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CLA This Week — 4/9/18


Monday, April 9

Fragments of the Uni-versatile Subject — H Rakes, Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Queer Studies at OSU, will discuss the development and implications of contemporary flexible identities and roles. 4 p.m., OSU Center for the Humanities, Autzen House, 811 Jefferson Ave.

Building Hatred from a Firm Foundation: Antisemitic Propaganda in Nazi Germany — Public talk by Randall Bytwerk. Professor Bytwerk, a biographer of the notorious Nazi Jew-baiter Julius Streicher, will discuss how propaganda was used by the Nazis to raise the intensity of antisemitism in Germany to the point where many Germans countenanced the persecution, and eventually the elimination, of Jews. 7:30 p.m., OSU Memorial Union, Horizon Room, 49.

Tuesday, April 10

Who Will Carry the World? — Play by Charlotte Delbo; directed by Charlotte Headrick. The play is set in an unnamed Nazi death camp that Delbo based on Auschwitz, where she herself was imprisoned. It follows a group of prisoners, all of them women, and chronicles the erosion in their numbers. 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave.

Wednesday, April 11

International Coffee Hour  The College of Liberal Arts is home to over 250 international students and faculty that carry out research around the globe. Women in Policy invites you to celebrate our international diversity as we chat and mingle over free coffee and snacks. 1 p.m., Bexell Hall 208 (2nd floor lounge).

A Survivor’s Story — Public talk by Henry Friedman. Friedman will speak of his experiences during World War II. Almost the entire Jewish population of the city where Friedman was born perished in the Holocaust. He and his family survived only because a young Ukrainian woman warned them that the ghetto where they lived would soon be liquidated. *The event is free but tickets are required. Tickets are available online. 7:30 p.m., Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center.

Thursday, April 12

The Swastika Entwined with Magnolia Blossoms: A Jewish Journalist Investigates Lynchings in the Wartime South — Public talk by Jason Morgan Ward. Professor Ward has published two highly acclaimed histories of efforts to quell civil rights in the segregated South and the use of violence to intimidate African Americans. His talk at OSU will deal with an investigation into the lynching of two black adolescents in Mississippi in 1942. 7:30 p.m. Withycombe Auditorium. 

Friday, April 13

Songs of the Holocaust — Rachel Joselson accompanied by Réne Lecuona. The program for this concert will consist of songs that were inspired by the Holocaust and were for the most part written by artists who perished in it. 12 p.m., Memorial Union Lounge. 

Interested in Disability Studies? — Want to help promote diversity, equity, and inclusion? If so, join the OSU Disability Network and the Disability Studies Center for Humanity Research Cluster for our upcoming presentation by David Baldridge, “Best Practices for Retaining Faculty with Disabilities.” 12 p.m., Milan 301. 

Visiting Artist Recital — Rachel Joselson, soprano, and Réne Lecuona, piano. 7 p.m., Benton Hall 303. 

Upcoming Events

Human Dignity in the Age of Social Media —  A panel composed of OSU faculty will discuss issues and trends, such as an apparent upsurge in nationalism and extremist ideologies, that echo the 1930s, when they held give rise to World War II and the Holocaust. The panel will consider the questions, “Is history repeating itself?” Monday, April 16, 4 p.m., MU Journey Room 104.

OSU Provost Authors and Editors Celebration — Readings by Tara Williams of the School of Writing, Literature and Film and Geoff Barstow of the School of History, Philosophy and Religion. Monday, April 16, 6 p.m., Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave. Reception to follow.

Fake News, Phone Conspiracies and Russian Bots: Countering VD (Viral Deception) — A talk by Speech Communication Visiting Scholar Tom Hollihan. Hollihan is Professor and Director of Doctoral Studies at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. His research is in the areas of argumentation, political communication, media diplomacy, contemporary rhetorical criticism and the impact of globalization on public deliberation. Monday, April 16, 7 p.m., C&E Auditorium, The LaSells Stewart Center. Reception with Hollihan at 6 p.m. in the Myrtle Tree Alcove, outside the auditorium.

Spring ’18 Career Expo The Career Development Center will host Speed Mock Interviews (April 24), a Career Fair (April 25), and an Interview Day (April 26) as part of their Spring Career Expo. Register for expo events and view attending employers on Handshake.  More information available here at the Career Development Center.


Thanks to a new partnership with the Center for the Humanities, two newly revised, internal funding programs for College of Liberal Arts faculty are open. Research Awards are intended to pursue creative, scholarly, or research activities in the humanities and in the humanistic sciences. The Faculty Excellence Publishing Support and Special Travel Grant are intended to offset the costs of time-sensitive research and scholarship needs. For more information check out the Liberal Arts Research in Action blog, the CLA Research website, or contact CLA Research Program Manager Eric Dickey.

Office Manager—The School of Arts and Communication in the College of Liberal Arts invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Office Manager (Assistant to the School Director). Posting #58112. Closes April 26.  More information can be found here.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Associate Professor of English Rebecca Olson led the seminar “First-Generation Shakespeare” at the Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting (Los Angeles) on March 29. This national conversation brought together instructors committed to engaging, validating, and supporting first-gen students in their Shakespeare courses.

Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Public Policy, Allison L. Hurst, recently published an article entitled “An Examination of the Predictors of Study Abroad Participation among Liberal Arts College Students” in “Studies in Higher Education” (2018), DOI:10.1080/03075079.2018.1428948

Instructor of Guitar Cameron O’Connor was invited to perform a concert and present a masterclass at Moreno Valley College in Southern California. O’Connor and pianist Hui Wu presented a diverse concert of classical and contemporary music at The Arts Center in Corvallis on April 8.

Assistant Professor in the School of Language, Culture, and Society Adam Schwartz has published “Language and Borders Revisited: Colonizing Language, Deporting Voice, and Seeking Discomfort in Spanish Class” in Critical Education 9(6): 1-21. This effort features the original poetry of Jason Tena-Encarnación, MAIS student in Ethnic Studies, Anthropology and History. The article may be accessed here.

Associate Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Nana Osei-Kofi was interviewed for a Swedish-language article published by “The Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research,” about the question of whether Swedish universities are ready for decolonization: http//www.genus.se/nyhet/ar-de-svenska-larosatena-redo-for-avkolonisering/

Dana Reason, coordinator of contemporary music and research, was artists in resident from March 24-28 at Continuum Arts in Brooklyn, New York, where she recorded new works and performed with drummer Andrew Drury. While in New York, Reason also performed “Even if one was one,” a collection of compositions for sound, text, and keyboard, at Spectrum Space on March 30.

Chris Chapman, director of bands, was the invited guest conductor of the South Dakota All-State Band last week; the auditioned ensemble consisted of the finest high school aged musicians throughout South Dakota. Chapman Also lead the premiere performance of the Clock Tower Wind Orchestra, a newly formed professional wind band, on Sunday, April 8, at the La Sells Stewart Center. The program included works by Percy Grainger, Kevin Puts, Andreas Makris, Leonard Bernstein and Karl King.

Instructor of Voice Amy Hansen recently presented as auditions co-chair at the Cascade chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). NATS is the largest professional organization in the world for teachers of singing and focuses on encouraging the highest standards of vocal art and of ethical principals in the teaching of singing, and to promote vocal education and research.

Director of the School of History, Philosophy and Religion and Professor of History Nicole von Germeten’s fourth book “Profit and Passion: Transactional Sex in Colonial Mexico,” has been published by University of California Press, 2018.

Instructor of Art Anna Fidler participated as resident artist at the Hailey House in Hailey, Idaho, during spring break. At the Hailey House, birthplace of the poet Ezra Pound, Fidler made a body of work on paper about the house, poetry, and energy. Fidler’s work will be exhibited at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum this summer along with work by the seminal American landscape painter, Charles Burchfield.

Congratulations to Instructor of Art Stephen Hayes, a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. The Guggenheim Foundation offers fellowship to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed. The Foundation receives approximately 3,000 applications each year. Approximately 175 Fellowships are awarded each year.

Ricardo Febre, visiting assistant professor of art, recently completed the jacket design and typesetting for the books, “Three Essays on Imagereality,” by Scott Navicky, “The Pleasure Model Repairman” by Ruuf Wengersen, “The Man With Two Faces” by Don Swaim (forthcoming), and “The Big Guy” by Jason O’Brien — all by small publisher, Montag Press. He has also recently completed the typesetting and design for the book, “The Parry and the Lunge” also published by Montag Press, with illustration by Daniel Serra. All graphics were completed in collaboration with the author and publisher.

Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies and Ethnic Studies Daniel López-Cevallos has been awarded a fellowship to participate in the Pardee RAND Graduate School’s 2018 Faculty Leaders Program in Policy Research & Analysis. The program seeks to build diversity in public policy through strong engagement of faculty leaders across the United States, and in particular at colleges and universities serving students underrepresented in public policy. This summer, Daniel will join 12–15 selected faculty to participate in a week-long policy analysis workshop held at the Pardee RAND Graduate School at RAND’s headquarters in Santa Monica, California, and to develop his own individual policy project, examining immigration legislation (at the federal, state, and local levels) and its impact on Latino immigrant health outcomes.

Recurring Events

Associate Professor of Art and New Media Communications Julia Bradshaw, exhibits new work, “Lockers,” at CEI Artworks Gallery, 408 SW Monroe, Corvallis, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. until April 16, 2018Lockers is a collection of photographs, video-works, and installation intended to raise conversations about the school experience between people of all backgrounds and age-ranges. 

The Little Gallery presents #NosDuelen56. On March 8, 2017, 41 girls died and 15 severely burned in a safe home outside Guatemala City, when government authorities unjustly held them and then ignored their pleas once a fire began in their locked room. This exhibition brings together commemorative portraits, selected from more than 60 artists from around the world, who joined #NosDuelen56 to honor and commemorate the victims of the Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción massacre. The exhibition runs from March 7 – April 25.

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