Faculty Colloquium: Katja Meyer

Please join us on Friday, March 8th, at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room for our seventh Faculty Colloquium of this semester.

Presenter: Katja Meyer, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Katja Meyer Image
Title: What can a mass extinction 250 million years ago tell us about global change in the 21st century?

Abstract: Today anthropogenic climate warming is changing our oceans. As the climate heats up, the oceans warm, acidify, and lose oxygen. However, the responses of the oceans and the biosphere to carbon dioxide emissions are incompletely understood. For example, how will rapid climate and ocean chemistry changes impact marine biodiversity? One way geoscientists address this question is to explore ancient climate warming events to place current changes into geological context. In this talk, I will discuss the approaches my students and I use to explore the role of marine microbes in causing the largest climate-induced ecological catastrophe in Earth’s history, the end Permian Mass Extinction, ~250 million years ago.

Students are welcome and coffee and treats will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.

Bill Kelm and Daniel Rouslin
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators


Faculty Colloquium: Najeeba Syeed

Please join us on Friday, March 1st, at 3 p.m. in the Carnegie Building for our sixth Faculty Colloquium of this semester.

Presenter: Najeeba Syeed, Associate Professor of Interreligious Education, Claremont School of Theology Najeeba Syeed Picture

Title: The Future of Interreligious Education

Abstract: Universities around the country are developing academic programs in the field of interreligious education. What are the basic guiding principles of this emerging field? How does it contribute to existing models of education? What are some of the existing concerns and critiques of the field?

Note: Professor Syeed will be presenting online from CST. There will also be a special TGIF reception following the lecture that will be open to faculty from all schools. This is the second TGIF event this semester with Colloquium speakers from across the University. These opportunities for cross-University gathering and conversation are sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President.

Bill Kelm and Daniel Rouslin
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators


Poetry and Social Justice

Please join us on Thursday, March 14th, at 4:15 p.m. in the Hatfield Room for “Poetry and Social Justice: a reading and conversation with Sarah Browning”.

Presenter: Sarah Browning Sarah Browning Image

Can poetry stop war? Can poets change the world? How do we create inclusive spaces? How do we organize our communities to reclaim our power?

Join us for a reading and conversation with poet, anti-war activist, and community organizing extraordinaire Sarah Browning.

Sarah Browning is the author of Killing Summer (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017) and Whiskey in the Garden of Eden (The Word Works, 2007). She is co-founder and for 10 years was Executive Director of Split This Rock: Poems of Provocation & Witness. She is an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies and recipient of fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Mesa Refuge, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, among others. She has been guest editor or co-edited special issues of Beltway Poetry Quarterly, The Delaware Poetry Review, and three issues of POETRY magazine. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact salmutawa@willamette.edu.


Faculty Colloquium: Emma Coddington

Please join us on Friday, February 22nd, at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room for our fifth Faculty Colloquium of this semester.

Presenter: Emma Coddington, Associate Professor of Biology Emma Coddington Picture
Title: What I have Learned from Newts

Abstract: Over the years of studying rough-skinned newts, I have learned some simple truths about the role of stress and love in their lives, and the mechanisms by which these states of being impact their decision making and behavioral choices. And while collaborating with students, strangers, and colleagues I have come to understand how these truths offer some organizing principles for human lives, communities, and institutional organization. This Friday, I share with you some of what we have discovered and how they can help support students as they navigate their academic and co-curricular lives. If there is time, I can share how these same principles can be used to structure meetings and procedures so that our best selves can show up. Newts Picture

Students are welcome and coffee and treats will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.

Image: Newts in one of their ardent clasps

Bill Kelm and Daniel Rouslin
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators


Faculty Colloquium: Ricardo De Mambro Santos

Please join us on Friday, February 15th, at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room for our fourth Faculty Colloquium of this semester.

Presenter: Ricardo De Mambro Santos, Professor of Art History

Title: Forgery as a Creative Practice: Remarks on a Renaissance Paradox

Abstract: As a direct consequence of the new social status of the artist as an intellectual in early sixteenth-century Italy and the increasingly diffused acknowledgment of the conceptual values of images, authorship became a predominant parameter for the evaluation of paintings, sculptures, drawings and engravings. While the imitation of previous models, based on the study of well-chosen examples, was still considered an important part in the training process of young artists, more experienced masters were expected to refrain from mimicking someone else’s style and produce images that could fully embody their distinctive licenza, or “poetic license.” Interestingly, however, the production of market-oriented copies of well-known works and the making of forgeries, intentionally designed to fool the eyes of well-trained “art lovers,” reached, in this period, unprecedented levels of technical mastery, visual sophistication and conceptual challenges.

Goltzius Print

Hendrick Goltzius, Right Hand

This lecture will examine this intriguing cultural phenomenon, focusing, in particular, on the reception of a series of prints made by Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617), in which the artist has programmatically pursued what could be called an “intervisual dialogue” with his models, reinterpreting styles and techniques associated with famous masters of the past. By imitating what was supposed to be inimitable, Goltzius plays with the expectations of his audiences, while asserting his manual dexterity and intellectual vitality within the highly competitive art market of late sixteenth-century Europe. Thanks to his stunning “false forgeries,” Goltzius set a model of creative procedure that presents revealing similarities with the Renaissance paradigm of “civilized conversation.”

Students are welcome and coffee and treats will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.

Image: Hendrick Goltzius, Right Hand, 1588. Haarlem, Teylers Museum

Bill Kelm and Daniel Rouslin
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators


Faculty Colloquium: Alison Fisher

Please join us on Friday, February 8th, at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room for our third Faculty Colloquium of this semester.

Presenter: Alison Fisher, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Alison Fisher

Title: Fostering equity, support, and community for underrepresented STEM students: Year 1 of Willamette’s S-STEM project funded by the National Science Foundation.

Abstract: In February 2018 Willamette University was awarded its first grant from the Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program of the National Science Foundation. In addition to funding scholarships for low-income academically talented students majoring in STEM fields, the S-STEM program provides funding for Institutions of Higher Education to study and implement curricular and co-curricular activities that support the recruitment, retention, transfer, student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM fields. As Principal Investigator of Willamette’s S-STEM project, I will provide an overview of the project and its goals, discuss accomplishments we’ve made to date with our first cohort of 25 STEM Scholars and Fellows, and outline where we are headed for the next four years of this exciting project.

Students are welcome and coffee and treats will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.

Bill Kelm and Daniel Rouslin
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators


Faculty Colloquium: Emily Drew

Please join us on Friday, February 1st, at 3 p.m. in the Oregon Civic Justice Center for our second Faculty Colloquium of this semester.

Presenter: Emily Drew, Associate Professor of Sociology
Title: Making Black Lives Matter on a Historically White Campus
Abstract: In this paper, Prof. Drew analyzes antiracist pedagogical practices through her experiences with teaching “BlackLivesMatter.” She argues that studying and engaging in a movement taking place in real-time, facilitates—perhaps necessitates—legitimizing activists’ knowledge, generating conflict in the classroom, and breaking through the veil of postraciality in the classroom and beyond. Drawing upon student-generated intervention projects in which the goal was to make Black life matter on campus, she concludes that projects about Black death are well-received as long as they do not inconvenience anyone. However, interventions directly challenging whiteness on campus produce more significant resistance and backlash.

Note: There will also be a special TGIF reception following the lecture that will be open to faculty from all three schools. This is the second TGIF event this semester with Colloquium speakers from across the University. These opportunities for cross-University gathering and conversation are sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President.

Bill Kelm and Daniel Rouslin


Faculty Colloquium: Hector Aguero

Please join us Friday, January 25, at 3 p.m. in Fine Arts West 133 for our first Faculty Colloquium of this semester.

Presenter: Hector Aguero, Assistant Professor of Music Hector Aguero

Title: Maestro for a Semester

Abstract: During his pre-tenure research leave, Professor Héctor Agüero furthered his professional development agenda and fostered his artistic growth by accepting guest conducting invitations from the New Jersey Youth Symphony, the Elkhart County Youth Symphony (Indiana), and the Goshen College Symphony and All-Campus Band. He was also chosen, through a competitive application process, to participate in the 15th Annual International Conductors Workshop and Competition. Agüero was ultimately chosen as the top winner for this international competition and is now able to add this honor to his growing list of professional accomplishments. Agüero discusses these and other musical activities pursued during his leave semester.

Students are welcome and coffee and treats will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.

Bill Kelm and Daniel Rouslin
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators


Finals Week Extended Study Hours

Christmas TreeThe Hatfield Library is now providing extended hours for final exams. Also, don’t forget about the free cookies provided by Bon Appetit and coffee provided by the library…usually the cookies are made available after 9:30 p.m. starting on Monday, Dec. 10th until they run out.

These are the hours for the end of the term:

Monday, Dec. 3 – Thursday, Dec. 6 — 7:45 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 7 — 7:45 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8 — 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9 — 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 10 – Friday, Dec. 15 — 7 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15 — 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17 — CLOSED

Winter break begins on Monday, Dec. 17. During the break, the library will be open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on the weekends. Also, the library (and the rest of campus) will be closed from Dec. 21 through Jan. 1. Regular hours resume on Jan. 22.


Faculty Colloquium: Kathryn Nyman

Please join us on Friday, November 30th, at 3 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge for our eighth Faculty Colloquium of this semester.

Presenter: Kathryn Nyman, Associate Professor of Mathematics Kathryn Nyman

Title: How to Get Your Fair Share: Cutting Cakes, Splitting the Rent, and (Friendly) Mathematics

Abstract: A friend approached my collaborator. He and a group of classmates were renting a house. How could they divide the rent fairly so that everyone was satisfied with the price they paid for their room? Whether dealing with property, inheritance, revenue, or taxes, the question of how to divide goods (or “bads”) fairly among a group of people is a ubiquitous problem. We look at elegant ways in which mathematics can assist in keeping family harmony while splitting the leftover pumpkin pie (and more).

Students are welcome and coffee and treats will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.

Bill Kelm and Daniel Rouslin
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators