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CLA This Week — 5/4/15


Monday, May 4

Our Common Sensorium: Rhetoric, Pathe, and Movements of the Social — What is it that moves when we talk about a “social movement?” In this talk, Tim Jensen, Center for the Humanities Research Fellow, and Assistant Professor and Director of Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, presents a rhetorical history of collective environmental guilt, and argues that when we understand how our emotions are crafted at a collective level, we are better equipped to facilitate social change. 4 p.m., Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue.

Tuesday, May 5

OSU Art: Fairbanks GalleryMay 4–27, 2015; Reception: 12-1 p.m., Tuesday, May 5. Frank Boyden: Oregon Icon, an exhibit of prints by Frank Boyden opens to the public on May 4 in Fairbanks Gallery. From his very first experiments with a series of lithographs depicting fish and bones, Frank Boyden has now pursued printmaking for nearly 30 years. Boyden’s printmaking reveals both his love of nature and his passionate alter ego through skillful and intuitive linear imagery that relays the powerful graphic quality of printmaking.  

Wednesday, May 6

Black Citizenship in Crisis: World War I and Its Aftermath — Adriane Lentz-Smith of Duke University will talk about how World War I supplied a new field in the battle for freedom rights nearly four decades after the end of Reconstruction. Lentz-Smith’s most recent book is “Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I” (Harvard University Press, 2009). 4:00 p.m., Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, Meeting Room.

Friday, May 8

The SPP Brownbag Series continues at noon when Dr. Paul Thompson (Economics) presents “Ballot Order, Ballot Roll-Off, and Home Sales.” The brownbag will be held in Fairbanks 304. The event is free and open to the OSU community.

Anthropology Tan Sack Series — Univ. of Kansas Ph.D. candidate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Megan Lease, will give a lecture on how contemporary Christian women’s increased participation in sport has changed gender roles within evangelical families and churches. The talk, “‘A Strong Woman of the Lord’: Athletic Gender Complexity in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Magazine, 1970-2013,” will be in 201 Waldo Hall at noon.

What is Citizenship? Five Disciplinary Perspectives — In this roundtable, OSU scholars will discuss disciplinary perspectives of and methodologies for researching ideas and practices of citizenship. Panelists include Natchee Barnd and Crystal Boson from the School of Language, Culture, and Society, Marisa Chappell from the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion; Christina León from the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, and Megan Spencer, a graduate student in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.   This panel is part of the ongoing Citizenship and Crisis Initiative. 4:00 p.m., Memorial Union, La Raza Room.

An Evening with David Gessner —  Gessner is the author of the forthcoming new book, “All the Wild that Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner and the American West,” and eight earlier books, including “Return of the Osprey,” which was chosen by the Boston Globe as one of the top ten nonfiction books of the year and the Book-of-the-Month club as one of its top books of the year. He is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he founded the national literary journal, Ecotone. 7:30 p.m., Valley Library Rotunda.

Saturday, May 9

Lambda Pi Eta, the national honorary fraternity in Speech Communication, will host its 3rd Annual Communication Conference on Saturday, May 9 from 11-3 in Room 206 in the MU. Undergraduate and Graduate Students will be presenting their research. Following paper presentations there will be a reception and Officer Induction. All are welcome.

Kim Komenich, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, will present a free, public lecture entitled “A Multimedia Journey” at 7 p.m., in the Construction & Engineering Hall of LSC.  Komenich discusses his life as a photojournalist and his transition to a multimedia storyteller. A reception will precede the lecture from 6-7. Sponsored by New Media Communications & Speech Communication.

Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10

The American Conversations “Citizenship and Crisis” Conference brings Oregon State undergraduate and graduate students together in a series of panels that explore ideas of American citizenship from different disciplinary perspectives. On Saturday, May 9, 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., OSU undergraduates will consider subjects such as law enforcement in an era of mass incarceration, queer biographies in graphic narratives, and the difficulty of representing American capitalism in creative fiction.  On Sunday, May 10, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., OSU graduates will explores subjects such as the history of Oregon multicultural education, the significance of fictional truths in American science policies, and the difficulties of representing nature in post-natural literature. Both events will take place at the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue.

Upcoming Events 

Lorenzo Trigurgo, Photography, will be giving a talk followed by a reception on Monday, May 18th, 4:30 – 6 p.m. at the Native American Long House Eena Haws. Triburgo be discussing his project Transportraits, portraits of transgender men set against painted landscapes that explores his perspectives on American masculinity in relation to the role of photographic representation.Triburgo will also be discussing a new work-in-progress addressing queer incarceration. Hosted by OSU’s Men’s Development and Engagement.


Sebastian Heiduschke, Associate Professor of German in the School of Language, Culture, and Society, recently spoke about East German cinema and about film culture in Corvallis on World Views at KGOU. The full interview can be found at http://kgou.org/post/gaining-insight-east-german-culture-through-film-and-literature.

Awards and Honors

Assistant Professor of History Christopher McKnight Nichols is one of two winners of the Phi Kappa Phi Emerging Scholar Award at Oregon State. He will be honored this Tuesday, May 5, at the chapter banquet.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

David Kerr of the School of Psychological Science (SPS) had a paper accepted for publication in Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The title of the paper is “Event-level associations of marijuana and heavy alcohol use with intercourse and condom use.” Former SPS students Mackenzie Morris and Katherine Lewis Westerman co-authored the paper.

Aden Hassan, Kalilah Hyman, and David Kerr of the School of Psychological Science recently presented a project entitled “Using Skin Phototype to More Accurately Assess Risk of Vitamin D Insufficiency in Young Women of Color” at the Black Graduate Students’ Association Research Forum on April 23.

Nabil Boudraa of World Languages and Cultures has just published an article “Les écrivains francophones du Maghreb face à la langue française: Lingua franca ou “gueule du loup ?” in a special issue of the  International Journal of Francophone Studies Volume 18 Number 1 – 2015, entiled “Multilingual Francophone African Identities”.Guest-edited by Charlotte Baker and Delphine Grass.

The translation of Spanish professor Kayla García’s book on Latino leaders was released this year with the title Líderes latinos del siglo XXI: Latinas y latinos que están transformando la sociedad.  It was translated by the Mexican author Brianda Domecq.  Floricanto Press, December 2014. Also released recently: A hardcopy version of La vendedora de nubes/Cloud for Sale!, a bilingual edition with Kayla García’s translation of the children’s story by Elena Poniatowska.  Floricanto Press, 2014 (hardcopy 2015).

  • Garcia also presented her work at a recent talk at Casa Latinos Unidos in Corvallis, and at two conferences: “Latino and Latina Leaders,” for United States Hispanic Leadership Institute national conference, Chicago, Ill., 2/14/2015; and “Latino Leadership,” for César E. Chávez Leadership Conference, Western Oregon University, 3/7/15.   Presented with Oscar Mayor and Anesat Leon-Guerrero.

Distinguished Professor of Art History at OSU-Cascades Henry Sayre recently presented the following:

  • “Landscapes and Containers: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby,” at the University of Rochester, Memorial Gallery, March 1, 2015.
  • “Value in Art: Manet and the Slave Trade,” University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, March 26, 2015.
  • “’The World Won’t Listen’: Cultural Identity and the Globalization of Music Video,” Humanities Education and Research Association (HERA) annual convention, San Francisco, April 11, 2015.

Associate professor of English at OSU-Cascades Neil Browne will be presenting the following:

  •  “Aesthetic Eyesores in the Local Condition: Robert Smithson, Allen Ginsberg, and William Carlos Williams” at the Eleventh Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment at the University of Idaho from June 23-27.  The conference theme is “Notes from the Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts.”
  • “Participatory Grace: Calvinism, Pragmatism, and the Ethics of Grace in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead” at the Thirteenth International Connotations Symposium at the University of Tübingen, Germany from July 26-30.  The conference theme is “Poetic Justice: Legal, Ethical,, and Aesthetic Judgments in Literary Texts.”

Associate professor of Art at OSU-Cascades Sandy Brooke’s recent honors and exhibitions include:

  • 2015 Juror, Bound and Unbound III: Altered Book Exhibition,  Juried International Exhibition, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
  • 2015 Visiting Artist University of South Dakota: Lecture on Growth as an Artist, Graduate art critiques for MFA and BFA students 
  • Franklin Crossing Art in the Atrium, group, Bend, Or.-invitational.
  • Portland Art Museum, Rental Sales Gallery, Spring Exhibition, group, Portland, Or.-juried.

Director of the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing at OSU-Cascades Emily Carr’s recent publications/fellowship/presentations include:

  • “whosoever has let a minotaur enter them or a sonnet” — McSweeney’s Poetry Series (August 2015)
  • “Stay This Moment: The Autopsy Lyrics Acts 3 & 4.” Little Red Leaves Textile Series (2015)
  • Emily Dickinson House Fellowship, East Flanders, Belgium, September 2015
  • “Straight No Chaser: 3 Feral Manoeuvres.” The Poetic Animal Symposium. University of Sydney, March 2015.
  • “13 Ways We’re The MFA You’ve Been Waiting For.” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference. Minneapolis, 2015.
  • “Think Poems For Immediate Consumption: Dirty Sonnets & Strange Loops.” Association for the Study of Literature & the Environment Biennial Conference. Moscow, Idaho, June 2015. Co-written with Laura Winberry, OSU-Cascades MFA Student.
  • “Rough Notes Towards a Feral Poetics of the High Desert.” Oregon Natural Desert Association Annual Conference. Bend, Oregon, October 2014.
  • “My Gertrude Stein: Celebrity, A Colossus, & The Weights of Heaven.” A Valentine to Gertrude Stein: The Reception of Gertrude Stein in the Arts & Humanities. University of Copenhagen, April 2014.

Anthropology instructor at OSU-Cascades Elizabeth Marino’s recent grants include:

  • Principal Investigator. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Title: Community Resilience Related to Marine Reserve Implementation. $10,756.
  • Co-Principal Investigator. Oregon Sea Grant: Oregon State University. Title: Assessing New Measures and Conceptual Relationships in Coastal Resilience and Well-Being, Kreg Lindberg, PI. $10,000.
  • Principal Investigator. University of Rochester. Title: Promoting Firearm Safety for Suicide Prevention in Primary Care. Susan Keys, Lead PI. $39,998.
  • Co-Principal Investigator. High Desert Museum. Title: Children’s Forest of Central Oregon Evaluative Study. Ryan Reese, PI. $29,962.
  • Co-Principal Investigator. US Fish and Wildlife Service. Title: Understanding Native Cultural Dimensions of Climate Change in the Great Basin. Phil Mote, PI. $50,000.


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