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CLA This Week — 11/16/15


Monday, Nov. 16

Vignettes of Oregon State University History — William Robbins, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History at OSU, will discuss fierce debates in the history of the university in the contexts of both the Morrill Act and the frequently vitriolic battles with the University of Oregon. 4 p.m., Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave.

Meeting to Discuss Social Justice, Inclusivity — Oregon State students, staff and faculty are encouraged to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. in Gill Coliseum. The student-organized community meeting will be focused on creating an open, safe dialogue around issues of social justice and inclusivity.  For those unable to attend the meeting in person, the community discussion will be video recorded and live streamed. Go to http://live.oregonstate.edu/ to view the discussion remotely. The event was created after students approached OSU President Ed Ray to discuss their concerns about a lack of inclusivity and civility they experienced on campus. The students requested a meeting with university leaders, faculty and students to address these issues, and Ray agreed. In order to accommodate a large gathering, Gill Coliseum was selected for the venue.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Beyond the War on Invasive Species: What is the role of non-natives in ecosystem restoration? Join us for a panel discussion with Tao Orion, permaculture designer, author, and teacher; Allen Thompson, Associate Professor of Philosophy in the School of History, Philosophy, and  Religion at OSU; and Boone Kauffman, Professor of Ecology and senior researcher in the Department of Fish and Wildlife at OSU. 3:00 p.m. in the Memorial Union, Journey RoomOrion will later be reading at Grass Roots Books in downtown Corvallis at 7 p.m.

Modern Science and Christianity — History Professor David Luft will introduce this year’s Horning Lecture Series with a general discussion of the issue of science and religion in Western culture since about 1500. He is particularly concerned with how religion, especially Christianity, is different from science and is not a formulation about great theoretical overviews, but a way of living and being in the world. The talk will focus on the problem of science and religion in contemporary American culture, the history of secularization in modern Western history and some twentieth-century approaches to religious experience. 4:00 p.m., the Memorial Union, La Raza Room.

Concert violinist, recording artist and Milwaukee Symphony Concertmaster Frank Almond will perform at Oregon State University this evening. 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. OSU students admitted for free with ID. Advance tickets available online only at tickettomato.com. Tickets also available at Gracewinds Music in Corvallis.

Thursday, Nov. 19

OSU Chamber Winds, directed by Dr. Christopher Chapman — 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe. General Admission $7 in advance, $10 at the door, K-12 youth and college students with ID admitted free. Advance tickets available online only at tickettomato.com.

Friday, Nov. 20

School of Public Policy Brownbag Seminar Series — Current SPP Ph.D. student Leanne Giordono and Assistant Professor of Economics Todd Pugatch present “Informal Fee Elimination and Student Performance:  Evidence from The Gambia.” The brownbag will be held on in Fairbanks 304 from 12-1 p.m. The event is free and open to the OSU community.

Music à la Carte — OSU Campus Band, directed by Dr. Jason Gossett. Noon, Memorial Union Lounge. Free.

Fall Sing! Bella Voce, Meistersingers, Coro Misto, Mixed Choir — 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe. General Admission $7 in advance, $10 at the door, K-12 youth and college students with ID admitted free. Advance tickets available online only at tickettomato.com.

Saturday, Nov. 21

Art Professor Julie Green will be giving an artist’s talk at Upfor Gallery in Portland at Noon. The talk will be based on her new solo exhibit, “My New Blue Friends,” which will be shown at Upfor until Dec. 19.

Upcoming Events

Cuba Study Abroad Information Session — Please invite your students to the first information session of the year on the Cuba study abroad program, which is sponsored by both the School of Public Policy and School of Language, Culture and Society. At the session, students will  learn about the exciting opportunity to study abroad for two weeks this summer in Cuba. The Cuba Program includes a spring term prerequisite course. Session: Monday, November 23 at 4:00 pm in Strand Ag Building, Room 260. Visit the program website for additional information: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/slcs/cuba.

The Oregon State University Opera Workshop will present “An Evening of Opera,” Tuesday, Nov. 24, in OSU’s new Learning Innovation Center. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in LInC Room 128, 165 S.W. Sackett Place. The program will be Acts I and II of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” sung in English and set in a 1950s “Mad Men” era theme. The storyline involves Figaro, his fiancée, his boss, and a wedding day love triangle that makes his life complicated.


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

The OSU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Chris Chapman, performed a concert for the Umpqua Symphony Society on November 12. The concert was held at Umpqua Community College and featured music to help a community heal from the recent tragedy. Fellow CLA faculty Linda Richards organized OSU students to create peace cranes to be given to each audience member upon entering the performance. The concert also features music education graduate student, Jamie Gregory – a student from Roseburg – conducting a work by David Gillingham.

Assistant Professor of History Christopher Nichols was a guest in last week’s Think Out Loud Veterans Day episode, “Past, Present and Future of Coming Home in America,” which was recorded in Bend on Nov. 11.

On Saturday, November 14, Dr. Steven Zielke conducted Vivaldi’s “Beatus vir,” for double choir, double orchestra and soloists at the National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference in Portland. Zielke led the Oregon State University Chamber Choir and an OSU student orchestra in what may be the OSU choral program’s highest and most prestigious U.S. performance, which took place at the Portland First United Methodist Church. NCCO is the national professional organization of university and college choral conductors.


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