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CLA This Week — 4/16/18


Monday, April 16

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?” 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. 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. 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.

Tuesday April 17

OSU Provost Authors and Editors Celebration — Readings by Ehren Pflugfelder of the School of Writing, Literature and Film and Brent Steel and Erika Wolters of the School of Public Policy. 6 p.m., Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave. Reception to follow.

Wednesday, April 18

Afoot in the Desert: Wilfred Thesiger’s Travels in Southern Arabia — Lecture by Tom Ordeman, Jr. HST ’05. Between 1945 and 1950, British adventurer Wilfred Thesiger explored southern Arabia on camelback with the Bedouins, documenting places and people who were on the cusp of a revolutionary transformation. Focusing on Oman, this talk will address Thesiger as an adventurer, photographer, and an observer of a changing world. Tom Ordeman, Jr. is a security practitioner and academic, and an alumnus of Oregon State and the University of Aberdeen. 4:30 p.m., Milam Hall 319. 

What Am I Doing Here? — Artist Reed Anderson, SAC Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series. 7 p.m., C&E Auditorium, The LaSells Stewart Center. Reception at 6 p.m. in the Myrtle Tree Alcove, outside the auditorium.

Friday, April 20

2nd Annual Ethnic Studies Student Research Symposium: Ethnic Studies in Action! — This event provides a unique opportunity for OSU and the broader community to engage in informed dialogue about issues of race that students in Ethnic Studies and related majors explore in their work. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Memorial Union Horizon Room. Social at 7 p.m. Keynote address by Dr. Robert Chang (Professor of Law at Seattle University and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality).

Music à la Carte Torrey Newhart Trio. Torrey Newhart, keyboard; Todd Sickafoose, bass; Ryan Biesack, drums. 12 p.m., Memorial Union Lounge.

Upcoming Events

A People’s Guide to Portland and Beyond Natchee Barnd, author of “Native Space: Geographic Strategies to Unsettle Settler Colonialism” will discuss his new project featuring community-guided histories and lesser-known social justice sites in the Portland area. Monday, April 23, 4 p.m., OSU Center for the Humanities, Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave. 

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.


The International Cultural Service Program — Request a presentation from one or several poised, enthusiastic international students about their cultures, perspectives and more. You choose the speakers, topics, dates and times. Questions? Contact ICSP Coordinator Nan Xie at nan.xie@oregonstate.edu. Learn more here.  

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

An experimental book co-edited by Assistant Professor of Anthropology Emily Yates-Doerr, “The Ethnographic Case: Telling Stories, Shaping Knowledge,” was released by Mattering Press this week. A virtual book launch party is organized on Thursday, April 19. She has also written an essay on the subject of peer review for the web journal Somatosphere, whose publication on Thursday will correspond with the book’s launch. Additionally, Yates-Doerr organized a roundtable: “Mother Antihero: Notes from a 21st Century Field” for the annual Cultural Anthropology conference. Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty member Cari Maes will be speaking on the panel. This year’s conference is virtual, with a $10 admission fee, to encourage widespread participation.

David Kerr, associate professor in the School of Psychological Science, and his colleague Harold Bae, assistant professor in the College of Health and Human Sciences, received a grant from the OHSU Medical Research Foundation to study changes in college students’ marijuana use and perceptions of peer use before and after legalization of recreational marijuana use in Oregon.

Jum Bum Shin, assistant professor of graphic design, gave a lecture, “Embracing Interactivity in Visual Communication Design,” for the Visiting Artist Series at Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg, OR, on April 9th. The talk was in collaboration with George Fox University and the Chehalem Cultural Center.

Professor of Art Shelley Jordon’s recent animation “SeeChange” is included in the WOW/Ukraine Video Festival at the National University Kharkiv/Municipal Gallery Kharkiv and the University of Arts Kiev from April 10-15. Jordon’s artwork, along with eight of her advanced painting students, will be included in an exhibition “Mnèmon VIII: Water” at the the Bastione della Madonna, Fortezza Medicea, Siena, Italy from April 23-30.

Coordinator of contemporary music and research Dana Reason’s action-sound-text work “Tea and Fences: A quiet tea party” was recently published in “Propositional Attitudes: What do we do now?” (Golden Spike Press, 2018). The anthology of scores follows a long historical tradition of artists who “blurred art and life through performance scores.” Additionally, during the “Now Hear This” festival at New Music in Edmonton, Canada (March 21-26), Reason’s sound and oboe composition “Chanson de fleurs – Eleanor of Aquitaine” was performed by oboist Dr. Catherine Lee.

Instructor of music Kimary Fick recently presented a paper on “Music for Social Pleasure: The Aesthetics of Hausmusik in the North German Enlightenment” at the Conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in Orlando, Florida. The ASECS is a leading interdisciplinary group dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in all aspects of the period from the later-seventeenth century to early-nineteenth century.

Recurring Events

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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