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CLA This Week — 5/18/15


Monday, May 18

Renaissance Drama’s Disability Aesthetic — How did the English Renaissance stage forms of physical difference in both performance and print? Allison Hobgood, visiting scholar at the Center for the Humanities and professor of English & Women’s and Gender Studies at Willamette University, will examine disability as an aesthetic mode in 16th- and 17th-century drama at 4 p.m., at the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue. Hobgood is the author of Passionate Playgoing in Early Modern England and co-editor of the collection Recovering Disability in Early Modern England.

Lorenzo Trigurgo, Photography, will be giving a talk followed by a reception on Monday, May 18, 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.

War, Borders, and the Human Rights of Immigrant Labor in Contemporary European Cinema — Both World War I and II lend to massive population displacements, and this talk examines the legacy of those events in terms of how they continue to drive immigration policy in contemporary Europe. Professor Elizabeth Anker (Cornell) will engage these debates about migration and the long aftermath of war through analyses of a series of recent European films that address assaults upon the human rights of unauthorized migrants and refugees. 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union, Horizon Room. Sponsored by theCitizenship and Crisis Initiative.

Tuesday, May 19

The Norma Seibert Printmaking Scholarship and MU Concourse Gallery Printmaking Student Show Reception is scheduled on Tuesday, May 19, 6 p.m. in the MU Joyce Powell Journey Room.

The Co – OSU’s maker fair celebration – launches its film series this week with 2 titles — Sketches of Frank Gehry, about the renowned architect and his process of design. May 19, 6:30 p.m. Owen 103; and Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft and Design, a documentary of current trends in independent craft making around America. May 20, 6:30 p.m. Milam Auditorium. For more information about The Co, contact create@oregonstate.edu.

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony presents its final concert of the season, “Music and Courage,” at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Music director and OSU Professor of Music Marlan Carlson will conduct Shostakovich’s iconic 4th and 5th Symphonies. Guest conductor Sean Paul Mills, music instructor and conductor of the Mid-Willamette Valley Symphony Orchestra, will lead Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” with narration by CLA Associate Dean Marion Rossi. For tickets and further information: http://cosusymphony.org.

Thursday, May 21

Film professor Jon Lewis will present his Distinguished Professor lecture, “Hollywood Confidential: Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles,” at 2 p.m. in the Hallie Ford Center, room 115.

Upcoming Events

June 1-14 — OSU Graduating Art Seniors Exhibit and Reception in Fairbanks Gallery. See the artwork of nineteen of OSU’s most creative art students in their final exhibition.  A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 in Fairbanks Gallery. During the reception, the President’s Award for Excellence in Art will be announced; Provost Sabah Randhawa will present the Provost’s Purchase Award; and Larry Rodgers, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will present the CLA Dean’s Purchase Award. Senior of Distinction awards will also be presented to outstanding seniors.


Associate Professor of Philosophy Allen Thompson has been awarded a three-month fellowship for AY 2015-16 at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Stacey Smith of the School of History, Philosophy and Religion will be took part in a special panel on unfree labor and slavery in the West at the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles (aka the Autry Museum) on May 15. The panel kicked off the museum’s new exhibit, “Empire and Liberty: The Civil War and the West.” More details about the panel can be found at: http://theautry.org/programs/slavery-and-unfree-labor-seminar.

Dr. Patti Watkins in the School of Psychological Science recently presented a talk on Sizeism sponsored by the Diversity Resource Center at the University of Washington-Tacoma.

Dr. Sarina Saturn of the School of Psychological Science, and former MAIS student Walter Piper, published a paper this month entitled “Autonomic and prefrontal events during moral elevation” in the journal Biological Psychology.  This articles describes what happens in the body and the brain during moral elevation, an emotional state elicited by witnessing compassionate acts. Their study was funded by an NSF CAREER grant.

A selection of hand-painted animations, paintings and projections by Shelley Jordon, Professor of Art, are included in the exhibition  Moving Pictures: Early Animation and its Influence currently on view at the Sun Valley Center in Ketchum, ID. Professor Jordon will be giving a talk about her hand-drawn films and their connection to her drawing and painting studio practices on  Thursday, July 2.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Joshua Weller recently published two papers. The first, titled, “Decision-making competence predicts domain-specific risk attitudes” was written with colleagues from the University of Verona (Italy) and Idaho State University.  The second, entitled, “Decision-making competence predicts expected-value sensitivity, but not overall risk-taking: An examination of concurrent validity,” was written with a colleague from the RAND Foundation. Both manuscripts will appear in Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition.

Jason Silveira, assistant professor of music education recently published an article which concluded that nearly a third of college marching band members surveyed in a national study observed hazing in their programs but few of the students reported the activities, often because of fears of retribution or loss of social standing, according to researchers. Public verbal humiliation and public degradation were the most common forms of hazing reported by the band members. The article was published in the Journal of Research in Music Education.

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