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It’s 10:30 in the morning right now, and I’ve already heard more stories than I can count on my hands and toes. Every time we as humans communicate with each other, story is somehow part of the process, whether it’s celebrity gossip over the water cooler, or hearing about your younger sibling’s day at school.

On Thursday, May 12 at 4 PM, world renowned literary artist, Tod Davies, is coming to the SOU Hannon Library, to talk about story, its impact on our culture, and why we need new ones now more than ever.

Davies’ open discussions are notoriously rowdy so come prepared for a treat. Just to name a few of the many titles Davies holds, she is the screenwriter for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,  the producer of Revengers Tragedy, the author of The History of Arcadia and Jam Today series, and the editorial director of Exterminating Angel Press.

This event is free and open to the public. This discussion is part of the Friends of Hannon Library event series, a yearlong collection of speakers presenting at Hannon Library to enlighten students and the Rogue Valley community. To learn more about the series click here.

By Alex Mesadieu

 

 

 

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Sometimes it’s hard to believe that the cornerstone of Ashland, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), has been around for 80 years. For a younger person like myself, it’s a little strange to imagine that OSF has been enjoyed since before the Cold War. Since the ’30s OSF has played a crucial role in the cultural development of the hippie hub of Ashland, Oregon.

Longtime OSF artistic director, Bill Rauch, is coming to Hannon Library on March 3, 2016, to let us know what traditions are still the same, what looks different today, and what is coming up in the 2016 season.

Thursday, March 3
6:00 PM
Meese Room

For Rauch, the inspiration to create has never left him:

“We go to the theater to be changed. You can be soothed, even unconsciously, by the non-threatening illusion that everyone sitting around you watching this story is the same as you. But how about a theater where you can trust that you will often be on uncertain and unfamiliar terrain and grow through that, that you won’t be anaesthetized by a comfort of sameness but that you will enter a kind of crucible of our true sameness despite our wildly apparent differences? That’s the theater that we are building here together. That’s the vision:  It’s a theater of ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT and PARTICIPATION, not PASSIVITY. A theater of RISK not SAFETY, a theater of FEARLESSNESS, a theater of CONNECTION.”

Rauch will actively engage audiences outside of the theatre next week when he speaks at Hannon Library. He will discuss the upcoming season, changes at OSF, and his upcoming work based around the Roe Vs. Wade case.

This is a must-see event, so don’t miss out.

The talk is free and open to the public. Parking will be free. For additional information contact Hannon Library at 541-552-6816 or libraryevents@sou.edu.

~ By Alex Mesadieu

Harry Fuller of the Klamath Bird Observatory presents Birds and Climate Change: The Canary in the Coal Mine.

Thursday, October 15
5:30 PM
Meese Room, Hannon Library

A founding member of the San Francisco Field Ornithologists, active birding leader in Southern Oregon, and distinguished author, Harry Fuller, of the Klamath Bird Observatory, knows his birds. And when he says they are the literal “canary in the coal mine” of climate change, he knows what he’s talking about.

Come join in a fascinating look at what the birds tell us, about ourselves and the world around us.

For more information, visit the Friends on Facebook or contact Library Administration at libraryevents@sou.edu

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Join the Friends of Hannon Library for a new year of engaging and informative presentations, with topics ranging from the history of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to the wonders of traveling to Cuba. View the complete schedule of events below. For more information, visit the Friends on Facebook or contact Hannon Library at libraryevents@sou.edu.

 

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