Faculty Club challenges coronavirus to Retsina-Ouzo cocktail duel

Sporting events and exams may be cancelled, but isolated pockets of civilized life shall survive:

Dear Colleagues,

This week is the last week of the term for Faculty Club, which will meet this Wednesday and Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00, then resume meeting in week two of the Spring Term.   As always, all members of the faculty and their guests are welcome.

On Wednesday we mark the retirement, after forty years at the University of Oregon, of campus legend Jeff Hurwit.  An expert in ancient Greek art, he finishes his last UO class this week.  Kristin Seaman (Art History) will be giving the Six-o-Clock Toast and presenting a special gift, while our bartenders have been experimenting with the retsina and ouzo to concoct a new Greek-themed “signature cocktail!”

Thursday, if all the picture-hanging goes according to plan, we celebrate the unveiling of Olga Volchkova’s latest painting, “Saint Salmonberry,” which the artist has temporarily loaned to our club room.   Many of you already know Olga’s work, which is an imaginative and often whimsical take on the Russian icon tradition (her “Saint Cannabis” hung for a while in the same corner that “Saint Salmonberry” will occupy).  The artist will be on hand to chat about the new painting, the icon tradition, or whatever other subjects come up in the ebb and flow of conversation.

As always, we’ll hope to see you, and any guests you’d like to bring, on one or both nights this week.

Yours, James Harper

Chair of the Faculty Club Board

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