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CLA This Week — 11/28/16


Tuesday, Nov. 29

Songwriters in the Round — An informal evening for students to share their own songs and learn about songwriting greats. This is the first in a series of free monthly meet-ups hosted by Bob Santelli of the GRAMMY Museum and now OSU Director of Popular Music and Performing Arts. 7 p.m. in 303 Benton Hall. Students should bring their instrument, songs and enthusiasm. Please share with students.

The OSU Wind Ensemble, directed by Christopher Chapman, presents the fall term concert “Coast of Dreams” at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets, $5 each are available online at http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/events/music-performance-and-visual-arts-events-school-arts-and-communication/osu-wind-ensemble and at the door. OSU students and K-12 youth are admitted for free.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Critical Questions Series — Elizabeth Sheehan,Assistant Professor of English, will lecture at 4 p.m. at the Center for Humanities. Sheehan will explore the connections amongst moods, modes of writing, and les 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.

OSU Wind Symphony and OSU Campus Band, 7:30 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center. $5 general admissions, OSU students and K-12 youth free

Friday, Dec. 2

University Chorale and the Corvallis Community Choir will perform at Music a la Carte at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge. University Chorale is conducted by OSU music graduate students, who have worked with the choir all term to prepare for this public concert.

The Oregon State University Chamber Orchestra, conducted by music graduate student Hannah Sneller, will present a fall concert at 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge

Sunday, Dec. 4 

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony and OSU Choirs present the annual holiday concert on at 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. For ticket locations, online purchases and more information: http://cosusymphony.org.

Recurring Events

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. 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.

Upcoming Events

Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emerita Kathleen Dean Moore will read from her novel “Piano Tide” at the Corvallis Public Library on Monday, December 5, at  7 p.m.  Environmental activist Bill McKibben called Piano Tide “a savagely funny and deeply insightful novel of the tidepool and rainforest country she knows so well.”

Get your tickets while you can to SAC Presents: An Evening with David Sedaris talk and book signing. Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are available for purchase at the LaSells Stewart Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon – 5 p.m. and online at: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/SACpresents. A limited number of balcony seats are available for to students (in person only) at $10 each. All remaining unsold balcony seats will be made available for sale to the general public at the regular price after winter break.


Call for Assistance to identify bold and innovative research ideas for the Marine Studies Initiative — OSU Faculty (teams or individuals) are invited to propose concepts that will contribute to the development of a diverse and strategic research “portfolio” of ideas, activities and programs that will result in new and impactful science related to coastal and marine environments, people, and resources. Research concepts can be pursued at many levels ranging from Initial Modes of Engagement to Think Tanks and Centers of ExcellenceFull details and FAQs available at: https://sites.google.com/a/oregonstate.edu/msi-research-cfa/home.

Awards and Honors

Michael A. Osborne, history of science professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The award is an honor bestowed by AAAS members on their peers and given for scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Osborne was elected for distinguished contributions to the fields of the history of science and medicine with particular attention to the role of French colonialism and natural history.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Bradley Boovy (SLCS) published “German Beyond the Classroom: From Local Knowledge to Critical Language Awareness” in Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German. 49.2 (Fall 2016): 140–146. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.ezproxy.proxy.library.oregonstate.edu/doi/10.1111/tger.12007/abstract.

Brett Burkhardt, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy, presented his paper, “Contesting Managerialism: Discourse on Prison Privatization” at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology on November 16, 2016, in New Orleans.

Assistant Professor of English Megan Ward just returned from a week-long series of lectures to launch the NEH-funded Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project. She spoke at the University of Edinburgh, Oxford University and Queen’s University Belfast along with her collaborators on the project.

Dan Faltesek, New Media Communications, recently presented three papers, including “Reverse Engineering Tay,” which analyzed the cascade of Twitter traffic toward a chatbot named Tay in March of 2016 using an automated topic modeling processes. The other two papers were about the history of linear programming graphics in graphic design in twentieth century economic research, and multidimensional graphics and presidential polling. On Election Day, Faltesek participated in a panel for the City Club of Corvallis entitled: “Politics on Edge: Mental health, social media and the fabric of community.”

Charlotte J. Headrick, Professor Emerita of Theatre Arts, presented “Ireland’s Banish Babies,” at the annual meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, West at the University of Montana, October 21; and “Where No Kindness Goes Unpunished:  Declan Hughes’s Dublin Ed Loy series” at the American Conference for Irish Studies, mid-Atlantic meeting at New York University, October 29. Addtionally, Headrick led the post-show discussion of Corrib Theatre’s screening of Sex in a Cold Climate in Portland on Nov. 3, and supervised the reading of Anna Ziegler’s play Photograph 51,about Rosalind Franklin, in Special Collections of the Valley Library on Nov. 2. Headrick also presented an invited lecture on her book “Irish Women Dramatists 1908-2001” to the San Francisco Irish Historical and Literary Society on Nov. 20.

Director of bands Chris Chapman served on the board of the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, Washington where he assisted in running the WIBC Intercollegiate Honor Band. The ensemble consisted of 90 music students representing 16 different universities from the western United States. 

Instructor of harp principal harp of the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra Jeff Parsons collaborated with flutist Emily Stanek and violin/violist Holland Phillips in a recital in Hudson Hall at Willamette University. The program included Charles Rochester Young’s “The Song of the Lark,” Claude Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, and Eugene Goossens’ Suite for Flute, Violin and Harp op. 6. 

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