It's in The Bag: Lunchtime Lectures
OSU-Cascades' free lunchtime lecture series showcases the range of research and scholarship underway by our faculty. The series invites you to bring a brown bag lunch and get an in-depth look at faculty research projects and understand how they relate to your world. Lectures take place throughout the academic year on the first Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted.
No RSVP is necessary.
Important! Attendees must stop at the reception desk in Cascades Hall to pick up a parking pass prior to the lecture.
Time: 12noon - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Cascades Hall, Rm. 117-118
For information contact email@example.com or 541-322-3100.
EcoWellness: Maximizing Your Contact with Nature in Central Oregon
Exposure to nature improves focus and concentration, reduces stress, mitigates symptoms of depression and anxiety, enhances spirituality, and can even foster community and caring for others. Ryan Reese will share his research, in which he tested the initial validity and reliability of the Reese EcoWellness Inventory. Participants will explore the practical implications of enhancing a connection with nature in order to promote optimum wellness. Attendees will also have the opportunity to share the personal and community impacts of spending time in special places in nature.
Elizabeth Marino, Research Associate, Program Lead and Instructor, Social Science
The First to Fall: Understanding Disasters, Migration, and Environmental Justice in an Era of Climate Change
Human-caused climate change will present significant challenges for communities, states, and nations in the coming centuries. One of the most important outcomes of climate change is likely to be increased rates of disaster. This talk considers climate change as an issue of human rights. The village of Shishmaref, Alaska is a community on the west coast of Alaska where serious changes in the environment, linked to global warming, are causing erosion and flooding events that are forcing people to move. Dr. Marino discusses the nature of disasters and how social injustice interacts with environmental changes.
Kara Witzke, Program Lead and Instructor, Exercise and Sports Science
Keep Bones Strong at Any Age - It's Never Too Late
Osteoporosis runs in families but just because it runs in yours doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a life of brittle bones and an early hip replacement. The right diet and exercise routine are key but many people don’t know exactly what this looks like. Is walking enough? Can I just drink a glass of milk every day to keep my bone density high? Kara Witzke presents her research and provides practical recommendations for improving bone health across the lifespan. She'll also share the emerging science of inflammation and its link to many chronic diseases, including osteoporosis.
Emily Carr, Program Director, MFA in Creative Writing
My Next Great Poem: Creative Activism 101
As an ecofeminist love poet, OSU-Cascades’ MFA in Creative Writing Director Emily Carr believes creativity is, as C.A. Conrad would have it: the most vital ingredient to bringing sustainable, humane changes to our world. She believes it is possible to make the world we are living in the world we choose to live in rather than the world that, simply, is. Her goal: imagination as a politics (as opposed to The Politics) and serious whimsy (by which she means whimsy with real world consequences) as craft, handicraft, manual labor, tilling, and harvesting… altering the ecosystem of language. Carr presents creativity as one strategy for avoiding Band-Aid or cosmetic solutions to our increasingly fraught relationship with the ecologies. Creative activism is more than just an innovative tactic; it is an entire approach: a perspective, a practice, a philosophy. The goal, quite simply: to make more creative activists and more active artists.
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