In honor of the first day of Chinese New Year, the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA) hosted a free event on Monday, January 23 in the Meese Meeting Room to discuss their recent and continuing work in Jacksonville’s Chinese Quarter. Continue reading
After twenty-five years studying children’s aggression, Professor Douglas Smith of the psychology department is turning his attention from the bully to the bullied with the help of 4,000 dollars from the President’s Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award, sponsored by the SOU Foundation. Continue reading
It’s difficult to think of a type of music Todd Barton, composition instructor at SOU and resident composer for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, has not explored, from medieval to electronic and everything in between. His recent album, “analogie,” released on the VicMod label out of Australia, shows his passion for exploring musical genres. Inspired by “it’s endless potential for patching connectivity and its responsiveness,” his synthesizer, the Buchla 200e Electric Music Box, helped him create the music on this CD, all of which revolves around his love of the electronic music of the 1950s and 60s.
Even as someone who’s never previously experienced music like this, it is difficult not to appreciate the artfulness of his work and sense his excitement for working with the sounds he discovers while using this synthesizer.
Check out this interview with Todd.
In honor of the opening of the Schneider Museum’s exhibition, “SEVEN (re)thinking Ceramics,” visiting artist Hoon Lee will give a talk about his ceramics-based art practice from 12:30 – 1:20 on Tuesday, January 17, in the Meese Auditorium located in the Art Building. Lee’s career as an ceramic artist has been lined with prestige, from his more than twenty solo shows and projects to receiving the Contemporary Korean Ceramic Artists of the Year 2009 Award from the Santiago Gallery in New York.
Lee will provide individual critiques for SOU art students, and he will partake in the SMA opening reception, where attendees can see him create a performative installation piece. The reception takes place January 19 from 5-7.
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This month, EMDA director and associate professor of Creative Writing Robert Arellano, whose last book was selected by the Mystery Writers of America as a finalist for the 2010 Edgar Award, announces publication of his new novel, Curse the Names, a New Mexico noir. Bloomsbury Books in Ashland will host a publication event / author signing on Thursday, January 26 at 7PM
Rebecca Fronek exchanged her dreams of becoming a missionary for a chance to major in communications at SOU and hasn’t regretted the decision. In fact, thanks to COMM 342: Persuasion, she managed to achieve her goal of benefiting Medford’s homeless by organizing an event with the Medford Gospel Mission Women’s Shelter called “Every Woman Deserves Christmas.”
On Friday December 9, community members—all women since men are not allowed at the shelter—arrived for the event with gift bags containing items from a list of essentials, including anything from bus passes to socks. Although her professor, Alena Ruggerio, doesn’t require students to take their completed persuasion campaigns to community organizations, Fronek found the community could more easily meet the need her campaign addressed and decided to contact a local nonprofit.
When choosing what organization to pitch her campaign to, she wanted to pick a place people often overlook since “a lot of things are geared toward children and a lot of the time people forget there are others in need.” Because of that choice and with the support of Janet Fairrington, the shelter’s director, Fronek managed to create a Christmas memory for the women staying at the Medford shelter.
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