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CLA This Week — 5/26/15


Tuesday, May 26

World’s Largest Native American Style Flute Circle — One of the most popular baccalaureate core courses on campus, Music 108 centers on cultural diversity, oral tradition and self-expression through music study and learning to play the native flute. Led by instructor Jan Looking Wolf Reibach, students of the course, past and present, will gather on the plaza to perform with Jan and other instrumentalists and attempt to set a new world record. Memorial Union Plaza Pavilion, Free. 4 p.m.

The Co. Movie Series —  “Design & Thinking,” Owen 103, 6:30 p.m.“Design & Thinking” is a documentary exploring the idea of “design thinking.” How do we fully engage organizations to think about the changing landscape of business, culture and society? Inspired by design thinking, this documentary grabs businessman, designers, social change-makers and individuals to portrait what they have in common when facing this ambiguous 21st century.

Wednesday, May 27

Barry Kudrowitz lecture — Kudrowitz, a designer and educator, will be coming to campus to take place in The Co. activities on May 28. Tonight, at 6:15 p.m., in the Austin Hall Auditorium, he will be giving a lecture on innovation and play.

The Co. Movie Series — “Maker the Movie,” Milam Auditorium. 6:30 p.m. “Maker” is a feature-length documentary that looks into the current maker movement in America – a new wave of Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together fueled by passion and powered by the advance of new technologies.

Thursday, May 28

The Co. Maker Fair — 12 – 6 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom. The Co.,” is an interactive event showcasing the wide array of “maker” activities happening in and around Corvallis. The Co. was designed to honor the simple act of creating and to allow campus and community groups to network. It will feature an array of activities including a maker fair, speakers, interactive demonstrations, kinetic sculptures from the da Vinci Days festival and more. Exhibitors at the maker fair include several OSU departments and programs such as wood science and art students from the College of Forestry, the College of Liberal Arts, the Craft Center, robotics, Precollege Programs, the College of Business, and the OSU Solar Vehicle Team.

Additional Co. events include: 

  • Design Thinking Workshop for faculty — In conjunction with The Co., the School of Design and Human Environment in the College of Business is hosting a Design Thinking Workshop for faculty from 9 a.m. – noon. Designer and educator, Barry Kudrowitz will lead this workshop, as well as to deliver a public lecture on the value of play and creativity in innovation of new ideas, tools, and methods. Space is limited – RSVP to fracke@onid.oregonstate.edu.
  • Faculty Colloquium on the Role of Making in the College Classroom — 12 – 1 p.m., MU Ballroom East. Led by Sara Robinson from the College of Forestry. Panelists include Lee Ann Garrison (CLA), Cindy Grimm (Engineering), Jonan Donaldson (Ecampus), and Lauren Carroll (Library).
  • 3 -4:30 p.m. — Valley Lightning TalkMU Ballroom East.
  • 5 -6:15 p.m. — Frankie Flood Guest Lecture – MU Main Ballroom.

Friday, May 29

The SPP Brownbag Series continues at noon when Dr. Steven Ortiz (Sociology) presents “Insight into Recent Off-the-Field Violence in the NFL: Interpretations of Hegemonic Masculinity”. The brownbag will be held in Fairbanks 304. The event is free and open to the OSU community.

Music à la Carte: The Maharimbas —  Outside on the new, covered, Student Experience Center Plaza. Noon, Free. www.maharimbas.com/.

The Oregon State University Jazz Ensemble, directed by Ryan Biesack, will present, “OSU Jazz at The Majestic” on at 7:30 p.m. at the Majestic Theater, 115 SW 2nd Street. Tickets to OSU Jazz at the Majestic are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Advance tickets are only available online at http://tickettomato.com/event.php?event_id=2790. OSU students with ID card will be admitted for free at the door while seating is available. Youth in grades K-12 will be admitted for free with one paid adult admission.

Spring Sing!  — Bella Voce, directed by Dr. Tina Bull and the OSU Meistersingers, directed by Russ Christensen. First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe, Corvallis. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. OSU students and K-12 youth free. Advance tickets only available online at tickettomato.org. 7:30 p.m.

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.

June 5 — Anthropology Tan Sack Series — Portland State University Assoc. Professor of English Jennifer Ruth, co-author of “Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom: Three Necessary Arguments” (2015) will give a lecture focusing particularly on the dysfunctional governance plaguing campuses with the erosion of the tenure system and the increase in contingent appointments. The talk, “The Faculty Mix and its Discontents,” will be in 201 Waldo Hall at noon.


Allen Thompson of the School of History, Philosophy and Religion was recently elected VP/President-elect of the International Society for Environmental Ethics, the oldest and largest professional society in the field. Starting Jan. 1 2016, Thompson will serve as Vice President for three years, then President for the following three.

Awards and Honors

The School of History, Philosophy and Religion’s Rena Lauer has been awarded Oregon State’s inaugural Cliff and Jo Anne Trow Teaching Excellence Award. The Trows generously endowed this $1,000 award earlier this year.

Associate Professor of History Nicole von Germeten has been selected for the 2015 Women of Achievement Award, which is given out by OSU’s Women’s Center. The award is based upon her “extraordinary contribution to work that has positively impacted the lives of women.”  She will be honored at an awards presentation and reception on Tuesday, May 26, from 12-2 p.m. in the MU Journey Room.

The School of History, Philosophy and Religion’s Michael A. Osborne’s latest book, “The Emergence of Tropical Medicine in France,” has been awarded the John Lyman Book Award (honorable mention) in the category of “Naval and Maritime Science and Technology” by the North American Society for Oceanic History.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Associate professor of English Evan Gottlieb will give an invited talk,via Skype from The Center for the Humanities, to an audience at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere, England. The subject is “William Wordsworth, Contemporary Philosopher,” and it will be drawn from his book-in-progress, “Romantic Realities: Speculative Realism and British Romanticism”: http://www.wordsworth.org.uk/attend-events/2015/05/26/wordsworth-online-william-wordsworth-contemporary-philosopher.html

Assistant Professor of Philosphy Barbara Muraca recently published a critize of growth, alternative ideas of progress and the good life, and degrowth, as a part of a series on ‘progress’ in the national German newspaper TAZ.

The School of History, Philosophy, and Religion’s Hung-Yok Ip, alongside the Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica (Hsieh Kuo-Hsing / Mike Liu), with support from the Chun & Jane Chiu Foundation, are co-organizing a conference on “The Turmoil of History: Memories, Narratives, Representation, and Mid-Twentieth Century China.” The conference will take place May 28 and 29, 2015 at Academia Sinica, in Taipei, Taiwan. Prof. Ip will also be presenting on “Unexpected Ingredient: Buddhism  in Communist Revolutionaries’ Self-narration and  the Early PRC’s Emancipation Narrative.”

Assistant Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Qwo-Li Driskill’s poem, “Tal’-s-go Gal’-quo-gi Di-del’-qua-s-do-di Tsa-la-gi Di-go-whe-li / Beginning Cherokee” was published in the literary journal Aster(ix): http://asterixjournal.com/tal-s-go-gal-quo-gi/.

David Kerr of the School of Psychological Science received funding from the John C. Erkkila, M.D. Endowment for Health and Human Performance for studies of whether vitamin D insufficiency increases risk for depressive symptoms in otherwise healthy women of color. The application was made possible by a 2014 CLA Research Award and CLA administrative support from Eric Dickey.

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