Alien invasion

Littman and White Galleries display extraterrestrial art in Contact exhibition

It’s been over 60 years since an unidentified flying object supposedly crashed in a ranch in Roswell, N. M., but the hunt is still on. All across the globe, people are watching and listening for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Even as farmers ponder the implications of crop circles in the remote plains of the Midwest and Europe, scientists are examining the possibilities of microbial life on distant worlds.

The world of Kong: Mei Hu’s Confucius depicts the world that gave rise to Confucius and his teachings.

The trials of Confucius

Chinese biopic of influential ancient scholar to screen at PSU

Kong Qiu was a Chinese scholar and political figure who predated many of the famous philosophers of classical Greece, including those venerated patriarchs of ancient Western wisdom known as Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. One of the transformational figures of ancient China, Kong Qiu’s teachings continue to shape Chinese culture and thought even today. In the West, however, he goes by a different name: Confucius.

The trials of Confucius

Chinese biopic of influential ancient scholar to screen at PSU

Kong Qiu was a Chinese scholar and political figure who predated many of the famous philosophers of classical Greece, including those venerated patriarchs of ancient Western wisdom known as Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. One of the transformational figures of ancient China, Kong Qiu’s teachings continue to shape Chinese culture and thought even today. In the West, however, he goes by a different name: Confucius.

Modern-day nomads

Pioneer Place gallery displays PSU students’ exhibition Toward a Nomadic Architecture

The common conception of architecture is “iconic, static,” according to assistant professor Nora Wendl of the Portland State Architecture Department.

Who, after all, doesn’t think of great monolithic marvels, like New York City’s Empire State Building or the Pantheon of Rome, when envisioning the craft of architecture?

Words of struggle and salvation

Romanian poet Liliana Ursu to read at PSU

World-renowned Romanian poet Liliana Ursu will be visiting Portland State tomorrow evening joined by her colleague and translator, Washington native Tess Gallagher. Ursu will give a reading of her poetry, both in English and in its native Romanian.

Iraqi art in focus

Baghdad museum director Salam Atta Sabri to lecture at PSU

“His experience is wholly unique: His father was a pioneer of Modern Art in Iraq,” said Tam Rankin, program manager of the Portland State Middle East Studies Center, about Iraqi visiting artist and scholar Salam Atta Sabri.

Strength in modesty

Iranian film series returns with The Unwanted Woman, a story of friendship and betrayal

Through the art of film making, Iranian women are speaking out with conviction while creating an indelible panorama of the realities of modern Persian culture.

Multiracial meditations

PSU panel to discuss growing up biracial in context of novel The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

How does one begin to discuss the experience of belonging to more than one “race”?

“It’s really up to the participants,” said Dr. Maude Hines, organizer of the Portland State and Multnomah County Libraries’ 2012 Everybody Reads project, which will hold a panel discussion titled “Growing Up Biracial” Thursday, Feb. 16, at the university’s Millar Library.

The Oscar race begins

The 84th annual Academy Awards are right around the corner

The nominees have been named, and the red carpet has been unfurled. The Oscars are back, celebrating the 84th annual awards ceremony.

The sound of cinema

All Classical KQAC to host presentation on importance of the film score

“Imagine the scene in Jaws when the fin of the shark comes out of the water toward the boat with no music,” said Edmund Stone, explaining the importance of the film score to the film industry and to classical music generally. Stone hosts a program about film music called The Score on All Classical KQAC 89.9 FM. “You would still have the same scene, but you wouldn’t have the same element of fear. It wouldn’t be the same film.”

Sea of inhumanity: An Iranian woman struggles to find her place in a male-centered Islamic culture.

Iran onscreen

Middle East Studies Center to screen Iranian film Women Without Men

Shirin Neshat’s 2009 Iranian film, Women Without Men, will be screened on campus next week as part of the Middle East Studies Center’s Iranian Women Film Series. Afterward, the center will host a reception and discussion with Shahrnush Parsipur, author of the novel on which the film is based.