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CLA This Week — 10/28/19


Monday, Oct. 28

The Little Gallery — In 2017, Stefan Roloff created a 229-meter panorama called BEYOND THE WALL, on the original Berlin Wall. At the opening, Roloff will talk about his experience of growing up on the “island” of West Berlin, surrounded by the wall, and the way that experience has influenced his life and artistic concept. During his talk, the original footage of the 2017 exhibit will be screened. 3-5 p.m., The Little Gallery.

Tuesday, Oct. 29

Polarization and Incivility in American Politics: Is Congressional Gridlock Affecting U.S. State Legislatures? — Using results from a national survey of state legislative lobbyists and legislative liaison personnel, this talk examines the effects of polarization, incivility and gridlock in the US Congress on the longstanding norms of comity and civility, legislative deliberations, and the capacity for bipartisan problem-solving in state legislatures. With Nicholas Lovrich and Francis Benjamin from Washington State University. Special attention will be given to Oregon and Washington. 2:30-3:45 p.m., Bexell 415.

Friday, Nov. 1

Music à la Carte — Chintimini Brass Quintet, 12 p.m., MU Lounge.

OSU Anthropology Lecture Series — Dr. Vasiliki Touhouliotis, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Oregon State University, will present “The Lives of Failed Bombs: Cluster Bombs, South Lebanon, and Racialized Histories of Global Militarisms” from 12-12:50 p.m. in LINC 268. For further information, please contact Shaozeng.zhang@oregonstate.edu.

Upcoming Events

School of Psychological Science Fall Colloquium Series — Regan Gurung will give a talk entitled, “Deep dives into learning: Challenges and developments in teaching general psychology” on Monday, Nov. 44 p.m., LINC 314.

Center for the Humanities-OSU Honors College Summer Interns Symposium — Through a partnership between CFTH and the OSU Honors College, students Maia Insinga (Psychology), Mahal Miles (Public Health), and Mohammed Shakibnia (Political Science & Philosophy) were awarded summer internships to collaborate with faculty mentors on research projects in their chosen fields of study. Check out the calendar event listing to learn more about their projects, and come hear them discuss their work on Monday, Nov. 4, 4 p.m., Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave.

OSU Album Club — Get together with other music enthusiasts to listen to and discuss some of the greatest records of all time. This week: A Love Supreme by John Coltrane. Facilitated by Bob SantelliTuesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m., Community Hall, Room 303. Free and open to the public.

SAC Presents — Nobuntu, female a cappella group from Zimbabwe, with special guest Bella Voce, the OSU women’s choir. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets and Info.


The Marine Studies Initiative and Oregon State Productions announce their latest collaboration, “On the Wing.” This short video combines the essay “On the Wing Marbled Murrelets” by Rachael Vega, a senior in the School of Writing, Literature and Film, with stunning imagery of OSU researchers tracking the nests and foraging habits of elusive marbled murrelets.  

Current Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Correction: Assistant Professor of Photography Kerry Skarbakka’s solo exhibition, “White Noise” will open at the North View Gallery at Portland Community College on Nov. 14 and run through Dec. 20. An opening reception is planned for 2-5 p.m. on Nov. 14.

An interview with Associate Professor Julia Bradshaw was published in the online journal “Photo-Emphasis.” The article referred to her work and a discussion of the Photography and Digital Studio program at Oregon State University. 

Coordinator of Contemporary Music and Research Dana Reason (keyboard and computer) and Instructor of Music Michael Gamble (video and guitar) performed with New York-based multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily on Friday, October 18 at Beacon Sound as part of the 6th annual Improvisation Summit hosed by the Creative Music Guild in Portland. The performance also included Lisa Schoenberg (drums/samples) and current OSU visual art student Paris Myers. Gamble also serves as artistic director of the Creative Music Guild, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting experimental improvised music.

Sarah Dermody, assistant professor in the School of Psychological Science, published a paper, “The time-varying effect of alcohol use on cigarette smoking relapse risk,” in the journal “Addictive Behaviors.” The study has important implications for how alcohol use interventions can be timed with smoking cessation efforts to improve one’s ability to quit smoking cigarettes.

Associate Professors Bradley Boovy (SLCS, World Languages and Cultures; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) and Natchee Barnd (SLCS, Ethnic Studies) published the article “Activating Affinities” in “Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies.” 

David Kerr, associate professor in the School of Psychological Science, co-authored a paper in “Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology” entitled, “Men’s misuse of prescription opioids from early to middle adulthood: An examination of developmental and concurrent prediction models.”

Kirsi Peltomäki, associate professor of art history, recently published an edited book, “Public Knowledge: Selected Writings by Michael Asher” (MIT Press). This book is a collection of contemporary artist Michael Asher’s writings, mostly previously unpublished, resulting from Peltomäki’s research in Asher’s archive. Asher (1943-2012) was a conceptual artist associated with institutional critique and influential educator at the California Institute of the Arts. Peltomäki’s compilation of Asher’s texts is accompanied by extensive editorial notes by Peltomäki providing historical and theoretical context.

Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Humanities Christopher McKnight Nichols will give a talk entitled, “‘Pursuing a Free Hand’: The Election of 1952 and Conservative Foreign Policy in the Early Cold War” on October 28 at Ohio State University in the International History Speakers Series at the Mershon Center.

Prof. Emerita of Theatre Arts Charlotte Headrick presented a paper “A Rose is a Rose:  Corrib, Portland’s Irish Theatre” at the annual October meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Western Region in Portland, Oregon. Additionally, she performed a reading of Christian O’Reilly’s “Chappati” with John Countryman of Virginia Commonwealth University and presented a lobby talk on Corrib’s production of Patricia Burke Brogan’s “Eclipsed.” She is a past president of this organization. On October 22, she was the narrator for the “Carnival of Animals” for Willamette Apprentice Ballet, performing for 600 students and families at LaSells Stewart Center.

Professor of Philosophy Joseph Orosco presented, “Using Star Trek to Teach Peace Studies in a Polarized Society” at the annual meeting of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, on October 19.

Ron Mize, associate professor in the School of Language, Culture and Society, served as moderator for a panel on “The State of Education for Oregon’s Latinx Community” sponsored by the Meyer Memorial Trust, Collins Foundation, and Oregon Community Foundation on October 25 in Portland. He also presented to Critical Race and Ethnic Studies students at University of California Santa Cruz on October 17 about “Scholar Activism and Community Based Research.”

Recurring Events

Connecting the Curious, CLA’s alumni learning community Professor Susan Shaw will guide alumni on a 3-week, online exploration of British murder mysteries and TV crime dramas, culminating with a discussion of Hallie Rubenhold’s “The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper.” November 1-21

SLCS Exhibit — The School of Language, Culture and Society presents, “Muxe: A Poem that Will Never Die,” a collaboration of photographer Richard Keis and poet Elvis Guerra, Oct. 7-Nov. 4. The exhibit honors gender-fluid members of Zapotec communities in Oaxaca.

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