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

Salute to Social Workers

Every day across the United States, hundreds of thousands of social workers work to support, protect and empower millions of people as they struggle to deal with and solve problems in their day-to-day lives.  According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the job outlook for social workers is growing rapidly and “is projected to grow 16% from 2016-2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.” Sadly, the important work of social workers is often underappreciated and frequently underpaid.  The month of March has been set aside to pay tribute to all the dedicated social workers out there and to acknowledge their important contributions to society.  “Elevate” is the theme for this year’s National Social Work Month and this theme was chosen in an effort to call attention to social workers endeavors to elevate people and also to point out the need to elevate the pay of social workers.  To find out more about the social work profession, check out the National Association of Social Workers website.  And go to the WU Reads Reading Guide for some interesting books on social work and social service.

Henk Pander papers expanded and ready for researchers

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.

Hallie Ford Literary Series: The Art of Editing

Please join us for the second in this spring’s Hallie Ford Literary Series at Willamette University. The Art of Editing Thursday, March 7, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room. Editing a Paper

Legendary editor and Salem native Gary Fisketjon will discuss his career in editing and book publishing. Fisketjon, who created the Vintage Contemporaries series for Random House, has published some of contemporary literature’s best-known writers, from Raymond Carver and Richard Ford to Donna Tartt and Haruki Murakami. He is currently editor-at-large for Alfred A. Knopf.

The following events are free and open to the public.
Contact Information:
Name: Scott Nadelson
Phone: 503-370-6290

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

Hallie Ford Literary Series: Lena Khalaf Tuffaha & Gabriel Tallent 

Please join us for the first in this spring’s Hallie Ford Literary Series at Willamette University. New Voices / Alumni Showcase, an evening with Lena Khalaf Tuffaha & Gabriel Tallent on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room.

Two of our own return to campus to read from their highly acclaimed first books. Palestinian-American poet Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, who studied at Willamette in the mid-1990s, recently won the Washington Book Award for her poetry volume Water and Salt. Gabriel Tallent, a 2010 graduate, published his first novel, My Absolute Darling, to widespread acclaim, receiving praise in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and National Public Radio. Books will be for sale, courtesy of the Willamette Store. I hope to see you there.

Contact Information:
Name: Scott Nadelson
Phone: 503-370-6290

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

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