Assistant professor of history Christopher McKnight Nichols can be heard on Philosophy Talk’s program on the “The New Surveillance Society” which will air nationally on NPR on Sunday July 27, 2014 and throughout that week. (The show was taped in front of a large live audience in Corvallis in May 2014.)
The latest news and information from the
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion (SHPR)
at Oregon State University
The classroom is only the beginning of education. Recognizing this, the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State is also committed to bringing top scholars and innovative educators from around the world to enrich our programs with fresh ideas and perspectives. In fact, between the Horning and Hundere Endowments, the Spring Creek Project, the Phronesis Lab for Engaged Ethics, the Peace Studies Program, the Carson Lectures, the Holocaust Memorial Program, the Chun Chiu Conference Series and the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures, SHPR sponsors more events for its students and faculty each term than any other school at Oregon State.
During Winter Quarter, SHPR – in cooperation with the City of Corvallis and the larger OSU Pauling committee – brought John Hunter to Oregon State for the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Lecture. Master teacher and creator of the World Peace Game, Hunter shared the subtle mechanics of his geo-political simulation, how it has for 35 years proved to be a successful interdisciplinary classroom tool, and why now his work has been hailed as a tool for peace by institutions ranging from the US Pentagon to the United Nations. Hunter is author of the 2013 book and award winning documentary entitled World Peace and Other Fourth Grade Achievements.
We are proud to present his lecture, The Seeds of Peace Tomorrow are in the Children of Today, for you to watch below:
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The Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word also had an amazing Winter quarter hosting a number of interesting programs including a presentation by author Julian Hoffman, Winner of the 2012 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Series Prize for Creative Nonfiction, and a two day symposium entitled Transformation without Apocalypse: How to live well on an altered planet that brought well over a thousand people to the Oregon State Campus. This event included lectures by a host of luminaries including Oregon award winning writer Ursula K. LeGuin, Kim Stanley Robinson, Kathleen Dean Moore, Joanna Macy, and Tim DeChristopher as well as a film festival, several interactive workshops, and a community action fair allowing attendees to instantly turn inspiration into action.
There were many great presentations and it was difficult to choose one to highlight in this newsletter, but ultimately I chose to go with emeritus OSU philosophy professor, and former director of the Spring Creek Project, Kathleen Dean Moore – whose thoughtful and wonderfully descriptive words never fail to inspire.
In this class, Dr. Koehlinger looks at the idea of modern religious utopias, focusing on Father Divine’s Peace Mission Movement and Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple. Father Divine, who claimed to be the living incarnation of God, saw the rapid growth of his Peace Mission Movement during the Great Depression, when he’s estimated to have had as many as 50,000 followers. Jim Jones drew inspiration for his Peoples Temple from Father Divine. However, Jim Jones is best remembered for orchestrating the largest cult suicide in American history, with more than 900 members ingesting a cyanide-laced drink on Jones’ orders.
Guerrini’s new book, The Courtiers’ Anatomists: Animals and Humans in Louis XIV’s Paris, has gone to press and will be released in March of 2015. She has recently began working on the history of the H.J. Andrews Forest Long-term Ecological Research site in Oregon. You can follow her work on the history of animals, science, and food on her blog Anatomia-Animalia.
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At their recent 2014 Annual Meeting, the Organization of American Historians presented Stacey L. Smith with the inaugural 2014 David Montgomery Award for the best book on a topic in American labor and working-class history. The award is given annually with co-sponsorship by the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA).
They said, “Smith’s impressively researched and beautifully written book, Freedom’s Frontier: California and the Struggle over Unfree Labor, Emancipation, and Reconstruction (University of North Carolina Press), reveals the various forms of exploitation of bound workers—African Americans, Chinese, Latino, Native American, and Hawai‘ian and child laborers—in the “free” state of California before, during, and after the Civil War. It expands our appreciation for how race, gender, and class exploitation shaped the American West and how that, in turn, constricted the nature of American freedom in the nineteenth century. This ambitious, thoughtful, well crafted, and deeply researched study provides a clear analytical framework that is worthy of the pioneering work of David Montgomery. It significantly changes the way we understand the American experience and deserves a wide readership.” We could not be more proud!
Smith has also been working with the Oregon Historical Society to help create the latest exhibit at their museum. This original exhibit takes an in-depth look at Lincoln’s monumental presidency between two historic points: the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Congressional passage of the Thirteenth Amendment. Through rare documents, artifacts, and cutting edge interactive elements, 2 Years, 1 Month will look at Lincoln’s legacy through the lens of slavery and the end of the Civil War. The exhibit will run through July 4th and you can get more information and tickets at the OHS website.
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SHPR Instructor Tony Vogt was awarded the 2014 Fances Dancy Hooks Award by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Planning Committee at the 32nd Annual Peace Breakfast in early Winter quarter. Tony’s commitment to the campus and the broader community particularly impressed the MLK Planning Committee and they specifically singled out “Tony’s high level of commitment to grassroots activism, community building, and his impact across diverse groups” as most exemplary in a competitive field of nominees.
This commitment also helped to form The Anarres Project for Alternative Futureswith Joseph Orosco. Inspired by the speculative fiction of Oregon writer Ursula K. LeGuin, the project seeks to bring together activists and scholars from the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences who are writing, thinking, and teaching about the ideas and themes explores in her work including: gender, racial and sexual justice, ecological sustainability, bioregionalism, left libertarian / anarchist traditions, utopias & dystopias, alternatives to war, cooperative economic arrangements, and indigenous cultures and ways of knowing.
Congratulations go out to Dwanee Howard, assistant to the director of the School of History, Philosophy and Religion, who was recognized as the Professional Faculty Leadership Association’s as the March 2014 ‘Our Hero.’ Howard’s nominator said that she was the ‘most dedicated professional she’d ever met, putting everything she has into creating an efficient, supportive environment for students, staff and faculty.’
As a member of the board of the Professional Faculty Leadership Association, she has been working to develop a system of mentoring for Unclassified Professional Faculty. During winter term, Howard organized and hosted a luncheon, here in Milam Hall, to kick-start a mentoring program across the university.
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SHPR supports research at all levels and even our undergraduate students often have a significant research component.
For example, undergraduate philosophy student, Megan Ham, presented at the 6th annual Women’s and Gender Studies Conference. Her paper was “Same-Sex Experimentation in Current US Media: Bisexual Erasure and the Importance of Community Building”
History undergraduate Brittany Backen was also lauded for her research work. She was awarded the Library Undergraduate Research Awards for her project and paper “Coed Cheesecake: The 1959 Wrestling Court and the Politics of the Marriage Market at Oregon State College.” This project grew out of the new “Hidden History of OSU” course taught by SHPR chair Dr. Ben Mutschler.
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Congratulations also go out to History of Science PhD student Barbara Canavan who won a Grant-in-Aid for research at the Rockefeller Archive Center in Tarrytown, NY. Barbara’s dissertation in progress is entitled, “Avian Influenza: Opening Pandora’s Box at the Roof of the World”. By means of historical analyses of avian influenza, a case study, and oral interviews with scientists, Barbara’s dissertation examines bird flu at the human-animal interface. Beginning with the “fowl plague” in the late nineteenth century, the dissertation examines change over time in how scientists came to understand avian influenza.
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In addition to his teaching and extensive research work, professor Jacob Darwin Hamblin has also been busy giving presentations around the country and around the world.
If you haven’t had a chance to see him present yourself, you are missing something special!! Hamblin will next be presenting Nukes, Oil, and Energy Strategies in Dangerous Parts of the World at the 3rd Annual Cultures of Energy Spring Symposium on April 24th at Rice University (which is open to the public!).
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Horning Professor in the Humanities David Luft delivered the keynote presentation at the Austrian Studies Association annual conference in February. Luft, who is also a past president of the Austrian Studies Association, spoke on The Transformation of Austrian Intellectual Life: 1900-1938/1939.
In early March, the third lecture in this year’s the Horning Endowment sponsored ‘Culture and Religion Series’ was given by Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, author of American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas (University of Chicago Press). Her standing room only lecture explored the lasting importance and resonance of Nietzsche’s work in the United States.
You can watch from the comfort of your own computer below:
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An addition to teaching and professional scholarship, our faculty are regularly called upon to share their expertise in the community and public. For example, the Crossroads International Film Festival annually holds a community discussion following one of their film screenings. This year, following both screenings of the film Hitler’s Children, OSU history professor and Holocaust Memorial Committee chair Paul Kopperman lead a discussion of the issues and insights this film inspires. An article in the Corvallis Gazette Times Newspaper quoted Dr. Kopperman saying “The holocaust is important because it is an extraordinary learning tool…and its lessons aren’t subtle.”
The annual film festival is the primary fundraiser for Crossroads International Programs. Crossroads International has promoted friendship and cultural sharing since 1969, current Crossroads programs include a 3-Day Homestay for incoming Oregon State University international students, a conversational English class for International women in the Corvallis area and a variety of events that promote cultural sharing throughout the year.
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Nationally syndicated radio program Philosophy Talk, hosted by Stanford philosophers John Perry and Ken Taylor, returned to OSU to tape a discussion of privacy and national security issues in the digital age.
In a packed auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center, together with Professor Christopher McKnight Nichols, they tackled a number of issues raised by Edward Snowden’s revelations of domestic spying by the National Security Agency, interspersing the debate with short video presentations and stopping periodically to take questions from the audience. The broadcast will air on public radio across the country in early Summer.
The Emergence of Tropical Medicine in France examines the turbulent history of the ideas, people, and institutions of French colonial and tropical medicine from their early modern origins through World War I. Until the 1890s colonial medicine was in essence naval medicine, taught almost exclusively in a system of provincial medical schools built by the navy in the port cities of Brest, Rochefort-sur-Mer, Toulon, and Bordeaux. Michael A. Osborne draws out this separate species of French medicine by examining the histories of these schools and other institutions in the regional and municipal contexts of port life. Each site was imbued with its own distinct sensibilities regarding diet, hygiene, ethnicity, and race, all of which shaped medical knowledge and practice in complex and heretofore unrecognized ways. The book has already received multiple positive reviews including:
“An important contribution to our growing understanding of colonial and military medicine. The French story provides an illuminating contrast to its more familiar English counterpart. Osborne paints a finely wrought picture of a world of naval medicine and medical training heretofore obscured by our canonical focus on Parisian institutions, ideas, and practitioners…” – Charles E. Rosenberg, Harvard University
Dr. Osborne has also been doing a bit of reviewing recently. You can read his review of Contagion: How Commerce Has Spread Disease by Mark Harrison (Yale University Press) published in the February issue of the journal Health Affairs.
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Gary Ferngren‘s new book Medicine and Religion: A Historical Introduction also hit the shelves during Winter Quarter. It is the first book to comprehensively examine the relationship between medicine and religion in the Western tradition from ancient times to the modern era. Beginning with the earliest attempts to heal the body and account for the meaning of illness in the ancient Near East, Ferngren describes how the polytheistic religions of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome and the monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have complemented medicine in the ancient, medieval, and modern periods.
The Journal of Religion and Health called his new work “An important book, for students of Christian theology who understand health and healing to be topics of theological interest, and for health care practitioners who seek a historical perspective on the development of the ethos of their vocation.”
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Philosophy professor Jonathan Kaplan had a new article published in the February 2014 issue of the journal Biology & Philosophy. His article, entitled “Race, IQ, and the search for statistical signals associated with so-called “X”-factors: environments, racism, and the “hereditarian hypothesis?”, can be read in its entirety here.
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And finally, congratulations go out to Stephanie Jenkins, Nicole von Germeten, and Christopher McKnight Nichols who all received research grants from the Center for the Humanities (CftH) for academic year 2014-15.
The Center for the Humanities, established at Oregon State University in 1984, is an interdisciplinary research center that grants Fellowships to visiting U.S. and international scholars as well as faculty from OSU.
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Late last year, we lost former history professor Hugh Wubben who taught at OSU for many years. Professor Paul Kopperman, who worked with Hugh in his early years, has kindly provided this wonderful recollection and memorial.
“I have many fond memories of Hu – in fact, nothing less than fond. He was one of my go-to people when I first arrived here in 1978, and I often ventured to his office (now Marisa’s) when I wanted someone to share ideas with. Hu was a veteran of the Korean War, though he seldom spoke of his service, at least to me. He received his Pd.D. at Iowa and promptly came to OSU. When I met him, he was long and lean, and always carried himself bolt upright – a posture that matched his character, in that he tended to be direct, though never disagreeable, on topics that interested him, particularly teaching technique. Hu was also quite athletic. Regardless of the season or the weather, he bicycled in; on rainy days, he covered himself with a large yellow slicker, which made him look like a tent on a bike. Once or twice a week, we would go to Dixon to play three-on-three basketball (Hu, Darold Wax, Don McIlvenna, Nick Yonker [from Religious Studies], Dave King, and myself). I can still see him going up for rebounds. Hu was an Americanist, with a focus on the Civil War, but he also had a great interest in European history, including the Holocaust; in fact, he was one of the charter members of the Holocaust Memorial Committee, which was established in January 1987.
As I mentioned at the outset, I have many fond memories of Hu – as I have of Shirley, the fine woman who was his wife. I last saw Hu somewhat over two years ago, when he visited the History office to check on what was new in the department and I filled him in on recent developments. He was a good man who lived a good life.” – Paul Kopperman
For those in the Corvallis area, nearly all of our events are free and open to the community. We encourage alumni with an interest to attend. If you contact us in advance, we would also be happy to arrange a tour of our newly remodeled facilities in Milam Hall! For the remainder of Spring Term, our event schedule is as follows:
04/23: Poor People Power: The State, Social Provisions, and American Experiments in Democratic Engagement
4pm – Memorial Union:206 (An American Conversations Lecture with Marisa Chappell)
04/24: History Student Career Fair 4-7pm – Milam Hall, 3rd Floor
04/25: The Philosophy of Rowing 12pm – Milam 301 (Lunch Bunch Lecture with John Frohnmayer)
04/28: The Holocaust and the Shaping of Israel
7:30pm – Lasells Stewart Center (Holocaust Memorial Lecture with Tom Segev)
04/29: Forty (excerpts from a play written by Leonora Rianda) 7:30pm – Withycombe Lab Theater (Holocaust Memorial Event)
04/30: Shared Suffering and Empathy: Incorporating the Holocaust into Sub-Saharan Africa Thought and Commemoration
7:30pm – Lasells Stewart Center (Holocaust Memorial Lecture with William Miles)
05/01: Remembering Anne Frank
7:30pm – Lasells Stewart Center (Holocaust Memorial Lecture with Laureen Nussbaum)
05/01: Apocalyptic Planet
7:00pm – Lasells Stewart Center - C&E Auditorium (Spring Creek Event – Craig Childs)
05/02: In Quest of Conscience
(a play written by Robert David MacDonald; directed by Charlotte Headrick)
7:30pm – Lasells Stewart Center -C&E Auditorium (Holocaust Memorial Event)
05/02: The Wilderness Act at 50 Symposium 2-5pm – TBD (A Spring Creek Project Event)
05/05: The Future of the Study of Religion
7pm – MU Journey Room (Hundere Lecture with Lori Pearson)
05/09: DJ Spooky
7:30pm – C&E Auditorium (A Spring Creek Event with Paul Miller / DJ Spooky)
05/16: The Photography of Gabriel Veyre and the Moroccan Sultan Abdulaziz
12pm – Milam 301 (A Lunch Bunch Lecture with Patricia Goldsworthy, WOU)
05/20: Ethics and Literature in Austria 4pm – MU 208: La Raza (Horning Lecture with David Luft)
05/23: Buddhist Traditions and Religion Studies
12pm – Milam 301 (A Lunch Bunch Lecture with Dave Fiordalis)
05/27: Lincoln’s Religion, and the Religion of Lincoln 4pm – MU Journey Room (Horning Lecture with Richard Fox)
05/29: The 2nd annual CLA Research and Creativity Fair 4-8pm – Reser Stadium
We hope to see you!
The Last Word
“What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support?” -James Madison
The latest news and information from the
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion (SHPR)
Oregon State University
SHPR faculty were active preparing and publishing new works and giving presentations at academic conferences around the world, in your community, on television, and even in virtual worlds online! Here are some highlights from across the School from Fall 2013.
Benny is not only a cool mascot, he’s also a good role model!
As the mascot for Oregon State University, it should not be surprising that Benny Beaver is a positive ethical role model. This term, Benny collaborated with Philosophy professor Stephanie Jenkins for the “Be Like Benny” project to help demonstrate what it means to ‘Be Orange.’
This collaboration grew out of the Phronesis Lab for Engaged Ethics project “Be Good, Be Orange” – a blog devoted to exploring, developing, and challenging what it means to “Be Orange”, or an OSU Beaver. “Being Orange” means being an active citizen of the OSU community. We all perform our “Orangeness” in our everyday actions and engagement with the world. At the blog, they encourage OSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, family, and friends to reflect on the values outlined in the Oregon State Strategic Plan: accountability, diversity, integrity, respect, and social responsibility.
Stuart Sarbacker presented a paper entitled “Otto and the Numinous: Religious Emotion and the Roots of the Real” at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, held Nov 23-26 in Baltimore, MD.
While in the DC area, Sarbacker also attended a private tour of the exhibit “Yoga: The Art of Transformation” at the Smithsonian Institute with fellow yoga scholars given by the curator, Debra Diamond.
Left: The Chakras of the Subtle Body, part of the new exhibit Yoga: The Art of Transformation at the Sackler Gallery till January 26, 2014
Christopher McKnight Nichols’ article “The Enduring Power of Isolationism: An Historical Perspective” appeared in Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs, [Vol. 57, No. 3 (New York: Elsevier Press, Summer 2013): 390-407] noting doubts about American involvement abroad are on the rise, up 10 percent in a decade. This led to multiple international news stories including: The Huffington Post, The Albany Tribune, The North Korea Times, The Kenya Star, and the Malaysian Sun (and many more!).
Nichols Co-moderated a plenary session on the “The United States and the World: Intellectual Histories of American Foreign Relations” at the Society for U.S. Intellectual History Annual Meeting (Nov 1-3; Irvine, CA, UC-Irvine) as well as chairing two panels: one on transnational intellectual exchanges and one on ideas and foreign relations. He also presented a paper at the American Historical Association-Pacific Coast Branch Annual Meeting (Denver, CO) on August 10, 2013
C-SPAN “American History TV,” aired the Keynote Panel on “American Power in Historical Perspective” recorded at the OSU American Military and Diplomatic History Conference in May. The panel featured Nichols, co-authors Milne and Lynch and SHPR Director Ben Mutschler. It first aired on August 3-5, 2013
Finally, alumnus and student Steven McLain and Matt Sharpe, who have been working with Nichols as part of the prestigious PROMISE Program summer, presented the results of their research at the PROMISE internship fair this Fall.
Nichols said “McLain and Sharpe have achieved a great deal and have learned a lot, including acquiring new advanced skills in primary source research and analysis. They’ve done a great job!”
Speaking of fantastic students, undergraduate philosophy student Trenton Ogden delivered a paper of his own at the 2nd Annual SDSU Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy held at San Diego State University on Oct. 19th and 20th. His paper presentation was entitled “Pragmatic Alternatives to the Melting Pot Theory and Solutions for Modern Immigration Problems.” When not busy with academics and research, Trent also helps to direct the newly founded Religious Studies Student Group. Visit them on Facebook to learn more!
In Oct., Jonathan Kaplan attended a conference at Stanford University celebrating what has come to be known as The Stanford School of Philosophy of Science, featuring prominent philosophers such as Nancy Cartwright, John Dupré, Peter Galison, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Patrick Suppes, and Debra Satz. As a graduate of the program mentored by these key figures, Kaplan was chosen to speak on the “Next Generations Panel” See the full line up here.
Kaplan has also continued his research collaboration with Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther on issues surrounding “race” and biology. Together they have so far written three papers together on these topics: “Realism, Antirealism, and Conventionalism about Race,” in Philosophy of Science; “Ontologies and Politics of Bio-Genomic ‘Race’” in Theoria; and “Prisoners of Abstraction? The Theory and Measure of Genetic Variation, and the Very Concept of ‘Race’,” in Biological Theory.
Finally he continues to collaborate with Audrey Chapman (Healey Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities, University of Connecticut School of Medicine) and Adrian Carter (University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Ethics, Addiction Neuroethics Unit) on issues surrounding genetic research into addition and addictive behaviors. They have written a book chapter on these issues together, and are expanding that work into a series of articles, and possibly into other media.
The Oregon Humanities ‘Conversation Project’ offers Oregon nonprofits free, humanities-based public discussion programs about provocative issues and ideas. In the first four years of the program, more than 170 nonprofits across the state hosted almost 400 Conversation Project programs as stand-alone events, parts of a series, and supplements to their regular programming. This year, this program features twenty-two programs, including several new conversations that will inspire and challenge Oregonians to talk and think.
Two of these programs are from Hundere Professor of Philosophy, Courtney Campbell:
and four in the past month as a “visiting director of studies” (ie visiting professor) at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France including:“Jean Riolan, Experimenting, and the Circulation of Blood”
“Humanism, Animals, and the Origins of the Paris Academy of Sciences”
“The Ghastly Kitchen: Cooking, the Household, and Experimental Science”
“The King’s Animals and the King’s Books: the illustrations for the Paris Academy’s Histoire des animaux”
The Work of Printing. Photo by Roberta Ballestriero
Congratulations are also in order as Anita’s new book manuscript, *The Courtiers’ Anatomists: Animals and Humans in Louis XIV’s Paris* has just been accepted by the University of Chicago Press and will soon go into production.
Left: Guerrini had the opportunity to operate this beautiful ornate cast-iron nineteenth-century manual printing press while visiting the John Rylands Library in Manchester, England. Coincidentally, this Fall, Guerrini will teach HST599, a special topics course on “The History of the Book.”
At our November Open House, Shari was recognized, along with Dwanee Howard & Ben Mutschler, for their work on the extensive renovations and redesign of Milam Hall’s 3rd Floor.
Professor José-Antonio Orosco had a comment piece on the Syrian chemical weapons published in the October issue of the journal Etsákupani Internacional, a publication put out by the Universidad Latina de América (UNLA). The issue was on the subject of human rights and you can read it here. (p. 10)
Orosco also received a Faculty Internationalization Grant from the International Programs Office in September to fund the development of the Peace Studies class, PAX 199 Peace and Conflict in the Americas. This was a binational course that allowed OSU students and students from the Universidad Latina de America in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico to discuss together questions of violence and nonviolence through video conferencing. This grant allowed me to travel to Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico in September to give a couple of lectures at the Universidad Latina de America on human rights and peace studies. In October, the grant paid to bring Professor Enrique Fuentes from UNLA to Oregon State University. In an event co-sponsored by the Oregon State University Peace Studies Program, the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures, and the Center for Latina/Latino Studies and Engagement (CL@SE), Flores gave a presentation on the Challenges for Higher Education in Mexico. You can see his presentation below:
Finally, Orosco and Tony Vogt joined forces this Fall to create The Anarres Project for Alternative Future. The Anarres Project is a forum for conversations, ideas, and initiatives that promote a future free of domination, exploitation, oppression, war, and empire, to the fullest extent possible.
The project is off to a strong start and sponsored
several well attended events during Fall term including:
Education doesn’t stop in the classroom. Events on campus provide opportunities for academic discourse and inspiration, for community education and outreach, and for student interaction with top researchers in their field. The School of History, Philosophy, and Religion continues to raise the bar and sponsor diverse quality programming that enhances the culture of learning and community on the Oregon State University campus.
Students, faculty, alumni, and friends all showed their support during our first Open House in November.
Fall 2013 may have been one of our busiest terms yet. During the 10 week Fall term, we hosted the 15th International Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum, as well as the annual Oregon State University Constitution Day event, two speakers in the Horning 2014 ‘Culture and Religion’ Lecture series, a three speaker series examining the life and faith of Emperor Constantine I, two events sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, four events sponsored by the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures, five events co-sponsored by the Hundere Endowment and the newly formed Religious Studies student group, and a host of smaller events!! (Whew!) In all, SHPR was involved with 28 events this term – that’s nearly 3 a week – including several standing room only events!
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has come out and attended our events this term and encourage you to join us for some of the diverse programming coming during Winter quarter.
WINTER TERM EVENTS:
01/06:Winter Term Begins
01/14:Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws and the Sochi Olympics
4pm – MU Journey Room
(a panel discussion with Kara Ritzheimer, Bill Husband, and Bradley Boovy)
01/15:A Gathering for Peace and Conflict Studies at OSU
12pm – Milam 319A
01/15:California Bound: Reckoning with the American West’s Unfree Past
4pm – MU Asian/Pacific Room (An American Conversations Lecture)
01/22:World Peace and Other Fourth Grade Achievements
7pm – Majestic Theater (Part of the City of Corvallis MLK celebration)
01/23:The Seeds of Peace Tomorrow are in the Children of Today
7pm – Milam Aud. (The Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Peace Lecture)
01/28:Native American Spirituality and Traditional Healing
7pm – MU Journey Room (Hundere Lecture with Susan Crawford O’Brien)
02/11:The Role of Mormon Women
7pm – MU Journey Room (Hundere Lecture with Susanna Morrill)
02/14 & 02/15:Transformation Without Apocalypse
All Day – LaSells Stewart Center (A Spring Creek Project event with Tim DeChristopher, Ursula K. LeGuin, Kim Stanley Robinson, Kathleen Dean Moore, Rob Nixon, and more… Click here for more information.)
02/19:Sex in Crisis
7pm – LaSells Stewart Center (Carson Lecture with Dagmar Herzog)
02/24:Why the World Needs Religious Studies
7pm – MU Journey Room (A Hundere Lecture with Nathan Schneider)
03/06:Nietzsche and Spirituality in the US
4pm – MU Journey Room (Horning Lecture with Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen)
THE LAST WORD:
“As we leave the moon and Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came, and God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind,” he spoke. “As I take these last steps from the surface for some time to come, I’d just like to record that America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow.”
- the last words ever spoken on the Moon…
- Gene Cernan, Apollo 17 ; which returned to Earth on this day in 1972.
Courtney Campbell was recently featured as a medical ethics guest expert on an episode of “The Blaze.” With hospitals facing a shortage of organ donors, this show asked if there is a free market solution that can solve the shortage and save lives. Fortunately, Courtney was on hand to weigh in on the ethics and implications of creating an open market for human organs. You can watch Courtney’s full interview here.
Campbell was also quoted in the Oregonian earlier this month regarding the current organ transplant system pointing out that “roughly 7,000 people die each year – 19 a day –waiting for the organs that could save them.”
Congratulations to Jon Dorbolo who was awared the 2013 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Design by the folks at Blackboard, Inc. They stated, “The efforts made by Jon Louis Dorbolo really do make a difference in enhancing the learning experience at your institution and for many other institutions across the globe.” His work will be highlighted at the Blackboard World 2013 conference awards luncheon which will take place on July 11, 2013 in Las Vegas.
Congratulations to Jacob Darwin Hamblin who was interviewed on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s show Think Out Loud. According to the accompanying article entitled “How the Cold War Created Environmental Science,” Jake’s new book, Arming Mother Nature, has scene after scene that makes you wonder if Dr. Strangelove or Dr. No weren’t so fictional after all… (It really is a great read!)
The Phrōnesis Lab group, led by Sharyn Clough and Stephanie Jenkins, has just wrapped up teaching a ten-week course in Peace and Social Justice to a group of 11 at-risk youth from neighboring College Hill High School. The course focused on topics chosen by the high school students, including LGBT issues, poverty, homelessness, and bullying. The philosophy program at OSU is a perfect incubator for the Phrōnesis Lab because the faculty here have always been committed to philosophy engaged with and in the real world. This course will be offered every Spring.
Stephanie Jenkins also recently presented a paper at the 7th Annual Meeting of philoSOPHIA in Banff, Alberta Canada. Her paper, which was part of the Bios, Biopower, and Bioethics: Critical Disability Theory Perspectives Session, was entitled “Morally Considerable Life: Towards a Feminist Disability Ethics.”
Earlier this month, the Religion in American History blog did a week long series of critical interpretations of John Lardas Modern’s Secularism in Antebellum America. Kicking off this week long event was Amy Koehlinger who had recently chaired a provocative and well-attended session on the topic at the American Academy of Religion conference in Chicago.
The 2013 Society for U.S. Intellectual History conference committee announced two main plenary sessions to be held the evenings of November 1 and November 2, 2013, at UC-Irvine. One of these sessions, The United States and the World: Intellectual Histories of American Foreign Relations, will be co-chaired by Christopher McKnight Nichols.
Nichols’ class on the U.S. role in the world in the post-Cold War era/ca. 1989-2001, which was taped on March 12, 2013, aired on June 8 & 9 on C-SPAN’s “Lectures in American History.” Nichols has since received a flood of positive emails on both his teaching and the high quality student insights and participation.
Earlier this month, Allen Thompson presented at the 2013 OSU Authors and Editors Recognition Luncheon. Joined by faculty from across the University, Allen discussed his most recent book “Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change.” Allen was the only professor from the College of Liberal Arts to present.
Anita Guerrini had a wonderful blog/article featured on the website for the 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine which will be held 21-28 July in Manchester England. Her post is based on the paper , “Une affreuse cuisine: The ghastly kitchen,” which she is due to give at ICHSTM as part of symposium T159, “Place and affect in early-modern sciences,” on Monday 22nd July.
It is one thing to hear about social injustice second hand. It is another to go out and see for yourself. During Spring term, Joseph Orosco and Tony Vogt hosted the OSU Peace Studies Social Justice Reality Tour to give students the opportunity to go out and investigate social justice in their own community and to report back about their experiences. As one part of this project, they have set up a fantastic blog entitled “Ground Truthing Social Justice: Reports from the Field” to give students the opportunity to publicly post about their research and findings. They hope to offer this course regularly and investigate a different series of on-the-ground issues each time.
Congratulations to recent MS History of Science graduate Peter Rumbles who has accepted a post at the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City. Chartered by the State of New York in 2009, the museum is the only museum of mathematics in the USA and has substantial outreach missions to K-12 students and the general public. For more on the museum and its history see: http://momath.org/about/
Award winning history student and recent graduate Maanas Tripathi was featured this month in an article by the College of Liberal Arts entitled “Off the Beaten Path.” In this article, he says, “I honestly used to be really bored with my experiences in school until I decided to major in history. For once, I was actually excited about going to class.” Maanas has been accepted into medical school and begins his advanced classes this fall.
The University Honor’s College at OSU has awarded Victoria Price the Honors Promise Finishing Scholarship for 2013-2014. Her award was one of only two given to students in the Humanities. This $5,000 scholarship is the highest dollar value award made by the UHC. This award adds to Victoria’s already impressive list of awards and accomplishments this year including the School’s WIC Culture of Writing award and the Robert Wayne Smith Book award.
Note that the east entrance to Milam Hall will be closed to foot traffic. They will be trimming the boxwoods and plants near the entrance and then painting just as they did the front north entrance. This project will most likely take most of the summer.
NEW FEATURE NOTICE:
SHPR now has a Flickr Photo Account!! Click below for recent photo’s from:
As you all know, we are already deep in scheduling events for this Fall!
Current events on the schedule include:
September 26: A Horning Lecture with David Hollinger
October 3-5: The Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum Conference
October 07: “Muslim Cool” – A Hundere Lecture with Su’ad Khabeer
October 24: A Pauling Nobel Anniversary Lecture with Tim Naftali
November 20 (Tentative): A Horning Lecture with Jon Butler
April 28-May 1st: Holocaust Memorial Week
If you have events planned for Fall that are not on this schedule, please set up an appointment to meet with me asap.
A FOND FAREWELL:
After many years with the Religious Studies Department, the Philosophy Department, and ultimately the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, Lois Robertson has retired. There are not enough words of praise for the fantastic work she has done all these years in support of our programs. Her warm smile and pleasant demeanor will be greatly missed.
THE LAST WORD:
“Space isn’t remote at all. It’s only an hour’s drive away if your car could go straight upwards.” – Sir Fred Hoyle (b. 06/24/1915)
Christopher McKnight Nichols has had a banner month starting with the American Military and Diplomatic History Conference that was held on campus May 7th to celebrate the launch of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Military and Diplomatic History – a massive two volume reference work he co-edited with David Milne and Timothy Lynch. CSPAN was on hand to film the event which is slated to air later this month!
A hearty congratulations to Stuart Sarbacker who received the Hundere Publishing Fellowship to assist in the completion of his forthcoming book, Tracing the Path of Yoga, under contract with SUNY Press. His most recent article “Herbs (ausadhi) as a Means to Spiritual Accomplishments (siddhi) in Patañjali’s Yogasutra” was also published this month in the International Journal of Hindu Studies.
Sarbackers’ popular yoga course was featured in a recent OSU video.
Mina Carson presented a lecture on Ava Helen Pauling at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland on Thursday, May 9th to a wildly enthusiastic audience. Her talk Ava Helen Pauling: Wife, Mother, Gadfly, Activist presented research and insights gained writing her biography of Ava Helen that was released on OSU Press this month.
“In a postmodern world where the gods may be silent and spectacles are packaged and commodified for our consumerist lusts, we do well to follow Einstein’s admonition to not close our eyes to the awe and wonder that pervade our experience.”
Amy Koehlinger visited Yale University last month as co-organizer and presenter at Historiographical Heresy: A Conference on the Legacy of Jon Butler. Dr. Koehlinger presented a paper entitled “Questioning ‘The Catholic Imaginary’: Catholic Exceptionalism in the Historical Imagination”
Koehlinger was also awarded a Hundere Teaching Fellowship to assist in the development of her new course, “Religion in the American West” to add to the curricular offerings of the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion in the field of religious studies!
The Socratic Club @ OSU, helmed by Gary Ferngren, continues to bring thought provoking debates to campus. This month featured a debate asking if the concept of hell and the concept of a loving God are incompatible.
David Luft was recently in Canada to give a presentation at the Glaubenssysteme Belief-Systems Conference at the University of Waterloo.
He spoke on “Resisting Belief-Systems in Austria” and also served as moderator for the Austria & It’s History panel.
Congratulations go out to Nicole von Germeten who contributed a chapter, “Black Brotherhoods in Mexico City” to the recently released book The Black Urban Atlantic in the Age of the Slave TradeEdited by Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Matt D. Childs, and James Sidbury on University of Pennsylvania Press.
You may remember Dr. Cañizares-Esguerra from earlier this year as he gave the 2013 Carson Lecture “Silencing the Past: On Imperious Historical Categories.” His lecture is still one of the top three viewed videos on our YouTube channel.
Ph.D. candidate Linda M. Richards, has done us proud again: her article on uranium mining on Navajo land, entitled “On Poisoned Ground,” is the cover story in the latest issue of the magazine Chemical Heritage which is published by the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) in Philadelphia. They’ve also put images from her article on the front page of both the hard copy magazine and their website. If you are not familiar with the CHF, it is a major center of research in the history of chemistry (including the health and environmental dimensions).
Work like Linda’s is helping to make our School not only a center of excellence in history of science, but also in environmental, peace, and social justice issues. This is a bumper academic year for Linda, who also recently published a refereed journal article about Linus Pauling’s “fallout suits” in the journal Peace and Change. (Volume 38, Issue 1, pages 56–82, January 2013)
Hannah Mahoney interned in the OSU Multicultural Archives and organized an archival document set related to a really distinctive church founded by Caribbean immigrants in Portland in 1911. The Church (St. Philip the Deacon) recently donated its records to OSU Archives.
A big congratulations to History senior Hannah Mahoney was awarded the OSU Library Undergraduate Research Award in the humanities for 2013, for her paper “A Global Affair: Understanding 1960s Geopolitics through the New York World’s Fair”
Hannah was also featured in a recent OSU Spotlight where she said,
“I didn’t choose Oregon State for history, but I probably am getting the better history degree I would have gotten anywhere else,” she says. “All the professors are great. They really love where they are and what they’re doing.”
OSU History (91′) alumnus Robert Self (now Professor of History at Brown University) returned to Oregon to speak at 3:30 pm on Thursday, May 9 at the University of Oregon (375 McKenzie Hall).
Dr. Self is a prominent scholar of twentieth century US history. His first (award-winning) book, American Babylon, explored racial politics in Oakland, California in the postwar era. He will be speaking about his new book, All in the Family, which has already received significant attention.
The Salem Statesman Journal ran a great article on OSU alumnus and former faculty member Willi Unsoeld. “A graduate of Oregon State University, Willi Unsoeld later served on the faculty of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Oregon State before taking a leave of absence to join the Peace Corps and embarking upon his historic trek (as part of the first American expedition to climb Everest). It was a quest that would cost Unsoeld nine of his toes from frostbite, but cement his reputation as one of the country’s greatest climbers and give birth to a legacy of adventure-seeking that today still thrives at Oregon State University.”
Congratulations go out to Dr. Elizabeth Stillwagon Swan, the Horning Fellow in History and Philosophy of Science for 2010-2011, who has been appointed assistant professor of philosophy at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA.
Dr. Swan taught science writing for the OSU Gradate Program in History and Philosophy of Science during her year at OSU’s Center for Humanities. At Mercyhurst professor Swan will be teaching courses in philosophy of mind and philosophy of science, and plans to collaborate with colleagues in the university’s programs in forensic science and intelligence studies. Her most recent book is Origins of Mind (Dordrecht: Springer, 2013).
Please join me in a School wide heartfelt congratulations to Heather and Caleb Stinger who welcomed their first baby, Taryn, this month.
We wish them the best of luck in the future and look forward to Heather’s return in June!
(For those that saw Horning Visiting Scholar Robert Fox’s talks last week…, this may be of interest!)
Human Curiosities: People on Display at the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition
Lunchtime Lecture with Emily J. Trafford, Ph.D. candidate, University of Liverpool
Friday, May 17 at 12 PM
Oregon Historical Society Madison Room (Free with museum admission)
Organizers of the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition in Portland, Oregon, chose to include displays of live humans, a practice that was common at the time but about which there are many questions today. Historian Emily J. Trafford will be working to answer those questions during four weeks of intense research into collections held by OHS, work supported by the Society’s Donald J. Sterling Research Fellowship. Join her for an illustrated update on what she has discovered in our archive and what she thinks it all means. (Learn more here!)
The History Students Association Undergraduate Research Conference
Saturday, May 18, 2013 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Valley Library, Willamette East & West Room
(Please consider attending and lending your support to our young researchers!)
A Brief History of Extraterrestrial Communication
Tuesday, May 21, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Milam Hall, Room 319A
The CLA “Scholarship and Creativity Fair” Thursday, May 30, 5:00 PM -8:00 PM Reser Stadium, Club Level
The 1st annual SHPR “No-Ice-Cream” Social and Awards Presentation
Thursday, June 06, 2:00 PM -4:00 PM Memorial Union, Journey Room
Commencement 2013 Saturday, June 15, 2013 12:00 PM
Be a Mentor!
WHAT IS PROJECT SOCIAL JUSTICE?
Project Social Justice (PSJ) is a nine-month mentoring program for individuals interested in becoming effective social change agents. The vision of the program is to develop diverse leaders dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive society. Participants will be expected to attend activities, meet independently, engage in authentic conversations, and provide reflections throughout the experience. Mentees will create a culminating personal growth and social justice project. It is our hope that mentors and mentees will build meaningful relationships with one another and within the cohort of participants. The program begins during the Fall 2013 term and ends Spring 2014. Undergraduate and graduate students can apply to be a mentee. Staff, professional faculty, and teaching faculty can apply to be a mentor.
Congratulations go out to Jim Blumenthal
who was the focus of a feature story
entitled ‘Hemisphere to Hemisphere’
for the College of Liberal Arts.
“When Jim Blumenthal finished his degree at the University of San Diego in 1989, he took off on a backpacking trip through Asia. He had no idea, at the time, that in ten years he would receive his Ph.D. in Asian religions, or that by the end of twenty he would have personal relationships with world leaders of modern Buddhism, the Dalai Lama included. For Blumenthal, an associate professor of philosophy at Oregon State, the trip was a process of self—and global—exploration:…”
Jim will also be presenting “Buddhist Thought: The Basics” to the
Religious Studies Group on Tuesday April 2nd at 4pm in Milam 301.
When asked what he would like on his pizza, he replied: “Make me one with everything…”
Speaking of the Religious Studies Group, they were featured this month in a front page story in the Barometer in a story entitled “A Close Look at Religions” by Dakotah Splichalova.
“With an inclusive philosophy, the Religious Studies Club focuses on investigating scholarly issues and creating a collegiate community committed to interreligious values and study.”
During March, the group met on 3/6 to discuss perennial philosophy and again on 3/15 to discuss the process of Papal Conclave and the impact of the selection of Pope Francis to the Catholic Church. The Religious Studies Group is advised by Amy Koehlinger, Paul Kopperman, and David Arnold (pictured left above).
The Horning Endowment for the Humanities held the Digital Humanities Symposium earlier this month exploring the impact of contemporary technological advances on scholarship and research in the humanities disciplines. The event featured Rob Iliffe (director of the Newton Project / Sussex), Anita Guerrini (OSU), Patrick McCray (UC Santa Barbara), Dan Rosenberg (UO) and James Capshew (Indiana).
You can watch Anita Guerrini’s presentation
“Google Books, the n-gram, and Culturomics” below:
Phronesis: A Laboratory for Engaged Ethics is a new SHPR project directed by a team of Philosophy faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students and will be launching its first major experiment in the spring quarter. In concert with the College Hill High School alternative education program in Corvallis, the Phronesis team is running an on-campus class for at-risk youth focused on research and writing skills through the application and test of working ethical hypotheses. The topics in the class will be selected by the students, and framed by peace and social justice narratives such as LGBT rights, discrimination in education, criminal justice issues affecting individuals with developmental disabilities, and the role of social media. The narratives are geared toward helping students to recognize and work to ameliorate social inequalities in their communities. Combining journaling, investigative research, social experiments, and community projects, the students’ work in the class will culminate in the production of individual research portfolios that test the ethical hypotheses they’ve developed against the evidence of their own experience.
The project is supervised by Drs. Sharyn Clough and Stephanie Jenkins, and the class itself will be taught by Matt Gaddis, as part of his practicum requirements for the Applied Ethics MA program, along with Sean Creighton who recently defended an Applied Ethics MA thesis that discussed State standards for high school science curricula. Philosophy major Sione Filimoehala is the teaching assistant for the class. Ashley Eveleth, a community volunteer, rounds out the team.
Check out the Phronesis website for more exciting details!
Colorado State University recently created a new web resource – “100 Views of Climate Change” – which prominently features both a wonderful short video presentation by Kathleen Dean Moore entitled Climate Change: A Moral Crisis and another great review of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril!
Kathy also participated in the March event (sponsored by the Spring Creeks Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word) “Thinking About Animals Thinking” where she read a lovely essay from her book Wild Comfort entitled “The Possum in the Plum Tree.”
You can watch her presentation below
Other speakers at this event included Michael Nelson, Virginia Morell, Bill Ripple, Dave Mellinger. You can watch all of their videos on our YouTube Channel!
While we are talking about animals and Spring Creeks, we should mention the amazing event with Virgina Morell that happened last month. Morell’s presentation, Animal Wise, was an insightful and inspirational look into minds and emotions of animals.
We had so many people attend this event, from school children to seniors, that we had to move the event from C&E hall and into Austin Auditorium to accommodate the crowd!
Lights, Camera, Nichols! C-SPAN was recently on campus filming Christopher McKnight Nichols’ class on US foreign relations for their show American History TV.
The Horning Endowment for the Humanities also sponsored a lunch bunch talk in March with Nicole Archambeau entitled “Reconsidering the Health Care Provider: Lessons from Medieval Miracle Accounts.“
Nicole’s interesting presentation has become the most popular
video on our YouTube Channel for the month!
Big congratulations go out to Stacey Smith who was just awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship!! The fellowship provides a stipend to travel to the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif. where she will conduct research for her next book project, “An Empire for Freedom: Transcontinental Abolitionism and the Black Civil Rights Struggle in the Pacific West.”
This month, we also got a first look at the cover for her current book, “Freedom’s Frontier: California and the Struggle over Unfree Labor, Emancipation, and Reconstruction” which is due out on UNC Press in August.
Finally, Smith has been invited to submit a paper and give a talk on the Thirteenth Amendment in the American West at a special conference called “The World that the Civil War Made,” which will take place at the Richards Center for the Civil War Era at Pennsylvania State University on June 21, – 23, 2013. The essays by participants will eventually be published in an edited collection for University of North Carolina Press in 2015.
We also got our first look this month at the cover for Nicole von Germeten‘s upcoming book “Violent Delights, Violent Ends: Sex, Race, & Honor in Colonial Cartagena de Indias.”
Mina Carson‘s long-awaited biography of the complex Ava Helen Pauling, which comes out this June, is an important addition to the literature on women’s and family history as well as her famous spouse, Linus Pauling.
Ava Helen Pauling: Partner, Activist, Visionary shares the fascinating history behind one of the great love stories of the twentieth century and the personal story of Ava Helen’s own career as an activist first for civil rights and liberties, then against nuclear testing, and finally for peace, feminism, and environmental stewardship.
Courtney Campbell and the Hundere Endowment for Religion and Culture announced three awards to support the Religious Studies initiative across the School.
1) The first of these is the annual student award for best undergraduate and graduate paper address an issue of relevance to religious studies. Please announce this to your students, and encourage any students who have submitted excellent papers in relevant classes to submit a paper.
2) The Second is a teaching fellowship, which provides some professional development funds for developing a new course or revising an existing course to advance the aims of our current Religion and Culture certificate, and ultimately our anticipated major.
3) The third is the continuation of the Hundere Publishing Fellowship that was initiated by Marc Borg, and provides some funding for course releases to allow a faculty member to work on and complete a book-length project.
Contact Courtney for more information!
On Tuesday, March 26, Joseph Orosco addressed the United Nations Association of
Rose Villa in Portland on the topic of “Just Wars and Good Interventions”.
Finally, we have a new face
in the front office!
Helen Wilhem will be joining us
while Heather Stinger is away.
Please stop in and say hello
if you have not already done so!
Hard to believe another month has already passed us by. A personal thank you to everyone who sent in updates and suggestions for this month – as you can see, even on a slow month, we are a fantastically active School!
If you have items or updates that you would like included in the next issue, please send them as well as any comments/suggestions to Robert Peckyno before April 30th!
Welcome to the first installment of the SHPR Digest – our new monthly-ish summary of news from across the School. A big thanks to Bob for pulling this together and all of you who wrote in with updates. As he says in his final words, we really do encourage you to keep us all up to date on your activities.
Dr. Guerrini officially became ‘chair-elect’ on February 19, 2013 and will assume the role of chair in 2014. The 2014 annual meeting of the AAAS will be held in Chicago, IL – February 13-17, 2014 on the theme “Meeting Global Challenges: Discovery and Innovation.”
It would be great to have a large SHPR presence at this meeting as this would be a fantastic opportunity to showcase our programs. You can submit symposium proposals through April 23rd, 2013.
Stuart Sarbacker was featured in the most recent issue of OSU’s research magazine, Terra in an article entitled “Green Yoga: Posture for the Planet“. Stuart explained that in India, the birthplace of the exercise, yoga is beginning to stretch beyond the boundaries of one’s self and into the ecological realm. A new movement called “Green Yoga” encourages men and women who practice yoga — called yogis and yoginis — to strive for bettering their environment.
Stuart will be teaching a course during Spring Term devoted to Green Yoga.
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Amy Koehlinger‘s recent article “By Whose Authority” on the conflict between nuns and the Vatican was featured on the cover of the “American Catholic Studies Newsletter.”
Amy along with Stuart Sarbacker has also started a reading group for faculty in SHPR, and throughout the university, on theories and methods in the academic study of religion. Contact Amy or Stuart for more information!
Amy and Courtney Campbell also teamed earlier this month to present:
“God Talk” in the Public Presidency
You can watch their presentation below!
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Joseph Orosco hosted the annual conference of the the Peace and Conflict Studies Consortium (PCSC) entitled “The Chemistry of Peace: Transforming Cultures of Fear Through Education.” Peace and Conflict Scholars converged on Milam Hall earlier this month to compare notes, programs, and lessons learned.
The keynote for this event, “Crucible of Dissent: Ava Helen and Linus Pauling,” was delivered by Mina Carson who will be releasing a biography of Ava Helen Pauling later this year. You can watch her presentation below:
This release comes while Nichols is still getting a flurry of publicity and a recent 17 page rountable review in the Journal of American Studies about his most recent book, Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of the Global Age.
…Nichols has accomplished a major feat, demonstrating that isolationism was a far richer and more complex intellectual tradition than its critics have ever imagined–one that still speaks to our own time, freshening the stale formulas of the Washington consensus and allowing us to re-imagine the role of the United States in the world. –Jackson Lears
We recently sat down with Dr. Kopperman to discuss this unique collaboration as the inaugural video for our new SHPR “Behind the Books” video series.
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Last month, the Horning Endowment for the Humanities sponsored an Alpine Environments workshop featuring several climate historians and scientists including Mark Carey (UO), Toby Dittrich (PCC), Mike Osborne (OSU), and Harold Zald (OSU). The keynote for this event featured environmental historian Roderick Nash who was introduced by Jake Hamblin and spoke to an overflowing standing room only audience.
On Feb. 11th, the annual Carson Lecture was held featuring Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra who presented a talk entitled “Silencing the Past: On Imperious Historical Categories.” His talk, introduced by Nicole von Germeten, has rocketed up our YouTube channel and in one week is already our third most viewed video. (David Luft‘s fall talk on Philosophy and Science in Nineteenth-Century Austria is still #1)
You can watch Dr. Cañizares-Esguerra’s lecture below:
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March 6, 5:00 PM (Milam Hall, 301): Religious Studies @ OSU: Perennial Philosophy
March 8, 3:00 PM (Memorial Union, Journey Room) Thinking About Animals Thinking A Spring Creek Project Symposium with Michael Nelson, Kathleen Dean Moore,
Dave Mellinger, Bill Ripple and Virginia Morell.
Grant Proposal: These NEH grants support national or regional (multistate) training programs for scholars and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities. Through these programs, NEH seeks to increase the number of humanities scholars using digital technology in their research and to broadly disseminate knowledge about advanced technology tools and methodologies relevant to the humanities. The projects may be a single opportunity or offered multiple times to different audiences. Institutes may be as short as a few days and held at multiple locations or as long as six weeks at a single site. For example, training opportunities could be offered before or after regularly occurring scholarly meetings, during the summer months, or during appropriate times of the academic year. The duration of a program should allow for full and thorough treatment of the topic.
CFP: Oregon Humanities is still seeking scholars, community leaders, innovators, provocateurs, artists, and other engaged thinkers to lead Conversation Project programs.
The Conversation Project offers Oregon nonprofits free, humanities-based public discussion programs about provocative issues and ideas. We are looking for leaders who are smart, passionate about ideas, and curious–who understand the role of the humanities in the public sphere, but who are also teachers at heart, regardless of their day job.
CFP: The Interdisciplinary Encounters in Religion, Law, and Ethics working group at the University of California-Irvine contributes to the culture of interdisciplinary reading that focuses on probing the tensions in religious and secular ethics and legal systems.
The group is holding its first interdisciplinary conference on May 10, 2013 at the University of California-Irvine.
Grant Proposal: The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor will support a program to promote freedom of expression and association for majority and minority religious populations, focusing on youth and religious leaders. The program will design and implement a participatory online network and related social media tools to help foster respect for religious diversity, reduce sectarian tensions, counter violent extremism, and respond to calls for the punishment of blasphemy and apostasy. Focused on Near East Asia / Indonesia.
Grant Proposal: Land O’Lakes Foundation Community Grants range from $500 to $25, 000. Some larger donations are made. Land O’Lakes Foundation Community Grants Program provides support through cash grants to nonprofit organizations that are working to improve communities where Land O’Lakes has a significant concentration of members or employees. These include organizations:
Such as United Way that provide funding to community human services.
That work to alleviate hunger.
Designed to build knowledge and leadership skills of rural youth.
Active in addressing and solving community problems.
Promoting artistic endeavors — especially in under-served rural areas, touring or outreach programs.
Land O’Lakes Foundation funds national programs and programs in 20 states: Arkansas, California, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin.
Generally, grants are restricted to organizations that have been granted tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Community Grants are limited to one per organization per calendar year.
Grant Proposal (for those up for a real challenge): The Program Challenge Fund was created to support high-profile, primetime, limited series for the national public television schedule. The Program Challenge Fund is jointly administered by CPB and PBS, which make funding decisions based on mutually established programming goals and objectives.
This is our first attempt at a monthly-ish news post and this will be an evolving process. I hope to release one of these around the first day of each month so that we can all keep up with everything going on across the SHPR. Are there things that could be better? Are there things you would like to see more / less of? Do you have a great source of information you’d like to share? Have you actually read this far?
If you have items or updates that you would like included in the next issue, please send them as well as any comments/suggestions to Robert Peckyno before March 24th.