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About In an Antique Land: a book discussion with Bishupal Limbu
Friday, May 24, 2013 - 2:30pm

This multi-generic book moves back and forth between Amitav Ghosh's experience living in small villages and towns in the Nile Delta and his reconstruction of a Jewish trader and his slave's lives in the eleventh century. Mixing conversation and research, imagination and scholarship, it is also a charged, eccentric history of the special relationship between two countries, Egypt and India, through nearly ten centuries of parochialism and sympathy, bigotry and affection.

Co-sponsored by the Multnomah County Public Library and the Oregon Council of the Social Studies and presented by the Portland State University Library and Middle East Studies Center with support from the U.S. Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative and featuring some of the resources in the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

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Celebrating Muslim Journeys at Portland State University: A Collection of Resources About the Muslim World
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys Project Scholar, Kambiz GhaneaBassiri, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Reed College, shared information about the development of the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf.

Presented by the Portland State University Library and Middle East Studies Center featuring some of the resources in the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys, a collection of books, films, and other resources chosen with a view to familiarizing the American public with Islam and the cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations around the world. Supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative. The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

 

 

2012 Events

 

  "One Book, One Community" Comes to PSU for Jewish Book Month
Journalist Michael Totten and Iranian Kurd Sheida Kharrazi hit on themes in My Father’s Paradise

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies and the University Library at Portland State University presented a panel discussion, "Independent Kurdistan? Perspectives on the non-Arab Middle East." Prof. Michael Weingrad, Judaic Studies’ academic director, hosted the panel that will touch on key topics raised by author ArielSabar in My Father’s Paradise, his memoir about his father and Iraqi Kurdistan. Panel participants included author and journalist MichaelTotten, Assoc. Prof. James Grehan, director of PSU’s Middle East Studies Center, and Sheida Kharrazi, a member of the local Iranian Kurdish community. 

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Celebration of the Verdell Burdine and Otto G. Rutherford Family Collection
Thursday, November 8, 2012

Portland State University Library and Charlotte Rutherford in partnership with Portland State’s Black Studies Department and History Department joined to celebrate the donation the Verdell Burdine and Otto G. Rutherford Family Collection to the Library’s Special Collections. The event included remarks from Charlotte Rutherford, Professor Darrell Millner, Professor Patricia Schechter, and Cris Paschild, Head of Special Collections. Guests also enjoyed the Library’s Fall 2012 exhibit featuring selections from the collection: “Say We Are Here: Culture, Community and Activism across Four Generations of Black Oregonians."

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3rd Annual Oregon Archives Crawl
Saturday, October 6, 2012

Portland State University Library joined Portland Archives and Records Center, Multnomah County Central Library, and the Oregon Historical Society to host the 3rd Annual Oregon Archives Crawl.

For 2012, the Crawl paid tribute to the 100th anniversary of Oregon women winning the right to vote by highlighting women in history. Through the crawl, visitors learned about the contributions and impact of women on Oregon politics, health, education, culture and more.

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Invoking the Secret Names of God: How Ethiopian Magic Scrolls Work for Protection & Healing
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

In this presentation, Steve Delamarter, Director of the Ethiopic Manuscript Imaging Project, explained the world view and practices surrounding the use of amulet scrolls in popular Ethiopian culture.

Co-sponsored by the Portland State University Library, the Middle East Studies Center, and the Portland Center for Public Humanities.

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William Stafford Birthday Celebration Poetry Reading
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Guests joined Portland State at the annual celebration of the life and poetry of the late William Stafford, Oregon's poet laureate. Several poets read their favorite Stafford poems plus one or two of their own. Readers included Professor Emeritus Shelley Reece, Professor John Beer, Portland State MFA graduate students, and a very special guest, Oregon poet laureate Paulann Petersen. For more information about William Stafford, please visit the Friends of William Stafford Web site.

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Everybody Reads 2012
February 2012

Portland State University was a co-sponsor of Multnomah County Library's Everybody Reads 2012. Everybody Reads is a community reading project to encourage discussion of issues that matter and celebrate the power of books in creating a stronger community.

The tenth annual Everybody Reads selection was The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow. This debut novel tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy. With her strict African American grandmother as her new guardian, Rachel moves to a mostly black community in Portland, where her light brown skin, blue eyes and beauty bring mixed attention her way. Growing up in the 1980s, she learns to swallow her overwhelming grief and confronts her identity as a biracial young woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white.

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky: A Literary Round Table

PSU professors Maude Hines (English), Ann Marie Fallon (Honors) and Inger Olsen (World Languages and Literatures) led an in-depth discussion of Heidi W. Durrow's novel.

Center for Academic Excellence Civic Engagement Discussion: Diverse Human Landscape in Metropolitan Portland, the Global Marketplace, Our Workforce Needs and PSU's Innovative Classroom Responses

At this event the newly released data describing the racial disparities throughout the metro region was discussed by primary researcher Ann Curry-Stevens and Consuelo Saragoza, Senior Advisor of Public Health and Community Initiatives at Multnomah County. Following the overview of the data, Dalton Miller-Jones, Professor Emeritus, facilitated a panel discussion with several of our region's prominent employers, including these leaders: Rich Smith, Vice President for Human Resources, Kaiser Permanente, Joshua Todd, Director, Commission on Children and Families, Multnomah County, Claudia Valderrama, Global Chief Financial Officer, Wieden + Kennedy, and Grant Yoshihara, Vice President of Utility Operations and Chief Engineer, Nw Natural Gas.

These business, health, and community executives shared the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed for graduates of higher education to be successful in today's workplace.

Growing Up Biracial

A panel of biracial adults from the PSU community talked about childhood experiences. With PSU Assistant Professor Ethan Johnson (Black Studies), graduate student Adrienne Croskey and student Kevin Thomas.

Child-Rearing and Identity

PSU professors Martha Balshem (Sociology) and Alma Trinidad (Social Work) and psychologist Cheryl Forster (Student Health and Counseling) discussed issues related to identity and development.

Portland's Albina District: Retrospect and Prospect (Room 160)

PSU Associate Professor Karen Gibson (Urban Studies and Planning) led a panel discussion with long-time Albina residents.

 

 

2011 Events

 

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Second Annual Oregon Archives Crawl
Saturday, October 15, 2011

Portland State University Library joined the Portland Archives and Records Center, the Multnomah County Central Library, and the Oregon Historical Society to host the 2nd Annual Oregon Archives Crawl.

Visitors enjoyed fun family activities that connected them to Oregon’s rich history. They could see how Portland has changed over the years through photos and maps, touch artifacts ranging from police dockets dating back to the late 1800s to medical artifacts from OHSU, and tour some of the facilities to get a glimpse of where these treasures are stored.

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Spotlight on Portland State Faculty Authors: Marjorie Burns and Scott Burns
Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods
Thursday, May 12

Cataclysms on the Columbia tells two stories. One follows geological research that challenged the scientific paradigm of the early 20th century, and the other chronicles the results of that research: the discovery of powerful prehistoric floods that shaped the Pacific Northwest. In this Spotlight event, Professor Emerita Marjorie Burns spoke about writing the book with the late John Eliot Allen, and Professor Scott Burns shared a PowerPoint presentation about the geological evolution of the Columbia Gorge.

The John Eliot Allen Papers are collected and preserved in Library Special Collections & University Archives. The collection includes John Allen's correspondence, course and class materials and syllabi, descriptions of minerals, date books, diaries, field notes, photographs, publications, and reports. It also contains a small amount of material by students and fellow geological educators. Explore these resources using the Library’s finding aids at https://archives.pdx.edu/archon/?p=collections/controlcard&id=35

This event was videotaped. Watch it here:

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William Stafford (1914-1993) Birthday Celebration Poetry Reading
Thursday, January 27, 2011

In Partnership with the Friends of William Stafford

The University Library celebrated the life and poetry of the late William Stafford, Oregon's poet laureate. Several poets read their favorite Stafford poems plus one or two of their own. Professor Emeritus Shelley Reece, Professor Michele Glazer, Portland State MFA graduate students Sara Sutter, Neesa Sonoquie, Lisa Nasshahn and Cindy O'Loughlin, as well as Oregon poet Verlena Orr participated.

 

 

2010 Events

 

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Spotlight on Portland State Faculty Authors: John R. Cooper, Professor Emeritus
Wit's Voices: Intonation in Seventeenth-Century English Poetry
Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sponsored by the Portland State Bookstore

"This work makes an important contribution to our understanding of the role of metrics in the work of some of the major English poets between Surrey and Marvell, but also to the wider movement away from an exclusively historicist and contextual approach to early modern literature and back toward an engagement with the aesthetic dimensions of poetry as an expressive art form."

Robert Wilcher
Honorary Senior Fellow Department of English
Honorary Fellow at the Shakespeare Institute
University of Birmingham

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First Annual Oregon Archives Crawl
Saturday, October 2, 2010

Portland State University Library joined the Portland Archives and Records Center, the Multnomah County Central Library, and the Oregon Historical Society to host the 1st Annual Oregon Archives Crawl.

In celebration of Oregon Archives Month, PSU Library joined the Portland Archives and Records Center, Multnomah County Central Library, and the Oregon Historical Society to host the First Annual Oregon Archives Crawl. Crawl participants visited four different downtown locations to learn what local archives have to offer researchers, students, genealogists, scholars, homeowners, history buffs, and the curious of any age.

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Spotlight on Portland State Faculty Authors:  Lisa H. Weasel, Ph.D.
Food Fray: Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified Foods

Lisa Weasel, professor of molecular biology at Portland State University, discussed her book Food Fray: Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified Foods.

"Dr. Weasel offers an eye-opening account of the murky terrain where science, ethics, and politics have intersected throughout modern history in the life of genetically modified (GM) foods - from the GM frenzy in Europe and U.S. food aid in Africa to hormone-treated milk and biofuel here in the United States. Reading Food Fray feels like listening to a friend explain lucidly what you could never grasp in a way that feels honest and forthright."

Edible Portland, Winter 2009

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Spotlight on Portland State Faculty Authors: Melanie Mitchell
Complexity: A Guided Tour

“In this remarkably accessible and companionable book, leading complex systems scientist Melanie Mitchell provides an intimate, detailed tour of the sciences of complexity, a broad set of efforts that seek to explain how large-scale complex, organized, and adaptive behavior can emerge from simple interactions among myriad individuals… Richly illustrated and vividly written, Complexity: A Guided Tour, offers a comprehensive and eminently comprehensible overview of the ideas underlying complex systems science, the current research at the forefront of this field, and the prospects for the field's contribution to solving some of the most important scientific questions of our time.”

Oxford University Press

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William Stafford (1914-1993) Birthday Celebration Poetry Reading

In Partnership with the Friends of William Stafford

Poet Michelle Glazer, PSU professor of creative writing, and PSU graduate students Michael Achterman, Wendy Noonan, and Kirsten Rian read one or two of their favorite poems by the late Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford as well as one or two of their own poems. Poet Shelley Reece, PSU Professor Emeritus and the chairman of the Friends of William Stafford, presided over the gathering and read his favorite Stafford poems as well as his own poetry.

 

 

2009 Events

 

Spotlight on Portland State Faculty: Christine Rose and Gina Greco's Translation
The Good Wife's Guide: Le Menagier de Paris

PSU professors Christine Rose and Gina Greco presented their translation The Good Wife's Guide: Le Menagier de Paris, the first complete modern English translation of this important medieval text. The book provides unique insights into the domestic life of women during the late Middle Ages.

Welcome to Iran
Friday, October 16, 2009

A September Project 2009
In Partnership with The 5th Avenue Cinema

Welcome to Iran is a video project by Art Wright that explores Persian history by visiting sites both ancient and contemporary. Images were captured during a trip to Iran by a group made up mostly of Oregonians in November 2008. Neither quite a travelogue nor a simple slide show, the film mixes digital stills and moving images in an attempt to explain the attitudes in Iran. While not overtly political, it nevertheless touches on issues made increasingly relevant by the events in Iran in 2009.

Spotlight on Portland State University Faculty Authors: Tony Wolk & Molly Gloss
Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tony Wolk read from his novel, Lincoln's Daughter, and Molly Gloss discussed her novel, The Hearts of Horses. The authors also talked about their writing processes.

Celebrating Portland State: A History in Pictures
Friday, April 24, 2009

In Celebration of the Inauguration of PSU President Wim Wiewel
In Partnership with Retirement Association of Portland State and the PSU Alumni Association

The University Library celebrated the launch of the new history book Portland State: A History in Pictures. Three years in the making, the book features more than 300 color and black-and-white photographs that document Portland State's history, events, and people from its early days as a temporary extension center to the nationally recognized urban research university that it is today. The book was a project of the Retired Association of Portland State and written by Richard Sanders (PSU '57) with photo editing by Brent Schauer.

Everybody Reads /Oregon Reads 2009
Lauren Kessler's Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese-American Family
January – February, 2009

In Partnership with Multnomah County Library, PSU Department of English, and the PSU Film Committee

What if everyone in Oregon read the same book? In celebration of Oregon's sesquicentennial birthday, Everybody Reads 2009 selected Lauren Kessler's Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese-American Family. The University Library participated in the Kick-Off Event with Lauren Kessler and in the screening of Okage Sama De, a documentary by Alton Takiyama-Chung.

 

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