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Ethnic identification helps Latina adolescents resist media barrage of body images

The study this story is based on is available online: http://bit.ly/1jKMGql

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A strong sense of ethnic identity can help Latina girls feel positive about their body and appearance, a new study concludes, even as this group slips further into dissatisfaction with themselves when compared to a media-filled world of unrealistic images of thin white women.

Identification and pride in their ethnic background can act as a partial buffer against a deluge of advertisements, magazines, television shows and movies that show white women in sexualized roles, researchers said, and help teenage girls feel more comfortable with themselves and their appearance.

Scientists say anything that can help is necessary as sensitive young teenagers compare themselves to an onslaught of thin and glamorous models portrayed by the media, and suffer as a result. One out of every two advertisements featuring women depicts them as sex objects.

Some past research has suggested that women of color were less vulnerable to concerns about body image, but the latest studies found that Latina girls are reporting body dissatisfaction at a rate similar to that of Caucasian girls.

“We’re in a perfect storm of dissatisfaction,” said Elizabeth Daniels, an assistant professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University–Cascades.

“This is a serious problem among girls, and our media environment and consumer culture has been making it worse for some time,” said Daniels, who is an expert on gender, body image and youth development. “The issue of young teenagers feeling bad about their appearance is so prevalent that we now call it normative. In other words, it’s normal to feel dissatisfied with your body.”

Most adults have more real-life experience to help protect them, Daniels said, but impressionable adolescents too often feel seriously unhappy with their appearance, think about their bodies constantly, and are easily persuaded to buy the latest beauty products that advertisers tell them will help. For some, severe dissatisfaction can turn into an eating disorder.

But in this research, which studied 118 Latina girls ages 13-18, scientists found that a stronger sense of ethnic identity helped some girls feel positive about themselves. The analysis was done by showing images of white women taken from advertisements to separate groups of girls. Some images were “sexualized” in settings, such as wearing bikinis or lingerie; and others had more conventional, fully-clothed poses. The girls then created statements about how they visualized themselves.

Those who included reference to their ethnic identity – by saying something like “I am Latina” or “I am Hispanic” – tended to view themselves overall more positively. But Daniels pointed out that while the association with ethnicity appears to be helpful and partially protective, it’s not a panacea.

“Media images are typically very idealized, done with white women, using lots of makeup and photo techniques, and they create a great pressure on young women to live up to this ideal,” Daniels said. “They see more than five hours a day of this unrealistic depiction on television and elsewhere, and it’s a tall order for them to just ignore it. Even the model, Cindy Crawford, once said that ‘I wish I looked like Cindy Crawford.’”

However, this study indicates that cultural pride can help. One participant in the study wrote in her statements that “I am a proud Latina” and “I am not a skinny toothpick and proud of it.”

The new findings were recently published in Body Image, a professional journal, by researchers from OSU and Gallaudet University.

The researchers also cautioned that the buffering effect of ethnic identity might not stand up when Latina girls are exposed to Latina media models – instead of the white women that dominate traditional advertising. Girls with strong ethnic identity might be especially vulnerable to the negative effects of viewing idealized media images of Latina women, the report concluded.

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Elizabeth Daniels, 541-322-3186

Celebrated memoirist Nick Flynn to read at OSU on Oct. 11

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Writer Nick Flynn will read from his work on Friday, Oct. 11, at Oregon State University’s Valley Library rotunda. The free public event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a question and answer session and book signing.

Flynn is the author of three memoirs including “The Reenactments” (2013), “The Ticking is the Bomb: A Memoir of Bewilderment” (2010) and “Another … Night in Suck City” (2004). Flynn is also the author of three books of poetry.

Of Flynn’s most recent memoir, “The Reenactments,”  Kirkus Reviews wrote: “Flynn’s determination to better understand his life through the act of writing and remembering has yielded a truly insightful, original work.” Clea Simon of The Boston Globe said Flynn’s writing is “always specific and honest” and “dryly funny.”

His award-winning memoir “Another … Night in Suck City” was turned into the movie “Being Flynn,” starring Robert De Niro and Paul Dano. That book recounted his unusual relationship with his alcoholic father and the suicide of his mother.

Flynn, 52, is a professor of poetry and married to actress Lili Taylor.

Flynn has been awarded fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, The Library of Congress, The Amy Lowell Trust, and The Fine Arts Work Center.

The Visiting Writers Series brings nationally-known writers to Oregon State University. The program is made possible by support from The Valley Library, OSU 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.

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Author Paul Bogard to read from his book on Oct. 9

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Paul Bogard, author of “The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light,” will read from his book on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. The reading begins at 7 p.m. at the library, located at 645 N.W. Monroe Ave., Corvallis.

The event is sponsored by Oregon State University’s Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word and Friends of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

In his book, Bogard examines the night and how people experience it, traveling to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Walden Pond, and the Canary Islands to explore degrees of darkness. After talking to astronomers, lighting professionals, nurses, and other night-time workers, Bogard writes about the cultural, social and health implications of a night that’s getting brighter every minute, thanks in part to parking lot lights and streetlights.

Publishers Weekly wrote: “Even readers unable to tell Orion from the Big Dipper will find a new appreciation for the night sky after spending some time with this terrific book.”

A native of Minnesota, Bogard teaches creative nonfiction at James Madison University. He is also editor of the anthology “Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark.” 

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Carly Lettero, 541-737-6198

OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery to feature ‘Montage’ juried art student exhibit

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University will host “Montage,” an exhibition of art and poetry by OSU students, Dec. 9 through Jan. 23.

An artist’s talk and public reception will take place in the gallery at 5 p.m. on Jan. 19. The event is free and open to the public.

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

Any OSU student was eligible to submit original artwork to be considered for inclusion in the exhibition. In past years the show has been restricted to art students and included photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking and other artistic media. This year the exhibition was opened to any student and poetry submissions were also accepted for consideration.

The Montage Collective, a long-standing student arts organization, organizes, publicizes and installs the exhibition. For the second year, Montage Collective has called upon a local artist/curator from outside the university to jury the show.

This year's juror is Bruce Burris, director of ArtWorks/CEI in Corvallis. Burris has been a leader in the field of arts and disability nationwide for some 35 years. He has served as an executive director, program developer, facilitator, publicist and employment specialist with programs devoted to supporting artists with disabilities. An artist and curator, Burris is also the founder of E L and F Projects, a performance-based organization.

A special interactive, take-home activity - woodblock/letterpress cards with OSU art alumna Angela Purviance – will be offered at no charge during the Corvallis Arts Walks, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 15 and Jan. 19.

For more information, visit; http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/art/fairbanks-gallery-art.

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Caroline Moses, mosesca@oregonstate.edu

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AAAS and Oregon State University announce 2016 Fellows

WASHINGTON D.C.— Three Oregon State University professors have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

The OSU honorees are: Peter Clark, a distinguished professor of geosciences in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences; Alan Mix, a professor of geological oceanography in CEOAS; and Michael A. Osborne, a professor of history of science in the College of Liberal Arts.  

Clark and Mix were selected as part of the section geology and geography. Clark was elected for his seminal contributions toward understanding linkages among climate, ice sheets, and sea level over the past 100,000 years.

Mix was elected for distinguished contributions to the field of paleoceanography and paleoclimatology, particularly for improvement of proxy applications and understanding of the Quaternary ocean and climate dynamics.

Osborne was selected as part of the history and philosophy of science section. He was elected for distinguished contributions to the fields of the history of science and medicine with particular attention to the role of French colonialism and natural history.

This year 391 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science Nov. 25.

New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Feb. 18, 2017, during the 2017 AAAS annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the Association’s 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members or by the AAAS chief executive officer.

Fellows must have been continuous members of AAAS for four years by the end of the calendar year in which they are elected. Each steering group reviews the nominations of individuals within its respective section and a final list is forwarded to the AAAS Council, which votes on the aggregate list.

 


 

About the American Association for the Advancement of Science: AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science (www.sciencemag.org) as well as Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances, Science Immunology, and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The non-profit AAAS (www.aaas.org) is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert! (www.eurekalert.org), the premier science news website, a service of AAAS. See www.aaas.org.

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Nkongho Beteck, 202-326-6434, nbeteck@aaas.org

Leading scholar on Chinese art to speak at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Ping Foong, a leading scholar of Chinese art and a specialist in Chinese ink painting, will give a public talk at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 at Oregon State University as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

Foong, the Foster Foundation Curator of Chinese Art at the Seattle Art Museum, will discuss her current research on a Buddhist votive plaque from the museum collection. She also will be in residence on campus that day and will spend time reviewing and critiquing student art work.

The talk, “The Votive Body: Displaying an object of Buddhist devotion at the Seattle Art Museum,” will be held in Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. A reception with Foong will take place prior to the lecture at 6 p.m. in the Myrtle Tree Alcove. The reception and talk are free and open to the public.

Foong oversees all aspects of the Seattle Art Museum’s extensive collection of historic Chinese art. She also has a lead role in the current renovation and expansion of the landmark 1933 art deco building that is home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum, which is scheduled to reopen in 2019.

Foong is an affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington School of Art, Art History and Design. Her primary expertise is Song dynasty landscape painting, but her experience spans the academic and curatorial realms.

In teaching and research, Foong’s interests lie in Chinese literati culture, society, identity, and the interplay between visual motifs and poetic description. Her latest project is research for a book on artist institutions and the spatial imagination in middle period China.

She is the author of a book on 11th-century Chinese ink painting, “The Efficacious Landscape: On the Authorities of Painting at the Northern Song Court,” published by Harvard University Asia Center in 2015. She received her doctorate from Princeton University.

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 or http://www.seattleartmuseum.org.

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Lei Xue, 541-737-5395, Lei.Xue@oregonstate.edu

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DJ Spooky to bring ‘Heart of a Forest’ performance to four Oregon cities

CORVALLIS, Ore. – New York-based composer, artist and author Paul Miller, also known as DJ Spooky, will perform “Heart of a Forest,” a multimedia show inspired by seasonal artist residencies at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, in four Oregon cities Nov. 6-11.

Miller, a composer, multimedia artist and author, will mix live, recorded and electronic music with aerial video of Oregon forests, along with an on-stage conversation with a forest ecologist during the performances. The score, which was debuted and recorded with the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble earlier this year, explores spring, summer, fall and winter through sound and imagery.

The "Heart of a Forest" tour is a collaboration between the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word at OSU and the four regional host organizations. Show ticket prices vary by location.

The show schedule is:

  • 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph. Co-hosted by Fishtrap; for additional information, visit www.fishtrap.org.
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 9, in Cheatham Hall at the World Forestry Center in Portland. Co-hosted by the World Forestry Center; for more information, visit http://bit.ly/2eEwm2h.
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 10, at the Newport Performing Arts Center in Newport. Co-hosted by the Newport Performing Arts Center; for more information visit http://bit.ly/2e5Omly.
  • 6 p.m. Nov. 11, at the High Desert Museum in Bend. Co-hosted by the High Desert Museum; information, http://bit.ly/2eEx8Mz.

Funding for the events was provided by the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights program and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station.

In addition to his work as a composer, Miller is also a multimedia artist and author whose work has appeared at the Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Whitney Biennial and others.

Miller spent 2012-2013 as the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and has collaborated with a diverse array of popular musicians, including Yoko Ono, Chuck D and Thurston Moore. His website is: http://djspooky.com/

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Charles Goodrich, 541-737-6198, charles.goodrich@oregonstate.edu

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OSU presents annual International Film Festival Nov. 9-15

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s annual International Film Festival, which includes 18 films from 10 countries, will be held Nov. 9-15 at Darkside Cinema and Whiteside Theater in Corvallis.

The festival is organized and hosted by the School of Language, Culture and Society in the College of Liberal Arts at OSU. Since 2009, the festival has showcased different perspectives in contemporary filmmaking.

The festival will open with “Berlin – Sinfonie der Großstadt,” or Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis, that will be accompanied live by the German band, ALP, which is flying in from Berlin for the event. The event, sponsored by the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., will also feature giveaways and a reception with the musicians after the screening. For more information about the reception, email sebastian.heiduschke@oregonstate.edu.

Other highlights of this year’s festival include “After the Storm”, a 2016 Cannes Film Festival selection about a father reconnecting with his son in the days before a typhoon, and “The Second Mother,” a Portuguese comedy about the life of a housekeeper.

All of the screenings are free and open to the public but attendees need to obtain a ticket at the respective cinema before entering the auditorium. Tickets are limited so early arrival is encouraged.

The schedule of screenings is:

Nov. 9 – Whiteside Theater:
·    7 p.m. – “Berlin – Sinfonie der Großstadt,” (Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis), Germany, 1927, a silent film with live guitar, bass and synthesizer music accompaniment by the band ALP.

Nov. 10 – Darkside Cinema:
·    5 p.m. – “Usfahrt Oerlike,” (Exit Oerlikon) Switzerland, 2015, drama in Swiss German.
·    7 p.m. – “3 Bellazas,” (3 Beauties) Venezuela, 2014, a comedy, horror, thriller in Spanish.
 
Nov. 11 – Darkside Cinema:
·    3:30 p.m. – “Rettet Rafi,” (My Friend Raffi), Germany, 2015, children’s film in German.
·    5:30 p.m. – “Que Horas Ela Volta?” (The Second Mother) Brazil, 2015, drama in Portuguese with English subtitles.
·    8 p.m. – “Streif,” (One Hell of a Ride) Austria, 2015, documentary in English.

Nov. 12 – Darkside Cinema:
·    1 p.m. – “Paradise Trips,” Netherlands, 2015, a comedy, drama in Dutch with English subtitles.
·    3 p.m. – “NN,” Peru, 2015, a drama in Spanish with English subtitles.
·    5:30 p.m. – “Umi yori mo Mada Fukaku,” (After the Storm) Japan, 2016, drama in Japanese with English subtitles.
·    8 p.m. ­– “Fukushima Mon Amour,” Germany, 2016, drama in German, Japanese and English.

Nov. 13 – Darkside Cinema
·    1 p.m. – “Pored Mene,” (Next to Me) Serbia, 2015, a comedy, drama, in Serbian with English subtitles.
·    3 p.m. – “Pequeñas Menteras Piadosas,” (The Travel Agent), documentary in Spanish.
·    5 p.m. – “Apprentice,” Singapore, 2016, a drama in Malay and English with English subtitles.
·    7 p.m. – “Le bois dont les rêves sont faits,” (The Woods Dreams Are Made Of), documentary in French.

Nov. 14 – Darkside Cinema
·    5 p.m. – “Con la pata quebrada,” (Barefoot in the Kitchen,) documentary in Spanish.
·    7 p.m. – “Fuchi ni tatsu,” (Harmonium), drama, Japanese with English subtitles.

Nov. 15 – Darkside Cinema
·    5 p.m. – “I am Femen,” documentary in English and Russian with English subtitles
·    7 p.m. – “Blanka,” drama in Tagalog with English subtitles.

The Whiteside Theater is located at 361 S.W. Madison Ave., Corvallis. Darkside Cinema is located at 215 S.W. 4th St., Corvallis. For more information, including a synopsis of each film, visit the festival website http://bit.ly/2enlT7U.

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Auditions for OSU production of ‘For the Love of Lies’ to be held Nov. 15-16

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auditions for OSU Theatre’s winter 2017 production of “For the Love of Lies” will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 15-16 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

The play is a lively comedy in the style of Commedia dell’Arte, a classic theater style with stock characters, physical comedy and romance. 

Auditions are open to all OSU students, faculty, staff and area community members. Those participating in the auditions should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to sing. Singing “Happy Birthday” will suffice for those who don’t have a prepared song; 16 bars of a favorite classic rock song also will work. Auditioners are encouraged to come with an open mind and be ready to have fun.

Performances of the production are scheduled for Feb. 16-18 and 24-26. Several rehearsals will be scheduled during fall term: Nov. 1-22, 28, and 30 and Dec. 5 and 7. 

Winter term rehearsals will be scheduled Monday-Thursday evenings with optional Friday rehearsals beginning Jan. 9. Tech weekend is scheduled Feb. 11-12 with dress rehearsals Feb. 13-15.

For more information about the production, contact the director, Dan Stone, at stoned@linnbenton.edu.

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OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery to feature Kerry Skarbakka exhibit ‘On the Brink’

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University will host an exhibition of work by photographer Kerry Skarbakka titled “On the Brink,” Nov. 5-30.

An artist’s talk and reception will take place in the gallery at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 17. The event is free and open to the public. 

The Fairbanks Gallery is located on the first floor of Fairbanks Hall, 220 S.W. 26th St., on OSU’s Corvallis campus. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month for the Corvallis Arts Walk. Admission is free.

Skarbakka is an assistant professor of art at OSU, where he teaches courses in photography and combined media. This is his first solo exhibition in Corvallis. It focuses on some of the more immediate and pressing threats to our existential stability, and is comprised of past and current projects that illustrate the scope and trajectory of Skarbakka’s combined media approach to photography.

Skarbakka’s work lies at the intersection of performance-based practices and staged photography. Over the past 15 years he has used his own body as a physical metaphor, addressing issues of uncertainty, war, equality, identity, politics, economy and the environment, and dedicating his artistic energies towards constructing scenarios channeled directly from the anxiety and fear associated with being human.

While the exploration of the fragilities of the human condition is a common thread in his work, Skarbakka said his goal has always been “to transform these universally difficult emotions into poetic and meaningful visual expressions.”

Skarbakka currently has an exhibition at the Haifa Museum of Art in Haifa, Israel. He also has exhibited photographs in more than 100 solo and group exhibitions around the world. His work has appeared at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh; the Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York; the Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; the Aperture Foundation, New York City; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Among Skarbakka’s honors are a 2005 Creative Capital Foundation Grant, a commission from the city of Seattle through the 1 Percent for the Arts Program and an Illinois Arts Council assistance grant.

For more information visit www.skarbakka.com, and http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/art/fairbanks-gallery-art.

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

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