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September 25, 2016

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.

“An Evening with Reza Aslan: Religion, Identity, and the Future of America”

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

7:30 p.m.
156 Straub Hall

Reza Aslan is a best-selling author, public intellectual, scholar of religions, producer, and television host. Through the lens of his own experience—his family fled Iran during the Revolution in 1979 and settled in the U.S. when Reza was seven—and the conflicts he faced as an immigrant growing up, Aslan will examine the crisis of identity that is currently gripping the U.S., and suggest some possible ways in which we should think differently about race, religion, and identity in order to abolish the hatred and discrimination that has led to this crisis. As Aslan points out, America has, from the beginning, been a diverse nation, built on immigration and ethnic diversity.

Aslan is the author of the international bestsellers No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam (2005), and Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (2013).

The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book sale and signing. It will be live-streamed at:

Seating is limited to 500; no tickets or reservations. Doors will open at 7 p.m. For more information or for disability accommodations (which must be made by Oct. 11th) please call (541) 346-3934 or

September 23, 2016

Guy Mendilow Ensemble To Perform Concert

As part of a course on “Sephardic Cultures” being taught this fall through the Clark Honors College, a trio from the Boston-based international band, the Guy Mendilow Ensemble, will visit Eugene and present a public concert. Multi-instrumentalist, singer, and arranger Guy Mendilow, together with two of his musical collaborators—Argentinian vocalist Sofia Tosell and Palestinian percussionist Tareq Rantisi—will present “Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom” on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at The Shedd, 285 E. Broadway. The performance is described as “a narrative journey through the Balkans and the Mid-East, beginning in Sarajevo and winding through Salonica and Jerusalem….[It] provides a sonic adventure, masterfully brought to life.”

The Guy Mendilow Ensemble offers “an emotionally powerful, artistic voyage awash with warm harmonies, intricate textures and spellbinding rhythms.” The award-winning ensemble recasts traditional Sephardic songs and legends—sung in the endangered Judeo-Spanish language, Ladino—which were carried by Sephardic Jews as they settled along the Mediterranean’s northern coast to Greece and Turkey after being expelled from Spain in 1492. By digging deeply into Sephardic scholarship and revitalizing the sounds preserved on gritty field recordings, Mendilow and his ensemble have brought the ancient Sephardic culture to life, “intertwining voices, percussion, and soulful playing to render these songs in all their color, drama, and heart.” “The tales are amazing,” says Mendilow. “The melodies twist and turn, like the culture of adaptation Sephardic musicians embraced.”

In addition to the concert, Mendilow and his colleauges will give a free public lecture “Myths, Lies and Truths: The Re-Invention of Ladino Song as Ancient” on Monday, October 10 at 6 p.m. in 145 Straub Hall. During their Eugene residency the ensemble will also visit classes at the UO and at Temple Beth Israel’s Hebrew School.

The Guy Mendilow Ensemble’s visit is sponsored by the Robert D. Clark Honors College in collaboration with The Shedd; the OHC’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities; and Temple Beth Israel. For concert information and tickets ($9–$26) visit: For further information about the other events, please contact

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