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Oregon State University celebrates Star Trek with class, events

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will mark the 50th anniversary of the seminal science fiction television series, “Star Trek,” with a number of events as well as a class dedicated to the original show. 

Spawning countless films, series, spoofs, conventions and memes, Star Trek is known for its combination of philosophy, technology and social justice.  

Joseph Orosco, an associate professor of philosophy, is teaching an undergraduate class during Fall term titled “Star Trek and Philosophy,” which will help students examine issues of politics, ethics and social justice raised in the original series. There are currently 50 students enrolled in the course.

“We're going to watch and critically discuss episodes of Star Trek as morality tales, highlighting classic philosophical problems,” Orosco said. “Some of the questions we’ll examine include, ‘How can we tell reality from illusion? What is the nature of human happiness? Can war ever be moral?’ ” 

On Oct. 11, Randall Milstein, an instructor in the OSU Honors College and College of Science, will give a public lecture on the cultural and technological impact the series has had on society and every day life. “The Cultural and Technological Impact of Star Trek” will take place from 4-5 p.m. in the Learning Innovation Center, Room 368.

Another public lecture will take place at 4 p.m., Oct. 20, on “Star Trek and Social Justice,” in Milam Hall, Room 319. Christina Allaback, the artistic director for the Eugene-based Trek Theater, will explain the origins of Trek Theater, how she sees it embracing the lessons of the theater of the oppressed, and what we can learn about social justice from science fiction. 

Also on Oct. 20, Trek Theatre will perform the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode of “The Drumhead” at 7 p.m. in the Learning Innovation Center, Room 228. This classic episode is a story about the clash between state security and the protection of human rights. A costume reception will precede the performance, starting at 6 p.m. Attendees are invited to wear Star Trek themed costumes and prizes will be awarded to several participants.

At noon Nov. 10, Navaho (Dine) artist Ryan Singer and hip hop artist/writer Joel South will discuss their work as Native artists and fans of science fiction during a celebration of indigenous science fiction and Star Trek. Grace Dillon, a professor in the Indigenous Nations Studies Program at Portland State University and a scholar of the genre of indigenous science fiction, will also participate. The event will be held at the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, 311 S.W. 26th St.

All of the events are free and open to the public. The Star Trek celebration is sponsored by the Anarres Project, a program based out of the OSU School of History, Philosophy and Religion. It is a forum for conversations, ideas, and initiatives promoting a future free of oppression, war, and empire, inspired by the speculative fiction of Oregon writer Ursula K. Le Guin. 

The events are also part of the 2016-17 SPARK program, the university’s year-long celebration of the arts and sciences.

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Joseph Orosco, joseph.orosco@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4335

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A dancer performs at a Trek Theatre event. (Photo by Theresa Hogue)

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Corvallis Science Pub delves into U.S. foreign relations

CORVALLIS, Ore. — From rhetoric about putting “America First” to arguments about the founding of NATO, global concerns are playing a prominent role in this year’s presidential elections. 

At the Corvallis Science Pub on October 10, Christopher McKnight Nichols will put these issues into a historical context. The concept of a grand strategy — an ambitious organizing principle for the exercise of global power — provides one way to understand how such issues affect our political discourse, says Nichols, an Oregon State University historian and member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

“I will move beyond simplistic binaries, such as isolationism vs. internationalism or art vs. science in diplomacy,” says Nichols. “There are key turning point moments, major elections and concepts from 1776 to 2016 that have helped to determine the U.S.’s place in the world today.”

The Science Pub is free and open to the public. It begins at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St. in Corvallis.

Sponsors of Science Pub include Terra magazine at OSU, the Downtown Corvallis Association and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

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Christopher McKnight Nichols, christopher.nichols@oregonstate.edu, 541-737- 8910

    

Oregon State University launches SPARK, a year-long celebration of arts and science

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  Oregon State University will celebrate the relationship between the arts and science throughout the 2016-17 school year with a new series of events and activities called SPARK.

The goal of SPARK, which will include dozens of events and activities on the OSU campus in Corvallis as well as across the state, is to showcase the intersections of the arts and science, their critical interplay with one another and the rich partnerships and collaborations that can occur among varied disciplines. Events will include guest speakers, music and theater performances, art exhibits and more.

“SPARK was created to show how creativity and science connect in the real world,” said Larry Rodgers, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “We are excited to offer the university and the public a year-long series of events that celebrates the many ways in which the liberal arts and sciences are the bedrock of OSU’s nearly 150-year history.”

Among the upcoming events are:

  • Oct. 4: Science fiction author David Brin, whose 1985 novel “The Postman,” was set largely in Oregon, will speak at 6 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center at OSU. The talk is free and open to the public.
  • Oct. 20: Trek Theatre performance of Star Trek: TNG’s “The Drumhead,” hosted by the Anarres Project at OSU, will be at 7 p.m., Learning Innovation Center, Room 228.
  • Oct. 21: Author Eileen Pollack will speak on “The Facts Behind the Fiction: Research and Creative Writing,” at 4 p.m. in Memorial Union Journey Room and will speak about her nonfiction book, “The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still A Boys’ Club” at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library Rotunda.
  • Nov. 19: The OSU Marching Band will present “The Art in Science, the Science in Art,” a special half-time show illustrating how the arts and sciences overlap. The show will feature algorithmic music composed by a mathematician and formations based on the drawings of M.C. Escher.


“From small, intimate workshops, to residencies for arts students in scientific labs, to larger events such as an arts and science-themed halftime at Reser Stadium, SPARK offers a wide range of events to engage the campus and the community,” said Charles Robinson, who is leading the SPARK organizing team. “From one end of the campus and Corvallis to the other, and throughout Oregon, the program of SPARK events will explore the heart of the OSU mission: the continuous search for new knowledge and solutions.”

In all, more than 60 events on campus and elsewhere are being planned or will be co-sponsored by SPARK over the 2016-17 school year. A calendar and additional information about upcoming events is available on the SPARK website, spark.oregonstate.edu.

The series is sponsored by the OSU College of Education, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science, the Honors College, the OSU Library & Press and the Division of Outreach & Engagement.

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Charles Robinson, 609-902-3516, Charles.Robinson@oregonstate.edu

Oregon State University band, the oldest program in the Pac-12, celebrates 125th anniversary

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University band program will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

Established in 1891, the OSU Band is the oldest in the Pac-12 conference. With over 500 students participating annually, it is one of the largest collegiate band programs in the Pacific Northwest. 

Five guest conductors will join OSU Director of Bands Chris Chapman and the OSU Wind Ensemble on the first half of the concert. After conducting a traditional season-opening performance of the “Star Spangled Banner,” Chapman will relinquish the stage to retired OSU band director James Douglass.

Douglass will lead a performance of Fucik’s spirited “Florentiner March.” Marc Dickey will guide the ensemble through Morton Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium;” Rod Winther will conduct Yu-Chou Chen’s “Dance Festival;” Steve Matthes will lead the rarely-heard “Oregon Trail March,” composed by former OSU Director of Bands Ted Mesang; and David Becker will lead the popular “Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann” by Robert Jager. Chapman again takes the podium to close out the first half with a medley of traditional OSU school songs. 

Following intermission, The Spirit and Sound of OSU - Oregon State’s 265-member marching band - will treat the audience to favorites drawn from its extensive catalogue of show music. Newly appointed Director of Athletic Bands Olin Hannum will be joined by guest conductors Gerry Fujii, Mary Bengel, Robyn Chapman, Brad Townsend and Megan Hansen.

The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required to attend.

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

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Photos by Zachary C. Person, OSU

OSU to mark ‘Banned Books Week’ with daily readings on campus

Faculty, students and staff from Oregon State University will read excerpts from challenged or banned books from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 26-28 in the brick mall in front of Strand Hall, in recognition of Banned Books Week.

The readings are free and open to the public. Strand Hall is located on the northeast side of the Memorial Union Quad. The weeklong event is hosted by OSU’s School of Writing, Literature and Film, in conjunction with the Valley Library.

“Banned Books Week is really about celebrating the freedom to read,” said Susan Rodgers, associate professor of creative writing and one of the event’s organizers. “Most challenged books remain available, and that’s because librarians, teachers and community members stand up to defend our access to those books.”

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a surge in challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Goals of the initiative are education and advocacy about the problem of book censorship.

In 2015, the top 10 most challenged books included “Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” by Mark Haddon, which are current favorites of college students. In the last decade, most frequently challenged authors include Toni Morrison, Sherman Alexie, Mark Twain and Judy Blume.

Rodgers worked with Valley Library staff member Zac Laugheed to create the campus event, which was designed for the Corvallis-area community. The organizers hope the event will continue and grow in future years.

“It’s a moving experience to stand in a public space, and read out loud from a book you love that has been banned or challenged,” Rodgers said. “It doesn’t even matter if people are there to listen. Just the act of reading the words is powerful.”

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

Auditions for OSU production of ‘James and the Giant Peach’ to be held Oct. 3-4

CORVALLIS, Ore. –Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s fall 2016 production of Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

The classic tale is told by James and the insect characters – Miss Spider, Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybird and Earthworm. The play begins at the end of the story, when James and his friends are living in the giant peach stone in Central Park, New York.

A tour guide brings a party of tourists - the audience - to see this major attraction, and James and his friends tell the story of how they came to live in New York. The epic journey across the Atlantic is acted out with live action, puppetry and storytelling.

Auditions are open to all OSU students, staff, faculty, and area community members. Those planning to audition should be prepared to do cold readings from the script and group-building improvisational games. Rehearsals for “James and the Giant Peach” will run Mondays-Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. Show dates are Nov. 3-5 and 12-13.

For more information visit: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/theatre/students/auditions, or contact the show’s director, Tinamarie Ivey at iveyt@linnbenton.edu.

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Oregon State University Theatre announces 2016-17 season

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The 2016-17 Oregon State University Theatre season will feature themes of imagination, collaboration and hope. The season, “Devising Our Dreams: Metamorphosis” includes five productions exploring a variety of performance styles and approaches to creating theater.

In theater, devised plays are those where the script originates from collaborative, often improvised work by a group of people, rather than by a writer or writers.

The season’s lineup includes:

  • “James and the Giant Peach” – A theatrical adaptation of Roald Dalh’s delightfully surreal children’s novel will run at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 12; and at 2 p.m. Nov. 12-13 on the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre.
  • “For the Love of Lies” – A wild romantic comedy based in the traditions of the Italian Renaissance will run at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16-18 and Feb. 24-25, 2017; and at 2 p.m. Feb. 26 on the Main Stage.
  • “boom” - Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s apocalyptic comedy, will run at 7:30 p.m. March 9-11 and 2 p.m. March 12 in the Lab Theatre.
  • “The Upward-Beating Heart” - An original devised play based on Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet,” offers a unique perspective into the hopes, fears, and dreams of Oregon State University students. It runs at 7:30 p.m. May 11-13 and May 19-20; and 2 p.m. May 21 on the Main Stage.
  • One-act plays - A collection of plays written and directed by OSU students will be performed at 7:30 p.m. June 1-3 and 2 p.m. June 4 in the Lab Theatre.

Season tickets will be sold Oct. 1 through Nov. 7 and can be purchased online at liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/theatre; by calling the Theatre box office at 541-737-2784; or in person in Withycombe Hall, Room 145.

The Withycombe Hall Main Stage and Lab theatres are located at 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

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OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery to feature new work from Julia Bradshaw and Anna Fidler

CORVALLIS, Ore. – New work by Oregon State University art faculty members Julia Bradshaw and Anna Fidler will be exhibited Oct. 3 through Nov. 2 in the Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., on the Corvallis campus.

An artist’s talk and reception will take place from 4:30-8 p.m. Oct. 20 during the Corvallis Arts Walk. It is free and open to the public.

The exhibit is titled “Shapes and Séances.” Bradshaw, a photographic artist, and Fidler, a painter, share an interest in using photographs as source material.

Bradshaw treats photographs as malleable two-dimensional material, creating topographical landscapes and geometric shapes from source photographs that refer to the fore-edges and top-edges of paperback books.

She is interested in creating an infinite variety of forms and shapes that refer to the original photographed object but evoke a different sensibility. Segmented geometrical forms reference her interest in the roots of minimalist abstraction whereas horizontal stacks of books are combined to suggest gently rolling topographical landscapes. In making the work, Bradshaw uses a variety of photographic techniques, from historical darkroom techniques to current computer-based photographic imaging.

“As a photographer, I am envious of the playful methods of automatic drawing and geometrical abstraction practiced by painters,” Bradshaw said. “This is my response to that envy. By working with source photographs in a shape-shifting manner, in much the same way a ceramicist might use clay, the photographs become malleable and have infinite creative possibilities.”

Having spent most of her life in Oregon and Michigan, Fidler paints landscapes that allude to the woods found in those states. Her series for the exhibit references the four seasons and occurrences of energetic exchange between individuals and the forests that surround them. Using historical photographs as source material, Fidler constructs figurative silhouettes by gluing together many layers of paper to make dimensional, topographic forms. These forms are less about the specific individuals and more about the energy emanating from their actions.

“While making this exhibition I became aware of the artist, Hilma af Klint, who was one of the earliest artists to work with abstraction. She was a member of a female group of artists called ‘The Five,’ who were interested in complex spiritual ideas and practiced séances to be in touch with higher spirits,” Fidler said. “My painting of ‘The Five’ depicts these women working on their abstract paintings in a Swedish forest.”

The Fairbanks Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

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Anna Fidler, 541-737-3876, anna.fidler@oregonstate.edu; Julia Bradshaw, 541-737-5014, julia.bradshaw@oregonstate.edu

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“Eclipse” by Anna Fidler, acrylic, colored pencil and gouache on paper, 2016

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“Circle” by Julia Bradshaw, photograph, 2016

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OSU’s Little Gallery to display work of artist Eileen Hinckle

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Drawn to Murals, an exhibit of photographs of murals painted by artist Eileen Hinckle, opens on Monday, Sept. 19, in The Little Gallery at Oregon State University.

An Oregon native, Hinckle graduated from Marist High School in Eugene in 2008 and attended Oregon State University’s JumpstART pre-college art camp during her junior year. She later pursued a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northwestern University in Illinois. While working on her bachelor’s degree, Hinckle had the opportunity to live abroad in Lima, Peru, an experience that inspired her artistic style. 

“While immersed in a culture vastly different from my own, I became highly aware of my relationship with my surroundings,” Hinckle said. “I made the decision to focus my energy and efforts in developing my art as a means of exploring and bridging the space between cultures.”

Traveling with nothing more than a sketchbook and paintbrushes, Hinckle was drawn to murals as an inspiring and dynamic form of public art that can reach people during moments in their everyday lives. Initially she used brushes and latex house paint, but she has since started incorporating paint rollers and spray paint into her work. She is particularly attracted to public spaces such as transit, schools, and parks -  often incorporating local subjects into her murals along with other elements that are left open to interpretation. 

Hinckle has painted collaboratively with Peruvian, Argentinian, Mexican and American people, sometimes exchanging her artwork for accommodations, food and friendship, and learning something new from each experience. She describes her work as an “exploration of the convergence of personal experience with public space; a reflection on the complex web of geography, people and cultures that inhabit a specific place at a given time.”

The Little Gallery is managed by World Languages and Cultures in the College of Liberal Arts. It is located in 210 Kidder Hall, 2000 S.W. Campus Way on the Corvallis campus. 

The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, closing over the noon hour for lunch. Admission is free. The Hinckle exhibit runs through Nov. 4.

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

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Constitution Day event Sept. 16 at OSU will focus on First Amendment issues

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The First Amendment will be the focus of a Sept. 16 panel discussion and town hall meeting at Oregon State University to mark Constitution Day.

Panelists will discuss issues related to First Amendment protections of freedom of expression. They also will engage the audience in a conversation about how universities, and in particular OSU, handle legal, social, pedagogical and political concerns related to academic freedom and free speech on campus, and in the university community, at a crucial time for free speech and activism in higher education.

Speakers include Vice Provost for Student Affairs Susie Brubaker-Cole; OSU General Counsel Rebecca Gose; Associate Professor of Political Science Andrew Valls; and Associate Professor of Philosophy Joseph Orosco, who also is president of the OSU chapter of American Association of University Professors.

Christopher McKnight Nichols, associate professor of history and director of the OSU Citizenship and Crisis initiative, will moderate the event. A town hall discussion will follow.

Constitution Day is an American federal observance that commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

The event will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Pan-African Sankofa, Room 213, at the Memorial Union on the Corvallis campus. It is free and open to the public.

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Christopher McKnight Nichols, 541-737-8910, Christopher.nichols@oregonstate.edu