About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts encompasses seven distinct schools, as well as several interdisciplinary initiatives, that focus on humanities, social sciences, and fine and performing arts. Curriculum developed by the college’s nationally and internationally-renowned faculty prepares students to approach the complex problems of the world ethically and thoughtfully, contributing to a student's academic foundation and helping to build real-world skills for a 21st century career and a purposeful life.

Essayist Jia Tolentino to read at Oregon State University Oct. 4

Essayist Jia Tolentino will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Fall season of OSU’s Music à la Carte opens Oct. 4

The Music à la Carte concert series at Oregon State University opens the 2019-2020 season at noon, Friday, Oct. 4, with a piano recital featuring performers Angela Carlson and Rebecca Jeffers.

Auditions for OSU’s fall play, ‘Shakespeare in Love’ to be held Sept. 30 and Oct. 1

Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s fall 2019 production of “Shakespeare in Love” will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in the Withycombe main stage theatre in Withycombe Hall, 2901 SW Campus Way, Corvallis.

New artifacts suggest first people arrived in North America earlier than previously thought

Stone tools and other artifacts unearthed from an archeological dig at the Cooper’s Ferry site in western Idaho suggest that people lived in the area 16,000 years ago, more than a thousand years earlier than scientists previously thought.

Work by OSU’s John Selker on display in Woodshop Projects space

Works by John Selker, a professor of biological and ecological engineering, will be on display in August and September on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

Faculty work on exhibit at Oregon State’s Fairbanks Gallery

Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery of Art is hosting an exhibit of work by members of the art faculty throughout August and September.

OSU Summer Choir performs Gabriel Faurés’ Requiem Aug. 18

The Oregon State University Summer Choir will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, in First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave.

Fifth season of OSU’s ‘SAC Presents’ series announced

“SAC Presents,” a visual and performing arts events series presented by the School of Arts and Communication at Oregon State University, will return for its fifth season in 2019-20.

Bard in the Quad at OSU to present ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in August

Oregon State University Theatre will present “Romeo and Juliet” for the 14th season of the popular Bard in the Quad summer productions in August.

 

On the origin of the word ‘oops’

In his research for a book on the cultural history of animal diseases, Ray Malewitz encountered a reference to the Great Epizootic of 1872, the most widespread and destructive horse flu epidemic in North American history. Shortly after, Malewitz, an associate professor in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University, came across the word “ooperzootics,” which he came to learn means a fit of craziness in humans. This led him to wonder: Are these two words related to the word “oops?”

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