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CLA This Week — 2/10/20


Monday, Feb. 10

School of Psychological Science Winter Colloquium SeriesKelly Robles of the University of Oregon discusses “Fractal fluency theory: Broad findings of aesthetic preference and pattern processing.” 4-5 p.m., MU 208.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Trump and Nuclear Weapons: The Impact of U.S. Actions Toward Iran, North Korea and Russia — The Trump administration has withrawn from two major nuclear agreements and claimed victory regarding North Korea’s nuclear program. Ambassador Thomas Graham, Former Director of the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and President Clinton’s Special Representative for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, discusses these developments and argues that the US and the world have become less secure due to the policies of President Trump. 4 p.m., MU 206.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

This is What Democracy Looks Like:  A Genealogy of Movements — A film series by the Anarres Project that seeks to track the genealogy of strategies and political goals from a broad range of social movements over the past 40 years. 6 p.m. Milam 318.

American Strings: Contemporary Chicago Blues with Ronnie Baker Brooks and Billy Branch — Brooks is the son of Chicago blues legend Lonnie Brooks. He has toured with and appeared on albums with his father for years, and has had a successful recording and performance career of his own. Branch is a three-time GRAMMY nominee and appears on more than 250 recordings under his own name. He will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame later this year. 7:30-9:30 p.m., The Majestic Theatre, Corvallis. Tickets are still available.

Thursday, Feb. 13

Information session for a new Aruban study abroad class led by Professors Dwaine Plaza, Larry Becker and Lauren Plaza. 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the College of Liberal Arts Advising Office, 214 Bexell Hall. Learn about this innovative study abroad class that will be visiting Aruba from September 9-19 2020.

University Theatre — The Expedition of Whispers by Nate Pereira opens Feb. 13, with shows running Feb. 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Withycombe Lab Theatre. Tickets are available at the Withycombe Hall box office or online.

Friday, Feb. 14

Interested in Disability Studies? Want to help promote diversity, equity, and inclusion? If so, join the OSU Disability Network for our upcoming events. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Milam 319A.

OSU Anthropology Lecture Series — Dr. Colin Anderson, Associate Professor at Coventry University, UK, will present “Agroecology and Social Transformation,” from 12-12:50 p.m., in Learning Innovation Center (LINC) 314. The lecture is free and open to all. For further information, please contact Dr. Shaozeng Zhang at Shaozeng.zhang@oregonstate.edu.

Music à la Carte OSU Jazz Ensemble. Noon, MU Lounge.

Upcoming Events

The Really Big One — Join us for a talk on process, poetry and earthquakes by Jennifer Richter, assistant professor of creative writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, and Center for the Humanities Research Fellow. In this presentation, Richter will discuss her new collection of poems and how studying seismology offered her a new language to explore how we cycle through periods of shattering and healing. Monday, February 17, 4 p.m., the Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave.

Critical Questions Lecture SeriesAnthony Parr, professor emeritus of English at the University of West Cape, South Africa, will be giving his talk “Recovering the Classical and Biblical Past in Early-Modern English Travel” in Memorial Union 206 on Wednesday, February 19 at 4 p.m. 

Literary Northwest Series Steven Moore, author of “The Longer We Were There: A Memoir of a Part-Time Soldier” (University of Georgia Press, 2019), and Wendy Willis, author of “These Are Strange Times, My Dear” (Counterpoint Press, 2019) will read in The Lab Theatre (Withycombe Hall), on Feb. 21, from 7:30-8:30 p.m.


London Study Abroad Information SessionsFeb. 6 and Feb. 18, 5 p.m. Michelle Inderbitzin and Eliza Barstow will be taking students to London for three weeks. Dr. Inderbitzen, a professor of Sociology, will be teaching SOC 206, a course on crime and punishment in the British tradition, and Dr. Barstow will be teaching REL/PHL 160 – Quests for Meaning: World Religions. Interested students are strongly encouraged to come to an information session. They may contact Dr. Inderbitzen or Dr. Barstow directly for more information and the event location.

Tickets AvailableTickets are available for SAC Presents on March 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center, featuring Slavic Soul Party!, a 10-piece band that performs Balkan-soul-gypsy-funk.

Research, Publications and Creative Activity

Emily Yates-Doerr, assistant professor of anthropology, was a co-author of “Anthropologists Respond to The Lancet EAT Commission,” a letter to the editor just published in Bionatura: Latin American Journal of Biotechnology and Life Sciences. The letter is bilingual (English/Spanish) and open access. 

Associate Professor of History Christopher McKnight Nichols was featured in “Confronting the Past: Difficult Questions and Public History Today,” in the Oregon Historical Society Blog, February 4, 2020.

Associate Professor of Philosophy Allen Thompson recently gave a talk at the Princeton University Center for Human Values. He also participated as a contributor in a 2-day workshop for authors at Princeton for a book under contract with Oxford University Press, “Hope: A Virtue,” edited by Nancy Snow. On Feb. 13-15 he will be participating in a workshop at the University of Umeå, in Sweden, on Sustainability and Future Generations. Thompson’s article “A radical hope for humanity and the environment,” was featured in IAI, an online publication.

Professor Evan Gottlieb (SWLF) has recently published two new book chapters: Meillassoux, the Critique of Correlationism, and British Romanticism in the international collection “New Directions in Philosophy and Literature” (Edinburgh University Press), and Of Meillassoux’s contingencies and Scott’s plots: Rethinking probability in a world of unreason in “Romanticism and Speculative Realism” (Bloomsbury).

Dana Reason, contemporary music and research coordinator, is the new vice president of the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM). The mission of IAWM is to develop and foster the music activities of female and female identified artists regionally, nationally and globally in an effort to advance and centralize and integrate the work of women in music.
Associate Professor of Art History Kirsi Peltomäki’s recently published and edited book, “Public Knowledge: Selected Writings by Michael Asher,” (MIT Press) was reviewed in the February issue of Brooklyn Rail. The book is a collection of contemporary artist Michael Asher’s writings, mostly previously unpublished, resulting from Peltomäki’s research in Asher’s archive.
Director of Bands Erik Leung will be adjudicating at the Alberta International Band Festival in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. As part of the Festival, Leung will also be one of three conductors leading the Festival Honor Band at the Gala Concert. February 19-25, 2020.

Jazz Band Director and music instructor Ryan Biesack was invited to and will be travelling to the Center for Jazz Studies at Veracruz University JazzUV in Xalapa, Mexico to give workshops, perform concerts with my trio (Trio Untold) and direct the Veracruz Jazz Ensemble, March 21-29.
Jun Bum Shin, assistant professor of graphic design, will exhibit a poster design titled “Transformation,” at the VIDAK 2020: International Invitation Exhibition at Conseil Gallery in Seoul, Korea, February 12 – 24.

Instructor of Guitar Cameron O’Connor was an invited guest at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire, where he presented a performance and lecture on his 2019 composition, “Perturbation Variations.” O’Connor was interviewed by the Music Faculty and also gave a masterclass for guitar students.

Recurring Events

Fairbanks Gallery of Art — “Psithurism: Visionary West” through Feb. 26. Curated by OSU art instructor Anna Fidler, features painters from Vancouver, B.C., Washougal, Wash., Portland, Ore. and Los Angeles. Open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, on the first floor of Fairbanks Hall. Open till 8 p.m. on third Thursdays for the Corvallis Art Walk.

Songwriters in the Round — A facilitated weekly meetup of songwriters and aspiring songwriters, hosted by Director of Popular Music Bob Santelli with OSU students Jens Lovtang and Max Winer. 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Bexell Hall Lounge. Tuesdays through March 17. Free and open to all. Bring your songs, your instrument and your enthusiasm.

Art Exhibit: Earl Newman Prints – The OSU Center for the Humanities is delighted to showcase an eclectic collection of Earl Newman’s serigraphs from throughout his career—from nature prints, political art, and original sketches to posters for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. All prints in the Autzen House Gallery are available for purchase. The exhibit is open for viewing from Jan. 13 – March 20 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m and by appointment. Email Joy Jensen or the Center for information or to request a visit outside of gallery hours. And mark your calendar to join the artist for a reception during the Corvallis Arts Walk on March 19 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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