Faculty Colloquium: Karen Holman

Please join us next Friday, January 26, at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room for our first Faculty Colloquium of this semester.

Presenter: Karen Holman, Professor of Chemistry

Title: “Hijab in the lab: Teaching STEM to girls in Saudi Arabia”

The Research Science Institute (RSI), founded over 30 years ago, is one of the most prestigious international summer research programs in the world for high school students. In 2015, RSI founded a new program for girls at the University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Karen Holman Picture As part of the inaugural team of all-female college professors, I traveled to Dammam to teach chemistry in 2015 and again in 2016. I will describe my experiences: (1) in the classroom where the Saudi students embarked on a study of renewable and non-renewable fuels and determined which fuels are “best”, and (2) as a relatively ignorant Western woman seeking to learn more about Saudi culture from the perspective of females in an academic setting.

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

Ellen Eisenberg and Bill Kelm
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators


Zena Farm and the Sustainability Institute Records

As one of its key roles, the Sustainability Institute at Willamette University oversees management of Zena Forest, part of the largest remaining contiguous block of forestland in the Eola Hills west of Salem. Management guidelines for Zena Forest are the protection, restoration, management, and enhancement of natural resources and ecosystem services of Zena, following an adaptive ecosystem management model.

One acre of the Zena Forest property is occupied by Zena Farm, an historic homestead. It contains an approximately 100-year-old farmhouse, a half acre of organic vegetable production, and an orchard. Zena Farm hosted the annual Summer Institute in Sustainable Agriculture Program, a residential program that combined farming experience and interdisciplinary academic coursework. These records primarily contain documentation and photographs pertaining to the summer institute and the students who participated.

For more information on this collection, please see the finding aid. The records were transferred, organized, and described by Grace Pochis (’16).


Finals Week Extended Study Hours

Holiday Get TogetherThe 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 10 p.m. starting on Sunday, Dec. 10th until they run out.

These are the hours for the end of the term:

Monday, Dec. 4 – Thursday, Dec. 7 — 7:45 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 8 — 7:45 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9 — 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10 — 9 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 11 – Friday, Dec. 15 — 7 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16 — 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17 — CLOSED

Winter break begins on Monday, Dec. 18. 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. 23 through Jan. 2. Regular hours resume on Jan. 16.


Jacobson’s Photographs of the WU Football Team at Pearl Harbor

Kenneth W. Jacobson was born in Vancouver, Washington on September 19, 1921. Jacobson attended Willamette University and was a member of the Willamette University football team that played against the University of Hawaii in Oahu on December 6, 1941 as part of the Shrine Bowl. The team was stranded in Hawaii after the Pearl Harbor bombing on December 7, 1941. Willamette head coach, Spec Keene, volunteered the Willamette contingent to guard the perimeter of the Punahou School in Honolulu for ten days. Unable to fly home, the team remained in Hawaii until December 19, at which time they returned to the mainland aboard the ocean liner SS President Coolidge. While on board, the team bunked in steerage and, in exchange for passage, were assigned as hospital aides attending wounded men until the ship reached San Francisco on Christmas day. Jacobson enlisted in the U.S. Army on May 9, 1942, serving until March 5, 1946. After leaving the army, he continued his studies and graduated from Willamette University in 1947. He was hired by the Dallas, Oregon school district where he served as a teacher, coach, athletic director, and school administrator until he retired in 1983. He died in Dallas, Oregon in 2015.

Further information on the football team’s experiences in Pearl Harbor can be found in the Pearl Harbor Game collection.

Photographs from the Ken Jacobson collection can be viewed online. For further information about this collection, please see the finding aid.

Willamette team member on ship.

Pandas on the way home.

Bud Reynolds and Ken Jacobson

Bud Reynolds and Ken Jacobson


Faculty Colloquium: Leslie Dunlap

Please join us next Friday, December 1, at 3 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge for our ninth Faculty Colloquium of this semester.

Presenters: Leslie Dunlap, Continuing Professor in History, Film Studies, Women and Gender Studies, American Ethnic Studies Leslie Dunlap

Title: “Outraged Womanhood” and The Campaign to Close Ft. Gaston: Reckoning with the Rape Culture of American Empire

In the early 1890s, Hupa activist William E. Beckwith and Dorcas Spencer, a white woman reformer, effectively closed down a military post based on an exposé of sexual violence, yet outside of Hupa and California history, the story is little known. This paper documents and analyzes their campaign against military management of the Hoopa Reservation in northwestern California, and the broader critique they posed of sexual violence and American expansion. It finds that U.S. military authorities’ response to Beckwith and Spencer, alongside the hundreds of pages of testimony the investigation generated, provides some of the strongest evidence of the rape culture they identified. The talk raises a series of questions for discussion about how to interpret language steeped in the gender and generic conventions of the time; the limits of sources generated and collected as part of the colonizing process and the nature of the colonial archive; and how to weigh consent, given the era’s (and our own) debates about the conditions that enable consent, especially in the violent context of military occupation at that time.

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

Ellen Eisenberg and Bill Kelm
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators


Faculty Colloquium: Susik and Spalti

Please join us next Friday, November 17, at 3 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge for our eighth Faculty Colloquium of this semester.

Presenters: Abigail Susik, Associate Professor of Art History and Mike Spalti, Associate University Librarian for Systems
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Title: “Pedagogy talk: Teaching with Digital Archives, Skype, Cell Phones and other Tech Stuff”

This joint presentation and discussion will cover tools and methods for enhancing student experience in the classroom with digital technology. We will discuss how digital archives are constructed as well as ways in which they might be employed for courses. We will also present some examples of past experiences teaching with Skype guest lectures, using cell phones for class activities, and other pedagogical resources using the web.

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

Ellen Eisenberg and Bill Kelm
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators


Faculty Colloquium: Janet Lorenzen

Please join us next Friday, November 10, at 3 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge for our seventh Faculty Colloquium of this semester.

Presenter: Janet Lorenzen, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Title: “Addressing Climate Change at the Ballot: Challenges to Copying the Marriage Equality Movement”Janet Lorenzen

This talk draws on 58 interviews conducted between May 2015 and August 2017 with Oregon state: legislators, legislative staff members, environmental leaders, and professional lobbyists. Pro-environmental lobbyists were particularly keen to point out that marriage equality had succeeded in Oregon as a ballot measure. And they kept asking, why can’t we do that with a policy to address climate change? This talk discusses the possibilities and challenges of making Cap and Trade (aka the Clean Energy Jobs Bill, SB1070) into a ballot measure in Oregon in 2018.

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

Ellen Eisenberg and Bill Kelm
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators


Hallie Ford Literary Series: Mike Scalise

Please join us for the second event of the Fall 2017 Hallie Ford Literary Series, a reading by Mike Scalise. The reading will take place on Tuesday, October 24th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Hatfield Room (2nd floor of Hatfield Library) and is free and open to the public.

Scalise’s memoir, The Brand New Catastrophe, was the recipient of the Center for Fiction’s 2014 Christopher Doheny Award. Scalise’s story begins when a ruptured pituitary tumor leaves him with the hormone disorder acromegaly at age 24, and he must navigate a new, alien world of illness maintenance. His mother, who has a chronic heart condition and a flair for drama, serves as a complicated model. Ultimately, it is a moving, funny exploration of how we define ourselves by the stories we choose to tell.

Mike Scalise’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Agni, Indiewire, Ninth Letter, Paris Review Daily, and other places. He is an 826DC advisory board member, has received fellowships and scholarships from Bread Loaf, Yaddo, and the Ucross Foundation, and was the Philip Roth Writer in Residence at Bucknell University.


Faculty Colloquium: Gaetano DeLeonibus

Please join us Friday, October 27 at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room for our sixth Faculty Colloquium of this semester. Treats will be provided.

Presenter: Gaetano DeLeonibus, Professor of French and Francophone StudiesGaetano DeLeonibus
Title: “Digitizing André Breton’s 17th-Century Carib-French Dictionary”

I attended a week-long intensive workshop (June 5-9, 2017), “Text Encoding Fundamentals and their Application,” an introduction to the theory and practice of encoding texts for the humanities. More specifically, the workshop introduced the non-initiate to the philosophy, theory, and practicalities of encoding original texts in XML (Extensible Markup Language) using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines. During the workshop, I began to encode several pages of a 17th-century Carib-French dictionary with the XML Editor Oxygen.

This presentation will first give an overview of Breton’s dictionary, then delve into my experience at the workshop, and describe the use I’ve been making of the text and project in FREN 336.

Students are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.

Ellen Eisenberg and Bill Kelm
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators


Faculty Colloquium: Marva Duerksen

Please join us Friday, October 13 at 3 p.m. in Fine Arts West 145 for our fifth Faculty Colloquium of this semester. Treats will be provided.

Presenter: Marva Duerksen, Associate Professor of Music
Title: Proleptic Rhetoric and Survival of the “Self”: Composer Niccoló Castiglioni On Dickinson’s “I heard a Fly buzz—”

In “I heard a fly buzz – when I died,” poet Emily Dickinson adopts a proleptic, or anticipatory, rhetorical stance from which to probe haunting questions of death and the boundaries separating death from life. The poem’s speaker, an implicit self, dies, and yet, impossibly, survives to narrate the story of their death. In this presentation I examine Italian composer Niccoló Castiglioni’s interpretation of Dickinson’s “Fly,” focusing on ways in which the composer builds on Dickinson’s poetic design to craft a musical self, position that self within a musical space, and support or engineer its demise. Broadening the inquiry, I consider the stakes for poet and composer. If proleptic positioning supports an enduring poetic self, might it not also point to Dickinson’s desire for survival beyond death of her own creative self? And, as composers take up this proleptic self musically, could they be engaging ongoing anxieties about the survival of our own artistic and embodied selves?

Students are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.

Ellen Eisenberg and Bill Kelm
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators