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Oregon State University’s School of Arts and Communication launches new arts event series

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The School of Arts and Communication in Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts is starting a new performing and visual arts series to bring well-known headliners, rising stars and unique, lesser-known artists and ensembles to Corvallis throughout the year. 

The series, “SAC Presents,” will feature a wide range of musical genres, from country music to jazz, chamber music and rock. The series also will include exhibits and lectures by visual artists and guest speakers addressing topics associated with the arts.

“This new series allows us to bring a wide range of artists to the campus and the community, while also providing our students with opportunities to go to a variety of performances they might not otherwise have an opportunity to experience,” said Lee Ann Garrison, director of the School of Arts and Communication.

SAC Presents will kick off with several events during OSU’s homecoming weekend. They are: 

  • “How Country Music Became America’s Pop”: A talk by Bob Santelli, executive director of the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum, Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. Free and open to the public.
  • The Music Revolution Project: A select group of OSU students and alumni will spend the day in a songwriting workshop with Santelli, a music producer and music faculty, followed by a concert showcasing their work. The performance will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, in the Fairbanks Gallery at OSU, 220 S.W. 26th St. Free and open to the public.
  • Jackson Michelson Concert: Rising country music star Michelson, a Corvallis native, will present a free concert on Friday, Oct. 23. The Grange Hall Drifters will open the show, which is co-sponsored by the OSU Alumni Association. 8 p.m., Student Experience Center Plaza, 2251 S.W. Jefferson Way.

The series will continue in November with a performance by concert violinist, recording artist and Milwaukee Symphony concertmaster Frank Almond on Nov. 17. Almond will perform a recital to commemorate the 300th birthday of his celebrated, historical instrument, a 1715 Lipinski Stradivari. The concert will be held in Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $25; they are available at Gracewinds Music in Corvallis and online at TicketTomato.com.

Performances by the chamber music group Ivy Street Ensemble; Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble, a chamber music- jazz hybrid band; and other events also are being planned for the winter and spring terms, with dates to be announced later.

The new series, along with growth in OSU’s music, art, and theatre programs, is supported in part by generous gifts from donors, including donations made during the Cornerstone for the Arts challenge, in which donors gave over $6 million to support the arts at Oregon State.

More information about SAC Presents is available online at http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/sac-presents-series.

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Erin O’Shea Sneller, 541-619-2420, erin.sneller@oregonstate.edu

Hiroshima bombing survivor to speak at Oregon State University Oct. 22

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Hideko Tamura Snider, who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the end of World War II, will speak at Oregon State University on Thursday, Oct. 22.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St. in Corvallis.              

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing. Snider, the 2015 Hiroshima Ambassador for Peace, was injured but survived the August 1945 bombing of Hiroshima. Her mother and thousands of others were killed.

Since 1979, Snider has been speaking around the United States and in her native Japan, sharing her story and encouraging people of all cultures and nations to examine the consequences of the use of nuclear weapons and to work toward peace and nuclear nonproliferation. Her memoir, “One Sunny Day,” was published in 1996. She is also the author of the children’s book “When a Peace Tree Blooms.”

In her presentation at OSU, she will speak on the physical, psychological, and spiritual effects of the bomb, from the immediate aftermath to more permanent consequences. She also will discuss the challenge of peace and of lessons learned from Hiroshima since the war. 

In addition to Snider’s lecture, the Special Collections and Archives Research Center at OSU’s Valley Library is marking the anniversary with an exhibit showcasing the Atomic Age. The exhibit includes a wide range of materials documenting nuclear history.

The exhibit, “The Nuclear Age: Seventy Years of Peril and Hope,” includes hundreds of original primary sources, including comics, newspapers, photographs, manuscripts and letters from anti-nuclear activists Linus Pauling and Albert Einstein. 

The exhibit gallery is located on the fifth floor of the library, 201 S.W. Waldo Pl. The exhibit, which will run through March 1, 2016, is free and open to the public. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Anne Bahde, 541-737-2083, anne.bahde@oregonstate.edu; Linda Richards, 541-740-3341, atomiclinda@gmail.com

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Hideko Tamura Snider

Hideko Tamura Snider

Author Justin St. Germain to read at Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Author Justin St. Germain, a new faculty member at Oregon State University, will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.

The reading will be in the Valley Library Rotunda, 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.

St. Germain joined OSU’s creative writing program this year as an assistant professor. His first book, the memoir “Son of a Gun,” was published by Random House. The book chronicles his mother’s murder, the reverberations of grief, and the culture of guns and violence in the Arizona desert.

“Son of a Gun” won the 2013 Barnes & Noble Discover Award in nonfiction and was named a best book of 2013 by Amazon, Amazon Canada, Library Journal, BookPage, Salon, Publisher’s Weekly and the Pima County Public Library.

St. Germain’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, Hobart, Barrelhouse, and various other journals, magazines, and anthologies, including the Best of the West series. He is the recipient of scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Marsh McCall Lecturer at Stanford University.

The reading is part of the 2015-2016 Literary Northwest Series, sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film. The series brings Pacific Northwest writers to OSU and is made possible with 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 


Sex is more likely on days college students use marijuana or binge drink

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Undergraduate college students were more likely to have sex on days they used marijuana or binged on alcohol than on days they didn’t, new research from Oregon State University has found.

Binge drinking and being in a serious dating relationship also were linked with less condom use, putting young adults at risk for sexually-transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies. The findings draw attention to some common but risky sexual behaviors in college students, said the study’s lead author, David Kerr

“People may judge risks, such as whether they will regret having sex or whether they should use a condom, differently when they are drunk,” said Kerr, an associate professor in the School of Psychological Science at OSU.

Having sex without a condom is considered a risky behavior because condoms are the only way to protect against STIs, including HIV. For the purposes of the study, binge drinking was defined as four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men. 

The effect of binge drinking on sex and condom use may not sound like a new finding - Kerr notes that dozens of studies have compared the risk behaviors of college students who drink a lot versus those who do not. But only a handful of studies have tested whether a given person behaves differently on days they drink heavily compared to days they do not.

For the study, the researchers recruited 284 college students who reported their marijuana use, alcohol use, sexual activity and condom use every day for 24 consecutive days. The findings were published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

One goal of the study was to examine marijuana use, which rarely has been studied in relation to risky behavior. Understanding marijuana effects is even more important now that several U.S. states, including Oregon, have legalized recreational use. Marijuana and alcohol affect the brain in different ways, and more research is needed to understand how these differences affect risk-taking, Kerr said.

“College students were more likely to have sex on days they used marijuana, but we didn’t find a connection between marijuana use and poor condom use,” he said. 

The study also compared the sexual behavior of college students who were single versus those who were seriously dating someone.

“Two findings stood out,” Kerr said. “Students in serious relationships had almost 90 percent of the sex reported in our study. But serious partners used a condom only a third of the time, compared to about half the time among single students. More frequent sex plus less protection equals higher risk. 

“The stereotypical image is of college students drinking and having casual sex,” Kerr said. “That is real, but in our study it was striking how often those in serious relationships were putting their guard down.”

Condom use was even less likely when college students used another form of birth control, an indication that they may be more focused on preventing pregnancy than on protecting themselves from an STI, he said. That’s a concern because while young people may believe they are in a committed relationship, many don’t end up with their college partners long-term. 

“When people are in a serious relationship they may think, ‘We can stop using condoms,’ ” Kerr said. “But if someone has unprotected sex with multiple monogamous partners over their college years, the risks can add up.”

Kerr worked on the study with Isaac Washburn, an assistant professor at Oklahoma State University; Stacey Tiberio, a research scientist at Oregon Social Learning Center; and former OSU student researchers Katherine Lewis and Mackenzie Morris. 

The researchers’ findings could be used by prevention professionals to improve sexual health messaging, identify the best times and places to distribute condoms, and encourage a focus specifically on STI prevention, Kerr said.

For example, ads and free condom campaigns might target people at bars or parties or those in committed relationships. Health providers also could counsel young adults about STI prevention when they discuss a patient’s alcohol use or when a patient seeks non-condom birth control.

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David Kerr, 541-737-1364, david.kerr@oregonstate.edu

OSU to present seventh International Film Festival Oct. 12-18

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s seventh International Film Festival, showcasing a diverse array of movies from international cultures, will be held Oct. 12-18 in Corvallis.

The festival is organized and hosted by the School of Language, Culture and Society in the College of Liberal Arts at OSU. The festival was launched in 2009 by faculty teaching film courses in foreign language and literature to showcase the variety of international cultures.

All screenings will be held at Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th St., Corvallis. The screenings are free and open to the public but attendees need to obtain a ticket at the Darkside before entering the auditorium. Seats are limited so early arrival is encouraged.

The schedule of screenings is:

  • Oct. 12 - 6 p.m.: “Akte Grüninger,” (Grüninger's Fall), 2013, in Swiss German and German with English subtitles.

8 p.m.:  “Huo zai anjian li de ren,” (Black Coal, Thin Ice), 2014, Mandarin with English subtitles.

  • Oct. 13 - 6 p.m.: “Männer zeigen Filme & Frauen ihre Brüste,” (Men Show Movies & Women Their Breasts), 2013, German and French with English subtitles.

8 p.m.: “Gekitotsu! Satsujin ken,” (The Streetfighter), 1974, Japanese with English subtitles.

  • Oct. 14 - 6 p.m.: “Hilda,” 2014, Spanish with English subtitles.

8 p.m.: “Wacken,” 2014, in English.

  • Oct. 15 - 6 p.m.: “Was heißt hier Ende?” (Then Is It the End?), 2015, German with English subtitles.

8 p.m.: “Soshite chichi ni naru,” (Like Father, Like Son), 2014, Japanese with English subtitles.

  • Oct. 16 - 6 p.m.: “Hijo de Trauco,” (Son of Trauco), 2013, Spanish with English subtitles.

8 p.m.: “Im Keller,” (In the Basement), 2014, German with English subtitles. Note this film is for adult audiences only; some images may be disturbing to some viewers.

  • Oct. 17 - 2 p.m.: “Shana: The Wolf’s Music,” 2014, in English.

4 p.m.: “El día trajo la oscuridad,” (Darkness by Day), 2013, Spanish with English subtitles.

6 p.m.: “Die abhandene Welt,” (The Misplaced World), 2014, German, English and Italian.

8 p.m.: “Cerro Torre,” 2013, English, Spanish, German and Italian.

  • Oct. 18 - Noon: “Lola auf der Erbse,” (Lola on the Pea), German with English subtitles.

2 p.m.: “Auf das Leben!” (To Life!), 2014, German with English subtitles.

4 p.m.: “Theeb,” 2014, Arabic with English subtitles.

 For additional information about the festival or the films being screened, visit the festival web site at http://bit.ly/1t36jOz.

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Sebastian Heiduschke, 541-737-3957, Sebastian.heiduschke@oregonstate.edu

Oregon State Queer Archives to preserve, share history of LGBT experience on campus

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new community archive dedicated to preserving and sharing the histories and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people at Oregon State University is being established by the LGBT community at OSU.

The Oregon State Queer Archives, or OSQA, will include documents and materials as well as recorded stories from the OSU and Corvallis LGBT communities. Bradley Boovy, an assistant professor of women, gender and sexuality studies, and Natalia Fernandez, multicultural librarian at OSU, are leading the project. 

“We envision the archive less as a collection of out-of-date materials that only historians are interested in, and more as a living repository that nourishes the memories and stories of OSU’s LGBTQ+ communities for creative engagement and that will potentially help future LGBTQ students navigate life at OSU,” Boovy said.

An event to celebrate the launch of the archives will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 7 in the SCARC Reading Room on the fifth floor of OSU’s Valley Library, 201 S.W. Waldo Pl., Corvallis.

The event will include a screening of a documentary created by OSU honors student Kiah McConnell that showcases a number of archival materials and video interviews with LGBT community members; a discussion of ways faculty, staff, students and the community can work with the Queer Archives; and a display of some of the archive’s materials. Light refreshments will be served and the public is welcome to attend. 

Archive organizers also are interested in connecting with OSU alumni and members of the OSU community, both in Corvallis and throughout the state, who might be interested in being interviewed and sharing stories about their experiences. Archive organizers can be reached at osuqueerarchives@gmail.com.

“We hope that the archive will provide opportunities for research into the lives of people from marginalized communities as well as collaborative possibilities with research and teaching faculty who are interested in working on building the archive,” Boovy said.

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

Works of Native American artist Rick Bartow to be featured at OSU’s Little Gallery

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A selection of work from Native American artist Rick Bartow will be on display in Oregon State University’s Little Gallery Oct. 12 through Dec. 18.

A reception to celebrate the exhibit’s opening will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 12, coinciding with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The reception will be held at the gallery in 210 Kidder Hall, 2000 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. The public is welcome to attend. 

The exhibit will include 22 of Bartow’s works on paper, including original paintings and monoprints. The works, spanning 35 years of Bartow’s career, are on loan from a private collection and several of the pieces have never been exhibited publicly before.

Bartow, a member of the Wiyot tribe of Northern California, lives and works on the Oregon coast. His work features themes of transformation, including Native American transformation stories, as well as western art traditions such as human/animal mythology. 

In 2012, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian commissioned Bartow to create an outdoor cedar sculpture, “We Were Always Here,” that overlooks the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  His work also has been exhibited in museums, galleries and universities around the world.

The Little Gallery is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the School of Language, Culture and Society’s World Languages and Cultures department within the College of Liberal Arts.

Story By: 

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

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Artist Rick Bartow's Fur La Pena

Fur La Pena

Online program earns OSU German professor top teaching prize

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Sebastian Heiduschke, a professor of German at Oregon State University, has been selected to receive a national teaching award from the American Association of Teachers of German.

Heiduschke was honored with the German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award for his role in the creation of OSU’s online German bachelor’s program, delivered by OSU Ecampus. The award recognizes “outstanding, up-and-coming teachers” who have started a new program or revitalized an existing one.

“This award acknowledges the hard work done at OSU to find alternatives to face-to-face learning for students unable to come to campus,” said Heiduschke, who is the online German program coordinator.

Heiduschke helped launch the OSU program in 2012, which revitalized OSU’s program by shifting attention to online delivery to reach more students. OSU is the only university in the United States with a completely online German major. There are about 140 students admitted to the program.

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Tyler Hansen, 520-312-1276


Sebastian Heiduschke, 541-737-3957

OSU’s Tracy Daugherty explores life, work of writer Joan Didion in new bestseller

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Author and Oregon State University professor emeritus Tracy Daugherty attributes his latest literary success to the “power of Joan.” Daugherty’s new book, a biography of American author and journalist Joan Didion, debuted at No. 11 on this week’s New York Times best-seller list for hardcover nonfiction.

“Didion was a well-known public figure when I began to write about her, but she hadn’t yet achieved the almost stratospheric celebrity she has attained since I began this project,” said Daugherty, distinguished professor emeritus of English and creative writing at OSU. “I was a bit stunned at the force of the whirlwind around her.” 

“The Last Love Song,” (St. Martin’s Press) is the first printed biography about the reclusive Didion’s life and career, a narrative that traces her life from her youth in Sacramento to her marriage and partnership with her late husband, writer John Gregory Dunne, and beyond.

“Daugherty's biography is one of this year’s most important American books,” said Larry Rodgers, dean of OSU’s College of Liberal Arts. “His enormous accomplishment has been to write a brilliant bestseller about a writer intent on avoiding being written about."

Daugherty is the author of four novels, five short story collections, a book of personal essays and three literary biographies. “Hiding Man,” his biography of Donald Barthelme, was a New York Times and New Yorker notable Book of the Year. 

His first collection of literary essays, “Let Us Build Us a City,” will be published by the University of Georgia Press in 2016. He recently completed several new short stories and novellas and has begun research on a new biography.

Daugherty will give a talk on the book at 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the OSU Center for the Humanities, Autzen House, 811 W. Jefferson Ave. He is also scheduled to read at the annual Magic Barrel: A Reading to Fight Hunger at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Whiteside Theater in Corvallis, 361 S.W. Madison Ave. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Linn-Benton Food Share.

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Tracy Daugherty, tdaugherty@oregonstate.edu

As U.S. border enforcement increases, Mexican migration patterns shift, new research shows

CORVALLIS, Ore. – When enforcement increases along the U.S.-Mexican border, fewer Mexican immigrants cross into the United States, both legally and illegally. But increased enforcement has another effect, new research shows – it alters traditional settlement patterns and leads more Mexican immigrants to settle in states beyond the borders.


“Mexicans recently have been settling in parts of the U.S. where historically they have not lived in large numbers,” said Todd Pugatch, an assistant professor of economics in the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University. “The concentration of Mexican immigrants in traditional settlement areas such as California and Texas has declined substantially in the last 30 years.”


Research by Pugatch and Sarah Bohn of the Public Policy Institute of California showed that for every 1,000 additional border patrol agents assigned to prevent unauthorized migration to a U.S. state, the state’s share of Mexican immigrants declined by nearly 22 percentage points during the period from 1994 to 2011. The findings were published today in the journal Demography.


“We’re not looking at whether the total number of immigrants goes up or down,” Pugatch said. “What our paper is showing is how, at a given time, immigrants are dispersed. It’s like squeezing a balloon. The total amount of air is the same, but the shape is changed.”


Pugatch studies the effect of Mexican immigration on labor markets in the U.S., as well as the economic effects of migration by people from developing countries. This research is part of a broader effort to understand more about the decisions involved in migrating to and settling in a new country, he said. The researchers focused on Mexico because the largest share of U.S. immigrants is from there.


“The decision to migrate to another country is one of the biggest decisions a person can make,” Pugatch said. “They are leaving behind their family and friends in search of a new life. Often the decisions have to do with economic opportunities, but that is not the whole story.”


To better understand how border policy affects migration, Pugatch and Bohn compared data on Mexican immigrants’ residential locations in the U.S. to Border Patrol staffing information. They used data on historical border crossing patterns to connect border enforcement to each U.S. state.


Their research showed that increased enforcement in a state resulted in a lower share of Mexican immigrants two years later. Because border enforcement budgets are set two years in advance, this finding helps address concerns about whether the enforcement caused the decline in immigration, or a surge in immigration sparked increased enforcement, Pugatch said.


Surges of border patrol agents responding to unanticipated increases in immigration could not be set two years in advance, which strengthens the argument that border enforcement has driven the long-term changes in Mexican immigration patterns, he said.


Pugatch and Bohn found that the concentration of Mexican immigrants to traditional destinations such as California and Texas was virtually unchanged between 1980 and 1990, with 90 percent of immigrants settling in five states. However, between 1990 and 2000, that number dropped, with the top five states pulling in only 76 percent of immigrants. From 2000-2010, the number fell again, to 71 percent.


“Our estimates imply that if border enforcement had not changed from 1994 to 2011, the shares of Mexican immigrants locating in California and Texas would each be eight percentage points greater, with all other states’ shares lower or unchanged,” Pugatch said.


The study also indicates that immigrants cross in different locations along the border in response to border enforcement changes. That, in turn, leads them to different destinations within the U.S., Pugatch said.


While the traditional destinations lost shares, states such as Illinois, New York, Florida and Georgia drew larger shares of immigrants to their communities. The findings indicate that border enforcement policies have an effect on whether people enter the U.S. as well as on where they end up settling in the U.S., he said.


The researchers don’t address the larger questions about whether immigration is positive or negative, or whether current policy is effective. Rather, they believe that understanding how border enforcement efforts affect the decisions of immigrants provides valuable information to law- and policymakers grappling with immigration policy work.


For example, if immigrants from the same area prefer to live in close geographic proximity to one another, border enforcement could also affect where immigrants entering the country legally choose to reside, Pugatch said.


“Policymakers at every level have concerns about how immigrants change social and economic conditions in a community,” Pugatch said. “If we can better understand why people end up the places they do, we can better prepare.”

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Todd Pugatch, 541-737-6628, todd.pugatch@oregonstate.edu

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This map shows how states' shares of Mexican immigrants changed from 1994 to 2011:

Migration Change Map 1 - Actual

This map shows how migration to the U.S. would have looked if border enforcement patterns had not changed during this period. Only Texas and California would have seen an increased share of Mexican immigrants: Migration Change Map 2 - Hypothetical

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