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TEDxOregonStateU videos now available for viewing online

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Talks from February’s sold-out TEDxOregonStateU conference at Oregon State University are now available for viewing online.

TEDx events feature talks, demonstrations or performances designed to foster learning, inspiration and wonder. They are independently organized events in the style of the TED conference. The theme for OSU’s conference was “Disruption.”

Following the TEDx style, the talks run no more than 18 minutes each. The videos feature speakers:

  • Emily Calandrelli, host of FOX’s “Xploration Outer Space” and a former NASA employee
  • David Edelstein, senior vice president of global programs at Grameen Foundation and director of the Grameen Foundation Technology Center
  • Hanson Hosein, a former NBC News war correspondent who is now director of a communication leadership graduate program and president of HRH Media Group
  • Michelle Lesniak, season 11 winner of “Project Runway”
  • Matthew Kaiser, a current undergraduate student at OSU and fellow in the Linus Pauling Institute’s Cancer Chemoprevention Program

To watch the playlist of all the videos from the event, visit http://bit.ly/1HcRunD.

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Jenn Casey, 541-737-0695, jenn.casey@oregonstate.edu

‘Philosophy Talk’ to visit OSU for discussion on science, politics

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The nationally syndicated public radio show “Philosophy Talk” will visit Oregon State University on Wednesday, April 15, for a live taping.

The show will focus on the theme “Science and Politics – Friends or Foes” with featured guest Sharyn Clough, an associate professor of philosophy in the School of History, Philosophy and Religion in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Withycombe Theater, 2921 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. It is free and open to the public, and there will be an opportunity for audience participation.

Show hosts Ken Taylor and John Perry, both of Stanford University, will lead the discussion with questions such as: Could politics sometimes have a positive effect on objectivity in science? If so, which kinds of politics might have a positive effect and which might not? What criteria could we use to make the distinction? And does 'objectivity' still have meaning in this context?

Clough teaches courses in the study of knowledge with an emphasis on scientific knowledge. Her research focuses on objectivity and values in science. She has written and edited books on feminism and science, and has written a number of scholarly essays on science and values. She is writing a book for general audiences on science and politics.

“I plan to discuss some of the biggest mistaken assumptions in contemporary debates about politics and science – that politics in science is always a bad thing, and that political values are subjective, floating free of considerations of evidence,” Clough said.

“I argue that while science is never without political influences, some politics make science better and some make it worse, and we can tell the difference,” she said. “We might make mistakes and disagree about the evidence in either case, but that shouldn’t stop us from seeing that there is evidence in both cases to consider.”

The show is scheduled to air in June. “Philosophy Talk” airs on dozens of public radio stations internationally, including on the radio network of Oregon Public Broadcasting. On OPB, the show is broadcast at 9 p.m. Thursdays.

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Robert Peckyno, 541-737-8560 or Robert.Peckyno@oregonstate.edu

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Oregon State to host Holocaust Memorial Week events April 13-21

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auschwitz survivor and 2015 Elie Wiesel Award-winner Thomas Buergenthal will speak at Oregon State University in Corvallis as part of the university’s annual observance of Holocaust Memorial Week, April 13-21.

Born in Slovakia in 1934, Buergenthal recounted his survival of Auschwitz in the memoir, “A Lucky Child.” After coming to the United States he became a prominent legal scholar, specializing in international law. He has served as a judge on several panels that have dealt with human rights issues, including 10 years of service on the International Court of Justice.

Buergenthal will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 21 in the Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. His talk will focus on his experience during World War II and his perspective on international law’s role in combatting persecution and protecting human rights.

For the first time in the event’s 29-year history, Holocaust Memorial Week this year will be expanded to include an event in Portland. Buergenthal and OSU faculty members will participate in a panel discussion on religious and human rights at 7 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 S.W. Capitol Highway, in Portland. Other panelists are Rena Lauer, Amy Koehlinger, Stuart Sarbacker and Paul Kopperman of OSU.

Holocaust Memorial Week is presented by the School of History, Philosophy and Religion in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts in association with the City of Corvallis and School District 509-J. All events are free and open to the public. This year’s program includes a special focus on human rights and women’s rights.

Other Holocaust Memorial Week events are:

  • Human rights lawyer Gabriela Rivera of Guatemala will speak about sexual violence against indigenous women in Guatemala at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the C & E Auditorium in the LaSells Stewart Center.
  • A virtual “tour” of Auschwitz will be presented by OSU philosophy instructor Marta Kunecka at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in the Horizon Room in the Memorial Union at OSU. Kunecka conducted tours of the concentration camp while in graduate school in Krakow, Poland, and will recreate the experience using visual aids.
  • “Watchers of the Sky,” a documentary film about Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term genocide, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the C &E Auditorium in the LaSells Stewart Center.
  • Elizabeth Heineman, a feminist historian who has written extensively on the subject of women in Nazi Germany, will be giving a talk entitled “Human Rights Law and the Issue of Violence against Women,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the C & E Auditorium in the LaSells Stewart Center.
  • Two academic conferences, the Social Justice Conference and the International Health Symposium, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the Journey Room in the Memorial Union, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 17, in the Snell International Forum at OSU. Students will present papers on topics such as violence against women, gender rights and human rights, LGBTQ rights and acceptance, and the relationship between gendered violence and genocide. For more information on the conferences, visit http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/sjc.

For more information about the events, visit http://oregonstate.edu/dept/holocaust

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Robert Peckyno, 541-737-8560 or Robert.peckyno@oregonstate.edu

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Auditions for OSU’s one-act festival to be held April 6-7

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s spring One-Act Festival, featuring four original comedies by OSU Theatre students, will be held on April 6 and 7.

Auditions will be at 6 p.m. in the Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way. They consist of cold readings, no preparation is necessary, and they are open to all OSU students, faculty and staff, and to members of the Corvallis community. Scripts are available to check out from the Theatre Arts office in Withycombe Hall, Room 141.

A variety of roles are available in the Spring One-Act Festival. The plays are:

  • “The Mark,” by Elise Barberis, is an apocalyptic comedy featuring Steve, a former cult member who is relentlessly stalked by the cult's current members. Steve bears a mysterious birthmark that may be the key to saving the world.
  • “Cheep! Cheep!” by Joseph Workman, tells the story of Maxwell, a depressed former paperboy and current employee at a family-owned chicken farm who faces the challenges of weird small-town politics and chronically-giddy fellow employees.
  • “Answer Me,” by Amanda Kelner, features Tegan, a young woman starting a new job as a receptionist for Madam Matilda, a psychic with the unique ability of actually being able to predict the future.
  • “Caffeinated Crisis,” by Bryanna Rainwater, features Linda, an intrepid reporter who stumbles upon a bizarre conspiracy orchestrated by the West Coast's most powerful coffee bean barons.

The Spring One-Act Festival runs June 3 through 6 at 7:30 p.m., and June 7 at 2:00 p.m.

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OSU hosts town hall following racial incident at University of Oklahoma

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host a town hall Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium (2601 S.W. Orchard Ave.), to discuss the recent racially charged incident at the University of Oklahoma.

The town hall will focus on ways in which OSU can support students and staff of diverse backgrounds and make campus more inclusive. The event is open to the public and organizers say it will provide a safe space where students and others can speak frankly about issues of race, racism and discrimination.

“This racial incident (at Oklahoma) is not an issue simply related to one fraternity at a single university,” said Jason Dorsette, associate director for diversity development with Intercultural Student Services at OSU. “This matter highlights the responsibility for all of us to be aware of discrimination, bias and exclusion of any kind, and when we see it to act appropriately and safely to interrupt – and if possible, stop – such discrimination.”

Steve Clark, OSU vice president for University Relations, said that while Oregon State administrators, faculty and staff are committed to creating a safe, civil and inclusive community, the Oklahoma incident drives home the continuing problems facing marginalized populations across the country.

“We will take this opportunity to further our own efforts to bring together Oregon State students, who participate in our seven cultural and diversity centers and our many Greek fraternities and sororities,” Clark said. “Our goal is to increase a sense of understanding, knowledge and an inclusive community between members of all groups and organizations.”

There are already a number of ongoing efforts at OSU to further inclusivity and community, including:

  • Every student attending Oregon State is required to take a set of “Difference, Power and Discrimination” courses on issues such as systemic racism;
  • OSU offers a program for students of color to learn better ways to respond to and deflect racism or bias when they encounter it;
  • The university recently held a training workshop on the problems associated with white privilege;
  • OSU has developed a human justice and diversity curriculum for all of its students to take to help ensure that they are informed about the importance of inclusivity and learn respect for others and differences they might encounter;
  • The university formed a bias incident response team to immediately address reported racism or bias that may occur at Oregon State.
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Jason Dorsette, 541-737-6341; Jason.Dorsette@oregonstate.edu

OSU celebrates National Nutrition Month with March 4 event

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Nutrition and Dietetics Club is celebrating National Nutrition Month on Wednesday, March 4, with an event in the Memorial Union quad from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Its theme of “Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle” encourages everyone to adopt eating plans focused on making informed food choices and promoting overall health. The event will feature games, prizes, free food, and tips on how to stay healthy from guests representing Bob’s Red Mill, Trader Joes, Pacific Fruit Company, Food@OSU and more.

Activities will focus around vitamins, mineral and fiber content in food, and helping students, faculty and staff learn more about what makes a healthy, balanced meal. There will be free cookbooks for the first 200 participants, a competition to win a bullet blender, and other prizes.

“Eating a healthy, well-balanced meal is crucial to success in the rest of your life, including your academic success,” said Jessica Hummel, vice president of OSU’s Nutrition and Dietetics Club. “We want students and staff to stop in and learn some fun facts about food, and maybe look at the way they eat in a new way.”

As part of this public education campaign, the academy’s National Nutrition Month website includes a variety of helpful tips, games, promotional tools and nutrition education resources, all designed to spread the message of good nutrition.  

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OSU Theatre to present Vietnam-era play, ‘Strange Snow,’ March 5-8

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Theatre’s 2014-15 season, which focuses on War and Remembrance, continues with the Lab Theatre production of Stephen Metcalf’s Vietnam-era play, “Strange Snow,” in March.

The production, directed by OSU Theatre Arts student Bryanna Rainwater, will run March 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. and March 8 at 2 p.m. in the Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

The play tells the story of a troubled past shared by two Vietnam veterans during a fishing trip on opening day of the season. Relationships develop through humor and heartache as Dave and Megs attempt to move on from a horrific event. The exploration of friendship and the impacts of war upon individuals and families serve as a reminder of the personal sacrifices made in military service.

“This play explores much more than what’s at the surface and reveals a lot about the human condition and what it is like to be vulnerable,” Rainwater said.

The production features the work of Oregon State students Amanda Kelner as Martha, Evan Butler as Megs and Brad Stone as Dave.

Tickets are $8 adults; $6 for seniors; $5 youth/student; and $4 for OSU students. They can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ  or by calling the theatre box office at 541-737-2784. There is no reserved seating for this production. For more information or DAS accommodations, contact the box office.

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Author Jenny Boully to read at Oregon State March 6

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Author Jenny Boully will read from her works on Friday, March 6, at Oregon State University’s Valley Library rotunda on the Corvallis campus beginning at 7:30 p.m. A question and answer session and book signing will follow.

Boully is the author of four books, most recently “not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them,” from Tarpaulin Sky Press. Her other books include “The Books of Beginnings and Endings,” (Sarabande Books) “[one love affair]* (Tarpaulin Sky Press), and “The Body: An Essay,” (Essay Press, first published by Slope Editions).

Boully’s chapbook of prose, “Moveable Types,” was released by Noemi Press. Her work has been anthologized in “The Best American Poetry,” “The Next American Essay,” “Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present,” and other places.

Boully was born in Thailand and raised in Texas. She attended Hollins University and went on to receive her M.A. in English Criticism and Writing. She also earned a master of fine arts from the University of Notre Dame and holds a Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She lives in Chicago, Illinois, with her husband and daughter and teaches at Columbia College Chicago.

The reading is part of the 2014-15 Visiting Writers Series sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film. The series brings nationally known writers to Oregon State University.

The event is free and open to the public. The program is supported by OSU Libraries and Press, the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele and Grass Roots Books and Music.

The Valley Library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Place on the OSU campus in Corvallis.

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OSU to host housing expo, good neighbor workshops for students

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s second annual off-campus housing expo will connect property managers, campus offices and community agencies with Oregon State students – an event that last year drew more than 1,000 students.

This year’s expo will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union ballroom. An added feature in 2015 will be a series of “Live Smart” workshops designed to provide OSU students with tools to become informed tenants and responsible neighbors.

The event is open to all OSU students and is particularly aimed at students transitioning to off-campus housing and living, according to Jonathan Stoll, director of Corvallis Community Relations.

“It’s important that we provide students with the resources necessary to be good neighbors and to successfully transition to living off-campus,” Stoll said. “Living on one’s own for the first time is a big step – and for some of our students, this will be the first time without the conveniences and accommodations that University Housing and Dining Services provides its students, from residential advisers and tutors to meal plans, cable, internet and most utilities.” 

Workshops topics will include local laws and ordinances, tips on hosting responsible parties, safety and security, financial literacy, and tenant rights and responsibilities. The workshops aim to improve livability by fostering a commitment to community that upholds Corvallis’ ranking as one of the nation’s top college towns and best places to live, Stoll said.

“Most students have embraced being members of Beaver Nation and the Associated Students of Oregon State University is excited to spearhead a program that helps students embrace being members of our Corvallis community,” said Cassie Hubers, executive director of community resources for ASOSU.

Stoll said students who complete the Live Smart workshops and pass a corresponding preferred renters exam will receive a $50 rental deposit credit – a program endorsed by the Corvallis Rental Property Management Group. The proposed credit would be limited to properties electing to participate in the preferred renters program.

More information on the expo, including a list of workshops and participating vendors, is available at: http://studentlife.oregonstate.edu/ccr/community-and-u/2015-housing-expo

For additional information, contact Cassie Hubers at 541-737-7111 or asosu.community@oregonstate.edu; or Jonathan Stoll at 541-737-8606, jonathan.stoll@oregonstate.edu

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Jonathan Stoll, 541-737-8606, jonathan.stoll@oregonstate.edu

International Resource Center gets new home

A cultural center for international students at Oregon State University is getting a new home, which will be celebrated this weekend at an event filled with music and food.

The International Resource Center opened its doors on the west side of the Memorial Union lounge in 2009, with support from student affairs and international program staff. Operated primarily by the International Students of Oregon State University (ISOSU), the center has become a focal point for a number of internationally-based cultural activities and events on campus.

Last week the center moved into its new home in the Student Experience Center, a relocation that creates more opportunities for networking, programming and exposure, student organizers say.

A grand opening for the new center will be held this Saturday, Feb. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The event will feature food from around the globe and the music of DeCajon, a Seattle based Afro-Peruvian music and dance ensemble.

ISOSU will also host the 2015 Winter Showcase, featuring a performance from Monica Rojas (past ISOSU president) and DeCajon, which will be followed by OSU students showcasing their talents. It takes place Feb. 21, 7 p.m., in the MU Ballroom. Tickets are $5 for non OSU students and available at the door.

In its infancy, the International Resource Center offered a coffee hour every two weeks, ISOSU co-director Rone Nop said, and then evolved to include poetry nights, game events and cultural heritage nights, as well as programming around religion and spirituality.

“Eventually, we decided to narrow our palate, so that we weren’t diluting the programming,” Nop said.

As they prepare to celebrate their new space, the center staff has focused programming on a smaller series of offerings. The coffee hours and cultural heritage nights will continue due to their popularity (co-director Estefania Arellana said they’re always sold-out events). Additionally, there is a series called “The Dangers of a Single Perspective” that examines a hot topic issue from a variety of multi-cultural perspectives.

A cultural exposition similar to a talent show helps students from around the world showcase pieces from their own culture, including song, dance and story-telling.

“We’re at capacity for all these events,” said Robin Ryan, associate director of Student Leadership & Involvement. “Now we’ll be able to serve more students in the new space, and move from more random events to programming with very intentional learning outcomes.”

The new space will provide opportunities for other student groups with similar multicultural perspectives to present programming, and will increase the opportunities for student engagement with open workshops and other events.

In addition to the larger space, the center will also have an added draw – a huge collection of international dolls donated by the McHenry Family. The collection includes 247 dolls gathered from around the world, which will be on display in a large case at the entrance to the new center.

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Robin Ryan, 541-737-2917; robin.ryan@oregonstate.edu