To: OSU faculty and staff

From: Edward Feser, Provost and Executive Vice President

October 16, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you to all who participated in our Celebrating Scholarship events last week.

Video recordings of the lectures by 2020 Distinguished Professors David E. Williams and Yuji Hiratsuka are available on the Office of the Provost website. Also posted are recordings of the three Authors and Editors seminars that featured lively conversation around 12 books recently authored by OSU faculty members. I am grateful to the Center for the Humanities for hosting the Authors and Editors events and to Professor Chris Nichols for his excellent role as moderator of the panel discussions.

Our week of Celebrating Scholarship also was an opportunity to acknowledge new faculty with named positions and show our appreciation for the generosity of the donors who support them. I also thank the OSU Foundation for all it does to cultivate support for scholarly excellence at OSU.

Provost’s Lecture Series: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. rescheduled
Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s lecture entitled The Collapse of Reconstruction and The Roots of White Supremacy will be held on  Nov. 9, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. The Provost’s Lecture Series is a partnership of the Office of the Provost and the OSU Foundation to bring renowned thinkers and leaders to OSU to engage the University and community on topics of significance. A second Provost’s Lecture featuring Dr. Mae C. Jemison will be held on Feb. 4, 2021. Visit this page to register to attend.

2020 Alumni Fellows: Conversations with OSU Influencers, Oct. 20-23
Through a program established by the OSU Alumni Association, prominent alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professions, communities and support of OSU will present online from Oct. 20 -23. To review the schedule and register to attend, visit this page.

Stone Literary Achievement Lecture
Cartoonist, writer and teacher Lynda Barry—the 2021 recipient of Oregon State University’s Stone Award for Literary Achievement—will speak at OSU on April 29, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. The Stone Award was established in 2011 through a gift to the OSU Foundation by Patrick and Vicki Stone and is one of the largest prizes of its kind given by a U.S. university. The award highlights OSU’s exceptional Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. For more information and to register for the lecture, visit this page.

Election Season Planning
The University’s registration and get-out-the-vote activities, educational programming, and efforts to provide opportunities for healthy dialogue during this election season are summarized on a new webpage launched by the Division of Student Affairs. Please direct any questions about OSU’s election planning to Vice Provost for Student Affairs Dan Larson.

Best wishes,

Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President

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