The 2017 Authors Lectures

The Center for the Humanities
Autzen House
811 SW Jefferson Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97333-4506


George Poinar

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17

A Naturalist's Guide to the Hidden World of Pacific Northwest Dunes

George Poinar is an entomologist and writer in the OSU College of Science and one of the world’s leading experts on ancient forms of plant and animal life fossilized in amber. His discovery of amber’s ability to preserve intracellular structures famously inspired the DNA extraction science in Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park. Poinar is the author of numerous books including The Amber Forest: A Reconstruction of a Vanished World and Life in Amber. In A Naturalist Guide, he offers a wealth of knowledge about the communities of life that thrive in our Pacific Northwest coastal dune ecologies.

Elena Passarello

6:30 p.m. Monday, May 22

Animals Strike Curious Poses

Elena Passarello is an actor, writer, and assistant professor of creative writing in OSU’s School of Writing, Literature, and Film. Her first book, Let Me Clear My Throat, won the Independent Publishers’ gold medal for nonfiction and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her essays have appeared in the Oxford American, Slate, Creative Nonfiction, and The Iowa Review, among others, and in the anthologies Cat is Art Spelled Wrong and After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essay. In 2015, she received the Whiting Award in Nonfiction. The esssays in Animals Strike Curious Poses investigate seventeen different animals made famous by humans.




2017 OSU Authors and Editors Submission

Each year OSU Faculty publish a remarkable range of literary contributions. Publication of these books is an important dimension to faculty creativity that goes through a rigorous peer review process and is an important part of validating their work. OSU authors will be honored during two authors lectures in May, at which time, all OSU authors will be acknowledged and information regarding their literary work will be available for guests.

Help us to recognize all of our OSU Authors and Editors by sending a display sample of their work to The Provost's Office (624 Kerr Admin Bldg, Attn: Jennifer Eaton) by May 12, 2017 to be available on display during the reception prior to the above mentioned events. Guidelines for submissions are as follows:

  • Faculty members must be the principal author – chapter authors do not qualify.  Editors of collections/volumes of original scholarship.
  • Do not include pamphlets, brochures, limited distribution research monographs, workbooks, or manuals
  • All submission must have 2016 or 2017 copyright date.

2016-17 OSU Book Authors and Editors listing

Prior year OSU Authors and Editors submissions