With politicians from all around the globe agreeing that sustainability and the environment are increasingly important issues to discuss, the United Nations has gathered insight and research from many experts worldwide, including SOU’s assistant professor of geography, Narcisa Pricope. Pricope worked with Professor David López-Carr at the University of California, Santa Barbara as a visiting scholar in order to contribute to the chapter entitled “Land,” which discusses the concern about drylands and the impact globalization and urbanization has on the land in the fifth volume of the UN’s extensive Environmental Outlook report. Her involvement places her among a select group of researchers consulted for their expertise in their respective fields. See the chapter here.
For the past two weeks, November 8 to the 18, the Center Stage Theater at Southern Oregon University presented the play “Three Sisters,” directed by Scott Kaiser and adapted by Libbey Appel.
Set in Russia during the early 1900’s, the play was originally written by Russian play writer, Anton Chekhov in 1900. SOU students Hanna Gassaway, Chelsea Mia Acker, and Rachel Seeley performed the three sisters, Olga, Masha and Irina. Continue reading
In October, tutors from the SOU Writing Center accompanied Writing Center director Deborah Brown to the Pacific Northwest Writing Center Association Conference in Des Moines, Washington. Aside from attending as many relevant presentations and panels as possible between the four SOU representatives in order to learn how to better serve students, the group also presented on the topic of veterans in the Writing Center. Continue reading
Professor Greg Jones spent his recent sabbatical applying his background in environmental studies to an examination of how climate affects grapes used for making wine. His research, in coordination with the Association for the Development of Viticulture in the Douro Region (ADVID), sought to—and effectively did—provide “an assessment of numerous aspects of climate in one of the world’s most historic wine regions—the Douro Valley of Portugal—with the goal of documenting and examining the historic, current, and future climatic conditions of the region.” Through this work, Jones helped fill the gap of missing long-term, quality data that had yet to be collected, particularly in regards to climate. The information he collected and analyzed helps not just winemaking in the Douro Valley, but it can also potentially be applied to growing winegrapes globally since climate so greatly impacts the quality of the wine grapes can produce, whether in the Douro Valley or elsewhere.
The Stevenson’s Union Center at Southern Oregon University held a Mexican Music Festival and Workshop on Friday, November 2, from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The festival took the audience back to the roots of Mexican folk tradition, which carries with it a variety of Mexican history. Sharing this history through music, song and dance was Mariachi Centella and Ballet Folklórico Ritmo Alegre. Continue reading
EMDA’s newly launched Artist/Scholar Residency program “enhances opportunities to take a risk” for professors across the campus who might have previously not had time to work extensively on original research or developing new courses. Not only that, but faculty are encouraged to do what they consistently require students to do—work on projects and discuss big ideas together. “It’s the dream grad seminar,” says Robert Arellano, director of the Center for Emerging Media and one of the people behind launching the program. Continue reading
The annual Southern Oregon Regional Middle School Honor Band concert was held on Sunday, October 27, in the Music Department Recital Hall at Southern Oregon University. The event was hosted by the SOU Department of Performing Arts and arranged by Dr. Cynthia Hutton, who is a music professor and conductor at SOU. Continue reading
Today, November 1st, SOU’s Performing Arts: Theatre will be presenting “Marisol”, a story about a young Latina woman, Marisol, fighting her way through the chaos of a full-blown angelic war caused by a dying and senile God. Continue reading
The Schneider Museum of Art (SMA) at Southern Oregon University is presenting an inspiring exhibition, Selections from Portland2012: A Biennial of Contemporary Art which includes artists representing a broad range of contemporary practice with varying approaches from craft traditions installation, photography, painting and film/video. One participating artist, Ariana Jacob, representing an emerging form of “social practice” art, will set up her pop-up tent in Ashland and Medford to engage in political conversations with residents with conservative political viewpoints. Jacob will present her findings and insights at a lecture on Thursday evening on the Southern Oregon University campus.
As a response to the polarizing political divide in our country, participating artist Ariana Jacob has toured the United States to gather a better understanding of both conservative beliefs as well as her own, as an idealist with socialist leanings and a penchant for questioning herself. Continue reading