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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

Auditions held Feb. 18-19 for “The Misanthrope”

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University Theatre will hold open auditions for the spring comedy “The Misanthrope ,” on Feb. 18 and 19 at 6:30 p.m., and callbacks on Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m., on the Withycombe Hall main stage, 30th and Campus Way.

Auditions are open to all OSU students, faculty, staff, and Corvallis community members. Scripts will be available for check out in the OSU Theatre Main Office.

“The Misanthrope” is one of the best of Molière's comedies — focusing on the absurdities of social and literary pretension, and on a man who is quick to criticize the faults of others, yet remains blind to his own. This comedy of manners, which satirizes the customs, attitudes, and activities of the fashionable upper classes, utilizes witty dialogue and comic situations which reveal hypocrisy, deceit, excessive pride, and other moral shortcomings.

There are roles for seven men and four women in the play. For more information, contact the director, Tinamarie Ivey at Tinamarie.Ivey@Linnbenton.edu

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Spoken word artist performs at OSU on Feb. 22

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Nationally-recognized poetry slam and spoken-word artist Myrlin Hepworth will perform on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the Memorial Union Journey Room on the Oregon State University campus.

Hepworth has written and performed his poetry across the United States. In 2009, the Arizona Commission on the Arts selected him for its roster of teaching artists. In 2010 he became the first undergraduate teaching artist for the Young Writers Program at Arizona State University.

In addition to visiting nearly 30 high schools each year, Hepworth performs at universities, youth centers, group homes, museums, and theaters. He has competed on three National Poetry Slam teams and co-founded and coached the Phoenix youth team to consecutive appearances at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam. He is the author of “From the Rooftops.”

The Roger Weaver Poetry Activities Fund, along with the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, presents this event annually.

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Heather Brown, 719-232-1485

Visiting poet to read from her work on Feb. 15

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Visiting poet Paisley Rekdal will read from her work at Oregon State University’s Memorial Union Journey Room on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 pm, with a book signing to follow.

Rekdal is the author of the poetry collections “A Crash of Rhinos”, “Six Girls Without Pants”, and “The Invention of the Kaleidoscope,” as well as the book of essays “The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee: Observations on Not Fitting In”.

In reviewing “The Invention of the Kaleidoscope” for Barn Owl Review, Jay Robinson observed that it’s “the razor’s edge that always accompanies eros that makes the poems of Paisley Rekdal fresh, intense and ultimately irresistible.” Rekdal’s work grapples with issues of race, sexuality, myth, and identity while often referencing contemporary culture.

Rekdal has been honored with a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, a Village Voice Writers on the Verge Award, and a Fulbright Fellowship to South Korea. Her work has been included in numerous anthologies, including Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century and the 2010 Pushcart Prize Anthology.

The Visiting Writers Series brings six 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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Three Sisters opens Feb. 14 at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Anton Chekhov’s classic family drama “Three Sisters” will be shown in February as part of Oregon State University Theatre’s 2012-2013 Season of Style.

The play will be performed Feb. 14-16 and 22-23 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 24 at 2 p.m., on the Withycombe Hall main stage, 30th and Campus Way in Corvallis.

Tickets are $12 general, $10 senior, $8 youth/student, and $5 for OSU students. They are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office by calling 541-737-2784 or online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre/.

Originally premiering in 1901, this poignant tale of love, life, and unfulfilled dreams follows the Prozorov siblings, Andrei and his three sisters Olga, Masha, and Irina. A year after their father dies, the young adults find themselves caught up in the challenges of growing up and taking responsibility for their own futures.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to work with such richly dense, character-driven material,” said director Elizabeth Helman. “Chekhov has such a unique sensitivity to human nature and is so amazing at revealing the best and worst about people, but always with humor and heart.”

This production will be set in 1909-1911, just before the Russian Revolution and the abdication of Czar Nicholas II.

“I feel that placing the story during those years adds more weight to some philosophical concepts addressed in the play,” Helman said. “There’s a greater sense of immediacy, an almost prophetic quality, when you realize that their world will be utterly transformed in a matter of months.”

The cast features OSU students Michael Beaton as Andrei, Sarah Clausen as Natasha, Megan Grassl as Olga, Austin Hodaie as Fedotik, Richelle Jean-Bart as Irina, Davey Kashuba as Kulygin, J. Garrett Luna as Rodet, Anna Elise Mahaffey as Masha, and Chris Peterman as Solyony. The cast also includes Corvallis community members Andrew Beck as Vershinin, Vreneli Farber as Anfisa, Alex Johnston as Tuzenbach, Rick Wallace as Chebutykin, and Calvin Ward as Ferapont.

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