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event announcement for guest speaker Elizabeth Woody

The Friends of Hannon Library will host Oregon Poet Laureate Elizabeth Woody, speaking on Being a Creative Thinker and Maker at

Thurday, May 11, 2017
4-5 pm
Hannon Library, Meese Room
Southern Oregon University

Woody will discuss how drawing on nature and multicultural experiences of humanity and heritage can help form a creative will.

Elizabeth Woody is Oregon’s first Native American poet laureate. She is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, of Yakama Nation descent, and is “born for” the Tódích’íinii (Bitter Water clan) of the Navajo Nation. Her paternal grandfather’s clan is Mą‘ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass – Jemez clan). She is a visual artist as well a published author of short fiction, essays, and poetry books. She received the American Book Award in 1990 and the William Stafford Memorial Award for Poetry, and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards in 1995.

“Her poems are like hands and hearts and also like lights: they grip and pulse and illuminate. Like the woman herself, the work is grand and modest and forceful. It will shake you, and move you deeply.” ~Bloomsbury Review

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Hannon Library as part of the 2016-17 Speaker Series. The presentation is free and open to the public. Get free campus parking for this event by visiting any SOU parking meter and using this code: FHL0511.

For more information, contact Hannon Library Administration at libraryevents@sou.edu or 541-552-6816.

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Local artist and author Betty LaDuke presents “Paintbrush Harvest”, with stories and paintings from the vibrant local food movement taking place in Southern Oregon.

Thursday, February 9
4:00 PM
Hannon Library, Meese Room

Paintbrush Harvest will draw on LaDuke’s history, artwork, and her connection to small farms and the local food movement. This presentation is part of the 2016-17 speaker series sponsored by the Friends of Hannon Library, and is free and open to the public. Get free campus parking for this event by going to any campus parking meter and using this code: FHL0209

About the Speaker:

Betty LaDuke is a renowned artist with strong ties to Southern Oregon University. Her artwork has been exhibited multiple times at Hannon Library and the Schneider Museum of Art. She has even taught as an art instructor at the university from 1964 to 1996.

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LaDuke is also known for her engagement with social issues and cultural awareness. Her recent book, Bountiful Harvest: From Land to Table from White Cloud Press, takes inspiration from her personal experience with agriculture workers. In 2010, LaDuke was invited to spend time with the men and women who harvest the orchard, vineyards, and farms in Southern Oregon. She listened to their stories and was inspired to create vibrant paintings that capture the spirit of the fields and orchards.

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Bountiful Harvest is available at Hannon Library, call number N8217.A49 L33 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1940468-26-6
White Cloud Press (January 2016)
www.whitecloudpress.com

taylorolsonheadshotTaylor Olson-Hill comes to Southern Oregon University’s Hannon Library to share her firsthand experiences with the Syrian refugee crisis and the truth about working inside a refugee camp. Featuring original photographs from Olson-Hill’s recent time working with refugees in Lesvos, Greece.

Thursday, November 10
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Meese Room

Rogue Valley native Taylor Olson-Hill has spent the last four years working on international humanitarian projects in Cambodia, Haiti, and most recently in Greece aiding the refugees fleeing from the war in Syria. Passionate, engaged and fascinating, the stories of her work in the Syrian refugee crisis on the Greek island of Lesvos tell the truth about working inside a refugee camp: from sorting clothes in a warehouse, to acting as a peacekeeper between refugees and locals. In this presentation, she will dispel misconceptions about refugees and the crisis, and talk frankly about the hidden cost of volunteering in Greece.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Hannon Library and is free and open to the public. Get free campus parking for this event by going to any campus parking meter and using this code: FHL1110

For more information, contact Hannon Library at 541-552-6816 or libraryevents@sou.edu.

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