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Interactive eco-art projects sought for February symposium

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word at Oregon State University is seeking proposals for interactive art projects that demonstrate how we can live happily and healthily on an altered planet – without “exhausting the Earth.”

The artist whose work is selected will receive a $2,000 award and the work will be featured in a symposium, “Transformation without Apocalypse: How to Live Well on an Altered Planet.” The event will be held Feb. 14-15 at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center.

The deadline for proposals on the art projects is Monday, Jan. 13. Details are available on the Spring Creek Project website: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/node/953

“Even though a majority of Americans now understand that climate change is upon us and radical changes are necessary, it’s still very difficult to imagine how to live without exhausting the Earth,” said Charles Goodrich, director of the Spring Creek Project. “So we are asking area artists to send us proposals for artworks that offer tangible visions of new/old ways to live.”

The February symposium will feature presentations by environmental activist Tim DeChristopher, eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, writer and philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore, novelists Ursula K. LeGuin, Kim Stanley Robinson and other speakers.  It’s being organized by OSU’s Spring Creek Project and supported by several departments and programs in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts.

Media Contact: 

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

One-act Irish comedy interpreted in sign language opens at OSU on Thursday, Dec. 5

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “The King of Spain’s Daughter,” a one-act comedy by Irish playwright Teresa Deevy, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-7 in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall at Oregon State University.

A matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Corvallis.

Second only to Lady Gregory, Deevy was a prominent Abbey Theatre dramatist of the 1930s. Deevy was deaf and could lip read in three languages. At Oregon State, the production is directed by OSU faculty member Charlotte Headrick, who has a special research interest in Irish drama by women and has published extensively in the field of Irish drama.

For every speaking actor in the production, there will be an interpreting actor using American Sign Language. Headrick said this is the first time a production at Oregon State will be “shadowed” by interpreters using American Sign Language.

Jo Alexander, a nationally certified sign language interpreter who manages accommodations at OSU for hearing-impaired students, faculty, staff, and visitors, will interpret the role of Mrs. Marks working alongside actress Vreneli Farber who is her speaking counterpart.

“The King of Spain’s Daughter” follows Annie Kinsella, a young woman with a rich imagination who has to deal with the limited opportunities for young women in 1930s Ireland. Live music before the performance will be provided by Jean Dick on violin playing traditional Irish tunes with Richelle Jean-Bart performing the title song.

Voiced actors are Rick Wallace as Annie Kinsella’s father Peter, Caitlin Reichmann as Annie Kinsella, Michael Beaton as her love interest Jim Sheridan, and Davey Kashuba as Roddy Mann, the loafer. Actors who are interpreting are Cheryl Witters as Annie, Peter Norland as Peter Kinsella, Tyler Reisnaur as Jim Sheridan, and Steve Rianda as Roddy.

The production is underwritten by the office of the Vice-Provost of Student Affairs with the support of the OSU Theatre.

Tickets for the Lab Theatre production are $5 and $3 for students, and $6/$8 for the Majestic. Information: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre.

Media Contact: 

Charlotte Headrick, 541-737-4918

Inaugural Corvallis Queer Film Festival to begin Nov. 11

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The inaugural Corvallis Queer Film Festival will run from Nov. 11-15 at Darkside Cinema in Corvallis, with all shows beginning at 6 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the School of Language, Culture, and Society and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program in the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University.

In addition to free screenings each night, one of the films’ directors will visit Corvallis and participate in a panel discussion. Highlighting the week is the appearance on Friday, Nov. 15, of Del Shores, director of “Southern Baptist Sissies,” which depicts the story of four boys who are gay growing up in the Southern Baptist Church – and how they dealt with the conflict between their religion and their sexuality.

Shores will participate in a panel about LGBTQ experiences growing up Southern Baptist from 3-5 p.m. in the Memorial Union’s Pan-Afrikan Sankofa Room (Room 213). Other panelists include Dale Dickey and Emerson Collins – two actors from the film – and Susan Shaw, director of OSU’s School of Language, Culture, and Society.

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, a reading of Shores’ play, “Sordid Lives,” will take place from 3-5 p.m. at the OSU Women’s Center. The play is about a colorful family in a small Texas town dealing with the death of the family matriarch – and the secrets about her that emerge before the funeral.

The free films to be screened include:

  • Monday, Nov. 11 – “Trans,” a documentary about men, women and all the variations in between;
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12 – “The New Black,” a tale of the fight for marriage equality in Maryland and how the issue divided the African American community;
  • Wednesday, Nov. 13 – “Mosquita Y Mari,” the story of two 15-year-old Chicanas in Los Angeles who forge a friendship that grows increasingly complex;
  • Thursday, Nov. 14 – “Mario R.,” the story of a gay man in former East Germany who tries to escape to the West for love, only to undergo a series of traumatic experiences;
  • Friday, Nov. 15 – “Southern Baptist Sissies,” the story of four boys who are gay growing up with a conflict of religion and sexuality in the Southern Baptist Church.

Darkside Cinema is located at 215 S.W. Fourth St. in Corvallis.

Media Contact: 

Bradley Boovy, 541-737-0023; Bradley.boovy@oregonstate.edu

Arthur Miller play, ‘After the Fall,’ opens Nov. 14

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre’s production of Arthur Miller’s play, “After the Fall,” will show Nov. 14-16 and 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. on the Withycombe Hall main stage, 30th and Campus Way in Corvallis.

Miller’s drama fictionalizes his own experiences with the House of Un-American Activities Committee, his boyhood in Brooklyn, and his volatile and ill-fated marriage to Marilyn Monroe.

His 1964 “memory play” tells the story of Quentin, a successful New York lawyer reflecting upon his life and various relationships. This tale of love, loyalty, addiction, and regret is set against a backdrop of American history spanning from the 1920s through the early 1960s and is considered Miller’s most personal and controversial work.

“After the Fall” is presented in a non-linear narrative, where Quentin’s memories frequently overlap and juxtapose with one another. This convention requires non-realistic staging and some unique design choices.

“This play has been a wonderful challenge,” said the play’s director, OSU Theatre Arts faculty member Elizabeth Helman. “It’s an emotionally demanding play and the non-conventional staging adds another level of complication. I think this is going to be a very powerful show when all is said and done.”

The cast features OSU students Andrew Atkinson (Ike), Sarah Clausen (Holga), Melissa Cozzi (Felice), Anna Mahaffey (Louise), Alycia Olivar (Maggie), Christopher Peterman (Lou), Deborah Shapiro (Rose), Bryanna Rainwater (Elsie), Joseph Workman (Quentin), and Ricky Zipp (Dan). Corvallis community member Jonathan Thompson also joins the cast as Mickey.

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

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Legacy of Oregon Gov. Tom McCall featured at Corvallis Science Pub

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The late Oregon Gov. Tom McCall’s pioneering fight to clean up the state’s waterways and to control development in the late 1960s still resonates today. At the Nov. 11 Corvallis Science Pub, Oregon State University historian Bill Robbins will discuss the significance of McCall’s leadership.

Robbins will also show McCall’s famous documentary, Pollution in Paradise, which aired on KGW-TV in 1962.

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

“With an aristocratic, East Coast family background and a large-sized ego, McCall proved himself a man of the people, one who inspired deep affection for his adopted and beloved state,” Robbins said. “In a significantly less-polarized political environment, he worked across party lines to achieve significant policy objectives that we live with to the present day.”

Robbins is an emeritus distinguished professor of history at Oregon State and the author of 12 books, including Landscapes of Promise: The Oregon Story, 1800-1940 (1997); Landscapes of Conflict: The Oregon Story, 1940-2000 (2005); and Oregon: This Storied Land (2006). 

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



Media Contact: 

Bill Robbins, 541-602-3867

Former FBI fugitive Katherine Ann Power returns to Corvallis for talk

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A former fugitive who spent 23 years on the run from the FBI is returning to Corvallis to talk for the first time about her experiences as a student activist, a wanted criminal, and a woman who now embraces peace activism rather than violent revolution.

Katherine Ann Power has written a book titled “Surrender,” about her life on the run. She will speak on that topic at Oregon State University at noon on Thursday, Oct. 31, in Memorial Union Room 206.

In 1970, while a student at Brandeis University, Power was involved in a bank heist. She and four other activists were hoping to use the money to buy explosives that would help them procure weapons to arm the Black Panthers. During the robbery, one of the participants shot and killed a Boston police officer responding to the crime. Power, who was the getaway driver, escaped capture and disappeared for more than two decades.

She ended up in Lebanon, Ore., working in Corvallis and Albany, as well as teaching cooking classes at Linn-Benton Community College. She took on the name of Alice Metzinger, raised a son and married a local man.

But in 1993, Power decided she had lived in hiding long enough. She negotiated terms of surrender and pled guilty to two counts of armed robbery and manslaughter. She was released from prison in 1999, and returned to Oregon. She completed a master’s degree at Oregon State University in interdisciplinary studies, and taught English as an instructor. She later moved to Boston.

Part of Power’s sentence restricted her from speaking and publishing about her experiences until her 20-year probation period ended in 2013.

The talk, titled “Surrender: Gorilla to Grandmother,” is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the OSU Peace Studies Program, the School of History, Philosophy and Religion and the Annares Project.

Media Contact: 

Joseph Orosco, 541-737-4335

Northwest poets to read from collections on Nov. 8

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Poets Charles Goodrich and Mary Szybist will read from their most recent poetry collections at Oregon State University on Friday, Nov. 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library rotunda.

A question and answer session and book signing will follow. This is the first reading of the 2013-2014 Literary Northwest Series.

Goodrich is the author of three volumes of poems, “A Scripture of Crows” (2013), “Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden” (2010), and “Insects of South Corvallis” (2003), and a collection of essays, “The Practice of Home” (2004). Goodrich is director for the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at OSU. 

Joseph Bednarik of The Oregonian wrote, “What is so utterly gorgeous about ‘Going to Seed’ is that Goodrich utilizes the obvious metaphors of a garden – growth, decay, work, interdependence, cycles – and ushers them into eye-opening, heart-expanding, humorous and heady territory.”

Szybist is a 2013 National Book Award Finalist and the author of “Granted” (2003), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and “Incarnadine” (2013). Szybist teaches at Lewis & Clark College and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Craig Morgan Teicher of NPR says, “Szybist is a humble and compassionate observer of the complicated glory of the world and humanity's ambivalent role in it, as inheritors and interlopers.”

Each year the Literary Northwest Series brings Pacific Northwest writers to OSU. This 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.

Media Contact: 

Rachel Ratner, 516-652-5817

New book details the rich history of Northwest newspaper industry

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Two long-time journalists give a detailed account of the rich history of newspapers in the Northwest in a new book just published by Ridenbaugh Press.

"New Editions: The Northwest's Newspapers as They Were, Are, and Will Be" by Steve Bagwell, managing editor of the McMinnville-based News-Register, and Randy Stapilus, former Idaho reporter, examines the newspaper business in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Bagwell has taught media classes at Oregon State University since 1998.

Print newspapers nationally face an uncertain future as readers increasingly turn to the Internet for their daily news fix. Major changes are in the pipeline at most of the major dailies.

The book by Bagwell and Stapilus reviews every newspaper produced in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington – and there are a lot more than most people might think – covering the papers’ predecessors and evolution into their current form.

“New Editions” traces individual papers' transformation from locally, often family-owned publications to the ownership consolidation of larger groups, and the reasoning behind publishers' and editors' decisions on whether to produce online editions. Many of the region's editors and publishers offer their own comments and observations on the present and future of Northwest newspapers.

“New Editions: The Northwest’s Newspapers as They Were, Are and Will Be,” is available at bookstores and online at http://www.ridenbaugh.com/index.php/ridenbaugh-book-store/new-editions

Media Contact: 

Steve Bagwell, 503-437-5980

Botanist and writer Robin Kimmerer to read from her book Oct. 19

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Robin Kimmerer will read from her new book, “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants,” on Saturday, Oct. 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center, C&E Auditorium.

She’ll be joined by poet Alison Hawthorne Deming for an event celebrating the 10th anniversary of OSU Spring Creek Project’s Long-Term Ecological Reflections program. The program is free and open to all.

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the majority of indigenous cultures consider plants and animals to be the oldest teachers. In “Braiding Sweetgrass,” Kimmerer shows how other living things – asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass – offer people gifts and lessons.

Jane Goodall said about “Braiding Sweetgrass,” “Robin Kimmerer has written an extraordinary book, showing how the factual, objective approach of science can be enriched by the ancient knowledge of the indigenous people.”

Kimmerer is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and the founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Her first book, “Gathering Moss,” was awarded the prestigious John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing.

Since its inception in 2003, Long-Term Ecological Reflections has hosted more than 40 writers-in-residence at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest, and sponsored field symposia on challenging topics such as “The Meaning of Watershed Health” and “New Metaphors for Restoration.” 

Media Contact: 

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

International Film Festival shows in Corvallis Oct. 14-20

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The fifth International Film Festival, showcasing a diverse array of movies from international cultures, will be held Oct. 14-20 in Corvallis.

The International Film Festival is organized by Oregon State University’s School of Language, Culture, and Society. Admission is free and open to the public. All screenings are held at the Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th St. in Corvallis.

OSU faculty member Sebastian Heiduschke strongly encourages patrons to arrive early to get tickets. Reservations are not available. Tickets are available 15 minutes before show times.

The full program can be viewed at: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/slcs/sites/default/files/iffprogram3.pdf

Here is the schedule of film screenings:

Monday, Oct. 14

  • 5 p.m.: “Blancanieves,” Spain, 2012. Set in southern Spain in 1920s, “Blancanieves” is a Spanish twist on the story of Snow White. It was also Spain’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
  • 7 p.m.: “Rentaneko” Japan, 2012. Translated to “Rent-A-Cat,” this drama tells the story of a young lonely woman who only has her cats left, until a man from her past comes back.

Tuesday, Oct. 15

  • 5 p.m.: “Beijing Flickers,” China, 2012. A young man experiences moments of euphoria amid despair as he roams Beijing with other misfit dreamers in this darkly funny portrait of disaffected youth.
  • 7 p.m.: “Parada,” or “The Parade,” Serbia, 2012. Inspired by true events, this comedy features a Serbian crime boss who recruits his war buddies to provide protection for a gay pride march.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

  • 5 p.m.: “Le Repenti” or (The Repentant), Algeria/France, 2012. As Islamist groups continue to spread terror, Rashid, a young Jihadist, leaves the mountains to return to his village.
  • 7 p.m.: “Children of the Wall,” United States, 2012. This documentary chronicles the cultural changes that have happened since the Berlin Wall fell 21 years ago. Director Eric Swartz and producer Sarah Bolton will be in attendance.

Thursday, Oct. 17

  • 5 p.m.: “Aquí y Allá,” or “Here and There,” Mexico, 2012. Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico, after years of working in the U.S., and struggles to follow his dreams.
  • 7 p.m.: “Oh Boy!” Germany, 2012. This deadpan comedy follows 20-something Niko as he meanders through modern Berlin with no money, no prospects and no girlfriend.

Friday, Oct. 18

  • 4:30 p.m.: “Shyamal Uncle Turns off the Lights,” India, 2012. An 80-year-old retiree is determined to get the streetlights turned off after sunrise, but he must battle against bureaucracy.
  • 6 p.m.: “Cairo 678” Egypt, 2011. Three Cairo women from different backgrounds warily unite to combat the sexual harassment that has affected each of their lives.
  • 8 p.m.: “Life Kills Me,” Chile, 2007. This comedy is about an unlikely friendship between a grieving cinematographer and a morbidly obsessed drifter.

Saturday, Oct. 19

  • Noon: “Student,” Kazakhstan, 2012. This contemporary adaptation of Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” follows a solitary philosophy student against the backdrop of modern Kazakhstan.
  • 2 p.m.: “Sudoeste” or (Southwest), Brazil, 2012. A young woman gives birth on her deathbed to a child who lives her lifetime in a single day, in this hauntingly dreamlike tale of incommensurable life.
  • 4:15 p.m.: “Darbare 111 Dokhtar,” or “About 111 Girls,” Iraq, 2012. An Iranian state official, his driver and a young guide race to stop 111 young Kurdish women from committing suicide in protest.
  • 6:15 p.m.: “Ludwig II,” Germany/Austria, 2012. This epic drama tells the life story of Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, one of the most fascinating monarchs of modern times.

Sunday, Oct. 20

  • 2 p.m.: “Wickie auf grosser Fahrt,” or “Vicky and the Treasure of the Gods,” Germany, 2011. A Viking tot is abducted in this comedy of misadventure and magic.
  • 4 p.m.: “El Fantastico mundo de Juan Orol,” Mexico, 2012. The true story of Mexico’s half-forgotten B-movie master, “involuntary surrealist,” Juan Orol.
  • 6 p.m.: “Paziraie Sadeh,” or “Modest Reception,” Iran, 2012. Two siblings from Tehran travel the mountainous northern countryside, pushing money on locals—a hilarious exercise with themes of power and corruption.
Media Contact: 

Sebastian Heiduschke, 541-737-3957

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