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CLA This Week — 3/20/17

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. “Way Beyond the Rainbow” exhibits the varied interests and skills of the 2016-2017 Plinkiewisch scholars, who are OSU students. 


CLA This Week will not be published during Spring Break. Publication will resume 4/3/17.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity 

Distinguished Professor of English Jon Lewis recently published the book, “Hard-Boiled Hollywood: Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles,” with University of California Press. Additionally, Lewis has been invited to speak about the book at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in April and then at the 92nd Street Y in NYC in May.

Anita Guerrini, Horning Professor in the Humanities, will be delivering two lectures by invitation this week at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Medical School. The first, to the Bullitt History of Medicine Club on March 22, is titled “How to Make a Skeleton: The Emergence of the Human Skeleton as a Commodity, 1500-1800” and concerns her current NSF-funded research project on the human skeleton and anatomical learning. The second, on March 23, is a retrospective look at her 2003 book, “Experimenting with Humans and Animals,” and will be delivered in the Research Ethics Grand Rounds series.

David Kerr, associate professor in the School of Psychological Science, co-authored a paper entitled “Intergenerational associations in sexual onset: Mediating influences of parental and peer sexual teasing and youth substance use” in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Kerry also presented a talk entitled “Slovenia-USA partnership: Understanding and Preventing Suicide” at the OSU International Research Series on Healthy People.

Associate Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Qwo-Li Driskill recently published the co-authored articleTrans* Political Economy Deconstructed: A Roundtable Discussion” in TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly (2017) 4(1): 16-27. Driskill also was a guest speaker at the University of Waterloo’s English Language and Literature Department, and presented the talk “Weaving with Words.” Additionally, Driskill’s book, “Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory” is a finalist for both the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature and the Lambda Literary Award in the category of LGBTQ Studies.

Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Humanities Christopher Nichols recently published the book, “A Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era: The Making of Modern America,” with Wiley-Blackwell. The book is designed to be the single, definitive resource for the latest state of knowledge relating to the history and historiography of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Elizabeth Marino, assistant professor of anthropology and sustainability at OSU-Cascades, was invited to give a guest lecture last week at the University of British Columbia on migration, climate change and colonialism. She has also been invited to contribute as an author on the National Climate Assessment. 

Susan Balter-Reitz (University of Montana-Billings) and Natalie Dollar, associate professor of speech communication (OSU-Cascades) hosted a roundtable titled, “Who Speaks for the Dead?” at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 15-18, 2017.

Their presentation was titled, “It Depends on Whom We Ask: A Toulmin Scholar, A Cultural Discourse Scholar, or Perhaps Both.”

Lorenzo Triburgo, instructor in art and photography, gave two presentations at the Society for Photographic Education National Conference on March 8-12. On the “Strategies of Resistance” panel, Triburgo discussed the Difference, Power, and Discrimination Academy at Oregon State University. He also presented his project, Policing Gender, in the context of historical LGBTQ activism in a panel called, “Save Our Children! That Sweet Sweet Pie in Anita Bryant’s Face.”   

Instructor and costume designer DeMara Cabrera presented at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology Annual Conference, held March 8-11 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her talk, titled, “Promoting Diversity in Costume Design Classes,” was part of a roundtable discussion on diversity and inclusion. DeMara was also be a guest artist for the session, “What’s Your Base Color: Teaching Multi-Ethnic Make-up Design.” 

Art instructor Anna Fidler’s works on paper will be shown at Portland International Airport from March through August, 2017 in Concourse A, courtesy of Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland. Fidler also has numerous gallery exhibitions coming up beginning in June.   

In a disciplinary experiment between art and song,  Andrew Myers, art and Lauren Servias, music performed with former OSU visiting professor of voice Marc Callahan on Thurs., March 9 at the Corvallis Public Library. Accompanied by Servias, Callahan, a baritone, performed Schubert’s, “Die Winterreise” while Myers live-illustrated. The work was also performed March 11 in the Hunt Center at the University of Portland, and March 13 at the Collier House at the University of Oregon.

Yuji Hiratsuka and student printmakers are having a group show at the Reynolds Galleries in downtown Portland in March. The gallery is actually located inside of an optical store managed by art alumnus Yozef Yehudah. The show is a carbon copy of an OSU printmaker exhibition that took place in Kyoto, Japan last December. Also participating are OSU artists Vesper White and Angela Waetje. Reynolds Galleries is located at 314 SW 4th Ave. in Portland, on the SE corner of Oak and 4th

Associate professor of music and coordinator of music education Wesley Brewer recently published a paper (with David Rickels at the University of Colorado at Boulder) titled “Facebook Band Director’s Group: Member Usage Behaviors and Perceived Satisfaction for Meeting Professional Development Needs,” in the Journal of Music Teacher Education. The paper explores some ways that music educators are using social media to improve their teaching methods and create communities of practice. 

Instructor of music Amy Hansen joined Corvallis-OSU Piano International at their “Steinway Day” at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library on Saturday, March 18. Hansen emceed the children’s concert in addition to singing a “piano song,” and reading poetry for Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals.”

Professor of music and percussionist Bob Brudvig collaborated with Instructor of music Sean Paul Mills at a recent Salem Philharmonia Orchestra concert set in a performance of Koppel’s “Concerto No. 1” for Marimba and Orchestra. Mills, who is artistic director and conductor of the ensemble, also lead the group in Antonin Dvorak’s “Czech Suite in D Major, Op. 39” and Johannes Brahms’ “Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 73.” Additionally, Mills collaborated with instructor of music Lauren Servias and oboist Jaclyn LaRue at the inaugural performance of the Arioso Chamber Players on Saturday, March 11 in Albany and Sunday, March 12 in Corvallis. 

Instructor of music Jay Chen was an invited adjudicator at the West Linn School District solo and ensemble competition on March 4. 

Instructor of music Dana Reason recently performed with New York City-based composer, drummer and recording artist Andrew Drury as part of the Red Room Series at Interzone in Corvallis. In addition to Reason on keyboards/sounds, the ensemble included current OSU graduate student Mike Gamble on guitar and Luther Maggot on vintage electronics.


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