenthal, as well as CLA professors Rena Lauer, Amy Koehlinger, Stuart Sarbacker, and Paul Kopperman, will explore the historical, philosophical, legal, and experiential dimensions of this question. Join the event on Facebook. Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol, Portland, Ore.

From a World of Fear to a World of Hope — Auschwitz survivor Thomas Buergenthal will speak to us about his experiences during the Holocaust, which are chronicled in his highly acclaimed memoir, A Lucky Child; as well as his legal career, during which he has labored to make international law an ever-more-effective tool in combating human rights abuses. Buergenthal has held a series of chairs in distinguished schools of law and is currently the Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at the George Washington University School of Law. He has also served as a judge on several international tribunals that deal heavily in human rights cases, including the International Court of Justice (a.k.a. “The World Court”). Sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial Program at Oregon State University.  Join event on Facebook. Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium.

Visiting Artists & Lecture Series: Friending Big Brother — Artist Hasan Elahi will discuss the new normal of post 9/11 privacy and describe his experience with FBI interrogations and his subsequent creative projects. Elahi has presented his work in numerous exhibitions at venues worldwide, and has spoken at the Tate Modern, the Einstein Forum, and the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, to name a few. He is currently an associate professor of art at the University of Maryland. Wednesday, April 29, 7 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center. A reception precedes the talk at 6 p.m.


2015 Association of Office Professionals Member of the Year and Boss of the Year Awards — The Oregon State University Association of Office Professionals was formed to foster awareness, excellence, and professionalism in the ranks of office personnel. This award recognizes contributions toward these goals by individual members through creative approaches and consistently high performance as a professional in ways that benefit Oregon State University. To find out more about nominations, which are due April 24, visit the AOP awards web page or contact Laurie Wyant in CLA Advising.

Awards and Honors

Nabil Boudraa, SLCS, has received a NEH Fellowship Award to participate in the 2015 Summer Institute “The Alhambra and Spain’s Islamic Past”, which will take place in Granada, Spain.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

On Thurs. April 16, Evan Gottlieb (Associate Professor, SWLF) will be speaking at Syracuse University on the subject of “Speculative Romanticism: Schelling, Coleridge, DeLanda.” He will also lead a publication workshop for SU graduate students in English and related fields on 4/17.

Juan Antonio (Tony) Trujillo, of SLCS recently screened his short documentary Companions: Lessons from Gay Mormon Missionaries at the 2015 Ethnografilm festival held in Montmartre’s historic Ciné 13 in Paris.


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