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CLA This Week — 1/29/18


Monday, Jan. 29

The Future of Nuclear Weapons: Can They Be Eliminated? Lecture by Ambassador Tom Graham, Jr., a former senior U.S. diplomat and Acting Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. 3 p.m., Memorial Union, Journey Room 104. Lightly catered.

Natural Values and Novel Ecosystems: Adapting Nature Conservation — OSU Associate Professor of Philosophy Allen Thompson will discuss the recent emergence of the concept of novel ecosystems, its significance in debates and conservation and natural values, and the implications for land management practices in the Anthropocene. 4 p.m., Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave.  

School of Psychological Science Colloquium Series — Lecture by Dr. Bill Griesar and Jeff Leake (NW Noggin), “From classrooms to congress: The art of brain education, outreach and research.” 4 p.m. Reed Lodge 219. 

Wednesday, Jan. 31

Stopping Fascism Today Shane Burley (“Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It”) and Alexander Reid Ross (“Against the Fascist Creep”) will have a conversation about what fascism means in 2018, where it came from in the U.S., and how movements have arisen to effectively stop it. 12 p.m., Memorial Union, Journey Room 104. 

The Bedrock Lectures on Human Rights and Climate Change — Video lecture by Kathleen Dean Moore titled “Breaking Bedrock: Fracking’s Impact on Fundamental Rights.” This is the first in a weekly online lecture series about the intersection of human rights and climate change. Spring Creek Project will host in-person screenings of the lectures on campus every Wednesday from January 31 to May 30. 12 p.m., Bexell Hall 415. 

The Shape of the Athenian Empire: Land Allotment and Human Capital — Lecture by Tim Sorg. This lecture will consider some of the many ways people in antiquity reconciled imperial land with citizenship and, in doing so, how land allotment helped shape the political and economic history of the ancient Mediterranean world. Sorg received his B.A. in History for OSU in 2010, his M.A. in Classics from Stanford in 2011, his M.A. in History from Cornell in 2014 and his Ph.D. from Cornell in 2017. 4 p.m., Milam 319.

Screening and Discussion of the film “M.F.A.” by Natalia Leite and starring Francesca Eastwood. Discussion will be led by Director Natalie Leite and Screenwriter/Actor Leah McKendrick. Moderated by Mila Zuo, Assistant Professor of Film Studies. Screening is free to attend by tickets due to limited space. Please contact swlf.mainoffice@oregonstate.edu or visit 238 Moreland Hall to request tickets. Content Warning: The film depicts graphic scenes of sexual assault and violence which may be triggering to survivors and others. 6:30 p.m., Darkside Cinema, 215 SW 4th Street.

Friday, Feb. 2

Music à la Carte — Delgani String Quartet at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge. The program will be Beethoven’s Quartet op. 131.

SAC Presents: Body and Soul – A Film by Oscar Micheaux — One of the few surviving titles from the groundbreaking African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, Body and Soul (1925) features the  great singer/actor/athlete Paul Robeson in his film debut. The film has been fully restored for the Pioneers of African-American Cinema Collection and features a new original score by DJ Spooky – Paul D. Miller, performed live by Miller and an ensemble of OSU musicians including Mike Gamble, Dana Reason, and Ryan Biesack. 7:30, LaSells.  OSU and LBCC students are free. The School of Arts and Communication would like to extend the offer of one complimentary ticket to CLA faculty and staff members who would like to attend this performance. Contact Erin Sneller to reserve a seat. 


CLA is now recruiting student ambassadors for 2018-19. Ambassadors are the first line of contact with prospective students at on campus and off-site recruiting events and serve our current students in the CLA Advising Office. Please encourage students whom you believe would represent our college and your program well to apply online. Contact Beau Baca with any questions.

The Spring Creek Project, an initiative within CLA, has been awarded a $7,500 grant from the Ceres Trust to sponsor a keynote lecture by renowned ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber. The lecture will take place on May 14, the opening day of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change, which Spring Creek Project is co-organizing.

Honors & Awards

Lisa Price, Professor of Anthropology and CLA Associate Dean, has been inducted as a Fellow in to the Linnaean Society of London on the recommendation of society members and approval by the society’s governing body. Dr. Price is recognized for her far-reaching research on wild food plants in the context of agriculture. The Linnaean Society of London of the world’s oldest active biological society. Founded in 1788 it has housed the collection of the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) since 1829.

Yuji Hiratsuka has won the Ray Trayle Print Prize awarded by PAN Artists. A celebration was held on Sunday, Jan. 28 in the Miller Room of the Mark Building at the Portland Art Museum. Hiratsuka spoke and shared some of his work. The event coincided with a print fair in the Portland Art Museum’s ballroom. http://www.printartsnw.org/.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Barbara Muraca, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, was invited to organize and moderate a panel discussion on Crisis and Future of Democracy with well-known Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor and Patricia Nanz, director of IASS (Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies) in Potsdam, Germany, where the panel took place. You can view the recorded panel and a series of short videos here.

Rena N. Lauer, Assistant Professor of History and Religious Studies, has been awarded a Franklin Research Grant by the American Philosophical Society which will support her research in the Venetian archives this summer. Her project research is on freed slaves in the late medieval eastern Mediterranean.

Rena N. Lauer and Kevin Osterloh, Assistant Professor of History and Religious Studies, will be scholars in residence at the 12th Annual Weekend in Quest presented by the Institute for Judaic Studies March 2-4, 2018, in Astoria. This year’s programming, “Jewish Masculinity and Feminity in the Premodern World,” draws on the expertise of Professors Later and Osterloh, who focus on medieval Mediterranean and ancient Mediterranean cultures, respectively. Additional information is available at the event website.

Anna Fidler‘s work is included in the ANNEX, a showroom dedicated to applied arts in Los Angeles. Encouraging a dialogue between art and design, the ANNEX exhibits the works of contemporary and historical artists including Josef Albers and Salvador Dali among numerous others. Fidler’s work includes her ‘Magician’s Dress’ and ‘Telepathy Bustier’, made in the mid-nineties when the artist was first exploring concepts concerning the supernatural and universal energy. ANNEX is located in West Hollywood at M+B Gallery.

Recurring Events

The Little Gallery presents “Dreams of Cuba,” an exhibition of photography by Greg Bal. The artist is displaying photos that capture the culture and people of Cuba, which he took during a 2013 OSU study abroad program there. The exhibit also brings together work from Adam Schwartz, SLCS and six undergraduate students from the OSU in Cuba program. On view Jan. 8 – Feb. 28.

The School of Arts & Communication, the Memorial Union and the Atelier Outotsu gallery present two print exhibitions from the Atelier Outotsu program of Huogo, Japan. Exhibition 1 runs through Feb. 23 in the Memorial Union Concourse Gallery. Exhibition 2 runs through Feb. 1 in Fairbanks Gallery on the first floor of Fairbanks Hall. All prints are available for purchase.

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