WU Alumni Weekend
 

Lectures

Thursday, Sept. 11 - The Warm-Up

Bearcat Lounge

7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

The Quad

Registration and information desk is open, as is the lounge... kick back, relax, and enjoy the campus atmosphere!

Audit Classes

All Day

Register for classes at the Bearcat Lounge

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

Bearcat Lounge

7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

The Quad

Registration and information desk is open, as is the lounge... kick back, relax, and enjoy the campus atmosphere and rotating events of the day!

Audit Classes

All Day

Register for classes at the Bearcat Lounge

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.

Mark O. Hatfield Library, Haftield Room

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 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 324

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.

Mark O. Hatfield Library, Hatfield Room

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.

Ford Hall, Kremer Board Room

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

Politics is impacted both in the direct policy arena and in the impacting culture and lived experiences arena. Willamette's motto has great meaning to students and alumni of all eras. Our university strives to educate students to live lives of success, contribution and meaning. This set of distinguished alumni have made social impact the central focus of their careers and bring perspectives from a broad spectrum of social action approaches to share. The diverse paths this set of change agents have taken illustrate how a focus on mission and impact can change the world and how living and working in service of others brings Willamette's motto to life. Panelists: Curtis Acosta '94, Dawn Albert '08, Astrid Dabbeni '01, Jennifer Sasser '89; moderator: Eric Friedenwald-Fishman '88.

inClass Session - High 5 Pie

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Eaton Hall 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, two Cone & Steiner general stores, 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. Hey, she even schooled Martha Stewart on TV, so you're bound to learn something.

Politics Symposium Session - Why Do We Teach the Humanities?

3:15-4:30 p.m.

The Quad

The study and teaching of the humanities - and the liberal arts more broadly - often appears under siege in the United States today. In public debates about higher education, many are calling for more emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and on pre-professional training. In this session, three Willamette professors will discuss why it is important to study and teach the humanities, what they have learned in the process, and how we can conceive of the liberal arts in the contemporary world. Presenters: David Gutterman, Sammy Basu, and William Duvall.

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

3:15-4:30 p.m.

Ford Hall, Kremer Board Room

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 Hall 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 Hall 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. Presenters: Raymond Tsumpti, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs; the Hon. George B. Stevenson JD'76, former tribal judge; and Daniel P. Santos '85,JD'86, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration.

inClass Session - Willamette Academy

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Ford Hall 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.

Ford Hall, Film Studies Room

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. Senator Betsy Johnson, Rep. Tobias Reed '97, Angela Wilhelms JD/MBA'13; moderator: Kerry Tymchuk '81, JD'84.

Monday, Sept. 15 - The Encore

Audit Classes

All Day

Register for classes at the Alumni Office on the 3rd Floor of Waller Hall

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.

Lectures

Friday, Sept. 12

inClass Session - Willamette's Quirky History

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Mark O. Hatfield Library, Haftield Room

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.

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.

Politics Symposium Session - Campaign Finance Reform

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Ford Hall, Kremer Board Room

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

Politics is impacted both in the direct policy arena and in the impacting culture and lived experiences arena. Willamette's motto has great meaning to students and alumni of all eras. Our university strives to educate students to live lives of success, contribution and meaning. This set of distinguished alumni have made social impact the central focus of their careers and bring perspectives from a broad spectrum of social action approaches to share. The diverse paths this set of change agents have taken illustrate how a focus on mission and impact can change the world and how living and working in service of others brings Willamette's motto to life. Panelists: Curtis Acosta '94, Dawn Albert '08, Astrid Dabbeni '01, Jennifer Sasser '89; moderator: Eric Friedenwald-Fishman '88.

inClass Session - High 5 Pie

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Eaton Hall 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, two Cone & Steiner general stores, 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. Hey, she even schooled Martha Stewart on TV, so you're bound to learn something.

Politics Symposium Session - Why Do We Teach Humanities?

3:15-4:30 p.m.

The Quad

The study and teaching of the humanities - and the liberal arts more broadly - often appears under siege in the United States today. In public debates about higher education, many are calling for more emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and on pre-professional training. In this session, three Willamette professors will discuss why it is important to study and teach the humanities, what they have learned in the process, and how we can conceive of the liberal arts in the contemporary world. Presenters: David Gutterman, Sammy Basu, and William Duvall.

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

3:15-4:30 p.m.

Ford Hall, Kremer Board Room

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.