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Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellowship will support history graduate student Michele Pflug's research of the people who collected insect specimens belonging to a 300-year-old collection at the Natural History Museum in London.
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Mitra's work is on display through Spring Term in the Erb Memorial Union (2nd Floor, just past the Adell McMillan Gallery). Please visit emu.uoregon.edu to view open hours.
Mitra Gruwell is a community focused upcycle fashion/product designer and sewist, with 20 years experience in business management, entrepreneurship and event production. As the owner of Discard Upcycling, her mission is to make upcycling more accessible and affordable for both businesses and individual clients. Mitra is the program manager and developer for Viking Textile Maker Hub and she also teaches workshops in upcycled design and design thinking, and apprentices and mentors youth in these skills. She has bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Religious Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder and has served on the board of the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene for 8 years. Mitra is passionate about the arts and the role it plays in connecting people and keeping them happy, healthy and prosperous.
Artist Talk: April 21st, 6pm-9pm in the Lease Crutcher Lewis Room in the Erb Memorial Union. No registration required.
Artist Workshop: Upcycled T-Shirts (Session B), May 20th, 1pm-4pm. Registration required. Please visit craftcenter.uoregon.edu.
The University of Oregon MFA Art Exhibition 2023 culminates three years of independent research and experimentation by Lily Wai Brennan, Mary Evans, Anastasiya Gutnik, David Peña, and William Zeng, a cohort of five artists whose various practices engage a broad range of inquiry. This year marks the 100th year of the University’s MFA degree, making it one of the oldest programs in the country. As a marker of the program’s centennial moment, the MFA exhibition returns to the JSMA, making the work accessible to the UO and Eugene community, while celebrating the MFA graduates’ efforts in the high standard of the museum setting.
Join Theo for a camping trip to Crater Lake over the long weekend and make new friends! You will camp at Collier Memorial State Park and exploring Crater Lake during the day.
Sign up on our website under the Common Adventure tab.
Mandatory Pre-Trip: June 1, 4:00pm at the Rental Barn.
Cost: $25 for gas, campsite fee. Other costs to consider include food and any camping gear you will need such as a tent, sleeping bag, hiking boots, (potentially snowshoes), etc.
Must be a student at the UO to participate, no refunds will be given once you reserve your spot.
Once you get a confirmation email from Scout and Ellie that you are on the trip call the rental barn ASAP to reserve gear! 541-346-4371 If you wait until the end of the week to rent gear there may be none left!
Departure time and place: June 3, 8:00am at the Rental Barn
Return time and place: June 4, approximately 8:00pm at the Rental Barn
Trip Initiator: Theo Meunier
Trip Initiator Contact: email@example.com
Pre-trip Meeting: Thursday, June 1, 4:00pm
Pre-trip Meeting Location: Rental Barn 1225 E 18th Ave Eugene, OR 97403
Departure Date: Saturday, June 3, 8:00am
Departure Location: Rental Barn, 1225 E 18th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403
9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
We will consider three works of adventure that become increasingly psychological as we move from ancient Greece to the present time. Homer’s Odyssey (700 B.C.?), George Eliot’s ;Silas Marner (1861) and Virginia Woolf’s The Waves (1931) all present a hero or heroine on a quest. For Odysseus, the goal is home, for Silas Marner, it is at first gold and then the love of a child, and for Bernard, Rhoda and others of Woolf’s twentieth century novel it is immersion in collective community, of being a wave among waves. In this seminar, we will study the epic structure of blocking the protagonist from his or her goal with a follow-up of a final celebration of arriving at the destination. We will also study what we mean by “epic style,” or the grand way the poet or novelist finds in narrating his or her subject. As one great literary critic put it, epic “is nearest of all literary forms to the wish-fulfillment dream.” The seminar will be a balance of lecture and discussion with excerpts presented from DVDs and audio CDs.
Readings to acquire on your own:
Homer’s Odyssey. Richmond Lattimore’s translation recommended. Harper Perennial Modern Classics (2007)
George Eliot’s Silas Marner. Penguin Classics (2007). Editor David Carroll.
Virginia Woolf The Waves. Annotated Edition, Mariner Books (2006). Editor Mark Hussey.
Reading Assignments and Overall Plan
Week 1: Homer’s Odyssey (700 B.C.?). Books 1-13. General Historical Background. Overview of epic structures. Discussion of Odysseus’s character and the other dramatis personae in the book.
Week 2: Homer’s Odyssey Continued. Books 16, 22-24. Discussion, in particular, of the father-son reunion and the controversial “justice” of the ending.
Week 3: George Eliot’s Silas Marner (1861). The evolution of the novel form in England. George Eliot’s biography. Presentation of the “anonymous hero.” Discussion of the ambiguities surrounding the characters and their quests.
Week 4. Virginia Woolf’s The Waves (1931). Virginia Woolf’s inheritance of the psychological novel tradition. Her biography. Discussion of her modification of the epic tradition. Analysis of the cast of complex characters and voices.
Dr. Henry Alley is Professor Emeritus of Literature in the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon.