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CLA This Week — 2/1/16


Monday, Feb. 1

Incorrigible Ethics: Doing Disability Studies with Foucault — Stephanie Jenkins, 2014-15 Center for the Humanities Research Fellow, and philosophy faculty in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, will discuss how Michel Foucault’s genealogically-based method offers disability ethics an alternative to what Fiona Kumari Campbell describes as the “negative ontology of disability.” 4 p.m. at the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave.

Thursday, Feb. 4

Free Public Lecture:  “A Habitable World” — 4:00-5:30 p.m., in the MU Horizon Room, Dr. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Professor of English and Co-Director of the Disability Studies Initiative at Emory University, will explicate Harriet McBryde Johnson’s “Unspeakable Conversations:  The Case for My Life” as a bioethical case study, applying narrative ethics, literary criticism, and rhetorical analysis to develop a framework for understanding and advancing disability bioethics.  A reception will follow.  Event Poster.

Upcoming Events

Our Stories: Faculty Who Were First in Their Families to Attend College Share Their Stories — A panel of faculty who were the first in their families to attend college will speak about their experiences in higher education on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 5-7 p.m., at the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws. Discussion with audience member will follow, and light refreshments will be provided. Please contact Allison Hurst (allison.hurst@oregonstate.edu) or Rebecca Olson (rebecca.olson@oregonstate.edu) with any questions. All faculty, staff, and students are warmly invited. 

The Power of Cohorts, Mentors & Cross-Institutional Collaborations in HIgher EducationFeb. 15, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Willamette Room. Faculty engagement and innovative strategies for cross-functional collaborations in higher education will be the focus of this session for advancing student success and equalizing academic success across all demographics. Dr. Shirley Collado of Rutgers University will be leading this discussion.


Associate Professor of Anthropology Loren Davis was called to the north end zone of Oregon State’s football stadium last week after a construction crew member uncovered a 5-foot long femur bone believed to come from an ice-age mammoth. Further discovery revealed bones from several extinct mammals. On Friday Davis led more than 30 graduate and undergraduates to Reser to help sift through some of the dirt from the site to look for more bones. Here, Davis talks with NPR’s Here and Now about the discovery: https://hereandnow.wbur.org/2016/01/29/mammoth-oregon-football-field.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics Adam Schwartz gave the keynote speech on behalf of World Languages and Cultures at the International Language Expo: “One World, Many Languages,” hosted by the International Student Organization of Oregon State University, January 22, 2016.

Ronald Mize, CL@SE director, recently published the following: Mize, Ronald L. (2015). Entries on “Immigration Mobilizations,” “Temporary Worker Plans,” “The Amnesty Movement,” “Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS),” “Secure Communities (S-Comm),” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in Contemporary Politics, Law, and Social Movements. Suzanne Oboler and Deena Gonzalez eds. NY: Oxford University Press.

Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and Associate Director of Research with CL@SE Daniel López-Cevallos recently published the following article: McClure LA, Zeng DD, Lam B, Tannenbaum SL, Joslin CE, Davis SM, López-Cevallos DF, Youngblood ME, Zhang ZM, Pulido Chambers C, Lee DJ (2016). Factors Associated with Ocular Healthcare Utilization among Hispanics/Latinos: Results from an Ancillary Study to the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL)JAMA Opthalmology, doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.5842.

Todd Kesterson (NMC) heads to Dubai this week to help represent Oregon State’s Personal Robotics Group at the AI @ Robotics for Good competition in the United Arab Emirates. Kesterson’s NMC students created a visualization video that illustrates the Robotics Group’s concept of a self-driving wheelchair for people with severe motor disabilities. The group is one of 11 finalists worldwide. You can vote for the project online at: http://www.roboticsforgood.ae/finals/self-driving-wheelchair-people-severe-motor-disabilities.

At the January National Academic Advising Association Region 8 conference, presentations were delivered by:

  • Katrina Machorro, (DCA) and McKenzie Huber (SOC), Title: Hurdles to huddles: Reframing student athlete advising
  • Robin Fifita (CLA) co-presented with Madison Lamb from INTO OSU and Liu Yang (South Seattle College), Title: Bridging the cultural gap: Adapting advising theory to effectively advise international students
  • CLA Alum (Kerry Thomas, ECON 2007) Co-presented with Lisa Laughter, (WSU) Title: Feel the fear and do it anyway: Why mastering fear is critical in living a life of purpose. *won Best in Region.
  • Louie Bottaro (CLA) co-presented with Kerry Kincanon (OSU UESP), Title: It’s in the Syllabus: Institutionalizing First-Year Expectations via a Campus-Wide Advising Syllabus

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