Faculty Colloquium: Henry Walker

Please join us on Friday, April 5th, at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room for our eighth Faculty Colloquium of this semester.

Presenter: Henry M. Walker, Class of 1959 Distinguished Visiting Chair, Willamette UniversityHenry Walker Image

Title: Lab-based Pedagogy with Collaboration: An Example of a Flipped Classroom

Abstract: Much current discussion among college and university faculty focuses upon the notion of a flipped classroom. But how might that pedagogy be implemented in actual introductory courses, particularly in the sciences? This talk will first review several different pedagogical approaches commonly used in STEM fields, and then expand upon a workshop-style pedagogy.

At Grinnell College, for example, all introductory courses in biology, computer science, statistics, and psychology follow this workshop style pedagogy that integrates class lecture/discussion with laboratory experiments. Some sections of introductory chemistry and physics follow a similar approach.

To illustrate the general approach, the talk will highlight the pedagogy used in introductory computer science courses at Grinnell College, where students complete about 47 laboratory exercises, and I lecture about 4 hours per month (mostly in 5-10 minute segments). Altogether, these courses provide fine examples of one type of flipped classroom. As will be discussed, the approach pushes active learning to an extreme, and our experience suggests that this pedagogy allows us to cover about 20% more material than our traditional approach (with separate lectures and labs), and our students perform better on tests. The approach also seems to help student recruitment and retention.

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

What’s in a Claim?

Originally published on November 17, 2015.

Guest post written by Grace Pochis, History Department Archives Intern, Class ’17

What’s in a Claim? Evolution of “The First University in the West”

From its inception Willamette has, as with all colleges, been concerned with distinguishing itself from its neighbors. In its early days this was vital, while the university struggled financially. Willamette had been founded with the explicit charge to find itself an evangelical Christian patron, but the Methodist Church could not adequately defray the University’s expenses, and sections IV through IX of the University’s bylaws, written 1842, deal with how benefactors could pay subscriptions, or endowments, of fifty through five hundred dollars (Hines, 147-150). A donation of fifty dollars would earn the donor “a certificate of patronage” which entitled the recipient to “a voice in all the business of the society relating to the institution during his natural life” (Hines, 147) A donation of five hundred dollars, which was the maximum the founders conceived of, entitled the donor to a perpetual scholarship at Willamette–that is, that they or their heirs could attend Willamette without tuition (Hines, 148). At the time, five hundred dollars would have paid tuition for a year (Gatke, 311). These donations, the constitution specified, were to be paid at least one third in cash orders, and the remainder in “tame neat cattle, lumber, labor, wheat, or cash.” (Hines, 150). The perpetual scholarships were a losing venture; the initial $500 investment, quickly spent, robbed Willamette of much-needed tuition money for years to come (Gatke, 311). In fact, the last perpetual scholarship was cashed in the late 1960s, after which Willamette reclaimed it.

Attracting paying scholars by distinguishing itself from neighboring colleges has therefore been a priority for Willamette since its inception. By the turn of the 20th century, Willamette wanted to advertise its longevity, but oscillated on how to accurately compare its age to that of other colleges. Yearly bulletins printed by Willamette between 1865 and 2009 acted as both commemorations of the past year and advertisements to potential applicants, and so are a good medium to track the changes in Willamette’s self-presentation over time. The 1920-21 bulletin says, “Willamette University is not only the oldest college on the Pacific slope of the United States, but its connection with the early history of this region is perhaps more vital than that of any other institutions that has sprung up on the far western soil” (my emphasis). Ten years later Willamette had opted for the affirmative version of that claim, saying, ‘Willamette University, with one possible exception, is the oldest institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi River. The 1931-32 bulletin avoided that “possible exception” by switching its range, saying, “Willamette University is the oldest institution of higher learning west of the Missouri River.” In 1935-6 the bulletin names the affiliation of this school, perhaps in an effort to discredit it: “Willamette University, with the exception of a Catholic school in Missouri, is the oldest institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi River.” By 1947-48, Willamette had done away with such a detailed statement and adopted the slogan,“Oldest Institution of Higher Learning West of the Rockies”. By 1957, according to a photo in the corresponding bulletin, a sign on Willamette property declared, “Willamette University, Founded by Jason Lee and the Early Christian Pioneers, 1842, The Oldest University in the West.” Through the 1960’s, 70s, and 80s, Willamette set aside its claims of longevity to focus on other forms of advertising, color printing and much denser use of photos. In 1994, however, the claim resurfaces with a reformulation of who Willamette is, saying, “Willamette University, the oldest college in the west” (my emphasis). And in 2003 we see the current Willamette compass logo for the first time with a reversion to use of “university,” but now with a different conception of primacy: “The First University in the West” underneath. This remains our current claim to fame, but with the past as our guide, we can expect continued revisions to how Willamette advertises its age vis a vis other universities.

Information Sign Image

Information sign, northwest corner of campus, ca. 1950. Image from the Campus Photograph Collection, Willamette University Archives and Special Collections (WP 1323)

Written by Grace Pochis, History Department Archives Intern, Class ’17


Gatke, Robert Moulton. “Chronicles of Willamette: The Pioneer University of the West.” Portland: Binfords & Mort, 1943.

Hines, Gustavus. “Oregon and Its Institutions; Comprising a Full History of the Willamette University, The First Established on the Pacific Coast.” New York: Carlton & Porter, 1868.

Faculty Colloquium: Leslie Dunlap

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

Presenter: Leslie Dunlap, Continuing Professor in History
Title: Feminism and the Racial Politics of Protection

Abstract: Rights. Freedom. Choice. Liberation. Consent. These are familiar feminist keywords of the 20th and early 21st centuries. In the late nineteenth century United States one of those keywords was “protection.” According to many accounts, 19th-century feminists asserted autonomy and rights by rejecting protection as a code word for patriarchal control. I argue instead that many women mobilized around the concept of protection in order to expose violence and inequality in American homes, politics, and institutions. Protection meant different things to women depending on race, however, and was a point of contestation as well as coalition. In this talk, I excavate the historical roots of the concept of protection in marriage (husbands pledged to protect wives and children), slavery (proponents of slavery argued that enslavers protected those they enslaved), and colonization (missionaries and the US government promised to protect Native Americans).

Feminist Protesters Image Then I trace women’s different use of protection. White women tapped into protection’s roots in slavery and the Confederacy, establishing the precedent for 20th century segregationists who organized around the idea of protecting white children and homes against those they cast as federal, foreign, and black invaders. Black women drew on the 14th Amendment and equal protection under the law to demand protection of their homes and families against sexual and racial violence. Native American women turned to treaties to protect their land, families, and sovereignty. My research is on 19th-century social movements, but my interest is now: how do movements today mobilize around protection, and can we see the legacy of earlier movements?

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: 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

Henk Pander papers expanded and ready for researchers

By Jenny Gehringer
PNAA Processing Archivist

The Henk Pander papers are now expanded to include an extensive collection of sketchbooks and journals which document Pander’s life and career during the years 1947 to 2014. Drawings within the sketchbooks focus on important events throughout Pander’s life including: living in Amsterdam and Haarlem, Holland; ride-alongs with emergency first responders; World War II studies; the Galileo Project with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); the demolition of the New Carissa tanker; and set designs and posters for various theaters. Many of the sketchbook drawings are portraits and landscapes, which provide insight into Pander’s daily life with his family, friends, and colleagues. The Henk Pander papers also contains correspondence, business papers, notes, artwork, and materials concerning Pander’s commissioned works.

Hendrik Pieter (Henk) Pander was born in Haarlem, Netherlands in 1937. He began painting at the age of 9 and learned early skills and techniques from his father, Jacob (Jaap), who was a painter and illustrator. He studied art at Amsterdam’s Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten between 1956 and 1961. While in Amsterdam, Pander was commissioned to create works for the Dutch Government, the Dutch National Railways, and the City of Amsterdam.

In 1965, Pander immigrated to Portland, Oregon, where he currently resides. While in Portland, Pander was commissioned to paint portraits of Governor Tom McCall and Governor John Kitzhaber, documentary paintings for Project Galileo for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and murals for the Port of Portland, the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, the Oregon State University Memorial Union, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

In addition to his successful art career, Pander was co-founder of the Storefront Theatre in Portland, Oregon in 1970, founded the City of Portland’s Visual Chronicle, and served on the Portland Metropolitan Arts Commission and Public Art Advisory Committee. He also designed sets for the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, the Portland Dance Theater, the Oregon Ballet Theater, and the Storefront Theatre.

Pander received many prestigious awards for his amazing work including the Silver Medallion of the Prix de Rome in 1961, the Therese van Duyl-Schwarze Portrait Award in 1964, the first Oregon Arts Commission Master Fellowship in Painting in 1991, the State of Oregon Governor’s Award for the Arts in 2005, and the Regional Arts and Cultural Council Visual Artist Fellowship. His works have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and the Netherlands including the Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the New England School of Art and Design, the Vakbondsmuseum, and the Museum Henriette Polk.

For more information about the Henk Pander papers and access to this collection, please see the finding aid. This collection was processed thanks to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant Willamette University received to increase accessibility to the Pacific Northwest Artists Archive.

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