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CLA This Week — 11/14/16


Monday, Nov. 14

Utopia and the Radical Imagination — In honor of the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s classic work “Utopia”, the Anarres Project hosts a symposium on the possibilities and limits of utopian thinking for radical politics today. Speakers include Alexander Riccio  and Barbara Muraca,. Noon, MU 213.  http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/118609/.

Producing Latino Nonprofits: The State, Philanthropy, and the Politics of Care—A lecture by Juan Herrera, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at OSU and current Center for the Humanities Research Fellow. Less visible than the 1960s Chicano movement protest politics of sit-ins, marches, and boycotts are the Mexican American activists who created community-based organizations by enlisting residents in neighborhood improvement projects. Herrera will speak about their work building a robust politics of place, establishing institutions that transformed the urban landscape and empowered enduring commitments to social justice. 4 p.m. at the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Fracking and Resistance: The Dakota Access Pipeline — Please join us for an interdisciplinary panel discussion, with audience participation and discussion. Coffee and light snacks will be provided. Moderated by: Jacob Hamblin, Professor of History Participants: Allison Davis-White Eyes, OSU Director of Diversity and Cultural Engagement Hilary Boudet, Assistant Professor of Sociology Robert Figueroa, Associate Professor of Philosophy Luhui Whitebear, Assistant Director, Native American Longhouse Eena Haws Sponsored by: Environmental Arts and Humanities. Noon, Native American Longhouse.

Cannupa Hanska Luger, a Native artist and activist born on the North Dakota Standing Rock Reservation will be joining OSU via Skype to offer a short talk on his work and the current situation in North Dakota around the Dakota Access Pipeline, and to engage in conversation with the OSU community at noon in Gilfillan Auditorium. This talk is a part of Michael Boonstra’s Art 150 course, and Boonstra welcomes the OSU and Corvallis community to join. Luger is an artist whose ceramic-centric, but ultimately multidisciplinary work tells provocative stories of complex Indigenous identities coming up against 21st Century imperatives, mediation, and destructivity. For more information: http://www.cannupahanska.com/.

What is Peace Literacy, and how can it help us live better together? —  Paul Chappell, an Iraqi veteran, is a Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He will share his vision of how we can move forward together as a society in spite of our troubled times. Chappell’s nonprofit organization, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, was nominated for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who said, “Captain Paul K. Chappell has given us a crucial look at war and peace, from the unique perspective of a soldier, and his new ideas show us why world peace is both necessary and possible in the 21st century.” Whiteside Theater, 7 p.m., free. 

Festival of Voices Gala Concert featuring high school and OSU singers. 7 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center. Admission $5, OSU students free with ID.

Wednesday, Nov. 16

A Tuscan Experience: Studio Art in Siena, Italy — Please let your students know about this informational meeting on a fall 2017 study abroad experience led by OSU art professor Shelley Jordon. 5 p.m. in Fairbanks 315. Free pizza will be served.

Ping Foong, a leading scholar of Chinese art and a specialist in Chinese ink painting, will give a public talk as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series. Foong, the Foster Foundation Curator of Chinese Art at the Seattle Art Museum, will discuss her current research on a Buddhist votive plaque from the museum collection. She also will be in residence on campus that day and will spend time reviewing and critiquing student art work. The talk, “The Votive Body: Displaying an object of Buddhist devotion at the Seattle Art Museum,” will be held in the Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 17

Freedom of Expression and OSU — Today, as we think about the election and democracy, we are considering the crucially important topic of freedom of expression at OSU, off campus, at universities and colleges across the country, and for U.S. society. Please join us and please help to spread the word about this crucial topic and timely panel and community conversation. Panelists include Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Susie Brubaker-Cole; OSU’s University Librarian and Director of the OSU Press, Faye Chadwell; Associate Professor of Political Science Andrew Valls; and Associate Professor of Philosophy and President of the OSU AAUP Chapter, Joseph Orosco. The discussion will be moderated by Christopher McKnight Nichols, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Citizenship and Crisis Initiative. 4 p.m., MU Lounge. All are welcome.

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. 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.

OSU Opera Workshop — Program includes scenes and selections from Verdi’s La Traviata, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado. Come see the work of our voice students and say “welcome” to new OSU voice/opera instructor Bereniece Jones. 7:30 p.m. in the MU Lounge. Free.

Friday, Nov. 18

Music à la Carte — The Resounding Trio, featuring OSU music’s Dana Reason, piano, Catherine Lee, oboe, and John Savage, flute. Noon in the MU Lounge. Free.

Winona LaDuke, “Native Rights and the Rights of Nature: An Agenda for the New President” — Ten days after the national elections, we welcome Anishinaabekwe activist, writer, and political leader Winona LaDuke to help us understand this moment in history and speak about the some of the many ongoing efforts toward social and environmental justice. LaDuke will address the interrelated issues of energy, food sovereignty and Native Rights, and offer ideas about what the new President and Congress can do to support the rights of Native Americans, address climate justice, and move the U.S. toward a sustainable, post-carbon economy. Sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word; OSU Office of Sustainability; OSU Office of Diversity and Cultural Engagement and Native American Longhouse/Eena Haws. 7 p.m., Whiteside Theater. Free and open to all.

Saturday, Nov. 19

The Science in Art, the Art in Science Halftime Show @ Reser StadiumJoin us for a truly amazing celebration of art and science with the OSU Marching Band and their halftime performance at the Arizona game, based around mathematics based on the works of Pythagoras and Escher, and using music produced by computer algorithm. This event is a part of SPARK — Arts+Science@OSU.

Sunday, Nov. 20

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony presents “American and Soviet Masters” featuring Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 3 and Barber’s Violin Concerto (Jessica Lambert, soloist.) 3 p.m. at The LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets: $22-$32, OSU students free. http://cosusymphony.org.

Recurring Events

The School of Language, Culture and Society’s Oregon State International Film Festival continues through November 15 at the Darkside Cinema. The festival website can be found here: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/international-film-festival-2016. All films are subtitled, free and open to the public. For further information email Sebastian Heiduschke (sebastian.heiduschke@oregonstate.edu).

The Little Gallery Presents: Leni Weiner’s Park Bench Stories — Leni Wiener is an internationally renowned fabric artist, having displayed her work in the U.S., Europe, Africa and Asia. The work is described as “representational fabric collage.”  Photos taken of people sitting on park benches all over the world became the basis for this exhibition. The Little Gallery, 210 Kidder Hall, November 7-December 16, 2016.

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.

Upcoming Events

Kathy Fultz Retirement Party  — CLA Advising will honor Kathy Fultz for her 13 years of service on Monday, Nov. 21 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. Please come for refreshments and to wish Kathy a happy retirement.

Awards and Honors

Congratulations to Jacob Darwin Hamblin, the director of the Environmental Humanities program, for winning the History of Science Society’s Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize for his 2013 book Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism (Oxford University Press). The prize, given by the History of Science Society, is awarded annually to “the author of a book useful in undergraduate teaching or which promotes public understanding of the history of science.”


Assistant Professor of History Christopher McKnight Nichols contributed a brief written take on a Donald Trump presidency for Seattle’s public radio station: http://kuow.org/post/dark-days-ahead-american-professors-trump-presidency.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies and Associate Director of Research with CL@SE Daniel López-Cevallos attended the American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta to celebrate his successful completion of the Leaders in Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) program, a nine-month evaluation pipeline training of The Annie E. Casey Foundation & University of Wisconsin-Stout. At the American Public Health Association meeting in Denver, Daniel moderated a panel session on Social Inequities in Latino Health, and presented the following paper: López-Cevallos DF & Harvey SM (October 31, 2016). Testing the Validity and Reliability of the Discrimination in Medical Settings Scale among Young-Adult Latinos. Oral session presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Denver, CO.

Assistant Professor of Choral Music education Sandra Babb was an invited clinician at two choral events in the Portland-metro area. On October 24, she visited Oregon City for the Mount Hood Treble Choral Festival at Oregon City High School and on November 3 she visited the St. Mary’s Academy in downtown Portland for the St. Mary’s Academy Treble Choral Festival.

Instructor of Music Dana Reason toured with New York City based intermedia artist DJ Spooky (a.k.a. Paul Miller) as part of the final leg of the “Heart of a Forest” commission and grant with the OSU Spring Creek Project and the School of Arts and Communication. The tour included stops at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Ore.  on November 9; the Newport Center for the Performing Arts in Newport, Ore. on November 10; and the High Desert Museum in Bend, Ore. on November 11. Reason performed on keyboard with an ensemble that included Portland-based oboist Catherine Lee and violinist Jayanthi Joseph, who is an OSU student double majoring in music and biology.

Professor of Music Steven Zielke lead a workshop in Portland, Ore. on November 8 with choral directors and instructors from Portland Public Schools, where he spoke on choral techniques, choral repertoire and teaching ideas. Portland Public Schools is the largest school district in the state of Oregon with approximately 48,500 students attending its 85 schools. Closer to campus, Zielke lead the Corvallis Repertory Singers in a Veteran’s Day concert on November 12 featuring Franz Josef Haydn’s “Mass in Time of War.” He is the founder and artistic director of the semi-professiona and is joined by associate conductor Aubrey Patterson who is an OSU graduate and current choir director at Corvallis High School.

Theatre Professor Emerita Charlotte Headrick presented a paper “Patricia Burke Brogan’s Eclipsed and the Exiled Babies of the Magdalene Laundries” at the annual meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, West at the University of Montana on October 22. 

On November 5, Evan Baden, art, spoke about his work and process at the Society for Photographic Education’s Regional Conference for the Northwest Region. Baden and Julia Bradshaw are participating in a group exhibition titled “Just Visiting” at SOIL Gallery in Seattle. The exhibit opened Nov. 3 and runs through November 26, bringing together photographers from Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver, B.C. For more information:  http://justvisiting.us. 

Colin Hesse, speech communications, presented two papers at the National Communication Association Conference in Philadelpnhia, Pennsylvania on Nov 11-12. Hesse will also present at the University of Iowa on Nov. 18, at ICONext regarding Canvas, with a talk about how University of Iowa professors can use Canvas in building courses for both offline and online delivery. Additionally, Hesse recently had a paper published: Hesse, C., Rauscher, E. A., & Trask, S. L. (2016). Family Communication Patterns and communicative responses to jealousy: The mediating role of alexithymia. Journal of Family Communication, 16, 318-336. 

John Whitten, art, was invited to participate in Disjecta’s 10th Annual Art Auction and Party. His photograph, Suttle Reflections series #10, which was in the Portland Biennial Salon Exhibit, is the piece Dissect asked to be included in the auction. Disjecta’s 10th Annual Auction is Saturday, November 12. http://www.disjecta.org/.

SAC Academy Coordinator and OSU Art Alumna Shar Fagersten is showing her photography in a co-exhibition with painter Santiago Uceda, “Advice For Women with Santiago Uceda and Shar Fagersten” in the Corrrine Woodman Gallery at the Corvallis Arts Center, through November 26. Fagersten photographs every-day objects captioned with dated advice women still frequently receive. Uceda and Fagersten were featured on Oct. 27 in the Art Center’s Conversations from the Corrine Woodman Gallery series. http://theartscenter.net/corrine-woodman-gallery-shar-fagerstein-santiago-uceda-oct-25-nov-26/.

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