WU Alumni Weekend
 

Lectures

Thursday, Sept. 11 - The Warm-Up

Audit Classes

All Day

Observe current professors and students in their natural habitat without the risk of being assigned a 20-page paper or pop quiz. Per faculty request, space is limited. Click link at the top of the page for a full audit class listing.

Friday, Sept. 12 - The Kickoff

Audit Classes

All Day

Observe current professors and students in their natural habitat without the risk of being assigned a 20-page paper or pop quiz. Per faculty request, space is limited. Click link at the top of the page for a full audit class listing.

WUAA Board of Directors Meeting

8:00 a.m.

Ford Hall, Kremer Board Room (102)

WUAA President Linda (Walker) Kelly '69 invites you to drop in and see your alumni leaders and decision makers in action.

inClass Session - Willamette's Quirky History

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Haftield Room, Mark O. Hatfield Library

Take a "guided tour" through decades of Willamette's more unusual history with University Archivist, Mary McRobinson. Using primary source materials selected from Willamette's Archives and Special Collections, Mary will share some of WU's lesser-known history. Come prepared to share a favorite story or some quirky tidbit from your time at Willamette!

inClass Session - Autotopography

10:30-11:30 a.m.

The Quad

How does one write about one's self? How does one place the self, spatially and historically, in relation to others? What is shared and gained by engaging in such 'autotopography'? Join Christopher Harris, professor of theatre, as we explore and play with identity, testimony, place, and ethics.

(Re)Thinking Lunch

12:00-1:30 p.m.

The Quad

Enjoy lunch with alumni, students and professors, and learn something on the side; about the "politics" of the table, where food comes from, how it gets from farm to fork, and the complicated decisions that surround the food industry and nutrition. Registration is required ($20).

inClass Session - Beer Brewing: A Chemical Experience

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Collins 323

Professor Sarah Kirk and husband, John Kirk, will explore the process of making beer while considering the chemistry behind the production and consumption of alcohol. Participants will enjoy a beer tasting. Registration is required ($10).

inClass Session - Demystifying the College Admission Process

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Hatfield Room, Mark O. Hatfield Library

Get an insider's perspective on what the college application and admission process is like today with members of the College of Liberal Arts admission staff. All alumni and future Bearcats are invited to bring plenty of questions!

Politics Symposium Session - Campaign Finance Reform

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Kremer Board Room, Ford Hall

These distinguished Bearcats will explore and uncover the complicated ways in which campaigns in America operate, what regulations are implemented to oversee our elections, and what challenges are still faced. Panelists: The Hon. Paul DeMuniz JD'75, John DiLorenzo Jr. '77, JD'80 and Jim Lottsfeldt '85; moderator: Paul Diller, Associate Professor of Law.

Politics Symposium Session - Living the Motto

1:30-3:00 p.m.

The Quad

Willamette's motto ("Not unto ourselves alone are we born") has great meaning to students and alumni of all eras. Come hear this year's alumni award winners who have made social impact the central focus of their careers and who bring perspectives from a broad spectrum of social action approaches. Panelists: Curtis Acosta '94, Dawn Albert '08, Astrid Dabbeni '01; moderator: Eric Friedenwald-Fishman '88;

inClass Session - High Five Pie

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Eaton 209

Dani Cone '98 has translated her education and student experience working at the Bistro into a thriving collection of specialty businesses in Seattle, including three Fuel coffeehouses, the Cone & Steiner in Capitol Hill and a bakery specializing in pies called High 5 Pie. Tap into Dani's entrepreneurial spirit, learn some of her pie making secrets, and of course, indulge your taste buds with a sample of some pie.

Politics Symposium Session - Why Do We Teach Politics?

3:15-4:30 p.m.

The Quad

When politics faculty tell others what we do, we are commonly met with responses that are either dismissive of the mere idea of politics, or are rants fueled by the pent up rage they usually direct at news pundits. Either case can leave one wondering :Why DO I teach politics?" In answering this question, WU politics professors Richard Ellis and Sammy Basu (both Oregon professors of the year) will offer their personal experience, discuss what they've learned, and point out the common misconceptions surrounding the study of politics. Panelists: Richard Ellis and SammyBasu; moderator: David Gutterman, Associate Professor of Politics.

Politics Symposium - Asia in Motion: Politics, Economy, Culture and Environment

3:15-4:30 p.m.

Kremer Board Room, Ford Hall

Asian societies are experiencing profound economic, legal, social, political, and cultural changes, yet new trends remain rooted in distinct historical trajectories. Given Asia's deep integration with, and prominent role in, global affairs, current changes in Japan, China and other parts of the region are linked in important ways to life in the U.S., and the Pacific Northwest more specifically. This panel of Willamette faculty, who study and visit Asia, will offer observations of key trends of change in Asia and their broader implications. Panelists: Yan Liang, Ron Loftus and Jim Nafziger; moderated by Greg Felker, Associate Professor of Politics.

Saturday, Sept. 13 - The Apex

inClass Session - Breaking Chains: Slavery in Oregon

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Eaton 209

R. Gregory Nokes '59 tells the story of slavery in Oregon, focusing on the case of a Missouri family, who, after being brought to Oregon in 1844, were unlawfully enslaved by an Oregon legislator instead of being freed as expected.

Politics Symposium Session - Oregon's Political Benchmarks

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The Quad

From the Beach Bill, Vote by Mail, or the Oregon Health Plan, this panel will discuss Oregon's legacy of legislative leadership and current challenges. Panelists: Rep. Tobias Read '97, Reyna Lopez '09, Dmitri Palmateer '96, Chet Orloff; moderator: Kerry Tymchuk '81, JD'84.

Politics Symposium Session - Nations within the Nation: Understanding the Sovereignty of Oregon Tribes

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Eaton 211

Oregon Indian Tribes, like all federally recognized tribes in the United States, are separate sovereign nations with powers to protect the health, safety and welfare of their members, as well as to govern their lands. This session will explore what 'tribal sovereignty' means in political, legal, economic and environmental terms, in the context of discussion of Oregon tribal governance. Panelist: Raymond Tsumpti, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs; moderator: Daniel P. Santos, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration, Willamette University College of Law.

inClass Session - Willamette Academy

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Ford 201

Founded in 2001, Willamette Academy has become a model program for reaching into historically underrepresented communities and empowering youth who have the desire and potential of becoming the first in their families to graduate from high school and attend college. Join Willamette Academy staff, students and alumni for an informative workshop that will educate, inspire, and empower you.

Politics Symposium Session - The Legacy of "Moderatism"

3:45-5:00 p.m.

Film Studies Room, Ford Hall

Moderate statesman are increasingly rare in this era of intensely ideological politics. Is the pragmatic politician an endangered species? Can moderate partisans exist in today's political climate? How does the legacy of past moderate leaders on both sides of the aisle influence the political leaders of today and tomorrow? Panelists: Rep. John Davis JD'09. Rep. Tobias Reed '97; moderator: Kerry Tymchuk '81, JD'84.

Monday, Sept. 14 - The Encore

Audit Classes

All Day

Observe current professors and students in their natural habitat without the risk of being assigned a 20-page paper or pop quiz. Per faculty request, space is limited. Click link at the top of the page for a full audit class listing.