Monday, Oct. 10
Porcelain Stories: Chinese Blue-and-White Around the World—From its origins to the end of the 18th century, Chinese porcelain acted as an unlikely barometer of human affairs, registering the impact of international trade, artistic conventions, ceremonial rites, and cultural contact. Dr. Robert Finlay, courtesy history faculty, OSU School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, and author of “The Pilgrim Art: Cultures of Porcelain in World History,” will discuss how porcelain and its imitations yield the earliest and most extensive material evidence for cultural contact on a global scale in the opening guest lecture at the Center for the Humanities, at 4 p.m. Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue. The lecture will be followed by a reception from 5-7 p.m.
Science Pub with the Citizenship and Crisis Team: Grand Strategies in Foreign Relations and the 2016 Election — From rhetoric about putting “America First” to arguments about the founding of NATO, global concerns are playing a prominent role in this year’s presidential elections. Polls show that Americans rank foreign relations just behind the economy and terrorism as an important factor in their voting preferences. Dr. Christopher Nichols will discuss the roots of America’s current position in the world and provide examples of grand strategies developed by presidents from Washington to Obama. 6 p.m., Old World Deli.
Kristin Berger and Scot Siegel Reading — Kristin Berger’s “How Light Reaches Us” is a finely woven, image-rich exploration of self and landscape that gets to the very core of what poetry is about: language borrowed from the land, yet language of a voice so true that there could be none other. In “Constellation of Extinct Stars,” Scot Siegel’s poems have an ambidextrous quality, ready to pivot deftly from history to imagined history, from biography to prophecy. 7 p.m., Grass Roots Books & Music.
Tuesday, Oct. 11
The Cultural and Technological Impact of Star Trek — As part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, The Anarres Project for Alternative Futures presents Dr. Randall Milstein (OSU Honors College and College of Science) in a discussion about discussing the cultural and technological impact the series has had on society and everyday life. Discussion is free and open to the public. 4 p.m. in Learning Innovation Center, Room 368.
Sept. 19-Nov. 4 — The Little Gallery is pleased to present Eileen Hinckle: Drawn to Murals. Ms. Hinckle, a past student of OSU’s Arts and Communication’s JumpStart program, undertook murals as an inspiring and dynamic form of public art that can interact and intertwine with architecture and environment. As she traveled from Lima throughout Peru, and subsequently throughout Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, the Hinkle used art to connect her experiences to her surroundings and to engage in meaningful exchange with people she met along the way. Reception: Thursday, Sept. 29, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., The Little Gallery, 210 Kidder Hall.
Oct. 3 – Nov. 2 — Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery will feature new work by art faculty Julia Bradshaw and Anna Fidler in an exhibition titled “Shapes and Séances.” Bradshaw, a photographic artist and Fidler, a painter, share an interest in using photographs as source material, in the fantastical landscape and in early abstract work by pioneering women artists. For more information: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/art/fairbanks-gallery-art/upcoming-exhibit.
Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity
Associate Professor in the School of Language, Culture and Society Sebastian Heiduschke just published the volume, “Re-Imagining DEFA: East German Cinema in its National and Transnational Context” (Berghahn Books) together with Dr. Séan Allan (University of St Andrews, Scotland). The national release took place at the annual convention of the German Studies Association in San Diego, CA.
Associate Dean and anthropology professor Lisa Price co-organized a symposium on Marine Ethnobiology at the X Congress of Mexican Ethnobiology held in Merida, Yucatan Mexico from September 19-23. She also presented the paper Ethnobiology of Corallium rubrum: protection, healing, medicine and magic [Etnobiología de Corallium rubrum: Protección, curación, medicina, y magia]. Additionally Price, a Senior Ford Foundation Fellow, attended the conference of Sr. Fellows at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC on September 25. The conference leverages the wisdom of Senior Ford Fellows and other leading scholars in sharing their expertise, strategies, challenges and insights on transforming the academy.
Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies Nabil Boudraa presented a lecture on the language issue in North African francophone literature, entitled “Les écrivains francophones du Maghreb face à la problématique de la langue: Lingua franca ou gueule du loup?” at the RMMLA Convention, October 6, 2016. Additionally, a recent interview with Boudraa was published that day: “Tourner le dos à notre histoire antique est un crime” in El-Watan (the largest circulating daily newspaper in French in Algeria).