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June 28, 2016

Peter Jan Margy Lecture “The Healing Coltrane and the Communion of Sacred Jazz”

 Global Oregon Faculty Collaboration Fund Lecture Series presents

“The Healing Coltrane and the Communion of Sacred Jazz”

A public lecture by Peter Jan Margry, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam and Daniel Wojcik, Department of English and Folklore Program, University of Oregon

July 5, 2016
110 Fenton Hall
1:00 pm

This presentation explores the religious practices inspired by the music of the jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, within the context of the worship services of the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church in San Francisco.  In this setting the live jam performances of Coltrane’s music may offer, for church members and visiting jazz devotees alike, a sacred and transformative experience, a sensorial sublime, that brings healing, consolation, and a connection to the divine.

May 20, 2016

2016 UO Folklore Rogue Graduation Ceremony

The UO Folklore Program will celebrate its annual Rogue Graduation Ceremony on June 11 from 2-5 PM.  All Folklore faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and FOF (Friends of Folklore) are welcome to attend.  This annual event combines tradition, humor, absurdity, and pride of accomplishment with community and libations.

For more information, contact UO Folklore Director of Undergraduate Studies Dr. John Baumann at




April 30, 2016

Dr. Habib Iddrisu Featured in Performance Ensemble Dema

Dema, Agoro, Waasa. These are just a few of the many terms used by various ethnic groups in sub-Saharan Africa to describe the concept of a total performance experience. Dema combines dance, music, singing, and storytelling among others, with the intent to educate, learn, and to entertain.

Dema is a non-auditioned performance ensemble that is open to all UO students, regardless of their background and/or experience. The group uses the total performance concept to advance cross-cultural understanding, enrich students’ university-life experience through diversity, and broaden their worldview through performance. The ensemble’s foundation is built on one of the basic principles of traditional African performance and community building.

As a new performing ensemble, Dema will have a different theme each year to enhance the production. The theme for our inaugural show is “The Rise of the New Dawn.” The music, dancing, singing and storytelling that will be showcased this year will all be interwoven into this years’ theme.  Some of the pieces to be presented are from Ghana, Senegal, Guinea, and there will be some original works created by Dr. Habib Iddrisu. Additionally, professional Ghanaian musicians and dancers from across the US and Ghana will join our amazing UO students for the inaugural show. The majority of these professional artists were part of three of the foremost national companies in Ghana (The Ghana Dance Ensemble, Abibigromma-Resident Company of the University of Ghana, and the Ghana National Dance Company). As part of the event, invited guests together with UO students will be reaching out the community to provide free music, dance and storytelling performances. Performances are already scheduled at Vivian Olum and Moss Street pre-schools as part of the performance week.



April 26, 2016

Esma Redzepova and Folk Masters This Friday, April 29

Friday, April 29 at 7:30pm,  $12, $8 students

Beall Concert Hall

Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the UO Ticket Office, 541-346-4363.

The concert of the UO World Music Series (a program of the UO School of Music and Dance) is made possible by the UO Department of Anthropology and the UO Program in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies. Additional support comes from series sponsors: the Oregon Humanities Center’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities; and the UO Department of International Studies.

A concert of Romani (Gypsy) and Macedonian music performed by the legendary singer and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Esma Redzepova and ensemble.

The internationally acclaimed Redzepova is known as “Queen of Romani Songs” and is one of NPR’s “50 Great Voices.”

Born in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, she began her professional career at the age of thirteen. She was the first Balkan performer to make Romani music popular with non-Romani audiences on elite concert stages in the early 1960s.

Redzepova has performed for many heads of state and has toured more than four decades, giving more than 8,000 concerts in over 30 countries. She sings in ten languages, and has played in plazas, stadiums, and opera houses; for villagers as well as world leaders. Her ensemble has performed over 400 musical pieces on dozens of recordings, several of which achieved “gold” status in the former Yugoslavia.

In addition to her stage work, Redzepova is a world-renowned humanitarian, fostering 49 children and educating them in music and career development. She will be accompanied by these protégés, spanning three generations, lead by master accordionist and ensemble arranger Simeon Atanasov.

Redzepova is honorary president of the Macedonian Red Cross, and has given more than one thousand benefit concerts. In 2000 the Sorority of Roma Women proclaimed her Woman of the Millennium, and in 2002 she was nominated a second time for the Nobel Peace Prize and as United Nations Ambassador for Refugees in Macedonia. In 2010, she was awarded the Macedonian Order of Merit, and in 2013 she was proclaimed a National Artist of Macedonia.

2016 Coalition Against Environmental Racism 22nd Annual Conference

You are invited to the 2016 Coalition Against Environmental Racism 22nd
Annual Conference



CAER is a University of Oregon student organization committed to
bridging the gaps of social and environmental equality. Environmental
Racism addresses the fact that underprivileged people, specifically
communities of color, are disproportionately impacted by pollution,
waste disposal, hazardous sites, resource depletion, and natural
disasters in the natural and built environment. CAER exists as a
resistance to this inequality, and as a strong and visible piece of the
Environmental Justice Movement — a movement composed of the
mobilization of people, communities, and organizations committed to
fighting Environmental Racism in urban and rural settings across the
country and the world.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESISTANCE.” The theme is inspired by the struggles of
indigenous communities, and strives to highlight their continued efforts
to protect the environment — particularly food sources — and its
connection to many types of movements (physical, political, migration,
etc.).  Check out our Facebook event to stay updated!

Please RSVP here:

***Translation English-Spanish will be provided***

April 29th 6:00 PM-8:30 PM,

Many Nations Longhouse, University of Oregon. FREE Dinner Provided.

Featuring CAER founder Dr. Robin Collins: “Food Sovereignty: At the
intersection of Sustainability and Environmental Justice”

April 30th 9:00 AM -8:30 PM,

Straub Hall at the University of Oregon, FREE Breakfast, Lunch and
Dinner Provided


Panel Presentation- (10:30-12:00 PM)

Chief Caleen Sisk & Jennifer Eisele “Who are the Trolls? Identifying
Organizations & Individuals Working Against the Interests of Indigenous

3 Hour Workshop on Movement (1:15-4:45)

La Performera, Awilda Rodríguez Lora “Our Bodies/ Our Space (Nuestro
Cuerpo/Nuestro Espacio)”

Workshop Session 1 Presentations (1:15-2:45 PM):

Dr. Martin Reinhardt “Food and Indigenous Sovereignty”

Corrina Gould workshop on Food Justice, Indians in Urban Areas and Land

Workshop Breakout Session 2

Niria Garcia “Decolonizing Justice”

Multnomah Youth Commission Workshop Presentation

Joel Iboa, Beyond Toxics, “Do you know your city? Food Deserts in

Keynote Presentations:

(4:45 PM- 5:45 PM) Erika Lincango “Greenwashing in Ecuador: Caso

(7:00-8:30 PM) Featuring Ecuadorian Amazon Leaders:

Abuelita Catalina Chumpi: “Defense of the Amazon Basin Territories and
the Role of Women”

Katy Machoa: “Criminalization of Social Protest to Nature and Human
Rights Defenders”

Please join us to discuss these important issues and to come together to
learn about Environmental Justice advocates’ work and to discuss ways in
which we can continue to restore ourselves and our communities.

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