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Join the Friends of Hannon Library for their 21st Annual William Stafford Poetry Celebration:

January 11, 2018
7 pm–9 pm
Meese Room, Hannon Library (SOU Campus)

Featured poets will present readings, followed by an open mic session where audience members are invited to read a William Stafford poem of their choice. This year’s featured poets include Charlotte Abernathy, Gary Lark, Barret O’Brien, Manya Orescan, Marisa Petersen, and Rabbi David Zaslow.

This celebration is held every year to commemorate the birthday of the late Oregon Poet Laureate, William Stafford. A prolific writer, Stafford’s work is often associated with inspirations from nature, family, and the poet’s pacifist views as a conscientious objector during World War II.

As part of the Friends of Hannon Library Speaker Series, this event is free and open to the public. Attendees can get free campus parking for this event by visiting any campus parking meter and using this code: FHL0111

If you need disability accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Disability Resources at (541) 552-6213 or dss@sou.edu. For more information, contact Hannon Library Administration at libraryevents@sou.edu or (541) 552-6816.

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

Join Brenda Johnson and Maria Ramos Underwood of La Clinica in a rousing conversation of the significant changes in Jackson County affordable healthcare.

Thursday, November 19
5:30 PM
Meese Room, Hannon Library
SOU Campus

With the dramatic change in access to medical and dental services for Jackson County residents under the Affordable Care Act, La Clinica of Southern Oregon has become a major player in meeting the growing need for primary care and prevention services, expanding its capacity to provide previously underserved populations with a medical home.

This presentation on healthcare is sponsored by the Friends of Hannon Library as part of the 2014-15 FHL Speaker Series. It is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

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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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