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OSU faculty member honored in first Trans 100 list

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Qwo-Li Driskill of Oregon State University is an honoree of Trans 100, an inaugural overview of the breadth and diversity of work being done in, by and for the transgender community across the United States.

The 2013 Trans 100 list was created by We Happy Trans, a website that celebrates the positive experiences of transgender people, and This is H.O.W., a Phoenix-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the betterment of the lives of trans people. The first effort of its kind, the list intends to shift the coverage of trans issues by focusing on the positive work being accomplished, and providing visibility to those often underrepresented.

Driskill is an assistant professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, as well as a poet, performer, activist and scholar, who is developing new curriculum in Queer Studies at OSU. Driskill is a multiracial Cherokee Two-Spirit, an umbrella term used by indigenous North Americans for people outside of established gender binaries.

The project received more than 500 nominations in December 2012.

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Classic play by Sartre presented by OSU Theatre beginning April 18

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre will present Jean-Paul Sartre’s classic existentialist comedy, “No Exit,” April 18-20 beginning at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance will be held on April 21 beginning at 2 p.m.

This darkly funny play, directed by OSU student Abbey Pasquini, will appear in the lab theater in Withycombe Hall, 30th and Campus Way, Corvallis.

“No Exit” was written in 1944 during the German occupation of France and deals with what happens after death, and the punishment that might be waiting for the damned. There are no torture devices in this version of hell, just an uncomfortable room and two other people. As one of the characters in the play states, “Hell is other people.”

Director and designer Pasquini said she is eager to share this complex and philosophical work with audiences. “This play is a wonderful learning experience that is full of laughter, while also working through heavy, sometimes downright uncomfortable, philosophies,” she said.

The production features a cast of OSU students including seniors Claire Bryggman and Alycia Olivar and juniors Sam Thompson and Joseph Workman.

Tickets are on sale at the door only and are $6 for general admission, $5 for seniors, $4 for students/youth and $3 for OSU students.

For more information contact OSU Theatre Box Office 541-737-2784 or visit http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre/

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OSU Choirs “Sing Out!” in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon State University will bring an annual event, “Sing Out: The Orange & Black Choral and Vocal Scholarship Concert,” to Portland on Sunday, April 21.

The concert, previously held only in Corvallis, benefits the Orange & Black Scholarship Fund, which helps OSU music programs attract and maintain talented singers to study vocal performance and choral music education.

It features the best that the award winning OSU vocal program has to offer, including performances by OSU Meistersingers, Bella Voce, and Chamber Choir, with instrumental accompaniment and soloists.

The event will be at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1200 S.W. Alder St. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Advance tickets are available for purchase at TicketTomato.com. A limited number of free student tickets will be available at the door while seats last.

“This concert features Oregon State’s three premier choral ensembles in a performance to raise funds for scholarships that assist talented singers, many who come from Portland area high schools,” said Steven Zielke, director of choral studies. “It’s a great opportunity for us to share the quality of our program with our friends in Portland, and for our friends and alumni there to support a great cause.

“For Beaver fans in the Portland metro area who love singing, this is the ‘can’t miss’ concert of the year,” he said.

Highlights will include the OSU women’s choir, Bella Voce, performing the premiere of “Viva Sweet Love,” by Joan Szymko. The piece was commissioned for Bella Voce with funding from the Oregon State University Women’s Giving Circle. The choir will also perform “Wedding Qawwalli” by Ethan Sperry, with choreography by OSU student Daniel Fridley, a senior in music education and assistant conductor of the OSU Meistersingers. Bella Voce, directed by Tina Bull, is a select, 50-member chorus that performs each term and tours regionally and internationally.

The OSU Meistersingers, a 50-member, auditioned men’s ensemble, will perform “Dies Irae,” by Z. Randall Stroope, conducted by Fridley; the beautiful “Lux Aurumque,” by Eric Whitacre; and the traditional Celtic folk piece, “Loch Lomond,” featuring soloist Rich Meier, a senior in electrical engineering. The popular choir is conducted by Russell Christensen and performs in concert each term, tours regionally, and frequently entertains at community and campus sporting and special events.

Chamber Choir, OSU’s preeminent vocal ensemble, is a mixed voice choir comprised of 47 carefully selected singers, directed by Zielke. The choir will perform Movement One (“O Come, Let Us Worship”) of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “All Night Vigil,” as well as Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure on this Shining Night,” and a Mark Butler arrangement of the traditional spiritual, “Signs of the Judgment.” The Chamber Choir performs on campus each term and tours regionally or internationally each spring.

As is tradition at many Oregon State University choral events, the audience will have an opportunity to sing along with the choirs on “Carry Me Back,” the OSU alma mater song.

In May, all three choirs will head to New York for a tour that includes a performance in Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center. That concert will feature three OSU alumni soloists who have launched professional singing careers.

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Play detailing the life of Frida Kahlo comes to OSU on April 26

“Frida, un Retablo,” a play detailing the creative life of acclaimed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, will be presented at Oregon State University on Friday, April 26, beginning at 7 p.m.

The performance will take place in the Lab Theatre of Withycombe Hall, 30th and Campus Way, Corvallis. Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; latecomers will not be seated.

Written by Dañel Malán of Portland’s Teatro Milagro (Miracle Theater), the play follows the iconic Kahlo through her life as a visual artist, while intertwining the story of the streetcar accident that left her crippled and her torrid relationship with the muralist Diego Rivera.

The play was initially performed by Teatro Milagro in 2007, and was brought back by the group due to popular demand.

In this newest rendition, three Fridas take the stage: Tricia Castañeda-González as Frida, Dañel Malán as the spirit of Frida, and Oregon State alumnus Ajai Terrazas-Tripathi as Old Frida. Daniel Moreno plays Diego Rivera, and the play is directed by Gabriela Portuguez.

The performance is sponsored by Teatro Milagro in conjunction with OSU’s Center for Latin@ Studies and Oregon State University Theatre.


Susana Rivera-Mills, 541-737-4586

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(left to right) Dañel Malán, Ajai Terrazas-Tripathi, Tricia Castañeda-Gonzáles, and Daniel Moreno in Milagro's production of "Frida, un retablo", a play detailing the creative life of one of Mexico’s most acclaimed artists, Frida Kahlo, will show at Oregon State University on April 26 at 7 p.m. (photo by Russell J. Young)

Screenwriter Mike Rich visits OSU for screening of ‘Finding Forrester’ on April 4

Screenwriter Mike Rich will appear at Oregon State University on Thursday, April 4, for a special screening of his award-winning film, “Finding Forrester.” A question-and-answer session will follow.

The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Construction & Engineering Hall of OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center. It is free and open to the public.

Rich, who attended OSU until 1982, created a buzz in Hollywood with his first screenplay “Finding Forrester.” It was picked up by Columbia Pictures and was a holiday season release in 2000, starring Sean Connery and directed by Gus Van Sant. Rich’s second screenplay “The Rookie,” starring Dennis Quaid and Rachel Griffiths, was a success for Disney in 2002.

His other notable screenplays also include ‘Radio,” “The Nativity Story” and “Secretariat.”

The Visiting Writers Series brings nationally-known writers to campus each year and is made possible by support from The Valley Library, the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the Office of the Provost, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and the OSU Beaver Store.

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Heather Brown, 719-232-1485

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Holocaust Memorial Week at OSU observed April 8-12

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will observe Holocaust Memorial Week April 8-12 with a series of events, including a film screening about a notable Holocaust survivor who will also give a public talk, a lecture by an expert on the relationship between big business and Nazism, and a discussion about genocide in Cambodia.

This observance is the 27th in the annual series, which is a collaboration of OSU, the Corvallis/Benton County Public Library, the City of Corvallis, Beit Am, and School District 509-J.

For a complete schedule of events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/dept/holocaust

The program will also include the following events, all of which are free and open to the public:

  • Monday, April 8, 7:30 p.m., C&E Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center – A public talk by Alexander Hinton, “Annihilating Difference:  The Cambodian Genocide.”  Hinton will discuss the Cambodian genocide which resulted in almost 2 million Cambodians dying between 1975 and 1979, and issues of why genocides happen. Hinton is director of the Rutgers Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights. He is author of the 2005 book, “Why did They Kill? Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide.”
  • Tuesday, April 9, 4 p.m., Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th, Corvallis – A screening of the film, “Landscapes of Memory – The Life of Ruth Klüger” (in German, with subtitles). It is a biopic about noted Holocaust survivor and memoirist Ruth Klüger.
  • Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., C&E Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center – A public talk by Ruth Klüger, “The Shoah in Fiction.”  Klüger was born in Vienna in 1931 and her memoir, “Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered,” documents her internment at several camps, including Auschwitz and Theresienstadt. Klüger will discuss recent trends in depicting the Holocaust through fiction.
  • Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m., C&E Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center – A public talk by Peter Hayes, “From Aryanization to Auschwitz: German Corporate Complicity in the Holocaust.” Hayes, a professor of Holocaust studies at Northwestern University, is an expert on the interaction between German corporations and the Nazi state. In his talk, Hayes will address the involvement of German big business with the Holocaust and the advantages gained by corporations, including the opportunity to exploit slave labor.
  • Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., C&E Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center – A public talk by Henryk Grynberg, “Bearing Witness through Literature.” A Holocaust survivor who has been described as “the chronicler of the Polish Jews,” Grynberg is an award-winning author of major works of fiction and nonfiction dealing with the Holocaust in Poland. An early novel, “The Jewish War,” tells of his experiences during WW II and the sequel, “Victory,” follows his life after the war. It is listed among the “One Hundred Greatest Works of Modern Jewish Literature.”
  • Friday, April 12, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., OSU Memorial Union Journey Room – A student conference called “Social Justice in Policy and Education.” The objective of the conference is to address issues of social justice. It includes a visual presentation on aspects of Poland that recall the Holocaust, such as memorials of the Warsaw Ghetto, the Jewish Museum in Warsaw, and the Majdanek death camp. OSU students who recently returned from Poland will narrate the presentation and lead discussion.

Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning will issue a proclamation at the April 8 event. Among the co-sponsors of these events are the OSU School of Language, Culture, and Society; the OSU School of Writing, Literature and Film; the OSU College of Business; the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; and the Austrian Consulate General, Los Angeles.

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Paul Kopperman, 541-737-3421

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Henryk Grynberg will give a talk, “Bearing Witness through Literature,” on April 11, 2013 as part of OSU's Holocaust Memorial Week. (photo courtesy of Jacek Lagowski/Agencja Gazetta) landscapes
Ruth Klüger will also speak at Oregon State University on April 11 as part of Holocaust Memorial Week.

Series of Austrian films will show in Corvallis starting April 9

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A series of films from Austria, including the recent Oscar winner “Amour,” will be shown in Corvallis starting the week of April 9.

Organized by the German program of Oregon State University’s School of Language, Culture, and Society, this series of four recent Austrian films is free and open to the public.

All films are subtitled and will play at the Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th St., Corvallis. The schedule is:

Tuesday, April 9, 4 p.m.:Landscapes of Memory – The Life of Ruth Kluger,” a biopic about high-profile author Ruth Klüger, a famous scholar of German literature. Her autobiography, “Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered,” is an international bestseller. The director Renata Schmidtkunz and Holocaust survivor Klüger will be present for the screening.

Tuesday, April 23, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.:Breathing,” tells the story of a 19-year-old man who finds a new lease on life when he takes a job at a funeral home.

Tuesday, May 14, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.:Kuma,” a drama about the intertwining lives of two women, Fatma, a housewife with six children, and Ayse, a 19-year-old who is about to become the second wife of Fatma’s husband.

Tuesday, June 4, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.:Amour,” the Oscar-winning drama portrays the lives of a retired Parisian couple whose love is tested when the wife becomes severely ill.

The series is sponsored by the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles.

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Sebastian Heiduschke, 541-737-3957

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Harvard expert on happiness to speak at OSU on March 14

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Dan Gilbert, a professor of psychology at Harvard University and a best-selling author on the subject of happiness, will speak at Oregon State University on Thursday, March 14.

His free public lecture, “Happiness: What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You,” begins at 4:30 p.m. in Peavy Hall Room 130, located at 3100 Jefferson Way in Corvallis.

Gilbert’s 2007 book, “Stumbling on Happiness,” is based largely on his own research, and deals with the conflict over what people believe will make them happy versus what actually does result in happiness. It spent six months on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into 25 languages, and won the 2007 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books.

Malcolm Gladwell said of the book, “This is a psychological detective story about one of the great mysteries of our lives. If you have even the slightest curiosity about the human condition, you ought to read it. Trust me.”

Gilbert is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology. His TED talk is one of the most watched, with more than 4.6 million views.

The talk is sponsored by OSU’s School of Psychological Science.


Frank Bernieri, 541-737-1373

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Author to take audience on exploration of animals’ inner world on March 7

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Virginia Morell, author of the new book, “Animal Wise,” will give insights into the inner world of animals during a talk at Oregon State University on Thursday, March 7.

The free, public event begins at 7 p.m. in the Construction & Engineering Hall of the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus.

Covering a range of topics, ranging from how earthworms make decisions to how birds practice songs in their sleep, Morell will take audience members on an exploration into the hearts and minds of wild and domesticated animals.

Morell’s is the first book of its kind to look at a range of animals – from the smallest insects to the largest mammals – and to ask the question: How has evolution selected for the expression of intelligence and emotion?

“Animal Wise” transports readers to field sites and laboratories around the world, introducing readers to pioneering animal-cognition researchers and their surprisingly intelligent and sensitive subjects. She explores how this rapidly evolving, controversial field has only recently overturned old notions about why animals behave as they do. Morell also probes the moral and ethical dilemmas of recognizing that even “lesser animals” have cognitive abilities such as memory, feelings, personality, and self-awareness – traits that many once believed were unique to human beings.

Morell is a Medford-based science writer who has written for National Geographic, Science, Smithsonian and other publications. She is also the author of “Ancestral Passions,” a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

“Animal Wise” will be released Feb. 26 by Crown Publishing/Random House. Morell’s talk is sponsored by OSU’s Spring Creek Project.

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Charles Goodrich, 541-737-6198

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Virginia Morell
Virginia Morell