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CLA This Week — 9/25/17


Wednesday, Sept. 27

Doug McAdam Lecture on Trump’s Rise — Stanford Sociologist Doug McAdam will give a lecture on “Putting Trump in Historical Perspective: Racial Politics and Social Movements in Postwar America Today” based on his 2014 book, “Deeply Divided: Racial Politics and Social Movements in Postwar America,” in MU 213 at 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the School of Public Policy.

Thursday, Sept. 28

Join the OSU Alumni Association for an interactive discussion on Cuban public health and politics with F. Javier Nieto, Dean, College of Public Health and Human Services and David Bernell, Associate Professor and Director of Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Centro Cultural Cesar ChavezRegistration is encouraged to assist us in planning.

Friday, Sept. 29

OSU Anthropology Lecture Series — Dr. Bryan Tilt, Professor of Anthropology at OSU, will give a lecture titled, “Researching China’s Environmental Crisis…From Norway” 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.

Music à la Carte — Sarah Brown Trio with Sarah Brown on clarinet, Ann Grabe on cello, and David Servias on piano, will perform at 12 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. Admission is free.

Upcoming Events

Music à la Carte — Becky Jeffers and Angela Carlson will perform at 12 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge on Friday, October 6.  

OSU Music Presents The U.S. Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra  on Friday, October 6 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. 


Tickets are on sale now for the 2017-2018 SAC Presents Series, featuring Pink Martini, Ira Glass and more. The first performance takes place on Nov. 2 with Voces8, a world-renowned choral/a cappella group from the UK. The OSU Chamber Choir will join them on a program ranging from Renaissance pieces to contemporary and pop tunes. Tickets are $45 in advance and free to OSU students subject to availability. Discounts on season tickets and Pick4 packages are available. Tickets and information are available here.

School of Writing, Literature and Film assistant professor Ehren Helmut Pflugfelder has recently announced that a journal for which he is a Managing Editor published a new issue. “Present Tense”’s volume 6, issue 2 features articles on a broad range of topics, from regional rhetoric to neoliberalism, and writing program position statements to multimodal teaching. The issue also includes a substantial new annotated bibliography on religion, spirituality and rhetoric. 

Julia Bradshaw was selected as an artist resident for the Djerassi Resident Artists Program for the 2018 season. She also received a Ford Family Foundation Fellowship to support this residency. Nearly 1000 candidates applied or were nominated for 66 residencies.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Associate Professor of Creative Writing and MFA Director Susan Jackson Rodgers recently published “This Must be the Place,” a novel, and is the author of two short collections, “The Trouble With You Is” and “Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6.” “This Must be the Place” is out from Switchgrass Books.

Joshua Reeves, Assistant Professor of Media and Rhetoric in New Media Communications and Speech Communication, published an article on suicide prevention networks in “Television and New Media.” Reeves was also recently interviewed for an article on surveillance in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Instructor of Painting Stephen Hayes’ “In the Hour Before (today),” an exhibit of new paintings, opens at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland this October. A preview reception will take place on October 4, from 6 – 8 p.m., and there will be a First Thursday reception on October 5 from 6 – 8 p.m. In this latest series of paintings, Hayes portrays locations of recent violence in America as seen from the vantage point of Google maps street views.

Ehren Helmut Pflugfelder, School of Writing, Literature and Film assistant professor, published a chapter entitled “Methodologies: Design Studies and Techne” in the edited collection “Rhetoric and Experience Architecture” (Parlor Press, 2017).

Gregg Walker, Professor of Speech Communication, had a busy summer:

  • Awarded a SUFONAMA Erasmus Mundus Scholar fellowship at the University of Copenhagen for Summer 2017.
  • Presented “Human Dimensions of Climate Change from Paris Forward: Insights from the Unifying Negotiation Framework,” at the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) in Umea, Sweden, in June.
  • Co-directed a workshop at ISSRM, “Participatory Governance from a ‘Pracademic’ Perspective.”
  • Gave two presentations at the Conference on Communication and the Environment (COCE) in Leicester, England, UK, in late June and early July. Both talks, “Implementing Paris: Integrating the Human and Technical Dimensions of Climate Change,” and “The United Nations Negotiations on Climate Change – Reflections on the Process,” drew on Walker’s research as participant-observer at the UN climate change negotiations.

Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education Wesley Brewer recently served as an invited guest editor of a double issue of the “Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education,” which is considered one of the top-tier journals in the field of music education. The special issue was dedicated to papers using approached from narrative inquiry. In addition to serving as guest editor, Brewer was co-author of an introductory piece in the issue outlining a brief history of the uses of narrative research in music education.

Instructor of Music Sean Paul Mills, in collaboration with the Oregon State Capitol Foundation and the Salem Philharmonia Orchestra, presented an outdoor solar eclipse themed concert at the Oregon State Capitol Park on Saturday, August 19. The outdoor performance was followed by indoor performances at Chemeketa Community College on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20. The indoor performances featured selections from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” accompanied with high-resolution imaging of Mars, Jupiter and Venus, provided by Dr. A. Wesley Ward, USGS Chief Scientist SW Region (retired). Mills currently serves as artistic director of the Salem Philharmonia Orchestra.

Recurring Events

“Totality,” an cosmos-themed exhibition curated by Julia Bradshaw closes September 28. This eclipse-inspired multimedia exhibition includes work by 13 artists, including SAC’s Lee Ann Garrison and John Whitten. “Totality” is located in Fairbanks Gallery on the first floor of Fairbanks Hall.

“The Apron Wearers,” work by Marissa Solini, theatre box office manager and office specialist, is now on exhibit in the Corinne Woodman Gallery at the Arts Center of Corvallis. The exhibit includes tall apron oil paintings, apron mini watercolor paintings and a wall hanging of 20 vintage aprons from Solini’s personal collection. A closing reception for the exhibition will take place on Oct. 5, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Corvallis Arts Center. 

Work by OSU art faculty Julie Green, Anna Fidler and Kerry Skarbakka can be viewed at the Arts Center of Corvallis as part of “Logcabin Medley,” an exhibition in the main gallery that also features work by Corvallis artist Clay Lohmann. The exhibition runs through September 30.

Spanish artist Dolors Escala’s exhibit, “Emotions & Sensations,” is currently on view at The Little Gallery in 210 Kidder Hall. The exhibition runs through November 9.

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