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CLA This Week — 10/22/18


Monday, Oct. 22

“The Humanities…at a Land Grant University?” — OSU President Emeritus John Byrne will share stories from his memoir, “Undercurrents: From Oceanographer to University President“, and discuss the rise of the liberal arts at OSU. Byrne’s effort to establish a center for humanities research was matched by a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities—the first award of its kind presented to a land-grant university. 4 p.m, The Center for the Humanities, Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue.

School of Psychological Science Fall 2018 Colloquium Series Dr. Sanjay Srivastava from the University of Oregon will present, “Open science workshop.” 4 p.m., Memorial Union 208, La Raza. 

Tuesday, Oct. 23

The Promise and the Peril of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics – This all-day symposium is part of OSU’s 150th anniversary celebration and explores the benefits, risks, ethics and uncertainties of the emerging technologies of artificial intelligence and robotics. 10:30 a.m – 7:30 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center. The keynote speaker is Jacob Ward, science and technology correspondent for CNN and Al Jazeera. Ward will speak at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 24

The American Strings Series —Tickets are on sale for An Evening with Tom Paxton, presented at 7:30 p.m. in the Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd Street, Corvallis. Paxton has become a celebrated voice of his generation. He is a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and an ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. The concert and conversation is hosted by OSU Director of Performing Arts Bob Santelli. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and are available at http://www.majestic.org.

OSU Wind Ensemble — Directed by Chris Chapman, works by Holst, Hindemith, Hokoyama and Hess. 7:30 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center$5 advance, $10 door. OSU Students and K-12 youth free. BANDpass eligible concert.

Thursday, Oct. 25

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Society – “Stars of the Orchestra” Auditions. 7:00 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center. Free and open to the public.

Friday, Oct. 26

Music à la Carte – Featuring OSU pianist David Servias in recital. 12 p.m., MU Lounge. 

The Visiting Writers SeriesSarah Sentilles’ most recent book, “Draw Your Weapons,” was published by Random House in 2017. Her writing has appeared in “The New York Times,” “The New Yorker,” “Oprah Magazine,” “Ms.,” “Religion Dispatches,” “Oregon Arts Watch,” and the “Los Angeles Review of Books.” Sentilles will be reading at The Valley Library Rotunda at 7:30pm.

Sunday, Oct. 28

The Portland Youth Philharmonic  Performing at The LaSells Stewart Center at 3 p.m. The concert is presented by the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Society. Admission is $5 at the door. Youth tickets are free with a paid adult. Open seating,

Upcoming Events

Our Country Customs: Law and Trade in 19th-Century Sierra Leone — Assistant Professor of History Trina Hogg will present her new research that charts the ways Africans shaped new political communities and legal frameworks in pre-colonial and colonial Sierra Leone. Monday, October 29, 4:00 p.m, The Center for the Humanities, Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Avenue.

Biodiversity and the History of Scientific Environments  This workshop brings together scholars from environmental history, historical geography, and the history of science to analyze how scientific spaces were used and reconfigured during long-term research. The talks examine disciplines including horticulture, ecology, and astronomy, and sites across the globe ranging from seascapes to observatories, and from gardens to woods. Tuesday, October 30, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Memorial Union, Journey Room 105. Lightly catered.

Bridging the Divide: Nature, Science, and Politics on the Korean Peninsula 
Dr. Lisa M. Brady is Professor of Environmental History and U.S. History at Boise State University. Her research focuses on war and environment. Her lecture will be the closing keynote address for the Biodiversity and the History of Scientific Environments day-long workshop. Tuesday, October 30, 4 p.m. Memorial Union, Journey Room 105.  Lightly catered.

Film Screening — “Dominion” is a feature-length documentary. By exploring six primary facets of our interaction with animals – companion animals, wildlife, scientific research, entertainment, clothing and food – the film will question the morality and validity of our dominion over the animal kingdom.Through the use of drones, hidden & handheld cameras, the film exposes the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture. Tuesday, October 30, 6 p.m., Milam 318.


The OSU Center for the Humanities is now accepting applications for 2019-2020 research fellowships. Information about awards, application forms, and instructions are available online. The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, November 9. Two drop-in info sessions will be held at the Autzen House. Come by with any questions on Tuesday, October 23, 2 – 4 p.m. or Tuesday, October 30, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Juntos, which seeks to promote education among families, has received an honorable mention as part of Excelencia en Education’s “2018 What Works for Latino Student Success in Higher Education.” Juntos provides culturally-relevant programing for Latino 6-12th graders and their parents. The programing builds knowledge and skills to cultivate college-going cultures in Latino families.

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Applied Anthropology Doctoral Candidate Jason Sarkozi-Forfinski and Associate Professor of Language, Culture & Society Adam Schwartz presented “Making the “internationalized” university student: Language ideologies and racialization on a US campus,” in “Linguistic strategies of social justice: Contact, contrast and convergence,” Conference of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest, Provo (Aspen Grove), Utah.

Associate Professor of Latinx Studies and Ethnic Studies Daniel López-Cevallos  recently delivered the following peer-reviewed presentations the I Congreso Inernacional de Salud Pública, Desigualdades e Investigación & V Encuentro Internacional de Investigación en Enfermedades Infecciosas y Medicina Tropical, CISEAL & Instituto de Salud Pública, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador:

  • López-Cevallos DF & Torres I (October 12, 2018). Equidad, determinantes sociales e interseccionalidad en la salud. Panel session ¿Salud para todos? Promoción de la salud, medicina familiar y determinantes sociales.
  • Torres I, López-Cevallos DF (October 12, 2018). El peso de la industria alimentaria en la individualización debilitante de la salud. Panel session ¿Salud para todos? Promoción de la salud, medicina familiar y determinantes sociales.

López-Cevallo also presented at the Annual Meeting and Conference of the Oregon Public Health Association, Corvallis, OR:

  • Oakley LP, López-Cevallos DF, Harvey SM (October 8, 2018). Perceived Medical Mistrust among Young Adult Latinos in Rural Oregon: Influence of Cultural and Structural Factors. Oral session.
  • Young A, Reyes Y, López-Cevallos DF (October 8, 2018). Addressing educational equity for Latino youth in Oregon: The OSU Open Campus Juntos Program experience. Oral session.

Instructor of Music Ryan Biesack was recently selected to serve on the Percussive Arts Society (PASIC) drum set committee, which works to create curriculum, compile repertoire, and serves as a primary source and template for educators when shaping percussion and drum set curriculum at the high school and college levels. Biesack will travel to the PASIC international convention in November, where he will meet other educators, attend performances and clinics, and help select the program and artists for the 2019 convention.

Instructor of Music Kimary Fick performed on traverso (baroque flute) as part of the Amore Chamber Music Series at First United Methodist Church in Corvallis on October 12. Other performers included Craig Hanson (organ), Vicki Gunn (baroque violin) and Kathryn Brunhaver (cello).

Instructor of Voice Amy Hansen performed two concerts as a soprano soloist celebrating the music of Poulenc and friends (Les Six, music from the City of Light 1900-1960). Hansen also presented a talk and performance for the Portland Opera Guild in preparation for the upcoming production of “La Traviata” by the Portland Opera. Both performances were in Portland, Oregon.

Coordinator of Music Technology Jason Fick recently presented a paper titled “Reassessing Assessment: Considering the Value of Skills Exams in University Music Production Education” at the Association of Music Technology in Music Instruction international conference held in Vancouver, British Columbia on October 12.

Instructor of Guitar Cameron O’Connor performed in Los Angeles with the L.A. Camerata, an early music ensemble dedicated to the works of women and other marginalized groups throughout history. The concert featured Spanish and New World music and poetry of the Renaissance and Baroque.

Anita Cservenka, assistant professor in the School of Psychological Science, published a paper entitled “Marijuana use and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis functioning in humans” in the journal “Frontiers in Psychiatry” with two undergraduate student co-authors.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Stephanie Jenkins presented a lecture titled “Living the Unlivable Life” at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in early October. She will also be presenting a talk on “Do Live Phish ‘Narrations’ Count as Public Philosophy?” at the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT on November 8, 2018 and a lecture titled “Cripping Critical Animal Studies” at the American Philosophical Association, New York, NY on January 7, 2019.

Associate Professor of Art and New Media Communications Julia Bradshaw is attending session six of the Djerassi Artist Resident Program. The program is recognized internationally for its pre-eminence as an artist residency. Her attendance at the residency is supported by a Ford Foundation Family Fellowship Award. She will also be speaking at San Jose State University of October 20.

On October 25 at Holocene in Portland, Ecampus Instructor Douglas Detrick will direct and play trumpet with the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, performing a new score for the 1968 horror classic “Night of the Living Dead” composed by Amenta Abioto, Sage Fisher, and Maxx Katz. Detrick is the executive director of this non-profit organization.

Recurring Events

Reverence — As part of OSU150’s anniversary celebration, The Little Gallery proudly presents “Reverence,” an exhibition showing a selection of works from Ka’ila Farrell-Smith, Natalie Ball and Rick Bartow. 210 Kidder Hall, runs through December 13.

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