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CLA This Week — 5/15/17


Monday, May 15

Virtuous Sons of Abraham: Jewish Identity in a Hellenistic World under Rome – Kevin Osterloh, Center for the Humanities Research Fellow, will discuss the Maccabean Revolt of 167-64 BCE, a rebellion that led to both Judean independence from Seleucid-Greek rule and a look to Rome for cultural inspiration. The talk will focus on portrayals of Jewish manliness inspired by the redefinition of Roman masculinity that came at the expense of the Greek effeminate other. 4 p.m., Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson. 

Tuesday, May 16

Talk for Water 2017: A Cross-Disciplinary Discussion of Water “From Farm to Table” in Ethiopia —Kenny Maes, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Kassahun Melesse, Assistant Professor of Applied Economics, Yihenew Tesfaye and Micknai Arefaine, Anthropology graduate students, and Larry Becker, Professor of Geography, will discuss the importance of water in multiple spheres of contemporary Ethiopian society. This is the second annual Talk for Water, organized in conjunction with the Corvallis Sister Cities Association’s Walk for Water4 p.m., International Living Learning Center (ILLC) Room 155.

Wednesday, May 17

OSU Authors and Editors Celebration: George Poinar —  Join us as we celebrate the work of OSU authors and editors with a reception and a talk by George Poinar, an entomologist and writer in the OSU College of Science. Best known for his research on plants and animals trapped in amber that inspired the DNA extraction science in Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, Poinar will be talking about his hew book, A Naturalist’s Guide to the Hidden World of Pacific Northwest Dunes (OSU Press). This event is part of OSU’s Recognizing Excellence series, sponsored by the OSU Provost’s office, and hosted by the Center for the Humanities. 6:30 p.m. Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson.

Thursday, May 18

Film screening: Eating You Alive – One Bite at a Time — Half of all adults in the U.S. struggle with chronic health conditions. Despite countless dollars spent on medical research and drugs to improve our health, more Americans are disabled and dying from chronic disease than ever before. Featuring leading medical experts and researchers, this documentary takes a scientific look at the reasons we’re so sick. 4 p.m., Milam Hall, 319.

Make Beautiful Letterpress Prints with OSU art alumnus Angie Purviance on from 4 – 8 p.m. in the basement of Fairbanks Hall. This event is held in conjunction with the Corvallis Arts Walk and is free and open to the public.

Fish Tales: Traditions and Challenges of Seafood in Oregon — Join this free community conversation about our relationships with ocean life and products of the sea. Led by food and travel writer Jennifer Burns Bright, we’ll talk about Oregon cultural traditions related to fishing, impacts of the global seafood market and current challenges to the ocean and its bounty. This Oregon Humanities Conversation Project event is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Oregon Cultural Trust, and is hosted by the OSU Center for the Humanities with support from the Horning Endowment. 7 p.m., Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson.

Friday, May 19

Disability Access Network — Join a group of OSU community members interested in discussing Disability Studies teaching and research, in general, and the development of a DS curriculum at OSU, in particular. Gloria Krahn will present, “On Quality of Life with Functional Limitations.” Noon, Milam 301.

Music à la Carte — OSU Chamber Orchestra. Noon, MU Lounge. 

OSU Anthropology Lecture Series —  Dr. Thomas Love, Professor of Anthropology at Linfield College, will give a lecture on “Late Modernity: Time, Net Energy Decline, and the Red Queen Effect.”  Dr. Love will speak 12 to 12:50 p.m. in Waldo Hall Room 201A. This event is part of the Anthropology Program’s” Tan Sack” Lecture Series.

Visiting Writers Series — Award-winning author Karen Russell will give a reading of her fiction. is the author of two collections of short stories, “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves” and “Vampires in the Lemon Grove,” and two novels, “Sleep Donation” and “Swamplandia!,” which was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. 7:30 p.m. Valley Library Rotunda.

Recurring Events

Oregon State University Theatre will present in May the premiere of “The Upward-Beating Heart,” an original, devised work developed by OSU students. In theater, devised plays are those where the script originates from collaborative, often improvised work by a group of people, rather than by a writer or writers. “The Upward-Beating Heart” is based on Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet.” Performances will be held May 11-13 and May 19-20, beginning at 7:30 p.m., and on May 21 beginning at 2 p.m. in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. For tickets: http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ.

Fairbanks Gallery will host a New Media Communications faculty exhibition, “Experiments in Story,” featuring work by Amanda Tasse, Carmen Tiffany, Dan Faltesek and Todd Kesterson May 8-31. The exhibit offers unique perspectives on the vital relationship between data collection and the visual arts. This multimedia exhibition will highlight strategies for visualizing complex information by presenting platforms were ideas can be more easily understood, interpreted and discussed. The gallery is located on the first floor of Fairbanks Hall and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. It is open until 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 18 for the Corvallis Arts Walk.

The Microbiome Art Project — This project is a collaboration between OSU’s research community and The Arts Center in Corvallis. The project focuses on microbial systems that affect human health, biodiversity of animal species, and air, earth and water quality. This exhibition asks both artists and researchers, How Can We See the Unseen? Through this exhibit, the arts will document and interpret complex research concepts and bring greater understanding for artists and the public, as well as offer a unique perspective to the scientific community. April 13 – May 27, The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Avenue. This exhibit is a part of SPARK: Arts+Science@OSU.

Oregon State University’s Center for the Humanities is hosting an exhibition of work by Assistant Professor of Art Kerry Skarbakka titled “Blackout,” through June 8. This is Skarbakka’s second solo exhibition in Corvallis in a year. The installation is comprised of objects of art and understanding, encapsulated in the medium used to line the beds of trucks, and thus blacked out, or rendered void. Utilizing the significance of the Center for the Humanities and coinciding with the March for Science and Earth Day on April 22, the Skarbakka says the exhibition provides “a message of solidarity against attempts to defund and silence the arts, the sciences and the humanities.”

The Little Gallery proudly presents Betty LaDuke’sBountiful Harvest and Border Crossings,” April 3 – June 16. LaDuke’s wood panel murals document and narrate stories of Latino farm workers who work on farms in Oregon’s Rogue Valley. For more  information: 541-737-2146. 


Tickets are on sale now for the final SAC Presents concert of the season featuring Boston Brass on Wed. May 24 at 7:30 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center. This world-renowned ensemble is known for its lively repartee and entertaining, family-friendly performances. The OSU Wind Ensemble will join Boston Brass for the first half of the program: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/SACpresents. 

Speech Communication assistant professor Joshua Reeves’ book “Citizen Spies” was recently reviewed in the New Republic.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity 

Nabil Boudraa was a Keynote speaker “Transmission and Resistance: Towards a Pluralistic Society in North Africa” at the New York Forum of Amazigh Film Festival, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, May 4, 2017. 

Julia Bradshaw, Assistant Professor Art and New Media Communications, has a selection of work from her Stacks and Shapes project on view at the Bush Barn Art Center in Salem. The exhibition “Contemporary Abstraction” is on view until June 24. Additionally, Bradshaw recently participated in Photo Lucida in Portland, Oregon, and was awarded a residency at Playa in Summer Lake, Oregon that will take place in late August, 2017. 

Shelley Jordon’s animation, Night Flight, was selected for inclusion in the Under the Subways Video Art Night with screenings in: New York City,  Sao Paolo, Brazil, Milan, Italy, Palma , Majorca, Spain, Valenicia, Spain and Madrid, Spain.

Associate professor of music and coordinator of music education Wesley Brewer was recently invited to speak about “Competition and Music Education” as a guest on the AMusEd podcast. AMusEd is a form for participants and listeners to consider “current issues in music education, offer resources, tip and tricks” and to discuss the growth and missteps that characterize the typical experience of starting out as a professional music educator. The podcast is hosted by Olin Hannum, OSU’s director of athletic bands, along with three other professional music educators who teach in California schools.

Instructor of music Amy Hansen performed at Linfield College as soprano soloist in Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Saint Nikolai Messe.” 

Instructor of music Ryan Biesack recently performed with Steeplechase recording artist Joe Manis (saxophone) and Phil Baker (bassist from Pink Martini).

Instructor of music Dana Reason in collaboration with OSU professor of microbiology Jerri Bartholomew curated a concert at the Corvallis Arts Center. In addition to compositions by Reason, the program includes works by OSU music faculty members Ryan Biesack, and Jason Fick. Current undergraduate student Jayanthi Joseph and graduate student Mike Gamble also contributed.

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