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Photography exhibit celebrating women with disabilities featured in OSU’s Little Gallery

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Brilliant and Resilient: Celebrating the Power of Disabled Women Activists,” an exhibit of photographs celebrating women with disabilities around the world, will be on display in Oregon State University’s Little Gallery Nov. 12 through Dec. 8.

A reception to celebrate the exhibit’s opening will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at the gallery in 210 Kidder Hall, 2000 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. Susan Sygall, co-founder and CEO of Mobility International USA (MIUSA), and Susan Dunn, program manager for the Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD), will speak at the event. 

The public is welcome at the reception. ASL interpretation will be available. The gallery is wheelchair accessible, exhibit text will be available in English and Spanish and an audio format of the exhibit will be available.

“Brilliant and Resilient” features professional images and personal stories of 30 women representing a variety of cultures, countries and disabilities. All of the women are alumni of WILD, a program of MIUSA that brings grassroots women leaders with disabilities together to build skills, exchange experiences and strategies, strengthen international networks of support and more. 

The exhibit celebrates women with disabilities around the world who are making an impact in the fields of education, employment, policy and legislation, reproductive health, emergency response, HIV/AIDS and violence prevention.

The project honors the 1995 United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing, which ignited an international disabled women’s rights movement. The exhibit also highlights the role of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in advancing the status of women with disabilities. 

Photos displayed in the exhibit were taken by Brian Lanker, a Pulitzer Prize-winner whose work was featured in LIFE Magazine, Sports Illustrated and elsewhere; Darcy Keifel, a photojournalist whose work has been featured in USA Today and Sports Illustrated; and Paola Gianturco, a photojournalist who has documented women’s lives in 55 countries and whose work has been exhibited by the United Nations in New York, UNESCO-Paris and elsewhere. 

The exhibit’s appearance at OSU is supported by a grant from the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. 

The Little Gallery is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the School of Language, Culture and Society’s World Languages and Cultures department within the College of Liberal Arts.

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Helen Wilhelm, 541-737-2146, helen.wilhelm@oregonstate.edu

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Portrait of Lydia Chipimo, Zambia.

Photograph by Brian Lanker, courtesy of Mobility International USA.

Lydia Chipimo

Woodstock legend Country Joe McDonald to speak and perform in Corvallis

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “An Evening with Country Joe McDonald: Reflections on the Summer of Love and Woody Guthrie,” a performance and question-and-answer session with singer-songwriter Country Joe McDonald, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis.

McDonald’s appearance is part of the Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts’ “American Strings Series,” which celebrates America’s longstanding love for stringed instruments and roots music. The series was created by OSU’s director of performing arts, journalist and music historian Bob Santelli.

With 36 albums published and more than four decades as a touring folk singer, McDonald is one of the best-known Woodstock artists still performing today.

Appearing with his band as “Country Joe and the Fish,” McDonald performed at the Monterey Pop Festival in the “Summer of Love,” in 1967. Two years later, he launched his solo career at Woodstock. At Woodstock he played a 30-minute set that included the “Fish Cheer” and the satirical anti-Vietnam War song, “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag,” with the familiar chorus, “One, two, three, what are fighting for?” These became famous auditory icons of the historic music festival and anthems for Vietnam veterans and anti-war protesters of the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s McDonald, a veteran himself, toured and released numerous recordings and began actively working with and for Vietnam Veterans Against the War and other causes to support and promote awareness of the thousands of U.S. veterans he felt had been disenfranchised and neglected after returning from active duty.

McDonald has continued to write and record and toured regularly in the U.S. and abroad into the new millennium. After some unsuccessful attempts at reuniting the original Country Joe and the Fish band, he formed the Country Joe Band with original members David Bennett Cohen, Bruce Barthol and Gary “Chicken” Hirsh. The group toured throughout 2004 and 2005. In 2007 he perfected his “Tribute to Woody Guthrie” show, a mix of music and spoken word, and has since taken it around the country.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. OSU students will be admitted for free, one ticket per student with ID, while seats last. For additional information about the series or to purchase tickets, visit: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/american-strings-series.

The Majestic Theatre is located at 115 S.W. 2nd St., Corvallis. The show is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Arts and Communication at OSU.

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Bob Santelli, 541-737-1797, robert.santelli@oregonstate.edu

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Country Joe McDonald. Photo by Jim Block
Country Joe McDonald

OSU Theatre’s fall production, ‘Inherit the Wind,’ opens Nov. 9

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre’s fall production, the classic American courtroom drama “Inherit the Wind,” will run at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 11, 16 and 17 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19 in the Withycombe Hall main stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

The classic American play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee is based on the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. The play’s fictional account of the historic trial stemming from a young teacher’s arrest for teaching evolution sparks a heated debate between religious fundamentalists and evolutionists.

“On the surface, ‘Inherit the Wind’ concerns the battle between creationism and evolution, religion versus science,” said Director Nate Bush, an OSU theatre instructor. “However, a deeper conflict exists underneath about the freedom of thought.”

The production launches OSU’s 2017-18 season, “In the Public Eye,” which will also feature “The Taming,” by Lauren Gunderson in February; “Rhinoceros,” by Eugène Ionesco in March; and “1984,” by George Orwell in May.

The large cast features OSU students Jacob Armstrong as Davenport; Sam Babst as Meeker; Jacob Biggi in the ensemble; Helen Brown as a reporter; Robert Czokajlo as Elijah; Cheyenne Dickey in the ensemble; Lindsey Esch as Rachel; Colin Fath as Dunlap; Srimanyu Ganapathineedi in the ensemble; Evan Granquist  as the mayor; Cole Haenggi as Hornbeck; Ethan Hayes as Sillers; Emily Jackson as Mrs. McClain; Haille Lantz in the ensemble; Thomas McKean as Cates; Emily Moehn as Mrs. Brady; Nicole Moussa as Mrs. Loomis; Brian Mulch as Bannister; Nate Pereira as Howie; Noah Reed in the ensemble; Carmen Rivera in the ensemble; Quinn Sinanan Neal in the ensemble; Amy Stein as Krebs; Mike Stephens as Brady; Nick Tsiklauvi in the ensemble; and Cory Warren as Goodfellow.

The cast also includes community members Robert Best as Brown; Joe Cullen as Drummond; Nikki Hill as Mrs. Blair; Katherine Lovtang as Melinda; and Richard Wendland as the judge.

Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors; $8 for youth/students; and $5 for OSU students. They are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784 or online at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ. Contact the box office for disability accommodations and/or group ticket sales.

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Steinway Piano Series presents Natasha Paremski Nov. 5 at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Pianist Natasha Paremski will perform at 4 p.m. Nov. 5 at Oregon State University as part of the Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Piano Series. 

The New York-based pianist, a native of Moscow, Russia, is known for her stunning technique. She won a number of prestigious awards at a young age, including the 2006 Gilmore Young Artist’s Prize and the 2007 Prix Montblanc. She also was named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in 2010 and earned a top-ten slot on the Billboard Traditional Classical Charts.

Paremski has performed as a soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Los Angeles Philharmonic; San Francisco Symphony; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Oregon Symphony; Moscow Philharmonic; Minnesota Orchestra; and many others throughout the world. Among her solo recitals are stops at London’s Wigmore Hall; the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Meany Hall in Seattle; and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Her performance program includes works by three popular Romantic-era composers: Frederic Chopin’s Three Mazurkas, Op. 63 and Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54; books one and two from Johannes Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme by Paganini;” and “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky. 

The performance will be held in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $28 at the door. Tickets are available online at corvallispiano.org or at Grass Roots Books & Music in Corvallis. Students ages 8 to 18 and all college students with valid ID will be admitted free. Corvallis Arts for All discounts apply and are valid for purchase of up to two $5 tickets at The LaSells Stewart Center starting one hour prior to the concert with a SNAP card.

Accommodations relating to a disability may be made by calling 541-758-0036, preferably at least one week in advance.


Zachary Person, 541-737-4671, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Society presents free Portland Youth Philharmonic concert Oct. 29

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Portland Youth Philharmonic will perform at 3 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

The Corvallis performance, part of a short tour by the Philharmonic to kick off the group's 94th season, is hosted by the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Society. The Philharmonic also will play in Roseburg.

The program includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5; Antonín Dvořák’s “Hussite Overture”; and Frédéric Chopin’s second piano concerto with soloist Natalie Tan, winner of the Philharmonic’s 2016-17 Piano Concerto Competition.

The Portland Youth Philharmonic was founded in 1924 as America’s first youth orchestra. It supports two full symphony orchestras, a chamber orchestra, a wind ensemble and a string orchestra. Members range in age from 7 to 23, are accepted based on audition, are seated according to ability and come from 100 different schools throughout northwest Oregon and southwest Washington.

“I am very pleased that PYP is returning to Corvallis,” Musical Director David Hattner said. “Dr. Marlan Carlson, OSU professor and music director of the Corvallis-OSU Symphony orchestra, has been kind enough to invite us for our third annual appearance. OSU probably has more PYP alumni in its student body than any other university.”

The concert is free but seating is reserved and tickets are required. For more information or to reserve a seat visit http://cosusymphony.org/. Accommodations relating to a disability may be made by calling 541-286-5580, preferably at least one week in advance.

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Zachary Person, 541-737-4671, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu


Josh Espinoza, 503-223-5939, josh@portlandyouthphil.org

Writer Sarah Manguso to read at Oregon State University Nov. 3

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Poetry, fiction and nonfiction writer Sarah Manguso will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Manguso is the author of seven books, including the nonfiction works “300 Arguments,” “Ongoingness,” “The Guardians,” and “The Two Kinds of Decay”; the fiction work “Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape” and poetry “Siste Viator” and “The Captain Lands in Paradise.” 

She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Hodder Fellowship, and “The Two Kinds of Decay” was selected as an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review.

Manguso’s poems have appeared in multiple editions of the Best American Poetry series, and her essays appear regularly in publications such as Harper’s, McSweeney’s, the Paris Review, The New York Review of Books and the New York Times Magazine. 

Manguso holds a master of fine arts degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and she previously served as the Mary Routt Chair of Creative Writing at Scripps College in addition to teaching at Columbia University, the New School, New York University, the Pratt Institute, Princeton University and the Otis College of Arts and Design. She currently teaches at the California Institute of the Arts.

This reading is part of the 2017-2018 Visiting Writers Series, which brings nationally acclaimed writers to OSU. The series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing at OSU, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and Grass Roots Books and Music. 

The event is free and open to the public. The Valley Library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis.

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Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

Traveling photo exhibit featuring iconic images of Bob Dylan to be displayed at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A photo exhibit featuring iconic images of Nobel Prize winner singer-songwriter Bob Dylan by photographer Daniel Kramer will be on display at Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery Oct. 26 through Nov. 30.

The exhibit, “Bob Dylan: Photographs by Daniel Kramer,” is curated by the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum® and documents Dylan’s metamorphosis from folk musician to rock and roll icon.

A reception and artist’s talk by Kramer will be held Wednesday, Nov. 1. OSU Director of Popular Music and Performing Arts Bob Santelli will also host a question-and-answer session with Kramer. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the talk at 7 p.m. in Room 128 of the Learning Innovation Center, 165 S.W. Sackett Pl., Corvallis.

The exhibit features more than three dozen photographs taken by Kramer for a year and a day during 1964 and 1965. This photographic “backstage view” of the singer-songwriter showcases key moments in Dylan’s musical career during one of the most dynamic periods of American history.

“These unique photographs by Daniel Kramer captured while working with Bob Dylan during one of the most pivotal moments of his career sheds a never-before-seen light on one of America’s greatest songwriters,” said Santelli, the museum’s founding executive director. “We first opened this exhibit in Dylan’s hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota. Now, we are thrilled to showcase his work at Oregon State University.”

Kramer, a noted American music and portrait photographer, is a native of Brooklyn, New York. The self-educated photographer worked as an assistant to Philippe Halsman and Allan and Diane Arbus before gaining an international reputation of his own.

His 1967 book, “Bob Dylan” was critically acclaimed, as were the album covers he created for “Bringing It All Back Home,” “Highway 61 Revisited” and “Biograph.” Kramer’s photos have been shown or collected by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the International Center of Photography, the Whitney Museum of American Art and more.

Fairbanks Gallery is located on the floor of Fairbanks Hall, 220 S.W. 26th St. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month for the Corvallis Arts Walk.

The gallery will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, for those on campus to attend the football game against Stanford. For more information, visit http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/art/fairbanksgallery.   



About the GRAMMY Museum: Established in 2008 as a partnership between the Recording Academy and AEG, the GRAMMY Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form — from the technology of the recording process to the legends who've made lasting marks on our cultural identity. In 2017, the Museum integrated with its sister organization, the GRAMMY Foundation, to broaden the reach of its music education and preservation initiatives. As a unified organization, today, the GRAMMY Museum fulfills its mission of making music a valued and indelible part of our society through exhibits, education, grants, and public programming.

For more information, visit www.grammymuseum.org, "like" the GRAMMY Museum on Facebook, and follow @GRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram.

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Crystal Larsen, 213-763-2133, clarsen@grammymuseum.org

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Bob Dylan; photo by Daniel Kramer

Bob Dylan

Oregon State University ranked among the top 1 percent of world universities

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has been ranked in the top 1 percent out of more than 27,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide in this year's CWUR (Center for World University Rankings) World University Rankings. The CWUR rankings are the largest academic ranking of global universities. Oregon State came in at 257.

This year, 27,770 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide were evaluated. The top 1,000 research-intensive institutions received rankings. The rankings measure the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions.

Oregon State University was given a national rank of 99, and ranked high in quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, publications and influence, as well as citations, broad impact and patents.

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Steve Clark, 541-737-3808; steve.clark@oregonstate.edu

Photographer Richard Misrach to speak at OSU Oct. 20

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  Photographer Richard Misrach will speak at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Oregon State University as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

The talk, “Forty Years of Photography” will be held in Room 128 at the Learning Innovation Center (LInC), 165 S.W. Sackett Pl., Corvallis. A reception with the artist will be held at 5 p.m. on the first floor of Fairbanks Hall, located near the LInC building at 220 S.W. 26th St.

For four decades, Misrach has been a significant and influential photographer of the American landscape. Known as a pioneer of the 1970s renaissance of color photography and large scale presentation that are still practiced today, Misrach is also known for the monumental epic, “Desert Cantos,” a multifaceted study of people’s political, cultural and environmental relationship to the natural world.

In his talk, Misrach will provide a general overview of the last 40 years of work with an emphasis on several recent series. He will speak about Border Cantos, his collaboration with composer Guillermo Galindo, a major undertaking focusing on the U.S. - Mexico border, and his two current projects about the election.

Desert Canto XXXVIII: Premonitions (2009-2016) is comprised of previously unpublished work from the Barack Obama presidency that in hindsight suggests the atmosphere that led to the Trump election. Desert Canto XXXIX: The Writing On The Wall (2017-) is an election-engendered dialogue in graffiti form between various political factions, scribbled on abandoned buildings and remote landscapes throughout the desert Southwest. Selections from both projects are being debuted at the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco in July 2018, but he will be presenting a larger group for the first time during his talk at OSU.

Misrach has had solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, among others, and his work is held in museum collections around the world.

Misrach’s talk is being presented in conjunction with the Society of Photographic Educators’ Northwest Regional Conference taking place on the OSU campus October 20-21. For more information on the Society of Photographic Educators Northwest Regional Conference, go to: https://www.spenational.org/conferences/illuminate-provoke-spe-nw-2017

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture series brings world-renowned artists and scholars to the OSU campus to interact with students in the art department so they can learn what is required of a professional artist or scholar. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2dVv5kW and https://fraenkelgallery.com/artists/richard-misrach.

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Kerry Skarbakka, 541-737-1256, kerry.skarbakka@oregonstate.edu

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Richard Misrach

Richard Misrach

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XX Digitus Duo to perform Latin American-themed concert at OSU Oct. 22

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Pianists María García and Momoko Muramatsu, performing together as the XX Digitus Duo, will visit Oregon State University for a Latin American-themed concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th Street, Corvallis.

García and Muramatsu have been friends and colleagues since their days at the New England Conservatory of Music. After embarking on successful individual careers, the pair joined forces in 2014 as the XX Digitus Duo (Twenty Fingers) to explore the four-hand repertoire for one or two pianos.

In addition to classical standards, the Portland-based duo specializes in works drawing on their shared Latin American heritage. García and Muramatsu are also committed to new music by living composers and have recently commissioned four-hand works from Ken Selden, Dag Gabrielsen and Charles Copeland.

Their Latin American-themed program at OSU will focus on music from Argentina, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries and includes narration entirely in Spanish and projected imagery.

Works include Juan Morel Campos’ “Danzas Puertorriqueñas,” “El Ciclón,” “Noche Deliciosa,” and “La Traviesa”; “Se Equivocó la Paloma” by Carlos Guastavino; Suzette Ortiz’s “Variaciones sobre un tema popular”; Arturo Marquéz’s “Danzón No. 2”; “Confidencias” by Ernesto Nazareth; Zequinha de Abreu’s “Tico-tico no Fubá”; “El Choclo” by Villoldo/Yamamoto/XX Digitus; “El Día que me quieras” by Gardel/Yamamoto; and “Escuálo” by Astor Piazzolla/Yamamoto.

This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, visit corvallispiano.org. Accommodations relating to a disability may be requested by calling 541-758-0036, preferably at least one week in advance.


By Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu