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CLA This Week — 10/31/16


Tuesday, Nov. 1

Voting Rights and Accessibility in the U.S: Then and Now — This event will examine voting rights in the United States and what they have been in the past, what they are now, and how we move forward from here. Panelists will bring a diverse set of perspectives and personal experiences to foster discussion among students and members of the OSU community about why voting is important and why it should be more accessible to everyone. Panelists: Dr. Christopher McKnight Nichols, Dr. Marisa Chappell, Dr. Patti Sakurai, and Dr. Robert Thompson. 4-6 p.m. in the Willamette Seminar Room at the Valley Library.

Wednesday, Nov. 2

Ethnic Studies Speakers Series, Inaugural LectureDr. Victor Villanueva will speak on the rhetoric of the new racism in our “post-racial” era, and how racism can be both clearly invoked within a presidential debate, and yet denied as a topic, as a force shaping everyday life. Dr. Villanueva will describe how and why our shared rhetoric—that is, the language we use — limits our view, so that racism gets to be simply dismissed as the actions of a few “bad apples,” the failings of the uneducated, or the problem of particular institutions, like our police and prison systems. The LaSells Stewart Center, Construction & Engineering Hall 6-8 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Staged Reading of Photograph 51Anna Ziegler’s play is a humorous and moving portrait of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the twentieth century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule. A chorus of physicists relives the chase, revealing the unsung achievements of this trail-glazing, fiercely independent woman. A play about ambition, isolation, and the race for greatness. 7 p.m., Special Collections and Archives Research Center reading room on the 5th floor of the Valley Library. This event is a part of SPARK—Arts+Science@OSU

Friday, Nov. 4

Morocco and the Holocaust: King Mohammed V and the Jews during World War II — Lecture by Daniel Schroeter. King Mohammed V is commemorated in Morocco for having protected his Jewish subjects during World War II. Why is King Mohammed V honored in Morocco and venerated by hundreds of thousands of Moroccan Jews in Israel and throughout their dispersion for having saved Jews during the Holocaust? 4 p.m., MU Journey Room.

Saturday, Nov. 5

CLA faculty members will be featured in pop-up readings at the 2016 Wordstock book festival today at the Portland Art Museum. Jennifer Richter will read from her book No Acute Distress from 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm, and Juan Antonio Trujillo will be reading new material with Los Porteños from 2:15 pm – 2:30 pm. Additionally, David Biespiel will moderate a discussion on titled “Breaking Poetry Pattern” at 11:30 a.m., and Qwo-Li Driskill will be participating in the festival’s Nov. 4 Lit Crawl.

Recurring Events

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. 2Oregon 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.

Oregon State University Theatre will kick off the 2016-17 season with a family-friendly adaptation of the quirky children’s novel, “James and the Giant Peach.” The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 12; and 2 p.m. Nov. 12-13; in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre. The theme for the theater season is “Devising Our Dreams: Metamorphosis.” In David Wood’s adaptation of the classic tale by Roald Dahl, kindly young James lives in England with his two cruel aunts, Spiker and Sponge, until a mystical old woman gives him a bag of magic and everything changes. http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/theatre.

The LBCC NSH Gallery is presenting an Oregon State Art Faculty Exhibit through December 2 at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany. The show features 14 artists: Evan Baden, Michael Boonstra, Julia Bradshaw, Katherine Campbell, Anna Fidler, Lee Ann Garrison, Julie Green, Stephen Hayes, Yuji Hiratsuka, Shelley Jordon, Andrew Myers, Felix Oliveros, Kerry Skarbakka, and John Whitten, and a vivid range of subject matter, style, and media. LBCC art galleries are free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information contact: Anne Magratten, artgallery@linnbenton.edu. 

Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State will host an exhibition of work by photographer Kerry Skarbakka titled “On the Brink,” Nov. 5-30. An artist’s talk and reception will take place in the gallery at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 17. The event is free and open to the public. Skarbakka is an assistant professor of art, and this exhibition focuses on some of the more immediate and pressing threats to our existential stability, and is comprised of past and current projects that illustrate the scope and trajectory of Skarbakka’s combined media approach to photography.

Auditions for OSU Theatre’s winter 2017 production of “For the Love of Lies” will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 15-16 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre. The play is a lively comedy in the style of Commedia dell’Arte, a classic theater style with stock characters, physical comedy and romance. Auditions are open to all OSU students, faculty, staff and area community members. Performances of the production are scheduled for Feb. 16-18 and 24-26. Several rehearsals will be scheduled during fall term: Nov. 1-22, 28, and 30 and Dec. 5 and 7.

DJ Spooky “Heart of a Forest” Oregon Tour — New York based composer, artist and author Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky will take his high-energy performance of “Heart of a Forest to four Oregon cities November 6-11. Miller will mix live, recorded and electronic music with aerial video of Oregon forests, along with an on-stage conversation with a forest ecologist.The multimedia show is inspired by symphonic music Miller composed during four seasonal artist residencies at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Oregon Cascades. 

Upcoming Events

Critical Questions SeriesElizabeth Sheehan, Assistant Professor of English, will lecture on Thursday, November 10 at 4:00 pm in the MU Journey Room 106 on the relationship between fashion and feeling. In this talk, Sheehan explores the connections amongst moods, modes of writing and  the modes to propose a historically situated, materially grounded, and formally attentive way of thinking about feeling. The reading is free and open to the public.


Director of popular music and performing arts Robert Santelli and seven OSU students were guests at the White House in Washington, D.C. last week, where Santelli gave a short talk on American music and interviewed gospel singers Yolanda Adams and Michelle Williams. The group was hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Nana Osei-Kofi (Associate Professor, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies/Director, DPD Program) presented on Feminist Leadership in Higher Education at the 15th Anniversary Celebration of Claremont Graduate University’s Applied Women’s Studies program (The Next Wave: Affecting Change Through Applied Women’s Studies), in Claremont, California on October 14.

Sebastian Heiduschke, Associate Professor in the School of Language, Culture and Society, organized and led the research seminar “Socialist Media Landscapes – Queerness, Gender, Sexuality” at the 40th annual conference of the German Studies Association in San Diego.

Instructor of music Dana Reason visited Vancouver, British Columbia from October 21-24 to conduct workshops with the New Orchestra Workshop (NOW) Society and perform with composer and pianist Lisa K Miller. The NOW Society presents musicians from Vancouver and abroad, performing improvised and newly composed music in the classical, jazz, musique actuelle and avant garde genres. For more information about the society, visit www.nowsociety.org.

Professor of music Steven Zielke traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada as an invited guest of the Clark County School District High School Honor Choir from October 24-25, where he worked with the ensemble and conducted a public performance. The 160+ member honor choir was selected by audition from the CCSD, which is the fifth largest in the nation. 

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