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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

Want to get a jumpstart on that final assignment or project? Join us for the Winter 2016 Long Night Against Procrastination:

Wednesday, February 10
8 PM – Midnight
1st Floor of Hannon Library

Get late-night research help, citation assistance, and tutoring support in writing, math, and science. Then, relax with a bit of fun and food. We’ll even have a raffle and other exciting prizes!

LNAP Flyer Fall 2015 PRESS


Cuba Event 2

What is it like for Americans to travel to Cuba? Come to this free presentation and learn all about it from world traveler Michael Goldman.

Thursday, February 18
5:30-6:30 PM
Meese Room

Goldman has traveled to twenty-two countries on four continents. He will share the ins and outs of the Cuban way of life while displaying dozens of photos taken during his journeys there. He will reveal how to connect with locals in Cuba, join in their culture, and have fun.

“Visiting Cuba was a joyful experience…the CubanCuba Event people love Americans, they love to have fun and they love to share their music, art and passion. Although they do not have much in the way of money, technology or materials, what they lack in these things they more than make up with family, friends and old-fashioned simple pleasures. They drink rum, smoke cigars, play music, dance and have a passion that makes you wonder who has the better life, the rich American with his money, career, and smart phone, or they, who live with their children, parents and grandparents together in households filled with love and devotion.” 

Michael Goldman

This event is free and open to the public, sponsored by the Friends of Hannon Library as part of their 2015-16 Speaker Series. Free parking will be available in the lot behind the library. For more information, contact Hannon Library Administration at libraryevents@sou.edu or 541-552-6816.


The Rogue Valley’s 2016 William Stafford Birthday Celebration was held at Southern Oregon University January 21, in the same room it has been for the last eighteen years.
An unplanned theme of opposition to the take-over of the Malheur Refuge was set for the program with the opening reading of Stafford’s “Malheur Before Dawn” and sung by Daniel Sperry, Jeffri Lynn Carrington of the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, and Anna Christensen of Montana Soul. Poets carried the theme further with poems of reconciliation and reason.
Claudia Alick, producer of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Green Show for eight years and organizer of regular open mic rap and hip-hop readings, gave a dramatic, gospel-voice reading of “A Ritual to Read to Each Other.” She accomplished what makes us eager for each of these events: the opportunity to hear even favorite poems in new voices giving us renewed insight into William Stafford’s work.
Other featured poets were Kathleen Pyle, Steve Dieffenbacher, Kim Hamilton, Dan Kaufman, and James Anderson. Thirteen from the audience also read Stafford poems, seven attending their first William Stafford Birthday Celebration.
This event was again co-sponsored by Friends of William Stafford and Friends of Hannon Library with this year’s attendance at 107.
By Patty Wixon

Get your calendars out and mark the date! The 2016 Book Fest is set for Saturday, October 8. This will be our 5th annual festival, and we’re looking forward to rolling out a great event for the wonderful literary community of Southern Oregon. We’ll have some blasts from the past as well as exciting changes, so stay tuned for more information.

Save the Date postcard

If you would like to be on our mailing list for announcements, including early notification when applications open, send an email to libraryevents@sou.edu.