Monday, May 16
On Killing and Dying: The Emotional Geographies of First World War Airmen— Janet Lee, 2015-16 Center for the Humanities Research Fellow and Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at OSU, will discuss letters and diaries written by British Royal Flying Corps airmen who faced action on the Western Front to show the way visual geographies of aerial combat shaped their emotional worlds and their relationships with one another. 4 p.m., Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue.
Immigration and American Politics: Three Perspectives on Past Policies and Practices — Panel Discussion Presented by Drs. Elizabeth Borgwardt, Christopher McKnight Nichols, and Daniel J. Tichenor. Free and open to the public. 7-8:30 p.m., Oregon Historical Society 1200 SW Park Ave. Portland, Oregon 97205
Tuesday, May 17
The Corvallis Sister Cities Association (CSCA) will hold its annual “Walk for Water” on Saturday, May 21, to support access to clean water in Corvallis’ sister city of Gondar, Ethiopia (http://sistercities.corvallis.or.us/gondar/event/walk-for-water/). In conjunction, Oregon State University professors and CSCA members are organizing a cross-disciplinary “Talk for Water,” which will assemble some of OSU’s water experts to discuss their research, highlighting how clean water access poses problems in both low-income countries and here in the U.S. The Talk for Water will take place today at 4 p.m., in the International Living-Learning Center Room 155. Panelists include: Molly Kile, John Selker, Todd Jarvis, and Kenny Maes, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology.
Wednesday, May 18
Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series: Michelle Grabner — 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. lecture. Michelle Grabner is an artist, writer, curator and chair of the department of painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. She holds an MA in art history with a BFA in painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as an MFA in art theory and practice from Northwestern. She is represented by James Cohen Gallery in New York and Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie in Basel, Switzerland. Fairbanks Gallery, Free. oregonstate.edu/fairbanksgallery.
The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble will perform the world premiere of Paul D. Miller’s “Heart of a Forest” at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center. Miller, a composer, multimedia artist and author who also goes by the stage name D.J. Spooky, composed the work after four artist residencies in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Loosely based on the concept of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” the work, composed for wind ensemble and turntables, explores a post-minimalist soundscape in which Miller draws from his immersive experience of visiting the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest during each of the four seasons of the year.
Thursday, May 19
CAPITALISM: A documentary in six parts by Ilan Ziv — Blending interviews with some of the world’s great historians, economists, anthropologists and social critics with on-the-ground footage shot in twenty-two countries, CAPITALISM questions the myth of the unfettered free market, explores the nature of debt and commodities, and retraces some of the great economic debates of the last 200 years. Snacks will be provided. 6-8 p.m., Milam Hall, Room 301.
OSU Chamber Orchestra — 7:30 p.m., Ashbrook Independent School, 4045 SW Research Way, Corvallis. $5 adults / $10 family (up to 4 tickets) OSU students free with ID.
Friday, May 20
Drew Dakessian, “My Life as a Woman with ADHD: Lessons I’ve Learned So Far” — Noon-1 p.m., in Milam 301. This event is a part of the OSU Disability Network Meeting. For more information contact Stephanie Jenkins.
Music à la Carte — Yvonne Hsueh and Friends. Noon, Memorial Union Lounge, Free.
Author and SWLF faculty member Jennifer Richter will read from her new poetry collection at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library rotunda. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Richter, who teaches in OSU’s Creative Writing program, will read from “No Acute Distress,” her latest poetry collection. The book, published March 1, was chosen as a Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Editor’s selection.
Open auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s popular summer event, Bard in the Quad, will take place at 6 p.m. May 15 and 16 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre. Call-backs may be held May 17 if needed. Bard in the Quad, an annual production featuring Shakespeare plays in a casual, outdoor summer atmosphere, will return for its 11th season with a production of the romantic comedy, “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” A full-text version of the script is available online at http://shakespeare.mit.edu/lll/full.html.
Oregon State University Theatre will present Tom Stoppard’s existential comedy, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” May 12-14 and May 20-22 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre.Shows are at 7:30 p.m. May 12-14 and May 20-21 and at 2 p.m. May 22. Tickets are $12 General Admission, $10 Senior, $8 Youth/Student, and $5 OSU Student. Tickets are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office by calling 541-737-2784. Online ticket sales begin at 9 a.m. May 2 and can be purchased at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ.
Art faculty Anna Fidler will exhibit her work at Artworks CEI this month with an opening during the Corvallis Art Walk. The title of her exhibit is Telepathy Quilt and Two Stars, and runs from May 19 – June 10 at 408 SW Monroe Avenue|161, Corvallis.
Yuji Hiratsuka exhibit “Conversation Pieces,” The Little Gallery, 210 Kidder Hall. The artist, Yuji Hiratsuka is a professor of printmaking at Oregon State University. The reception will take place from 3-5 p.m. The show will run April 25-June 10. Gallery hours: M-F, 8-5 (closed during the lunch hour).
Fairbanks Gallery is featuring the work of OSU alumnus Ben Buswell May 2-25. Buswell is a sculptor whose work spans a variety of media, from ceramics to incised photographs, using processes such as doubling and repetitive mark-making to highlight the temporal nature of the work. His work appears in numerous public and private collections and has been supported by grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, The Oregon Arts Commission and the Ford Family Foundation.Buswell holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a BFA from Oregon State University.
Stephen Hayes (Art) has a review of his latest exhibition of paintings titled In The Hour Before in this weeks online edition of Oregon Arts Watch. The show is on view this month through May 28 at Elizabeth Leach gallery in Portland. To read the review, written by Paul Sutinen, please follow this link to Oregon Arts Watch: http://www.orartswatch.org/stephen-hayes-keeping-painting-new/.
Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity
Barbara Muraca, assistant professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, presented the paper “Degrowth: alternatives to the European Malvivir” at the conference Alternatives in Times of Crisis: Latin America – Europe at the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar in Quito, Ecuador, on May 5th, 2016. She also published “Relational Values:A Whiteheadian Alternative for Environmental Philosophy and Environmental Justice” in the Balkan Journal of Philosophy: https://www.pdcnet.org/collection/browse?fp=bjp&.
Being Transgender, All Sides of the Rainbow: At the May 12 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, advisers Tristen Shay and McKenzie Huber in the College of Liberal Arts discussed their work with trans and gender-variant students.
OSU instructor of music Dana Reason (piano) was joined by John Savage (flute) and Catherine Lee (oboe) on Saturday, May 14 as featured performers for the “Between the Cracks Forum” presented by the Corvallis Arts Center. The concert included innovate and adventurous contemporary music by Samuel Vriezen, John Savage, John Cage and Dana Reason.
On Sunday, May 15 pianists David Servias and Lauren Servias performed a duo-recital at the Good Samaritan Episcopal Church as part of their “Sundays@3” concert series. Included on the program were works by Mozart, Grieg, Faure and Dave Brubeck.
Last week OSU director of bands Chris Chapman lead the Oregon Brass Society – Oregon’s only British-style brass band – in a rousing performance at the Whiteside Theater in downtown Corvallis. In addition to his duties at OSU, Chapman is also music director of the Oregon Brass Society. While the band has performed extensively throughout the state, this was the ensembles first appearance in Corvallis.