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CLA This Week — 2/22/16


Sunday, Feb. 21

Corvallis-OSU Piano’s Steinway Concert Series features the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo at 4 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. San Francisco Classical Voice has hailed them as “The most dynamic duo of this generation. Explosive creativity, refreshing, exuberant, volatile and thrilling.” Anderson & Roe have become an internet sensation via their viral YouTube videos. Tickets and information.

Monday, Feb. 22

The Keeping Room—A Reading — Keith Scribner, creative writing faculty in the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, and 2015-16 Center for the Humanities Research Fellow, will read from his new novel at 4 p.m. in the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave. Scribner is the author of The Oregon ExperimentThe Good Life, and Miracle Girl. Set against the tobacco fields of the Connecticut River Valley, and told in two parallel timelines—the summers of 1978 and 2008—his new work is a gripping exploration of the power of the past to hold us back and the power of forgiveness to let us move on.

In-Group Bias, Opportunism, and the First Amendment: Do Justices Defend the Speech They Hate? — What should President Obama do about the new vacancy on the Supreme Court? How has the Court tended to rule on free speech issues and in light of bias? Do Justices defend the speech they hate? What is the purpose of the Court anyway? These timely questions will be addressed next week as part of an exciting talk by SUNY Distinguished Professor Jeff Segal, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Political Science. 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union, Horizon Room.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Between Sanders and Trump: Paths for the Left Beyond Electoral Politics — Political journalist Arun Gupta will discuss this historic Presidential campaign and what it means for the future of progressive social movements in the United States. Gupta is a founding editor of the Indypendent magazine and was a founding editor of the Occupy Wall Street Journal. 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union, 208: La Raza Room.

Chamber Ensembles Concert — The Oregon State University horn, low brass and bassoon studios present a free performance at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Street.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Chamber Ensembles Concert — The Oregon State University trombone, clarinet, flute, trumpet and saxophone studios present a  free performance at 7:30 p.m.at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Street.

Thursday, Feb. 25

The Prayer-Gauge Debate: Prayer and Healing in the Victorian Era and in Ours — Professor Gary Ferngren the English physicist John Tyndall, who proposed a scientific experiment to test the efficacy of prayers for the sick. The trial, known as the prayer gauge, was never undertaken but the proposal engendered much public debate and it signaled the gulf that its proponents believed existed between scientific naturalism and religion. Ferngren will discuss the issues that the proposal raised and the continuing relevance of the debate for today. 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union, Journey Room.

Conversation with Cree activist Crystal LamemanCrystal Lameman is one of the principal subjects of the film “This Changes Everything.” Lameman is a member of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Treaty No. 6, Alberta. She is the Climate and Energy Campaigner for Sierra Club Canada and is a fellow of the Indigenous Environmental Network. She uses her formal academic training and her Indigenous ways of knowing and being to articulate the damaging impacts of industrialization and resource extraction on her homelands. Co-sponsored by Native American Longhouse and Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word. 4-5 p.m., Eena Haws Native American Longhouse.

A Lone Struggle: A Marine Reserve in Biscayne National ParkDr. Daniel Suman, Professor in the Department of Marine Ecosystems and Society at the University of Miami, will discuss the Biscayne National Park, a Marine Protected Area adjacent to metropolitan Miami. 4-5 p.m., 302 LINC.

Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything” (film screening) — Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.  Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines. We will be joined by one the film’s principal subjects, Crystal Lameman, Treaty Coordinator & Communications Manager for the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Alberta, Canada. 6:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center.

SAC Presents concert featuring the Ivy Street Ensemble — 7:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW 8th Street, Corvallis. Featuring Colorado Symphony musicians Cathy Peterson, flute; Erik Peterson, violin; and Phillip Stevens, viola, this chamber music trio recently received second place in the Chamber Music category with the American Prize, an award celebrating American Excellence in the arts. Advance tickets are available at Gracewinds Music and online.

Friday, Feb. 26

Music a la Carte — The OSU Chamber Choir will be joined by guests, the Linn Benton Community College Chamber Choir at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge. Free and open to the public, bring a lunch and enjoy choral masterworks.

Anthropology Tan Sack Series — Professor of Crop and Soil Science and Director of the Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems, Garry Stephenson, will give a lecture on how small-scale farming has persisted and (re-)emerged as a viable enterprise in U.S. agriculture. These farms have ridden a wave of interest in food with an identity by utilizing innovative market channels that reach consumers directly . The talk, entitled “Small Farms: A Future,” will be in 201 Waldo Hall at noon.

Sunday, Feb. 28

Corvallis-0SU Symphony — The Corvallis-OSU Symphony, directed by Marlan Carlson,  will present “The Final Frontier,” a space-exploration themed program at 3:00 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center. Featured works include David Bowie’s “A Space Oddity” with vocalist Marc Callahan, selections from the Star Wars, Star Trek and E.T. Soundtracks, a dramatic presentation of Maya Angelou’s poem  “A Brave and Startling Truth” with guest reader Shelley Moon, and Henri Tomasi’s Concerto for Saxophone, featuring guest soloist Nathan Boal. Tickets $22–32, OSU students free with ID. Advance tickets and more information at cosusymphony.org.

Upcoming Events

The Oregon State University School of Arts & Communication’s University Theatre will host the Milagro Theatre’s bilingual play, “Broken Promises” by Olga Sanchez, on Monday, Feb. 29. Currently on its world premiere tour, the production is directed by Francisco Garcia, and will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre, Room 173. It is presented in partnership with Planned Parenthood.

First Generation Film Screening & PanelFirst Generation chronicles the lives of four high school students who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education.  Event will be held in the MU Ballroom on Tuesday, March 1, 5:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m.  Free dinner and child care (ages 4-12, provided by Kidspirit) with RSVP by February 24.

Recurring Events

OSU Theatre and Music present Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate Feb. 26-27 and March 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 28 at 2:00 p.m. on the Withycombe Hall Main Stage. Directed by Charlotte Headrick, with musical direction by Lauren Servias and choreography by Megan Skinner, this comedy is based on Taming of the Shrew and continues OSU Theatre’s Season, All the World’s a Stage: Celebrating Shakespeare. For tickets and information visit http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/theatre.

A Wisdom Workshop is being offered by the Contemplative Studies Initiative with Dr.  John Edwards of Psychology.  The workshop will be held Tuesday evenings February 16, through March 1, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Learning Innovations Center Room 302. Registration is not required.  Each session includes meditation. Session topics are Emptiness, Karma, and Embodiment. Contact Teri.Morris@oregonstate.edu. for more information.

ArtWorks (CEI) Gallery presents composer and musicologist Dana Reason’s new ethnographic conceptual work “UNhearD” for magnetic tape, paper, ink and plastic. Thursday Feb. 18 – March 11. 408 Monroe St. Suite 110, Corvallis. http://outpost1000.weebly.com/dana-reason–unheard-2000.html.

Awards and Honors

Associate Director of CL@SE and Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies Daniel López-Cevallos was nominated by Oregon Governor Kate Brown as the newest member of the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs (OCHA).


Art instructor Andy Myers was recently awarded an Oregon Arts Commission and Ford Family Foundation Opportunity Grant to travel to the Slovak Republic to create work in residence and install an exhibition July 2016.

Art professor Julie Green has been selected to participate in Disjecta’s Portland2016 Biennial. Four hundred artist applications were reviewed, and 34 will exhibit in Portland and around Oregon in summer 2016. Curated by Michelle Grabner, co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, the Portland2016 Biennial is supported by Oregon Cultural Trust, Andy Warhol Foundation, and Robert Lehman Foundation.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Music faculty Dana Reason recently premiered ROT: The Afterlife of Trees — new music for samples, voice, and piano at the Corvallis Arts Center.

Oregon Contemporary Theatre’s “Silent Sky,” directed by OSU Theatre Arts faculty Elizabeth Helman, opens February 26 at 7:30 p.m at the Oregon Contemporary Theatre in Eugene. This historical romance follows the true story of Henrietta Swan Leavitt and explores themes of gender, science, and discovery.  Performances run February 26-March 19. For tickets and information visit http://www.octheatre.org/.

Dr. Chris Chapman, OSU’s Director of Bands, conducted a very special concert on Sunday, Feb. 21 with the Portland Wind Symphony, a professional adult band. The Symphony, in partnership with the music therapy program at Marylhurst University, presented its first sensory-friendly concert with Chapman at the helm. The concert featured a lower volume and consistent sound level, allowed audience members to talk and leave their seats, and a “musical petting zoo” for youth.

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