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OSU Theatre to host reading of ‘La Gringa’ in its 20th anniversary season

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The longest running off-Broadway Spanish language play, now in its 20th season, will be the focus of a public reading on Wednesday, May 4, at Oregon State University. 

“La Gringa” is the story of a young woman from New York who goes to Puerto Rico in search of her roots by finding her extended family. Her over-enthusiasm for what she calls her “homeland” leads to an array of complications and comic dialogue.

A cast of OSU students, faculty, staff and community members will present the reading, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Withycombe Lab Theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way. It is free and open to the public. Because of the set configuration, latecomers cannot be seated.

The cast includes Mayela Delatorre (Maria), Laura Galindo (Iris), Kerstin Colón (Norma), Oscar Montemayor (Victor), Eldon dela Cruz (Ramon), Steven Evans-Renteria (narrator), and Juan Guzman (Manolo). The reading is presented by OSU’s School of Arts & Communication’s University Theatre.

“La Gringa” premiered in New York City and is still being presented there by Repertorio Español Theater. The OSU reading is the fourth and final installment of OSU’s Latin@ Theatre Project, funded through the Memorial Union Foundation Pepsi Endowment. 

Susana Rivera-Mills, OSU’s vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies, said the series has been transformational.

“Theater provides a safe place in which to reflect on one’s experience, confront difficult human realities, and challenge our own sense of identity and knowledge of others as not being set in concrete, but always evolving and adapting,” Rivera-Mills said. “Latina plays give voice to a population that isn’t always seen or heard.

“I believe that these artistic expressions of diverse perspectives will help us better understand the experiences of our various campus communities.”

Other plays in the series have been readings of Elaine Romero’s “Wetback,” Milagro Theatre’s “Broken Promises” and Josefina Lopez’s “Real Women Have Curves.”

 

 

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Charlotte Headrick, 541-737-4918, cheadrick@oregonstate.edu

OSU history professor awarded prestigious Carnegie fellowship

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Christopher McKnight Nichols, an assistant professor of history at Oregon State University, has been chosen as a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, a prestigious academic fellowship for social sciences and humanities scholars.

The Carnegie fellowship, supported by the Carnegie Corp. of New York, assists scholars, journalists and authors whose work in the social sciences and humanities distills knowledge, enriches culture, and equips leaders in fields of science, law, technology, business and public policy.

In all, 33 distinguished scholars from across the nation were selected from more than 200 nominees. Each will receive up to $200,000 to fund one to two years of scholarly research and writing aimed at addressing some of the world’s most urgent challenges to U.S. democracy and international order.

“I am thrilled and honored to have been named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow,” Nichols said. “The package of support this fellowship offers is unique for an historian or humanities scholar. Carnegie assistance is going to allow me to pursue an ambitious research and writing agenda as well as a plan for outreach and engagement on a set of historical issues with clear contemporary relevance, which I otherwise could not do.”

Nichols plans to research and write a book entitled “American Isolationism,” about isolation and internationalism in foreign affairs, from the founding of the United States to the present. It also will examine how American foreign relations affect domestic policies. In addition, he plans to host a summer institute on ideas and foreign policy and a conference on isolationism, democracy and international order.

“Though Professor Nichols is early in a very promising career, he has already become a national leader in the intellectual and political history of United States foreign relations,” said OSU President Edward J. Ray. “Beyond the originality and scope of his project, Professor Nichols’ work promises to richly inform our present debates about the proper role of United States intervention abroad.” 

Nichols teaches in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts. He is an expert on the history of the United States and its relationship to the rest of the world, particularly in the areas of isolationism, internationalism and globalization, and is the author numerous works, including the book “Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age,” which traces the origins of modern American isolationism and internationalism.

He also launched the “Citizenship and Crisis” initiative at OSU in 2014. The initiative began as an effort to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I and has expanded to now include a wide array of programming focused on domestic and global aspects of citizenship as well as engaged democracy. The goal of the initiative, which includes a series of lectures, town halls and other events, is to examine how the concept of citizenship has changed over time and in moments of crisis.

Nichols, who joined OSU in 2012, earned his doctorate at the University of Virginia. He was recently elected as a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, non-partisan organization that serves as a think tank and educational resource on foreign policy and international issues.

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

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OSU to observe Holocaust Memorial Week events May 1-6

CORVALLIS, Ore. –Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor will speak at Oregon State University in Corvallis and in Portland as part of the university’s 30th annual observance of Holocaust Memorial Week May 1-6.

Kor, a Rumanian Jew, and her family were transported to Auschwitz in 1944, and her parents and two older sisters were killed in the camp. Kor and her sister Miriam were spared because they were twins. They were turned over to Joseph Mengele, the notorious Nazi doctor, who performed experiments on them and other twins.

After the war ended, Kor spent time in Israel and later immigrated to the U.S., where she settled in Terre Haute, Indiana. In 1984, she founded the organization CANDLES, or Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors, and located 122 other living survivors of the Mengele twin experiments.

She will present the talk “The Triumph of the Human Spirit: From Auschwitz to Forgiveness” at events in Corvallis and Portland. She will speak at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 N.W. Flanders, Portland; and at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, in the Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

Holocaust Memorial Week is presented by the School of History, Philosophy and Religion in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts. All events are free and open to the public. The program will include a theme of genocide and a focus on human rights.

Other Holocaust Memorial Week events are: 

  • Close to Home: Eugenics in the United States – and at Oregon State: A panel discussion featuring Kristin Johnson, Linda Richards and Michael Dicianna, focusing on the period from 1900 to 1970, when eugenics, including forced sterilization to eliminate undesirable traits from the gene pool, was taught at Oregon State. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, Construction and Engineering Auditorium in the LaSells Stewart Center.
  • What Have We Learned About Genocide Prevention?: A talk by Professor Scott Straus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison focusing on the causes of genocide and what can be done to reduce the likelihood of genocidal campaigns in the future. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in the Construction and Engineering Auditorium.
  • Building the Case Against Perpetrators of Genocide: Lawrence Douglas, the James J. Garfield Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College, will discuss how prosecutors gathered and used evidence in the Nuremberg trials and later in the trials of Adolf Eichmann and John Demjanjuk. He will also examine how the trials shaped historical memory. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Construction and Engineering Auditorium.
  • Social Justice Conference on Human Rights: Students will read papers and discuss issues relating to dignity at the annual conference. This year’s event will focus on immigration and questions of migration, borders, marginality and identity. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, 311 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

For more information about the events, visit holocaust.oregonstate.edu.

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Natalia Bueno, 541-737-8560, Natalia.Bueno@oregonstate.edu

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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove to be honored with OSU’s Stone Award

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove, the recipient of Oregon State University’s Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement, will be honored at a pair of events in Corvallis and Portland in April.

Dove, who served as poet laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995, is the 2016 recipient of the biennial Stone Award, which recognizes a major American author who has created a body of critically-acclaimed work and mentored young writers.

On Thursday, April 14, a reading and question-and-answer session with Dove will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 725 S.W. 26th Ave., Corvallis. Dove also will be presented with the Stone Award at the event, which is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

On Friday, April 15, OSU will host a reading and conversation with Dove at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 S.W. Park Ave., Portland. The event is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow.

Karen Holmberg, a poet and associate professor of English and creative writing at OSU, will lead the on-stage conversation with Dove at the Portland event.

“Rita Dove's work immerses us in the most profound human questions,” Holmberg said. “What parts of our identity do we inherit, and what parts can we build from within? What drives humans not only to love beauty but to want to create it through art and craft, even when the conditions for such creation are hostile? How are our personal histories interwoven with history?

“She's been an astute and profound teacher to some of our most remarkable younger poets, while many other readers – I count myself among them – have been inspired by her dogged pursuit of her poetic obsessions and by her poetry's warmth and imaginative reach.”

Dove has received numerous awards, including the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, the 1996 National Humanities Medal and the 2011 National Medal of Arts. She is the only poet to receive both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts. She holds the chair of Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

This year’s Stone Award events coincide with National Poetry Month, celebrated each year in April. 

The Stone Award was established in 2011 by Patrick and Vicki Stone to spotlight OSU’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. 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.

 

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University Events, 541-737-4717, events@oregonstate.edu; Karen Holmberg, Karen.holmberg@oregonstate.edu 

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Rita Dove (Photo by Fred Viebahn)

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OSU to exhibit prints, paintings and drawings of Michael Boonstra

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Transitory Surface,” an exhibit of prints, paintings, and drawings by Oregon State University art instructor Michael Boonstra, will be on display in the Fairbanks Gallery on the OSU campus April 4 through April 27.

The Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public, as is a reception and a gallery talk by the artist will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the gallery. 

With elements of video, photography, and drawing, Boonstra connects to the way people think about landscape. “Transitory Surface” is the result of his art practice of exploring landscape and the increasing clarity of understanding our world through perspective and the visual markings generated by human development.

One element of the show is an ongoing series of drawings using evaporated ink as a base layer, then manipulating them with graphite, ink and acrylic. The drawings are invented aerial landscapes meant to similarly embody the vernacular of satellite images.

Boonstra, an instructor at OSU, received his master of fine arts from the University of Oregon, and his art studio is in Eugene. 

His drawings and photo-based work have been exhibited nationally. He has created site-specific projects in Michigan, California, and at numerous venues in the Pacific Northwest.

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

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Cardinal Misdirection #4, an archival print on aluminum, by Michael Boonstra

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Oregon State University enrolling youth for summer arts programs

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University School of Arts and Communication’s new SAC Academy is now enrolling youth for pre-college summer workshops in art and music.

SAC Academy is the new home of the long-running JumpstART Workshop and the Oregon State Chamber Music Workshop, now in its fourth year. New offerings this summer include the Oregon State University choir camp, honor band camp and songwriting workshop. 

These summer programs take place on or near the Corvallis campus, and include day and overnight options. For additional information on all programs, including cost, registration, instructors, application details and end-of-camp presentations, visit http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/sac-academy. Scholarships may be available for some camps.

  • JumpstART runs June 27 through July 1. It’s designed for young artists entering grades 9-12 who have a heightened interest in the visual and performing arts, and seek to increase their skills. The program provides accelerated instruction with in-class learning, visiting artist lectures, workshops and excursions, and helps students develop a portfolio that can be used to apply to a university or art institute of their choosing. 
  • The Oregon State Chamber Music Workshop runs in two sessions, June 27 through July 2 and July 5-10. The program is designed for advanced and intermediate string musicians, ages 10-23, who will benefit from expert coaching, sight reading clinics, supervised practice sessions, master classes, and the opportunity to perform with small ensembles in formal and informal concerts. Prominent string teachers, faculty members and internationally recognized performers will participate.
  • The OSU Choir Camp is offered July 24-29. This training experience is for singers ages 14-19, and will include expert coaching, sight reading clinics, rehearsal techniques, sectional rehearsals, and the opportunity to perform with small ensembles and large choirs in a variety of musical genres. It will culminate in a public concert. 
  • The Oregon State Honor Band Camp is an intensive band experience from July 7-9 for students ages 14-19 who are nominated by their high school band director. Participants receive expert coaching, sectional rehearsals, the opportunity to perform with a large ensemble, and will finish with a free public performance.
  • The OSU Songwriting Workshop on July 26-30 focuses on individual instruments, performing and rehearsing with pop ensembles, composing and music study. Students will work in pop/rock/country format bands to develop, rehearse and record their own work, and will perform in an end-of-camp showcase. 

The School of Arts & Communication and SAC Academy are supported in part by gifts, including donations made during the Cornerstone for the Arts Challenge in which donors gave over $6 million to support the arts at OSU.

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Lee Ann Garrison, 541-737-5090, LeeAnn.Garrison@oregonstate.edu

OSU to host events in advance of visit by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host several events celebrating the work of Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Rita Dove in advance of, and during her visit to Oregon in April.

Dove, who served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995, is the 2016 recipient of OSU’s Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. The biennial Stone Award recognizes a major American author who has created a body of critically-acclaimed work and has mentored young writers. 

The Stone Award was established in 2011 by Patrick and Vicki Stone to spotlight OSU’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. 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 upcoming events coincide with National Poetry Month, which is celebrated each year in April. All of the events, programs and workshops are free and open to the public, but some require registration. 

College of Liberal Arts Dean Larry Rodgers, a professor of English who specializes in African-American literature, will present “How to Read and Understand Pulitzer-Prize Winning Poet Rita Dove,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave.

He will give a second lecture, “Reading Rita Dove,” on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the Journey Room, Room 104, in the Memorial Union on the OSU campus. 

Faculty and students in OSU’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing will lead two poetry writing workshops, both at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. A workshop for adults will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, and a workshop for teens will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 7. Space is limited. To register in advance, call 541-766-6793 or email askalibrarian@corvallisoregon.gov.

On Thursday, April 14, a reading and question-and-answer session with Dove will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 725 S.W. 26th Ave., Corvallis. A book signing will follow.  

On Friday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. OSU will host a reading and conversation with Dove at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 S.W. Park Ave., Portland. A reception will follow.

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

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Oregon State University to host maker fair and symposium April 8-9

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host a maker fair and symposium April 8 and 9 on the OSU campus in Corvallis.

The event, produced by a campus-community partnership called The Co., has expanded this year into a two-day celebration with a focus on education. It is free and open to the public. 

“Maker” culture is a popular movement honoring craftsmanship and technology and the sharing of knowledge, skills and resources. This event offers an opportunity to collaborate, innovate and create, and also provides a forum for teaching the value of hands-on learning in classrooms from kindergarten through college.

“The Co. gives people working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and people working the arts a rare opportunity to step outside our respective comfort zones and to rethink our familiar assumptions about research and education,” said Ray Malewitz, academic coordinator for The Co. and moderator of the symposium. “From this vantage point, we might recover a sense of wonder about the world – how it is and how it might be.” 

Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici is among panelists who will speak during the “STEM to STEAM” symposium, focusing on the integration of the arts into STEM, on April 8. The event will be held from 4-6 p.m. in the Learning Innovation Center, Room 100. Additional information about the symposium and a full list of speakers are available on the event website, www.corvallismakerfair.org/symposium.

The third annual Corvallis Maker Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Memorial Union Ballroom and the Student Experience Center plaza at OSU. 

Attendees can speak with experts in the arts, crafts, technology and sciences and join in hands-on learning with exhibitors. Exhibitors include HP Inc.; the OSU Oceanography fab shop; ChickTech; DaVinci Days; students from South Albany High School; the OSU Craft Center; Pi Dads and more.

Michael Town, a physics teacher at Lakeside High School in Seattle, will present an interactive session on skateboard-making. The audience will be involved throughout the process. Space is limited for the session and advance registration is required.

Registration information, a complete schedule, exhibitor list and additional details about the event are available on the event website, www.corvallismakerfair.org.

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Kaitlyn Wittig Mengüç, 724-689-3652, wittigmk@oregonstate.edu; Ray Malewitz, 541-737-1656, Raymond.malewitz@oregonstate.edu

College psychology classes lack curriculum about disabilities

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Psychology classes are among the most popular courses on college campuses today, but new research shows that many of them lack important information about the largest single minority group in the U.S. – people with disabilities.

A review of hundreds of undergraduate course offerings from top-ranked universities found that many types of disability are underrepresented in psychology classes, including chronic health and physical disabilities, said Kathleen Bogart, an assistant professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University.

“About 57 million people in the U.S. have a disability, and it’s likely we will all interact with someone with a disability on a regular basis,” Bogart said. “Yet in terms of minority groups, we teach about disability the least. We are not properly preparing students to interact with this group.”

The findings, published in the latest issue of the journal Teaching of Psychology, indicate that students may not be learning valuable lessons about how to interact with people with disabilities as they move throughout life, she said.

“The goal of psychology education is to generate psychologically-literate citizens, people who are prepared to interact with, work with, educate or provide treatment for people of all types,” said Bogart, a co-author of the study. “When we design these courses, we want to make sure we are designing them to teach students how to respect diversity and understand differences.”

Researchers on this study included Bogart and co-authors Nicole Rosa of Worcester State University and OSU graduate and undergraduate students Amy Bonnett, Mariah Estill and Cassandra Colton. They analyzed the titles and descriptions of nearly 700 college psychology courses from 98 top-ranked undergraduate psychology programs in the U.S.

They found that all 98 colleges offered a course on psychiatric disability, but only eight offered courses in physical disability, even though it is far more common. Few colleges offered courses that represent a variety of disabilities.

In addition, psychology coursework appears to focus more on the least-common disabilities, including psychiatric disabilities and cognitive disabilities, rather than the most common disabilities, such as chronic health and physical disabilities.

“Ideally, disability should be infused throughout the psychology curriculum, and, in particular, it should be included in introductory, social and health psychology courses,” Bogart said. “And we should be seeing more course topics that reflect the most common types of disability.”

The researchers also found that psychology curriculum involving disability tends to focus on the medical model of disability, with a focus on diagnosis, treatment and cure. But a significant shift is underway in the psychological approach to disability, emphasizing a social model that focuses on coping, acceptance, reducing prejudice and social policy, Bogart said.

“The social model is a burgeoning area of research, so now is the time to begin making a shift in our curriculum and teaching,” she said.

Reworking psychology course content, particularly for the introductory classes that may be the only psychology course a student takes while in college, would help to address the deficiencies in current offerings, Bogart said.

Not all psychology faculty are experts in the area of disability and may need training or resources on incorporating disability into their classes, she said. A best practices manual, or in the longer term, new textbooks that include disability more prominently would also help.

“The goal is not to try to educate every person about every disability,” Bogart said. “The reasonable approach is to begin conversations around common experiences and concerns and use a range of examples, including a variety of disabilities.”

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Kathleen Bogart, 541-737-1357, Kathleen.bogart@oregonstate.edu

OSU and Majestic Theatre present musical drama 'Boldly Launched Upon the Deep'

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Boldly Launched Upon the Deep,” a unique, radio-style live performance by the AnyWhen Ensemble and featuring the Oregon State University Jazz Ensemble, will be presented Wednesday, March 2, at the Majestic Theatre.

Part chamber music concert, part radio drama and part literary reading, “Boldly Launched Upon the Deep” is a collection of musical dramatic episodes for chamber ensemble, singers/speakers and tape. The work will use original music and text to present a contemporary interpretation of Herman Melville’s classic novel, “Moby Dick.” 

The production is sponsored by the Oregon State University School of Arts and Communication’s SAC Presents series in conjunction with the Majestic Theatre.  The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the theater, 115 S.W. Second St., Corvallis.

Portland-based composer, trumpeter and writer Douglas Detrick, longtime leader of AnyWhen Ensemble, joined forces with Chicago-based writer, composer and violinist Ellen McSweeney to create this new work for six performers. 

Detrick originally commissioned McSweeney to write an original piece of prose and then composed music to surround a live reading of the essay. That project, “In a Past Life,” is now a part of “Boldly Launched upon the Deep,” It begins with an arresting moment in which Captain Ahab, consumed by his obsession with the whale, refuses to help a fellow captain whose son is missing at sea.

This poignant moment leads McSweeney to tell her own story of self-forgiveness about her divorce at the age of 29. Her text, surrounded by Detrick’s brooding and atmospheric score, sheds a fresh perspective on Melville’s story while exploring McSweeney’s personal connection to Ahab’s inner struggle. Other pieces include contemporary reflections on physical labor, inspired by the colorful description of the girding of the ship’s cooks, and music that explores the human connection to, and alienation from, the natural/nautical world. 

The production will feature McSweeney, Detrick and AnyWhen players Hashem Assadullahi (saxophone), Shirley Hunt (cello), Steve Vacchi (bassoon), and OSU Jazz Band and percussion instructor Ryan Biesack (drum set). The Oregon State University Jazz Ensemble will also perform.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, all seats reserved. Majestic members, seniors, youth and non-OSU college students, $15 in advance, $20 at the door. OSU students will be admitted for free with a valid ID card at the door while seats last. Tickets can be purchased online: http://bit.ly/1STbClS

SAC Presents is supported in part by generous gifts from donors, including donations made during the Cornerstone for the Arts Challenge that raised more than $6 million to support the arts at OSU. For information on giving to the arts at Oregon State, go to: http://bit.ly/1TW5BUB.

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