LaSells Stewart Center

Oregon State University

Oregon State University plans to use $25 million from an anonymous donor to launch an expansion of its LaSells Stewart Center. It says the project will bring together music, theater and visual arts in a new arts and education complex.

  The role of the arts in strengthening communities and addressing social issues will be the topic of this year’s Oregon Arts Summit, with the theme of “Arts in Action.” 

Photo by Richard Avedon

  DJ Spooky, a.k.a. Dr. Paul D. Miller, speaks with Eric Alan about the world premiere of his composition “Heart of a Forest” in Corvallis on May 18th The piece is based on his residencies in the H.J. Andrews Experimental forest, and merges electronic music with the OSU Wind Ensemble. DJ Spooky is a multi-media artist, author and hip-hop turntablist whose credits include collaborations with Yoko Ono, Chuck D of Public Enemy, and a residency at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. 

  The Thin Green Line is a conference that will gather activists, artists, writers, scientists, policy makers and others to explore creative resistance to fossil fuel development in the Pacific Northwest.

US Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service has engaged the public in Seattle, Portland and Redding, California on the need for a new Northwest Forest Plan.  Now it’s moving its road show to smaller communities.

Lisa Romano, speaking for the Siuslaw National Forest Research Station, says at least a dozen local community sessions will be held in upcoming weeks. After introductions from forest service staff, participants will be called on to discuss three questions:

Oregon State University kicks off its annual Campus Wild project with a talk by John Marzluff, author of Welcome to Subirdia. He speaks with Eric Alan about how birds adapt to such things as traffic noise and Costco, and how we can increase the species diversity of our urban ecosystems. John Marzluff gives a free talk at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center on Thursday, April 2nd, sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word.