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Writer Tobias Wolff to receive Stone Award from OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Award-winning American writer Tobias Wolff will receive Oregon State University’s Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement  at a special event in Portland May 21.

The biennial Stone Award recognizes a major American author who has created a body of critically-acclaimed work and has mentored young writers. Wolff is the second recipient of the honor, which was established in 2011.

The award ceremony, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum, will include an on-stage interview with Wolff about his work and the presentation of the award. A reception and book-signing will follow. Tickets are required and are available at the museum’s ticket office or online: http://bit.ly/1hJXdVh.

On May 22, Wolff will appear at a free public reading, question-and-answer session and book signing at OSU’s main campus in Corvallis. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 725 S.W. 26th St.

Wolff, who teaches creative writing at Stanford University, is best known for his work in two genres: the short story and the memoir. His first short story collection, “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs,” was published in 1981. Wolff chronicled his early life in two memoirs, “In Pharaoh’s Army” (1994) and “This Boy’s Life” (1989), which was turned into a 1993 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.

“Tobias Wolff is a master storyteller – generous, compassionate, keenly observant,” said Keith Scribner, a professor of English and creative writing at OSU. Scribner became friends with Wolff while he was teaching at Stanford. 

“When we read his novels, memoirs, and short stories, we come away richer for the experience in part because we know ourselves better,” Scribner said. “He is one of our nation’s preeminent writers and has mentored countless students who’ve had the good fortune to work with him.”

The Stone Award was established by Patrick and Vicki Stone to spotlight OSU’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing, which is in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film. The honorarium for the award is $20,000, making it one of the most substantial awards for lifetime literary achievement offered by any university in the country. The first honoree was Joyce Carol Oates in 2012.

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Keith Scribner, 541-737-1645, keith.scribner@oregonstate.edu

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Artist DJ Spooky to perform free concert at Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Composer, multimedia artist and author Paul D. Miller, also known as DJ Spooky, will perform a free concert on Friday, May 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m.at Oregon State University.  

Miller will be joined by OSU musicians Dana Reason and Michael Gamble. The show will be held in the Construction & Engineering Hall at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

Miller is known for his genre-bending art, vast catalogue of music and work in environmental awareness and social justice. In addition to collaborating with musicians such as Chuck D, Thurston Moore and Yoko Ono, Miller has travelled the world to perform.

Miller was the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and his work has appeared in The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, The Venice Biennial for Architecture and other museums.

He is the executive editor of “Origin Magazine,” which focuses on the intersection of art, yoga and new ideas. He is the composer of the multimedia performance piece “Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica.” Miller also is the author of “Book of Ice,” a multimedia, multidisciplinary study of Antarctica that contemplates climate change and humanity’s relationship with the natural world.

The concert is sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word and the College of Liberal Arts Music Department’s “Between the Cracks” series. In advance of his Corvallis appearance, Miller will be writer-in-residence for the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, which is co-sponsored by Spring Creek and the U.S. Forest Service.  

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Contact: Charles Goodrich, 541-737-6198

Marijuana policy expert to give McCall Lecture

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Mason Tvert, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project – and a leader of the campaign to legalize marijuana in Colorado – will deliver the annual Gov. Tom McCall Memorial Lecture at Oregon State University on Tuesday, May 13.

In his lecture, “The Road to Legal Marijuana in America,” Tvert will share insights on the past, present and future of marijuana policy in the United States.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall in the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St. The lecture is free and open to the public. It is presented by the OSU College of Liberal Arts and the School of Public Policy.

As director of communications, Tvert oversees the Marijuana Policy Project’s media strategy and online outreach efforts out of the organization's Denver office. Before joining the lobbying organization, he co-directed the successful campaign in support of Amendment 64, the 2012 ballot initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Colorado.

Previously, Tvert co-founded and directed Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation, a Colorado-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the relative safety of marijuana compared to alcohol. He is a member of the SAFER board of directors and a member of the advisory board for Marijuana Majority.

The OSU lectureship is named after Tom McCall, who was Oregon’s governor from 1967-75. Past lecturers have included several Oregon governors; Washington Post columnists David Broder and William Raspberry; political analyst Floyd McKay; Dennis Dimick of National Geographic magazine; and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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David Bernell, 541-737-6281, david.bernell@oregonstate.edu

Fairbanks Gallery at OSU to exhibit work of artist Royal Nebeker

“Dreams & Memories,” an exhibit of prints and monoprints by artist Royal Nebeker, opens May 5 in the Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University.

The gallery is located in Fairbanks Hall, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and the gallery is free and open to the public. The exhibit runs through May 28.

As an artist, Nebeker creates personalized narratives based on dreams and memories, often embellished with words and notations that help tell the story. Some of his works are based on personal events, others on literature. Through powerful and enigmatic imagery, Nebeker paints what arts historian Stephen C. McGough has called a reflective journey of the artist's life, exploring such universal themes as hope, fear, joy, anguish, sexuality, spirituality, power, vulnerability and the dynamics of personal relationships.

Throughout his career, Nebeker has focused on the human figure. His work is strongly influenced by  Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, the German Expressionists, Vienna Secessionist artists Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and others.

A prolific painter and printmaker, he has been featured in countless solo and group exhibitions over the past four decades and his work is included in public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Nebeker studied in California at the Claremont College and Otis Art Institute, earned a master of fine arts degree from Brigham Young University in 1970 and completed a post graduate degree from the National School of Fine Arts in Oslo in 1972.

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Douglas Russell, 541-737-5009, drussell@oregonstate.edu

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OSU Theatre to perform ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ in May

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre will present Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” at several performances in May.

The tragic and poetic tale of fading Southern belle Blanche DuBois will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on May 8-10 and May 16-17; and at 2 p.m. on May 18 on the main stage in Withycombe Hall, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

 “The masterpiece has been performed throughout the world in virtually every language because it speaks to the strength and frailty of human interactions when combat and violence too easily replace our thirst for love and caring,” said George Caldwell, director and scenic designer.

“A Streetcar Named Desire,” originally premiered in 1947 and has remained one of the most popular and memorable works in the American dramatic canon. After having lost the family estate to a series of misfortunes, the elegant and refined DuBois comes to the New Orleans French Quarter to stay with her sister, Stella.

Soon after her arrival, a vicious struggle for power erupts between the mannered Blanche and Stella’s bullying, boorish husband, Stanley Kowalski. Tensions run high as Stanley becomes obsessed with exposing Blanche’s long-buried secrets and dismantling her carefully structured persona.

The cast features OSU students Mike Beaton as Doctor; Nick Diaz-Hui as Pablo; Brian Greer as the Collector; Davey Kashuba as Mitch; J. Garrett Luna as the Piano Player; Anna Mahaffey as Blanche; Chris Peterman as Steve; Brittany Potter as Stella; Bryanna Rainwater as Eunice; Alex Reis as Stanley; Erin Wallerstein as the Nurse; and Emily Zellner-Gisler as the Flower Vendor.

Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 seniors; $8 youth/student; and $5 for OSU students. They can be purchased at the OSU Theatre Box Office by calling 541-737-2784 or online at http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/theatre.

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OSU to host Spanish Film Festival with screenings across Oregon

Oregon State University will host its first Spanish Language Film Festival, featuring films of the Spanish Film Club, May 3 through May 10. Screenings will be held in Corvallis, Madras, Bend and Tillamook.

Spanish film director Felix Viscarret will run a number of workshops in conjunction with screenings of the five films featured in the festival. All events are free and open to the public and will be accessible to both English and Spanish speakers.

“We wanted to reach out to Spanish-speaking communities and engage them by providing them opportunities to watch and discuss contemporary Spanish and Latin American cinema,” said Sebastian Heiduschke, coordinator of the World Languages and Cultures program in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts.

Heiduschke partnered with the Spanish Film Club to bring the films to Oregon. Spanish Film Club is an initiative of the film distribution company PRAGDA to bring contemporary Spanish and Latin American cinema to college campuses.

The schedule of screenings and workshops is:

  • Bend, Saturday, May 3: 1 p.m., “Que Culpa Tiene el Tomate,” 3:30 p.m. “Chico y Rita,” and 5:30 p.m., “El Regreso.” Screenings will be held in the Hitchcock Auditorium in Pioneer Hall at Central Oregon Community College, 2600 N.W. College Way, Bend.
  • Madras, Sunday, May 4: 8 a.m., Juntos program, with traditional Mexican breakfast and workshop. 11 a.m., “Chico y Rita,” Central Oregon Community College Madras campus, 1170 E. Ashwood Road.
  • Corvallis, Monday, May 5: 6 p.m. workshop and 6:30 p.m. screening, “Chico y Rita,” followed by a question and answer session. Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. Fourth St.
  • Corvallis, Tuesday, May 6: 6 p.m. workshop and 6:30 p.m. screening of “Wilaya,” followed by question and answer session, Darkside Cinema.
  • Corvallis, Wednesday, May 7:  6 p.m. workshop and 6:30 p.m. screening of “El Regreso,” followed by question and answer session, Darkside Cinema.
  • Corvallis, Thursday, May 8: 6 p.m. workshop and 6:30 p.m. screening of “Que Culpa Tiene el Tomate,” followed by question and answer session, Darkside Cinema.
  • Corvallis, Friday, May 9: 6 p.m. workshop, 6:30 p.m. screening of “Viajo Porque Preciso,” followed by a question and answer session, Darkside Cinema.
  • Tillamook, Saturday, May 10: Screening of “Chico y Rita,” time and location to be announced.

The screenings are sponsored by the School of Language, Culture and Society in the OSU College of Liberal Arts. The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of PRAGDA and the Embassy of Spain in Washington D.C., Spain-USA Foundation. Event organizers say they also appreciated the support of the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

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Contact: Sebastian Heiduschke, 541-737-3957, Sebastian.heiduschke@oregonstate.edu

OSU to celebrate 100th birthday of former faculty member Bernard Malamud

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will mark the 100th birthday this month of one of its most-recognized faculty members, acclaimed American novelist Bernard Malamud, with a celebration and the launch of a search for early copies of his book, “A New Life.”

The centenary celebration, featuring a display from the university’s Malamud archives, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Valley Library at OSU. Neil Davison, an associate professor of English, will give a brief presentation; OSU English majors will read from “A New Life,” and archival materials from the library’s Malamud collection will be on display.

The event will be held in Special Collections on the fifth floor of the library, 201 S.W. Waldo Place.

It is free and open to the public. It is hosted by the School of Writing, Literature and Film in the OSU College of Liberal Arts and the English Student Association.

Malamud, who died in 1986, taught at OSU from 1949 to 1961. His books include “The Natural,” and “The Fixer,” for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. “A New Life,” published in 1961, is based on Malamud’s time in Corvallis.

Two members of the English faculty are searching for annotated, first-edition copies of “A New Life” that may have circulated in Corvallis in the 1960s. There are rumors that several copies of the book exist in Corvallis, with notations connecting real people and places in Corvallis to the characters and situations in the book, said assistant professor Ehren Pflugfelder.

Pflugfelder and assistant professor Raymond Malewitz are hoping one or more such copies still exist. They would like to borrow the books for use in a new digital humanities course being planned for 2015.

Digital humanities courses are a way for researchers to help students use new, technology-based research methods. Using the annotated books and other materials from the Malamud archives, students could create projects such as digital maps of places in the book, or a field guide to Malamud’s work in Corvallis, Pflugfelder said.

“We plan to offer the digital humanities course and focus on Malamud, but if we found an annotated copy of ‘A New Life,’ we would build the course around it,” Pflugfelder said. “It would be great raw material for the students to work from.”

Anyone who might have an early annotated copy of “A New Life,” or who knows of one, can contact Pflugfelder at Ehren.pflugfelder@oregonstate.edu.

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Elizabeth Sheehan, Elizabeth.sheehan@oregonstate.edu, regarding the event

Ehren Pflugfelder, Ehren.pflugfelder@oregonstate.edu, regarding the book search

The GRAMMY Museum announces affiliate partnership with Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has been selected as an official university affiliate of the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum, providing the university access to the rich musical history and archives of the museum.

Through interactive exhibits and educational programs, the GRAMMY Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music and the history of the GRAMMY Awards. The museum’s collection includes personal artifacts from legendary GRAMMY winners such as Elvis Presley, Miles Davis and Neil Diamond.

“The GRAMMY Museum’s university affiliate program is designed to allow educational institutions to engage in an exciting resource-sharing opportunity,” said Bob Santelli, executive director of The GRAMMY Museum.  "We are very excited to welcome Oregon State University into The GRAMMY Museum family and look forward to building a great partnership.”

As a university affiliate, OSU will have access to the GRAMMY Museum’s content for educational purposes, curriculum resources, research programs, internship opportunities, professional development seminars, collaborative marketing and promotions, project-based learning and more.

Oregon State, which has its main campus in Corvallis, Ore., is one of two inaugural universities to join the new affiliate program. A celebration to mark the partnership will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Memorial Union Lounge on the OSU campus, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will include a performance by OSU alumnus Roosevelt Credit, who has appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning productions of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” and Harold Prince’s revival of “Show Boat.”  Credit also has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center.

“Our Oregon State students are the real winners, whether through internships, networking opportunities, or use of the museum's extensive archives on the music industry’s history,” said Larry Rodgers, dean of OSU’s College of Liberal Arts. “This is an exciting new step in elevating the arts at Oregon State."

The affiliate program for the GRAMMY Museum is designed to help further the GRAMMY Museum’s education initiatives and mission in a collaborative and unique approach to arts education and outreach. Additional GRAMMY Museum university affiliates are expected to be announced throughout 2014.

About The GRAMMY Museum: Paying tribute to music's rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music — the GRAMMY Award. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only The GRAMMY Museum can deliver. To learn more, visit www.grammymuseum.org.

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Andie Cox, The GRAMMY Museum, 213-763-2133, acox@grammymuseum.org

Celene Carillo, Oregon State University, 541-737-2137, Celene.Carillo@oregonstate.edu

Oregon State to observe Holocaust Memorial Week April 28 to May 2

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Tom Segev, an Israeli historian and journalist, and Laureen Nussbaum, a childhood friend of Anne Frank, will appear at Oregon State University as part of Holocaust Memorial Week April 28 through May 2.

The 28th annual observance 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.

Segev will speak on “The Holocaust and the Shaping of Israel,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, in Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center, which is located at 875 S.W. 26th St. in Corvallis. His talk will draw from his book, “The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust.”

Nussbaum will present “Remembering Anne Frank,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in LaSells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium. Nussbaum knew Frank in the late 1930s and early 1940s. She’ll share her memories of Anne and tell her own story of survival during World War 11.

Other events include:

  • A preview of selected scenes from the play, “Forty,” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall. The play, being written by Leonora Rianda, is about the Armenian genocide in 1915-16. A discussion of the play and the genocide will follow the performance.
  • Northeastern University Professor William F.S. Miles will speak on “Shared Suffering and Empathy: Incorporating the Holocaust into Sub-Saharan Africa Thought and Commemoration,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the C&E Auditorium in LaSells Stewart Center.
  • A student conference, “Social Justice in Policy and Education,” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 2, in the Journey Room in the Memorial Union.
  • Staged readings of “In Quest of Conscience,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Majestic Theater, 115 S.W. Second St., and at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2 in the C&E Hall in the LaSells Stewart Center.

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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Author Sarah Shun-lien Bynum to read at OSU on April 25

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Fiction writer Sarah Shun-lien Bynum will read at Oregon State University on Friday, April 25, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library rotunda. A question and answer session and book signing will follow.

This event is part of OSU’s 2013-2014 Visiting Writers Series.

Bynum is the author of two novels. “Ms. Hempel Chronicles,” (Harcourt 2008) was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and “Madeleine Is Sleeping,” (Harcourt 2004) won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Novelist Jonathan Franzen says, “Bynum seems incapable of writing a sentence that doesn’t have something fresh or funny or true going on in it. She gets you laughing and then she whacks you in the heart.” 

In 2010, The New Yorker magazine named Bynum a top “20 Under 40” fiction writer. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and “Best American Short Stories” (2004 and 2009).

Bynum lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Otis College.

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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Rachel Ratner, 516-652-5817; rachel.ratner@oregonstate.edu