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CLA This Week — 4/15/19


Monday, April 15

Songs of Myself: Monks, Mystical Diaries, and Queer Kinship in 15th-century England  — A work-in-progress talk by Tekla Bude, assistant professor in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film. Bude’s research focuses on ways medieval writers were influenced by and influenced the study of music, arithmetic, geometry, and astronomy. Her new book project investigates forms of ‘silent’ or ‘metaphysical’ music from 1300-1550. In this talk, she’ll discuss how the 15th-century diaries of John Norton and Richard Methley, two Carthusian monks, serve as sites for the production of an intersubjective sonic body through which they expressed their affection and desire for one another. 4 p.m., Center for the Humanities, Autzen House 811 SW Jefferson.

Trek Theatre of Eugene — Presents their only Corvallis performance of the classic Star Trek Episode “Space Seed.” The crew of the Enterprise encounters a sleeper ship that contains one of the most dangerous and renowned villains of the Star Trek universe; the genetically enhanced super-tyrant Khan Noonian Singh. With this performance, Trek Theatre continues to perform exciting science fiction community theater that raises important questions about the role of science and technology in contemporary culture and society. Admission is free and open to the public. 7 p.m., MU Ballroom.

Tuesday, April 16

Songwriters in the Round — Hosted by Bob Santelli. All are welcome. 7 p.m., Bexell Hall Lounge.

Wednesday, April 17

Critical Questions Series — Amy D. Propen, assistant professor of writing at UC Santa Barbara, will examine the value systems and lenses that inform decision making about our nonhuman kin at a moment of destabilizing ecologies. She asks how might we best act with compassion and advocacy for vulnerable species while remaining mindful of their own agency and autonomy? 4 p.m., Center for the Humanities, Autzen House 811 SW Jefferson.

The School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series — Presents Cassils: The Body as Social Sculpture at 6 p.m. in C&E Hall at the LaSells Stewart Center. Cassils is a performance artist, body builder and transgender icon. They make their body the protagonist of their performances, contemplating the history of violence, representation, struggle and survival. Cassils will speak about past works and their starting points, development processes and historical contexts. A light reception with the artist will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Myrtle Tree Alcove. Reception and talk are free and open to all.

Album Club — Hosted by Bob Santelli, featuring “The Times They Are A-Changin’” by Bob Dylan. 7 p.m., Bexell Hall Lounge.

An Evening with Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford — In his talk “Earth Verse: Writing for the Good Earth,” Stafford will explore how poetry and stories have long provided solace, clarity, and a chance to make peace with ourselves, each other, and the Earth. The Valley Library Rotunda, 7 p.m. Free and open to everyone. Sponsors include the Spring Creek Project, OSU Press, and the School of Writing, Literature and Film. Learn more.

Thursday, April 18

Seminar by Artist David Buckley Borden — David Buckley Borden is an interdisciplinary artist and associate fellow and designer-in-residence at Harvard Forest. He is known for making ecological issues culturally relevant through accessible art and design and is currently visiting as an Artist in Residence at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Join us at 4 p.m. in Memorial Union, Room 206. Free and open to everyone. Sponsored by the Spring Creek Project, the Andrews Experimental Forest LTER Program, and the ARTS_SCI group.

Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Night — Alumni representing a variety of CLA majors will be on hand to share advice with students.  Students will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the varied career paths College of Liberal Arts alumni pursue; find out what alumni wish they’d known or done during college; and practice their networking skills with a friendly group of Beavers.  Check out the ASK Night web page to view the list of alumni attending. 6:30-8 p.m., Bexell 214.

Friday, April 19

Music à la Carte — Nathan Boal, saxophone and Grace Choi, piano. 12 p.m., MU 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 the Humanities Research Cluster for our upcoming event “Situating Media and Disability Studies” talk by Charlie Deitz,  1 p.m., Milam Hall, Room 301.

Literary Northwest Series — Presents George Estreich, author of “Fables and Futures: Biotechnology, Disability, and the Stories we Tell Ourselves” (MIT Press), and Erica Trabold, author of “Five Plots” (Seneca Review Books) whose lyric essays appear in “The Rumpus,” “Passages North,” “The Collagist,” “South Dakota Review,” “Seneca Review,” “Essay Daily,” and elsewhere, will be reading at The Valley Library Rotunda at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 21

Ettihad Cultural Festival  Join the Ettihad Cultural Center to celebrate the 7th Annual Ettihad Cultural Festival featuring over 18 countries from South, Southwestern and Central Asia & Northern Africa. Come tour the various cuisines, languages, performances, and clothes of this culturally diverse region all for free! The festival still needs volunteers on April 20th and 21st. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form5-8 p.m., SEC Plaza.

Upcoming Events

The George & Dorothy Carson Memorial Lecture: Transgender Identities and the Police in Nazi Germany  — Lecture by Dr. Laurie Marhoefer. Before the Nazis came to power, Germany was one of the global centers of trans activism and home to a thriving subculture of people with transgender identities. This talk looks at transgender activism before 1933 and discusses what happened to trans people under the Nazi State. Free and open to the public. Tuesday, April 23, 4 p.m., MU, Journey Room, 105.

The 60’s: The Decade That Changed America — Woodstock, Revisited. A conversation with Woodstock publicist Rona Elliot and official Woodstock photographer Henry Diltz. Hosted by Bob Santelli. Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m., La Sells Stewart Center. 


CFP: 2019-2020 Humanities Research Clusters — The OSU Center for the Humanities invites proposals for 2019-2020 Humanities Research Clusters. Supported through a partnership with the Office of the Provost, this program offers scholars with expertise in different disciplines the opportunity to explore a topic of shared interest in common and in depth. Deadline: Monday, June 3. More information and a link to application instructions are available online: https://humanities.oregonstate.edu/research-clusters

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Dr. Emily Carr, director of the OSU-Cascades MFA in Creative Writing, recently published crossword poems from her hybrid-work-in progress “The Stork Rides Shotgun: Statistically Significant Poems” in “Tupelo Quarterly, 17.” In March, Dr. Carr was awarded the “The Capilano Review”’s annual BioFiction Award.  Her winning entry “CIRCUMSTANCES” will be published in an upcoming issue of “The Capilano Review.”

OSU-Cascades faculty and undergraduate students Dr. Natalie Dollar, Speech Communication & Social Sciences; Dr. Nichalous Dahl, Speech Communication & Social Sciences; Alexa Tawzer, Liberal Studies major; and Nathan Goldberg, Social Science major, presented at the Northwest Communication Association annual meeting in Coeur d’Alene on April 13, 2019. The research team’s panel was titled, “Community Dialogue and Storytelling: A Roundtable Discussion of the Community Dialogue Project” and included the following presentations: (1) Community Dialogue Project: Communication as Radically Cultural – Natalie Dollar, (2) Community Dialogue: Storytelling in Action – Alexa Tawzer, (3) Blogging for Change – Nathan Goldberg and (4) Music as Community Dialogue – Nick Dahl.  For more about the Community Dialogue Project please visit our webpage: https://osucascades.edu/community-dialogue-projecthttps://osucascades.edu/community-dialogue-project.

On April 19th, Assistant Professor of Psychology Anita Cservenka and director of the Substance Use & Neurocognition Lab, will be presenting research from her lab at the Oregon Decision Neuroscience Symposium, which will be held at the University of Oregon. Her talk is titled “Heavy marijuana use and risky decision-making in young adult college students”.

Instructor of Guitar Cameron O’Connor was an invited guest artist at the Northwest Guitar Festival in Seattle, Washington where he gave a recital, taught a masterclass and adjudicated the Northwest Guitar Competition. Recently, he was also featured in a performance of Camille de Rossi’s last surviving cantata “Fra Dori” with the Los Angeles Camerata, a period-performance ensemble at the University of Southern California Brain and Creativity Institute. O’Connor, who is also active as a composer, recently had his guitar composition “Three Northwestern Scenes” accepted for a performance at The 21st-Century Guitar conference which will be held in August, 2019 at the University of Ottawa in Canada.

Coordinator of Contemporary Music and Research Dana Reason served as the music arranger for the PBS series “Reconstruction: American After the Civil War” that premiered on April 9. The two part documentary was executively produced by Henry Louis Gates Jr. who is director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University and features music composed by Paul Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky) and arranged by Reason.

In addition, Reason’s composition “Chanson de fleurs: Eleanor of Aquitaine (2017),” for oboe and soundscape, will be performed by oboeist Catherine Lee at Cascadia Composers: All Wired Up | A Micro Festival of New Electronic Music, at The Old Church in Portland on Saturday, April 20.

Assistant Professor of Music Technology Jason Fick’s recent recordings of the American Chamber Players, made for Chamber Music Corvallis have been airing on the All Classical KQAC “Played in Oregon” series over the past several weeks.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Stephanie Jenkins’ interview about Trey Anastasio’s Ghosts of the Forest debut and existential philosophy was featured on the “Phemale-Centrics” and “The Drop” Osiris, a media network in partnership with JamBase.

Professor of Art Shelley Jordon’s work is on display in the Fairbanks Gallery through April 25. Jordon is a painter and moving-image artist who explores interior and exterior worlds and connections between past and present experiences. Using traditional drawing and painting media applied to two-dimensional artwork, animation and installation, Jordon expresses the complex nature of memory; physical and emotional, collective and personal. Her recent paintings and animations meditate on the passage of time, the power and beauty of nature and the cycle of life. Fairbanks Gallery is located in Fairbanks Hall, 220 SW 26th St., on the OSU main campus. It is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Hours are until 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month for the Corvallis Art Walk.

Instructor of Art Michael Boonstra presented and discussed OSU’s Creative Oregon Project at the Foundations in Art, Theory, and Education Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Boonstra participated in two panels; one titled “Spatial Literacy and Sustainable Social Practices in Foundations,” and the second was “From Local to Global: ReThinking Community Engagement. Both focused on different aspects of experiential learning opportunities and the expansion of studio-based programming into site-based creative research.

Recurring Events

The Annual da Vinci Days STEAM Speaker Series will offer the public opportunities to explore the art and science of waves, from the depths of the ocean to the haunting tones of a one-of-a-kind musical instrument and the intersections of art and water. Following the theme of “Making Waves,” the free, family-friendly presentations will be held every Tuesday in April at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2500 SW Western Ave. in Corvallis. The talks begin at 6 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Find more information about each presentation here.

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