Tuesday, Nov. 3
Latinidad and Morrissey: Music that Crosses Borders and Oceans — Please join us for a set of talks that explore the global phenomenon of Latina/o Morrissey fandom. Dr. Iván A. Ramos will present a talk entitled “Oh but I do: Morrissey and Latinos in the Global Imagination.” He will examine several recent representational figures of the Latina/o Morrissey fan, investigating the ways in which this figure has been leveraged within larger geopolitical questions. Alongside the talk will be a reading of MFA candidate Abigail J. Amabisca’s creative non-fiction essay, “The Generation With A Thorn In Its Side: Chican@ Youth & Morrissey.” 2-3:30 p.m., Centro Cultural César Chávez.
Wednesday, Nov. 4
Racism, Capitalism, and the Prison System — Dr. Robert Thompson and OSU graduate students Amber Moody and Zandro Lerma will discuss the connections between capitalism, racism, and the prison-industrial-complex. This discussion will center around experiences under incarceration, broad analysis of the history and perpetuation of mass-incarceration. Importantly, it will offer visions and pathways for ending mass-incarceration and bringing about a better nation and world. Noon, Memorial Union, 208, La Raza Room.
Lorenzo Triburgo of the School of Arts and Communication will have an opening reception for his multimedia project, Policing Gender. The installation of photographs and audio that explores trans and queer identities in the context of mass incarceration opens at Portland State University White Gallery with a reception from 5-7 p.m. The PSU White Gallery is located at 1825 SW Broadway Ave. Rm 250
Wild in the Willamette: Book Launch — You are invited to a celebration of the launch of “Wild in the Willamette” (OSU Press, 2015); a guidebook and literary compendium to natural areas in the mid-Willamette Valley. The goal of the book is to introduce readers to those areas of the mid-Willamette Valley that may be new to them, through enticing trail descriptions, engaging essays by noted authors, and clear maps. 6 p.m., Corvallis/Benton County Public Library.
Thursday, Nov. 5
The Iran Nuclear Accord — A panel discussion exploring the background, latest news regarding the nuclear deal with Iran. Panelists include Mark Schanfein, Principal Advisor Nonproliferation, Arms Controls, and International Safeguards at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Susan Voss, President of Global Nuclear Network Analysis; and OSU professors Jonathan Katz, Christopher McKnight Nichols and Linda Richards. Moderated by Director of Environmental Arts and Humanities Jacob Darwin Hamblin. 4 p.m., Valley Library, Special Collections and Archives Research Center.
Visiting Writers Series — Author T. Geronimo Johnson, who teaches in the MFA programs at Oregon State and Oregon State-Cascades, will give a free public reading beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow. Johnson is the author of “Hold it ‘Til it Hurts,” a PEN/Faulkner finalist. His most recent book, “Welcome to Braggsville,” was longlisted for the National Book Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
Friday, Nov. 6
Anthropology Tan Sack Series — School of Language, Culture and Society professor Juan Antonio Trujillo will present his documentary film (2014) about the tension between religious commitment and the need to live an honest life as expressed through the candid and unashamed reflections of ex-Mormon gay men. These stories, seldom heard by faithful church members or non-Mormon gays, capture the tortured eroticism of the mission experience and the resilience of the authentic self. The presentation, entitled “Director’s Comments on the film Companions: Lessons from Gay Mormon Missionaries,” will be in 201 Waldo Hall at noon.
SHPR Open House for Dads and Family Weekend — The School of History, Philosophy, and Religion will be holding a Dad’s Weekend Open House with exhibits on OSU history, the Holocaust Memorial Program, and our multiple student groups and opportunities. 3-5 p.m., Milam Hall, 3rd floor.
Visual (non)-Culture of the Selfie — 4-5 p.m., Strand Ag 160. Speech Communication Professor Dr. Trischa Goodnow will present “I Know You Are, But What Am I? The Visual (non)-Culture of the Selfie.” This presentation will draw on the works of Aristotle, Burke, Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca to examine the altered nature of the relationship between photographer and subject in a selfie. The analysis will examine the subject matter of the selfie, categorize types of selfies and demonstrate how selfies reflect the changing nature of visual culture and cultural memory.
November 9 — Emerson, The Indian Brahmo Samaj, and the American Reception of Gandhi: David Robinson, Center for the Humanities Director and Distinguished Professor of American Literature in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, will discuss how Ralph Waldo Emerson, Hindu intellectual Raja Rammohun Roy, and other 19th century liberal religious thinkers contributed to a dialogue that set the stage for the 20th century American reception of Mahatma Gandhi. Monday, Nov. 9, 4 p.m., Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue.
The OSU Forensics Team is again hosting their annual “COMMunity” Food Drive, benefiting the Linn-Benton Food Share. Through the month of November, there will be a donation bin in the lobby of Shepard Hall. All donations benefit families and students in the greater Corvallis community. Last year the team collected nearly half a ton of food, and hopes to collect even more in this drive.
The Center for the Humanities is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Resident Research Fellowship Program. The deadline to submit proposals is Thursday Jan. 14, 2016, at 5 p.m. Application forms and information about awards may be found online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/humanities/fellowship-program.
Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity
Dr. Kathleen Bogart from the School of Psychological Science will be speaking at the National Multiple Sclerosis Conference for Psychologists in Genoa, Italy on November 5. Her talk is titled: “Disability Identity Buffers Well-Being in MS and Other Mobility Disabilities.”
Assistant Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Qwo-Li Driskill’s essay, “Decolonial Skillshares: Indigenous Rhetorics as Radical Practice,” was just published in the collection Survivance, Sovereignty, and Story: Teaching American Indian Rhetorics. There are also teaching resources available on the book’s website: http://www.survivancesovereigntystory.org.
Prof. of Theatre Arts Charlotte Headrick presented a paper “Make Visible the Tree: Galway’s Monument to the Magdalene Laundries” at the annual meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, West in Rapid City, South Dakota October 16, 2015.
Assistant Professor of History Christopher McKnight Nichols’ article, “Substance, style, and myth in the Kennedy-Nixon debates” ran on the History News Network on October 28, 2015: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/161042.
Art professor Julie Green has recently returned from a month at the Joan Mitchell Center Artist in Residence program in New Orleans. Her exhibit, “The Last Supper,” traveled from The Block Museum of Northwestern University to Kendall College of Art and Design, curated by Michele Bosak. Green was subsequently given an ArtPrize juror’s choice Award. Too, she has work in the CUE Foundation Gala & Benefit Auction honoring Gregory Amenoff, Jaune-Quick-to-See Smith and Robert Storr, Metropolitan Plaza, NYC, 4 November 2015. Coming up, from Nov. 5 through Dec. 19 is her solo exhibition in Portland at the Upfor Gallery.
Art instructor Anna Fidler’s work, Coastal Coven, will be shown at the gallery Johannson Projects in Oakland, California, from Nov. 6 to Jan. 23, 2016. A reception for Fidler and her collaborator, Katy Stone, will take place Nov. 6, from 5-8 p.m.