Monday, August 13, 2007

Steve Wilson
Join us for Laughter Day--tomorrow at noon!Corrine Correson, president of the French School of Laughter, will be visiting the U.S. and Columbus State tomorrow at noon, to give the "Golden Laughter Award" to Steve Wilson, a psychologist and former chairperson of the Mental Health technology.  

Wilson is founder of the World Laughter Tour, an international project for laugh therapy, which brings the healing power of laughter to those experiencing stress or illness.

Join us for the presentation, which will be held near the statue on campus, and a demonstration of "Le Grand Eclat du Rire"--the Big Burst of Laughter!

New Art Exhibit in ERC is "Behind the Mind"The Educational Resources Center (ERC) is pleased to present a new exhibit of art work by Matthew W. Clifford.   Born in Cambridge, Ohio, Mr. Clifford moved to Columbus to pursue a career in fine art.   He is mostly a self-taught artist, having taken classes at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center.   His work is a blend of surrealism and classic styles and his style has been termed, "Behind the Mind."   His materials of choice are graphite and oil.

Mr. Clifford also does commissioned portraits and regularly displays his work at the Gateway Gallery in Grandview. The exhibit will be found in the Main Gallery on Level 1 of the ERC located in Columbus Hall through August 31, 2007.

Di Pietro to visit "father of computer music" in CaliforniaRocco Di Pietro, instructor in the Humanities, is once again off to Stanford University to interview and work on a project with one of the fathers of computer music, John Chowning.

Di Pietro will be interviewing and recording in studio on September 12 with Chowning at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, the famed computer music center where DiPietro took his students last fall. Former Columbus State student Derek Zoladz, now enrolled in comparative studies at OSU, will accompany Di Pietro and help with the recording.

The interview will be published in several magazines and academic journals. "We are investigating Chowning's new work for soprano and computer called 'Voices' after the Greek oracle at Delphi," said Di Pietro.

According to Di Pietro "The Pythia is the most famous of all Greek Sibyls, whose roots are found in a succession of goddesses beginning with the cult of Gaia, the earth mother, followed by Themis and Phoebe. Her utterances were believed to be the voice of Apollo. The Sibyl appears in Chowning's work through the medium of the computer which follows her utterances in real time. Chowning researched Sibyline utterances and puts them through the electric oracles that suggest augury was an art or science, based on the combined study of behavior of living creatures and of electrical fields of the atmosphere and of earth."