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September 26, 2016

“Singular Spaces: An Introduction to Art Environments in Spain and Around the World”

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 4:00 pm

Knight Library Browsing Room, 1501 Kincaid St.

Jo Farb Hernandez (Professor, Department of Art and Art History, San José State University in California, and Director of the Thompson Art Gallery)

In this presentation, Jo Farb Hernández takes a long view of the worldwide phenomenon of invented spaces created by self-taught artists, with a concentration on the Spanish sites that she has been documenting for the past seventeen years. Art environments, which take widely varying forms and often include sculpture, architecture, landscaping, and painting within a single site, are developed additively and organically, without formal plans or designs. Idiosyncratic, personal, and unique works of art, they completely fail to cleanly correspond to any standard characterizations developed by art or architectural historians. Yet because many face similar – and often existential – predicaments in terms of community response and governmental pressure, bringing value and visibility to these works helps not only to preserve these singular spaces, but to expand the very definition of art itself.


Jo Farb Hernández is Director and Curator of the Thompson Art Gallery and Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at San José State University in California.  She is also director of SPACES – Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments, a nonprofit archives whose focus is the worldwide documentation and preservation of art environments and other works of self-taught art. A Fulbright scholar, she has won many prizes for her books, photographs, and exhibitions, and has authored or co-authored over thirty books and exhibition catalogues; her most recent book is entitled, Singular Spaces: From the Eccentric to the Extraordinary in Spanish Art Environments.


September 25, 2016

Dr. Juan Eduardo Wolf To Give Talk – “Styling Blackness in Chile: Rethinking Music-Dance in the African Diaspora”

Dr. Juan Eduardo Wolf of the Music Department will give a talk titled “Styling Blackness in Chile: Rethinking Music-Dance in the African Diaspora” on Friday, October 21 at noon in the Oregon Humanities Center Conference Room, PLC 159.  This is a VPRI Completion Fellow Work-In-Progress talk, sponsored by OHC.

Further Information: (541) 346-3934.

Guest Lecture – What Happened to Christianity in Post-Socialist Europe?

Monday, October 24, 2016, 3:30-5:30 pm

Knight Library Browsing Room, 1501 Kincaid Street, Eugene

István Povedák, Research Group for the Study of Religious Culture, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and University of Szeged, Senior Research Fellow


Dr. Povedák’s main fields of research are contemporary vernacular religiosity, modern mythologies, and the cult of heroes and celebrities. His books include Pseudo Heroes and Fake Gods? (in Hungarian); Heroes and Celebrities in Central Eastern Europe; Landscape as a Factor for Creating Identity (co-edited with Wojciech Bedinsky); Not Even the Past is What It Used to Be: The Multidisciplinary Analysis of New Hungarian Mythologies (co-edited in Hungarian with László Hubbes); and Shamans Everywhere: The Multidisciplinary Analysis of Contemporary Paganism (co-edited in Hungarian with Réka Szilárdi).


He has been the chair of the SIEF (International Society for Ethnology and Folklore) Ethnology of Religion Working Group and the Research Group for Contemporary Mythology and the vice-president of the Hungarian Cultural Anthropology Association. He has been a lecturer at the University of Freiburg (Germany), University of Latvia (Riga, Latvia), Cabrini College (Pennsylvania) and received a Fulbright Scholarship (Ohio State University).


September 24, 2016

Tom di Maria Lecture – “From the Margins to the Mainstream: Artists with Disabilities Today”

Tom di Maria, Director of Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, will deliver a lecture, “From the Margins to the Mainstream: Artists with Disabilities Today,” Monday, October 10, 4-6 pm, in the Knight Library Browsing Room at the University of Oregon.


Tom di Maria has served as Director of Creative Growth Art Center since 2000.  He has developed partnerships with museums, galleries and international design companies to help bring Creative Growth’s artists with disabilities fully into the contemporary art world.


African Studies Lecture Series – “Land Use Change in Eastern Africa: Developing a Model of Regime Rhetoric and Framing the Debate over Land Use”

African Studies Lecture Series
Guest: Dr. Anne Santiago, Political Science, University of Portland
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: Noon
Location: Knight Library Browsing Room
Talk Title: Land Use Change in Eastern Africa: Developing a Model of Regime Rhetoric and Framing the Debate over Land Use        
Dr. Anne Santiago is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Portland. She received her Ph.D. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park. Dr. Santiago’s research highlights the role of international and domestic actors in the development process in Africa, and in the relationship between political development and economic development. Her current project focuses on the process through which large-scale land leases come about, who emerges as winners and losers, and how state actors compete with other stakeholders to frame their agendas in order to persuade others to adopt them. In another line of inquiry, she conducts research on the cause of conflict and the effectiveness of different methods of conflict management. She has published chapters and articles on topics related to ethno-political violence, conflict, and national security in various parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining the University of Portland, Dr. Santiago worked at the National University of Rwanda, in Butare.
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