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CLA This Week — 11/9/15


Monday, Nov. 9

Undoing Border Imperialism — Harsha Walia is a social justice activist and journalist who is best known for co-founding the Vancouver chapter of No One Is Illegal. Her latest book, “Undoing Border Imperialism,” combines scholarship with lived experiences of displacement and social movement-based practices. By reformulating immigrant rights movements within a transnational analysis of capitalism, labor exploitation, settler colonialism, state building, and racialized empire, Walia will explore the alternative conceptual frameworks of border imperialism and decolonization. Noon, Memorial Union 013, Multipurpose Room.

Emerson, The Indian Brahmo Samaj, and the American Reception of Gandhi — David Robinson, Distinguished Professor of American Literature in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, and Director of the OSU Center for the Humanities, will discuss how Ralph Waldo Emerson, Hindu intellectual Rammohun Roy, and other 19th century liberal religious thinkers set the stage for the 20th century American reception of Mahatma Gandhi. 4 p.m., Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue.

A Meditation and Well-Being Workshop is being offered by the Contemplative Studies Initiative with OSU Psychology Professor Winston McCullough. The workshop will be held Monday evenings, November 9 – 30, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., in the Learning Innovations Center Room 314.  Registration not required.  Sessions include a guided meditation, presentation, and Q & A.  Questions can be directed to Teri.Morris@oregonstate.edu.

At the Nov. 9 Corvallis Science Pub, an Oregon State University forest researcher and four visual artists will discuss their efforts to understand the “life” of dead trees through science and the arts. They are all participating in a project, The Afterlife of Trees, organized by the Corvallis Arts Center in partnership with the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word at OSU. The Science Pub presentation is free and open to the public. It begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. 2nd St. in Corvallis. Artists Leah Wilson, David Paul Bayles, Bob Keefer and Andries Fourie will describe their visual interpretations of tree decomposition.

The OSU Men’s & Women’s Chorus Festival Concert with guest clinician and conductor James Marvin, featuring OSU and high school guest choirs. 7 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, $7 advance, $10 at the door. K-12 youth and college students with ID admitted free. Advance tickets available online only at tickettomato.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 10

Historian Michael Beschloss will deliver the 2015 Provost’s Lecture at Oregon State University in the Austin Auditorium of The LaSells Stewart Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. Beschloss will speak on “Leadership Under Pressure: A Historian’s Close-up Look at Presidential Decision-Making.” It is free and open to the public. A preeminent presidential historian, Beschloss is the author of eight books and frequently serves as an analyst on Meet the Press, The Daily Show, The PBS NewsHour and other shows. He is the author of a regular column in the New York Times, and is the first presidential historian ever appointed by NBC News.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

Veterans Day observed at Oregon State.

Thursday, Nov. 12

Past, Present, and Future of Coming Home in America and America’s Wars — The Citizenship and Crisis Initiative will join OPB’s Think Out Loud and OSU-Cascades for a Veteran’s Day town hall panel discussion of coming home in the United States. A panel of veterans, experts, and counselors will explore the history, politics, challenges, and changes in service and national citizenship during and after times of war and conflict. 6 p.m., Deschutes Brewery, Mountain Room, 901 SW Simpson, Bend, OR.

OSU Wind Ensemble Concert presented by the Umpqua Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 pm, Jacoby Auditorium, Umpqua Community College, 1140 Umpqua College Rd., Roseburg, OR. $5-$40. Tickets available at umpquasymphony.org.

Oregon State University Theatre’s 2015-16 season will begin this month with a production of William Shakespeare’s enduring tale of young love, “Romeo and Juliet.” Performances will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12-14 and Nov. 19-20 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. OSU theater arts professor George Caldwell is directing the familiar tale of star-crossed lovers, which is set at the height of the 19th-century Romantic era and will feature elegant costumes and exciting swordplay.

Friday, Nov. 13

School of Public Policy Brownbag Seminar Series — Assistant Professor of Political Science Christopher Stout presents “Time to Speak: Descriptive Representation and the Issuing of Press Releases Around Racial and Non-Racial Events.” The brownbag will be held on in Fairbanks 304 from noon-1 p.m. The event is free and open to the OSU community.

Music à la Carte — Berto Boyd, Flamenco Guitar. Noon, Memorial Union Lounge, Free.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Nov. 17 — Concert violinist, recording artist and Milwaukee Symphony Concertmaster Frank Almond will perform at Oregon State University Nov.17. Almond will perform with OSU music professor and pianist Rachelle McCabe in a concert to commemorate the 300th anniversary of his rare and celebrated instrument, a 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th Street.The concert is part of the new SAC Presents performing arts series sponsored by the School of Arts and Communication at OSU.


Contemporary Japanese Prints,” an exhibit exploring the Japanese aesthetic, will be on display Nov. 9 through Dec. 1 in the Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University in Corvallis. A reception will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 19, with a gallery talk by OSU art professor Yuji Hiratsuka at 5 p.m. “Contemporary Japanese Prints” explores the distinctive and influential Japanese aesthetic. A driving force behind this aesthetic is Japan’s appreciation of technical skill and craftsmanship. From fashion to fine art, the physical artifacts of Japanese culture reflect this dedication to creating precious and precise art and design, exhibit organizers say.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Art instructor Michael Boonstra’s work, “Parallel Process,” an ongoing series of mixed media drawings created with an ink evaporation process, will be featured at the Duplex Gallery in Portland. Duplex is located at 219 NW Couch St., and owned by two Oregon State Art alumni.

Ehren Helmut Pflugfelder of the School of Writing, Literature, and Film recently published “Rhetoric’s New Materialism: from Micro-Rhetoric to Microbrews” in Rhetoric Society Quarterly 45, no. 5 (2015): 441-461. DOI: 10.1080/02773945.2015.1082616

Associate Professor of Philosophy José-Antonio Orosco spoke at the Trans-American Experience Conference held at the University of Oregon on Friday, November 6. His paper was entitled, “The Philosophical Gift of Brown Folk: Mexican American Philosophy in the Americas.”

Associate Professor of History Amy Koehlinger presented  “Charity ‘as broad as their religion’: The Sisters of Saint Francis of Rochester and the Mayo Clinic” at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics on November 6 and “Influence without Ownership’: the Sisters of Saint Francis and the Mayo Clinic in a Post-conciliar Partnership at the Women and the Church since Vatican II Conference on Saturday, November.

Associate Professor of Art History Kirsi Peltomäki recently published the following,“Theater als Struktur und Metapher: Inszenierungen architektonischer Skulptur in den 1970er Jahren,” trans. Daniel Falb, in Sowohl als auch dazwischen: Erfahrungsräume der Kunst, ed. Jörn Schafaff and Benjamin Wihstutz (Paderborn, Germany: Wilhelm Fink, 2015), 27-40.

Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and Associate Director of Research with CL@SE Daniel López-Cevallos recently presented the following papers at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Chicago, IL:

At this meeting, he was selected as Co-Chair of the Latino Caucus Scientific Program for the next biennium.

This Friday, Dr. Christopher Chapman will lead the OSU Bands Conducting Workshop from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Linus Pauling Middle School.

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