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CLA This Week — 3/13/17


Monday, March 13

Public Knowledge: The Writings of Michael AsherKirsi Peltomäki, Associate Professor of Art History and 2016-17 Center for the Humanities Research Fellow, will discuss her archives-based work on editing a collection of contemporary artist Michael Asher’s writings for publication. The project considers how language functioned in Asher’s material practice of reconfiguring museums, galleries, and other art world spaces. 4 p.m., Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue.

Religious Studies as Critical Humanism — Lecture by Richard Brian Miller. Professor Miller will discuss why religious studies is important in the broader currents in the humanities. The aim is to identify the intellectual excellences that can animate religious studies and to remove the blinders that prevent scholars of religion from seeing those virtues along with the challenges and opportunities that they provide. 7 p.m, MU Journey Room. 

Tuesday, March 14

At 7:00 p.m. in the Valley Library Rotunda, Literary Arts and the OSU Creative Writing Program present an evening with 2017 Oregon Book Awards finalists: Sue Armitage, Tracy Daugherty, Mary Emerick, Martha Grover, Kathleen Dean Moore, Scott Nadelson, and Jennifer Richter.

International Security, Nuclear Weapons and the Path to Peace — Join the Corvallis peace and justice community for this lecture with Reiner Braun, co-director of the International Peace Bureau in Geneva and Kevin Martin of Peace Action. 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis.

OSU Jazz Ensemble directed by Ryan Biesack7:30 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom. $5 general admission. OSU students and K-12 youth admitted free. Advance tickets at: liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/SACevents.

Wednesday, March 15

Motivating a Call for a Global Constitutional Convention Focused on Future Generations — Lecture by Stephen M. Gardiner. Gardiner will discuss climate change, obligations to future generations, and forms of international governance. 4 p.m., MU 213, Pan-Afrikan Sankofa.

Thursday, March 16

The Oxford Handbook of Environmental EthicsThis event will consist of 15-20 min. presentations by Holmes Rolston III, Steve Gardiner, Marion Hourdequin, and Allen Thompson followed by a panel discussion. Topics to be discussed are the ethics of geoengineering, the ethics of ecosystem management, anthropocentrism and environmental ethics in the Anthropocene. 2 p.m., MU Journey Room.

Friday, March 17

OSU Anthropology Lecture Series — Dr. Charles Klein, assistant professor of  anthropology at Portland State University, will give a lecture on “Real Talk: A Computer-delivered Sexual Health Promotion Intervention for Black Gay Men.” He will speak from 12 to 12:50 p.m. in Waldo Hall Room 201A. This event is part of the Anthropology Program’s “Tan Sack” Lecture Series.

Concert by internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Libby Roderick. The surprising power and depth of Roderick’s music and the humor and spontaneity of her performances have attracted large and enthusiastic audiences across the continent and fans all over the world. Roderick will be joined by Corvallis’ own Cassandra Robertson. 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis. Free.

Recurring Events

The exhibit, Microbiomes: Imagining the Unseen is on view from Feb 20 to Mar 24 at the Little Gallery, Kidder 210, with a reception being held on March 16.  Additionally, there is a call to artists for Microbiomes: Connecting Communities. Submissions for the April exhibition are required by March 17. Both events are a part of SPARK: Arts+Science@OSU.

The Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus will present “Way Beyond the Rainbow,” the 2016-2017 Plinkiewisch Scholarship Exhibition, from March 13 through March 31. A drop-in reception will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, March 16, during the Corvallis Arts Walk. “Way Beyond the Rainbow” exhibits the varied interests and skills of the 2016-2017 Plinkiewisch scholars, who are OSU students. 


OSU faculty are invited to participate the 7th  Junior Scholars’ Annual Forum of Latin America Studies to be held from Sept. 22-24, 2017, in Hefei, China. The theme of the forum this year is “Globalization, Anti-Globalization, and Alternative Globalization.” This forum calls for papers from all fields in humanities and social sciences that could contribute to the conference theme broadly interpreted. Paper abstracts are accepted in Chinese, English, Spanish or Portuguese. The conference will cover round-trip international air tickets and local accommodation during the conference days. No conference registration fee is needed. Please feel free to contact Shaozeng Zhang with questions:  shaozeng.zhang@oregonstate.edu

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity  

Last month, Sharyn Clough, professor and director of undergraduate studies in philosophy and philosophy professor Jonathan Kaplan gave joint keynote addresses on themes of biomedicine and politics at the 14th Annual Graduate Philosophy Conference, University of Utah, in Salt Lake City.

Nana Osei-Kofi (Associate Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies/Director of the Difference, Power, and Discrimination Program) led a workshop titled Curriculum Transformation: Women’s Studies and Beyond at the National Women’s Studies Association Director and Chair Meeting in Chicago, IL on March 3, 2017.

A profile of CLA Research Program Manager Eric Wayne Dickey is featured on a grant writing organization website.  In preparation for The National Organization for Research Development Professionals (www.NORDP.org) annual conference, conference organizers are featuring members to help inspire conference attendees.

OSU choral and vocal faculty have been in-demand as clinicians and adjudicators this winter: Instructor of vocal music Nicola Nine Zielke recently adjudicated at the OSAA District 9 Solo and Ensemble Contest; Instructor of vocal music Amy Hansen adjudicated at the OSAA District 11 Solo and Ensemble Content; and Instructor of choral music Russ Christensen was an invited adjudicator and clinician on Friday, March 3 at the Mt. Tabor Choral Festival at Warner Pacific University in Portland, Oregon.

Assistant professor of music Jason Fick was recently selected to present a paper titled “Pop Rocks, Blips, and Beats: Guiding Students Through a Comprehensive History of Electronic Music” at the College Music Society Pacific Northwest Conference which will be held in April at Capitano University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Fick also had a recent work titled “Kerosene” for horn and electronics selected as a finalist for the ElectroBrass Conference in early April. 

Professor of music and director of choral studies Steven M. Zielke presented a session titled “Bringing Song Into Community: Getting American Singing Again” on March 8 at the national conference of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. OSU was also well-represented at the conference by a contingent of 14 current students of which four were selected to perform with the National Collegiate Unit Choir, an ensemble comprised of students from all 50 states. 

Instructor of music Lauren Servias collaborated with instructor of art Andy Myers and vocalist Marc Callahan in an experimental performance of Franz Schubert’s “Winterreise” (Winter Journey) at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. 

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