Robert D. Clark Honors College
1293 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1293

Phone: 541-346-5414

Thesis Spotlight - Caleb Owen

"It Was Just for Fun: Taarab and the Construction of Community Identity in Two Kenyan Communities"

Primary Thesis Advisor: Lisa Gilman (English)

Caleb Owen spent three months in Kenya learning, playing, and studying taarab, an East African music with Indian and middle eastern influences. As one advisor wrote, ‘he connected music, local forms of identity and struggle, and larger political and cultural a superb piece of research and writing.' His sophisticated analysis found that even as traditional taarab players lamented that modern sounds were weakening the music, women and younger musicians were re-inventing it to express their concerns over money, politics, and gender roles.

Caleb is current a Ph.D. student at Michigan State University.



Science Faculty Job Search

The Robert D. Clark Honors College (CHC) at the University of Oregon (UO) invites applications for a tenure-track position in evolutionary sciences. This position may carry the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Full Professor and a salary commensurate with experience. Start date September 16, 2015. The position is a full-time, nine-month academic year appointment.  Download the complete job posting.

Global Scholars Hall

In Fall 2012, over 180 incoming freshman class of the Robert D. Clark Honors College moved into the brand new Global Scholars Hall.  For these students, the GSH offers a dynamic learning environment consisting of many varied living and learning spaces as well as five co-located language immersive programs (Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, German, and French). The GSH also features its own Resident Scholar and Outreach and Student Engagement Libriarian. Other building highlights include a learning commons, five incorporated classrooms, a multipurpose performance room with elevated stage, study rooms, a presentation practice room, and the Fresh Marketcafe. To explore further, visit the Global Scholars page.