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Celebrated memoirist Nick Flynn to read at OSU on Oct. 11

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Writer Nick Flynn will read from his work on Friday, Oct. 11, at Oregon State University’s Valley Library rotunda. The free public event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a question and answer session and book signing.

Flynn is the author of three memoirs including “The Reenactments” (2013), “The Ticking is the Bomb: A Memoir of Bewilderment” (2010) and “Another … Night in Suck City” (2004). Flynn is also the author of three books of poetry.

Of Flynn’s most recent memoir, “The Reenactments,”  Kirkus Reviews wrote: “Flynn’s determination to better understand his life through the act of writing and remembering has yielded a truly insightful, original work.” Clea Simon of The Boston Globe said Flynn’s writing is “always specific and honest” and “dryly funny.”

His award-winning memoir “Another … Night in Suck City” was turned into the movie “Being Flynn,” starring Robert De Niro and Paul Dano. That book recounted his unusual relationship with his alcoholic father and the suicide of his mother.

Flynn, 52, is a professor of poetry and married to actress Lili Taylor.

Flynn has been awarded fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, The Library of Congress, The Amy Lowell Trust, and The Fine Arts Work Center.

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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Author Paul Bogard to read from his book on Oct. 9

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Paul Bogard, author of “The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light,” will read from his book on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. The reading begins at 7 p.m. at the library, located at 645 N.W. Monroe Ave., Corvallis.

The event is sponsored by Oregon State University’s Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word and Friends of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

In his book, Bogard examines the night and how people experience it, traveling to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Walden Pond, and the Canary Islands to explore degrees of darkness. After talking to astronomers, lighting professionals, nurses, and other night-time workers, Bogard writes about the cultural, social and health implications of a night that’s getting brighter every minute, thanks in part to parking lot lights and streetlights.

Publishers Weekly wrote: “Even readers unable to tell Orion from the Big Dipper will find a new appreciation for the night sky after spending some time with this terrific book.”

A native of Minnesota, Bogard teaches creative nonfiction at James Madison University. He is also editor of the anthology “Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark.” 

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Carly Lettero, 541-737-6198

Fairbanks Gallery to host summer-long art faculty exhibit at Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery is hosting a summer-long art faculty exhibit at Fairbanks Gallery from June 14 through September 28.

The exhibit will be in Fairbanks Hall, 220 S.W. 26th St., on the OSU campus. It will include work by Evan Baden, Michael Boonstra, Julia Bradshaw, Kay Campbell, Anna Fidler, Julie Green, Stephen Hayes, Yuji Hiratsuka, Shelley Jordon, Andy Myers, Kerry Skarbakka and John Whitten.

A broad array of styles and approaches to creating art will be featured, in photography, painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking and video.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with extra hours during the Corvallis Arts Walk. A closing reception, open to the public, will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Sept. 28.

For information on the CAW go to www.corvallisartswalk.com.

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Erin Sneller, 541-737-5592

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Exhibit featuring graduating seniors’ artwork on display at OSU May 31-June 12

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University students who are completing their bachelor of fine arts degrees will present their thesis work May 31 through June 12 in the Fairbanks Gallery.

The Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis, is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will also be open from noon to 4 p.m. June 11 and June 12. The exhibits are free and open to the public.

Thirteen students graduating from various art disciplines will be exhibiting. They are: Abigail Losli, painting; Alisa Vernon, etching; Angela Perviance, etching; Ashley Howarth, silkscreen; Claire Elise Harden, ink; Daniel Henry Melancon, acrylic; Francisco Morales, mixed media; Heather Marie March, photo; Kaitlyn Carr, collage; Merri Madalynne Long, lenticular photo installation; Natasha Anismova, monotype; Paulina Teresa Ruize, charcoal, graphite and watercolor; and Teresa Yoshiura, mixed media.

A show featuring the work of students graduating with a bachelor of arts degree will run simultaneously in the west gallery of Fairbanks Hall. Students exhibiting in that show are: Erika Carlson, printmaking; Tanner Henderson, drawing/mixed media; and Nicolette Silva, photography.

A reception will be held in the gallery at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1. Awards for the College of Liberal Arts Purchase Award, the President’s Award for Excellence in Art and the Provost’s Purchase Award will be announced. Seniors of Distinction awards and community sponsored awards also will be presented.

In addition, scholarships will be awarded to returning students, freshmen and transfer students selected through a competitive portfolio review. They include the Stone/Sponenburgh Scholarship, the Joyce Dickerson Printmaking Award, the Norma Seibert Print Scholarship, the Yaquina Art Association Scholarship, the Freshman Foundation Award, the Helen E. Plinkiewisch Scholarship and more.

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

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OSU one-act play festival runs June 2-5

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre’s annual Spring One-Act Festival returns June 2-5 with six student-directed one-act plays.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. June 2-4, and 2 p.m. June 5, in the Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. 

This year’s festival includes an eclectic selection of one-act plays:

  • “Cake Top Follies,” by John Twomey, features two bridesmaids hashing out their differences after the wedding reception. The director is Kelsea Vierra.
  • “Dark King Kills Unicorn,” by Reina Hardy, is a swashbuckling fable about the nature of love and sacrifice. The director is Reed Morris.
  • “Funeral Tea,” by Pat Wilson, is a wry comedy about a group of funeral crashers. It is directed by Sedona Garcia.
  • “The Goon,” by Pete Malicki, is a comic exposé about the lives of a super-villain’s loyal henchmen. It is directed by Brian Greer.
  • “The Hardy Boys and the Mystery of Where Babies Come From,” by Christopher Durang, is a funny exploration of misunderstandings about sex. It is directed by Emily Peters.
  • “Knockers,” by Chris Sheppard and Jeff Grove, comically explores themes of religion, privacy, and sexuality. The director is P.J. Harris.

Tickets for the 2016 One-Act Festival are $8; $6 for seniors; $5 for students/youth; or $4 for OSU students. Tickets will be sold online starting at 9 a.m. on May 30 at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ.

For additional information or disability access requests, contact the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784 or visit http://bit.ly/1jdKUgy.

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Environmental writer, photographer Elizabeth Rush to read at OSU May 27

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Environmental writer and photographer Elizabeth Rush will give a free public reading at Oregon State University on Friday, May 27.

The event will at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library rotunda on the OSU campus, 201 S.W. Waldo Place, in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Rush is the author of many books including the recently released “Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: Essays and Photographs from Yangon, Myanmar.” Her work chronicles communities being irrevocably changed by late capitalist industrialization and has appeared in Granta, Orion, The New Republic, Le Monde Diplomatique, Frieze and other publications.

She is the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Bates College (2015-2017) and the Metcalf Institute Climate Change Adaptation Fellowship. Rush received her bachelor’s degree in English from Reed College and her master of fine arts in nonfiction from Southern New Hampshire University.

Her current book project, “When the Seas Rise,” is an on-the-ground investigation of five North American coastal communities adapting to climate change. Instead of predicting the negative effects of climate change, the book focuses on the lived experiences, both past and present, of those already dealing with the results of a warming planet.

Rush is the spring writer-in-residence at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. These residencies are part of the long-term ecological reflections program sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Nature, Ideas and the Written Word, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, with aims to encourage writing and thinking that is finely attuned to place and to the deep continuity of natural and human processes.

The reading is sponsored by the Spring Creek Project and the 2015-2016 Visiting Writers Series, supported by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film.

The mission of the Spring Creek Project is to bring together the practical wisdom of the environmental sciences, the clarity of philosophical analysis, and the creative, expressive power of the written word, to find new ways to understand and re-imagine our relationship to the natural world.

The Visiting Writers Series brings writers to Oregon State University. This program is made possible by support from the OSU Libraries and 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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Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

Rep. Peter DeFazio to present annual OSU McCall Lecture June 1

CORVALLIS, Ore. – U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio will deliver the annual Gov. Tom McCall Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, June 1, at Oregon State University.

His lecture, “The Future of Our Representative Democracy,” will discuss the challenges facing U.S. democracy from a variety of negative factors, including gerrymandering; special interest money; partisan polarization; voter apathy; and voter disenfranchisement. He will also discuss ways in which citizens can take action to safeguard the democracy and strengthen political institutions. 

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

DeFazio, of Springfield, represents Oregon’s 4th District in Congress. He was first elected in 1986 and is now the longest serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives in Oregon’s history. 

The OSU lectureship in public affairs 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

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Poet Jennifer Richter to read from her latest work May 20 at Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Author and Oregon State University faculty member Jennifer Richter will read from her new poetry collection at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, at OSU.

The reading will be held in the rotunda at the Valley Library, 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public. 

Richter, who teaches in OSU’s Creative Writing program, will read from “No Acute Distress,” her latest poetry collection. The book, published March 1, was chosen as a Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Editor’s selection.

Mary Szybist, a winner of the National Book Award for Poetry, called “No Acute Distress” a powerful and enthralling book of poems detailing “how difficult it can be not only to survive physical and emotional trauma, but to preserve ourselves through it for those we love.”

Richter’s first book, “Threshold,” has been a national bestseller and was named a 2011 Oregon Book Award finalist.  Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey chose “Threshold” as winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition.

Richter was awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship in Poetry by Stanford University, where she taught in the creative writing program for four years. She earned her MFA at Penn State University.

Each year the Literary Northwest Series brings Pacific Northwest writers to Oregon State University. This program is made possible by generous support from the OSU Libraries and 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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Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

OSU Opera Workshop to present production of Aubert’s ‘The Blue Forest’ May 13-14

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Opera workshop will perform Louis Aubert’s opera “The Blue Forest” at 7:30 p.m. May 13 and 14 on the OSU campus in Corvallis.

Composed at the turn of the 20th Century during a golden age of artistic symbolism, “The Blue Forest” is a whimsical fairytale opera set to a libretto by Jacques Cheneviere, who drew inspiration from the fairy tales of Charles Perrault. The three-act opera includes material from the popular tales “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Hop-o’-my-Thumb,” and “Sleeping Beauty.”

Marc Callahan, a visiting assistant professor at OSU and a world-traveling opera performer/director is directing the production. “The Blue Forest” also features video and sound production by OSU music instructor Mike Gamble and extensive artwork from OSU art instructor Andrew Myers.

Marrying art and science, the cross-disciplinary production also draws from the body of scientific and technological knowledge and abilities at OSU. From the use of the brilliant blue pigment created by OSU chemist Mas Subramian and his research team, to “forest creations” by Sara Robinson, assistant professor in the OSU College of Forestry, a scientific approach is present throughout this multimedia-rich production.

“The Blue Forest” is the first major performing arts production to use the OSU’s new Learning Innovation Center, a $65 million 130,000-square foot multi-disciplinary building designed for students from all academic areas at OSU.

The performance will be held in a classroom in the round, Room 100, in the LInC building, 165 S.W. Sackett Place, Corvallis.

General admission tickets are $10 advance or $12 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at http://www.tickettomato.com. OSU students free with valid ID. Corvallis Arts for All discounts apply. For accommodations relating to a disability, call 541-737-4671.

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

Foreign policy conference to feature Corvallis lecture, Portland panel discussion

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Harvard University historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Fredrik Logevall will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, at Oregon State University.

Logevall, the author of “Embers of War,” is the keynote speaker for “Rethinking Grand Strategy,” an international conference on American foreign policy strategy hosted by OSU. More than 20 renowned scholars of the U.S. role in the world will present papers, discuss and debate the historical development of the United States’ foreign policy and how this history might inform contemporary policies and also present challenges.

Logevall’s lecture, “American Grand Strategy: How Grand Has it Been? Does it Matter?” will be held in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union on the OSU campus. It is free and open to the public and a book-signing will follow.

Additional panel discussions and presentations will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 13 and May 14 in the Memorial Union Journey Room on the OSU campus in Corvallis. All panels are free and open to the public; on-site registration is required. A full schedule of events is available online: http://bit.ly/1TteLnC.

The conference concludes Monday, May 16, with a panel discussion, “Immigration and American Politics,” at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., in Portland. The discussion, co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council, will begin at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Panelists are: Elizabeth Borgwardt, an associate professor of history at Washington University, St. Louis; Christopher McKnight Nichols, an assistant professor of history and director of Citizenship and Crisis Initiative at OSU; and Daniel J. Tichenor, the Philip H. Knight Chair of Political Science and senior scholar at the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics at the University of Oregon.

C-SPAN’s American History TV also is expected to record several panels for later broadcast. Organizers also hope to compile a book from the work presented at the event.

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