Tuesday, April 26
Reflections on Animal Compassion in Tibetan Buddhism — In this talk, Geoff Barstow will discuss the role of animal compassion in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, including reflections on the moral status of animals, their relationship with humans, normative claims regarding the value of compassion, and the sometimes surprising consequences of directing that compassion towards animals. 4 p.m., Milam Hall, room 319.
Wednesday, April 27
Underwater Archeology and The Newport Medieval Ship — The 2016 George and Dorothy Carson Memorial Lecture. The Newport Ship is the most important late-medieval merchant vessel yet recovered. Built c. 1450 in northern Spain, the ship foundered 20 years later at Newport, U.K., while undergoing repairs. Since its discovery in 2002, further investigations have transformed historians’ understanding of fifteenth-century ship technology. We are very proud to welcome the Newport Medieval Ship Curator and SHPR alumnus Dr. Toby Jones back to Oregon State University to give the 2016 George and Dorothy Carson Memorial Lecture. 7 p.m., Milam Auditorium.
Dr. Jonah Western, The Future of Wildlife Lies in Collaboration and Modern Sensibilities — Dr. Jonah Western, Chairman of the African Conservation Centre, Nairobi, Kenya will draw lessons from cultural exchanges between Maasai herders of the African East and ranchers of the American West to show how our ancient cooperative skills and modern sensibilities offer hope for human-wildlife coexistence. This will be the opening keynote for “The Future of Pastoralism in an Era of Rapid Change: A Workshop and Symposium on Collaborative, Community-Based Solutions to Conservation Challenges in Kenya and the U.S. West” which continues all day Thursday. Sponsored by College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science, College of Forestry, College of Agricultural Sciences, and the Spring Creek Project. 7:30 p.m., Learning Innovation Center, Room 200.
Thursday, April 28
Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die: Playing God and the Religion Problem in Bioethics — Horning Lecture with Hundere Endowment for Religion and Culture chair Courtney Campbell. Exploring the medical, scientific, and technological contexts in which the “playing God” phrase is invoked provides insight into the historical, philosophical, and religious interweavings in the emergence of the bioethics movement. The talk seeks to portray both the rich interdisciplinarity of bioethics and of our own community of scholars. 4 p.m., MU Journey Room 104.
Clemens Starck and Donald Levering Reading — Clemens Starck reads from his new book, Old Dogs, New Tricks, joined by Santa Fe poet Donald Levering reading from Coltrane’s God. Clemens Starck is a recipient of an Oregon Book Award and the author of five previous books of poems. For over fifteen years he worked in the physical plant at OSU, as a carpenter. Donald Levering has published seven books of poetry. In addition to winning a NEA Fellowship, Levering won the Quest for Peace Prize in rhetoric and was featured in the Academy of American Poets Forum, the Ad Astra Poetry Project, and the Duende Reading Series. Sponsored by Spring Creek Project and Grass Roots Books & Music. 7 p.m., Grass Roots Books and Music, 227 SW 2nd St., Corvallis.
Friday, April 29
Ben Mutschler, director of the School of History, Philosophy and Religion, will present about his research on disability and citizenship today from 12-1 p.m. in Milam Hall room 301.
Music à la Carte — Joe Manis Trio. Memorial Union Lounge, Free. Noon.
Chamber Music Corvallis — Adaskin String Trio and Thomas Gallant, Oboe. Elgar: Andante and Allegro for Oboe and Strings, Beethoven: String Trio, op. 3, Roland-Manuel: String Trio, Mozart: Quartet for Oboe and Strings. Tickets: $29 at Grass Roots Books & Music, online at chambermusiccorvallis.org and at the door. OSU students free with ID. 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Corvallis.
Saturday, April 30
Corvallis Repertory Singers: If Music be the Food of Love, Sing On! — Evening of songs, sonnets and soliloquies by William Shakespeare. Music by Vaughan Williams, Mantyjarvi, Clausen and Dickau. Featuring guest artist David Ogden Stiers. Tickets $18-$23, at Grass Roots Books & Music, Gracewinds Music, Troubadour Music, Schmidt’s Garden Center in Corvallis and Sid Stevens Jewelers in Albany, and online at tickettomato.com. OSU students admitted free with ID. repsing.org. 7 p.m., Whiteside Theater.
The first week in May will see the 30th annual observance of Holocaust Memorial Week at Oregon State University. As has been the case for many years, the program will deal not only with the Holocaust, but with the theme of comparative genocide. Also in keeping with standard practice, human rights issues will receive a prominent place. Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor will speak in Corvallis on May 2, 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center. For more information on the program and speakers, visit: http://holocaust.oregonstate.edu.
The longest running off-Broadway Spanish language play, now in its 20th season, will be the focus of a public reading on Wednesday, May 4, at Oregon State University. “La Gringa” is the story of a young woman from New York who goes to Puerto Rico in search of her roots by finding her extended family. Her over-enthusiasm for what she calls her “homeland” leads to an array of complications and comic dialogue. A cast of OSU students, faculty, staff and community members will present the reading, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Withycombe Lab Theatre. It is free and open to the public. Because of the set configuration, latecomers cannot be seated.
The Little Gallery invites you to a reception for ‘Conversation Pieces’, a selection of prints using intaglio printmaking techniques. The artist, Yuji Hiratsuka is a professor of printmaking at Oregon State University. The reception will take place on Thursday, May 5, 3-5 p.m. The show will run April 25-June 10. Gallery hours: M-F, 8-5 ( closed during the lunch hour).
Awards and Honors
Assistant Professor of History Christopher McKnight Nichols has been chosen as a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, a prestigious academic fellowship for social sciences and humanities scholars. The Carnegie fellowship, supported by the Carnegie Corp. of New York, assists scholars, journalists and authors whose work in the social sciences and humanities distills knowledge, enriches culture, and equips leaders in fields of science, law, technology, business and public policy. In all, 33 distinguished scholars from across the nation were selected from more than 200 nominees. Each will receive up to $200,000 to fund one to two years of scholarly research and writing aimed at addressing some of the world’s most urgent challenges to U.S. democracy and international order.
Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity
Assistant Professor of English Christina León co-edited “Lingering in Latinidad: Aesthetics, Theory, and Performance,” a special issue of Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory v.25.3: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rwap20/current. Additionally, she will be presenting work from the issue at an event at UC Berkeley May 2nd, 2016: http://crg.berkeley.edu/lingering-latinidad.
Stacey Smith, associate professor of history, gave a talk on new directions in historical research on the U.S. Reconstruction Era at a special symposium held at the University of South Carolina. The symposium, “The Reconstruction Era: History and Public Memory,” is the first major public conference commemorating the 150th anniversary of Reconstruction and brought together leading scholars in the field. For more information, see: http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/hist/reconstruction-era-history-and-public-memory.
Instructor of jazz Ryan Biesack recently travelled to Kathmandu, Nepal to perform teach classes, masterclasses, provide private music instruction and perform at the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory. Making the trip as part of a quartet with members of other Oregon colleges, this outreach trip was part of a broader effort to provide outreach and humanitarian work in Nepal, a country devastated after the 2014 earthquake. Biesack also performed in early-April with the Ben Monder Trio at Hudson Hall in Salem, Ore. Ben Monder is a renowned American jazz guitarist known for his original sound, work with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, and most recently recording on Davie Bowie’s final record.
Representing the U.S. as the sole American band invited to the prestigious Taiwan Clinic / All Chinese Band Festival, the OSU Wind Ensemble under the direction of Christopher Chapman will tour Taiwan from April 27-May 3. Chapman will be joined by colleagues Dana Biggs, associate director of bands; Robert Brudvig, director of percussion studies; and Jason Gossett, instructor of instrumental music education., The short tour includes four performances near Taipei and educational clinics by Chapman and Brudvig. World-renowned composer David Maslanka – who visited OSU in early April to work with the wind ensemble – will give a clinic on how to conduct and interpret his music using the OSU ensemble as the demonstration band.
Music outreach, engagement and recruitment coordinator Sean Paul Mills gave a clinic in Salem, Oregon on Friday, April 22, where worked with the South Salem High School Advanced Chamber Orchestra in works by Gustav Mahler and Antonin Dvorak. Mills also conducted two performances of the Salem Philharmonia Orchestra on April 22 and 23, in a program of works by Khachaturian, Grieg and Mendelssohn.
Instructor of popular music Dana Reason performed in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, April 23 on the Extradition Series at the Leaven Community Center. In addition to presenting her recent composition “Around and Round” for piano, oboe, and sound samples from the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, she also performed a work by modern experimental composer Christian Wolff. Extradition is a grassroots series which presents quarterly concerts of composed and improvised new music and works from the 20th century experimental tradition. The series is presented in collaboration with Portland’s Creative Music Guild.
Visiting assistant professor of music education Sandra Babb along with colleagues Lauren Servias and Bryson Skaar visited Portland, Oregon with Bella Voce (OSU’s women’s choir) to perform at “A Girl’s Night Out,” a women’s choir festival held at the University of Portland on April 20.
The OSU Chamber Choir, under the direction of Steven Zielke and Nicola Nine-Zielke made a short tour to the southwest last week. In addition to performing an evening concert in Tucson, Arizona (hosted by OSU alum Leah Seitz), the choir visited high schools in Tucson, Phoenix, and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Gregg Walker, speech communication, and a colleague presented the session, “Care and Feeding of Your Collaborative,” at the Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership Conference in Boise on 25 February. The IFRP is a statewide association of citizens’ collaborative groups working with the USDA-Forest Service in Idaho.
Michael Boonstra, art, has an exhibition opening in Salem. “Between Horizons” will run May 7 through June 25 at the Bush Barn Art Center. Admission is free. An opening reception will take place at the Bush Barn Art Center on Friday, May 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with an artist talk at 6 pm. Boonstra’s work has been exhibited recently at SOIL Gallery in Seattle, Duplex in Portland and Root Division in San Francisco. He has created site-specific projects in Michigan, California and at numerous sites in the Pacific Northwest. For more information on Between Horizons, go to http://salemart.org/michael-boonstra-between-horizons.
Stephen Hayes, art, has an exhibition of new paintings opening Thursday, May 5, at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland. The show, titled In The Hour Before is a collection of paintings made in response to google earth images taken through virtual travels to sites around the country, and the world, that have been visited by tragic violence. To see the images online visit: www.elizabethleach.com and navigate to the work of Stephen Hayes. Opening receptions is May 5, 5-8 p.m. at Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Ave. Portland, OR 97209
Erin Cook, speech communication, presented “Lost in Translation: A Feminist Critique of Emma Watson’s U.N. ‘HeForShe’ Campaign Speech” at the Northwest Communication Association Conference in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho (April 14 – 16), where it was awarded best faculty paper.
With help from Angela Carlson, music, the campus bell tower will be playing some new selections of familiar classical tunes. Not only did Angela write down, by ear, the special arrangements for the barely two octave keyboard (limited to F major or B flat major) used for recording, but she also played for the recordings used, in the bell tower “control center” in the basement of the women’s building. More info: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/lifeatosu/2016/bell-tower-will-ring-out-with-new-music/