Select March 2011 media clips

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Several outlets discussed Malalai Joya’s speech and visa challenges. “The BBC dubbed [Joya] 'The Most Famous Woman in Afghanistan' which is no small thing. This prominent Afghan feminist and war critic, will visit Willamette University on April 3 to speak about the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan and its impact on the country's people. Her lecture is at 7:00 p.m. in Smith Auditorium and is free and open to the public.”

Multicultural Affairs’ Gordy Toyama talks about the annual powwow. “‘For many people in Oregon, the powwow is like a family reunion,’ said Gordy Toyama, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Willamette University. ‘They make connections with different native tribes in Oregon,’ he added. ‘The powwow is a major social gathering for many of them.’”

Willamette University Cycling Team holds second annual race. “‘We had the collegiate races in the morning, and it was sunny and nice,’ said course monitor Javan Bailey, a Willamette University student. ‘It rained about halfway through the OBRA races, and we got hail before that.’”

Theatre’s Christopher Harris discusses set design and student experience. “‘Students and their needs are at the core of Harris’ designs. He thinks one of the most important things he can teach his students is the ability to work around problems. Says Harris, ‘Since academic theatre is also an educational institution, the purpose is to train our students and give them the skills to solve the problems. In essence our production company is a series of rotating apprentices for a maximum of four years. Beyond exposing them to creating theatre of the highest quality we can, we are also teaching them to be problem solvers, and that skill applies to whatever they do in later life.’”

Center for Religion, Law and Democracy’s Steven Green is quoted in Tom Krattenmaker’s piece about religious freedom in the context of legislation related to the Followers of Christ. “While freedom of religious belief is absolute, the acting out of said freedom is not -- and, in truth, cannot be if a pluralistic society is going to avoid chaos. The legal distinction between religious belief and action dates to the Mormon polygamy cases of the 19th century, explains Steven Green, a law professor and director of Willamette University's Center for Religion, Law and Democracy.”

Green is also quoted in a Gannett editorial about Westboro Baptist Church’s funeral protest. “‘The purpose of free speech is not to protect popular speech. It's to protect obnoxious, unpopular speech,’ said Steven Green, a noted constitutional law professor at Willamette University in Salem, Ore. The court ruling ‘demonstrates that in a robust democratic society, the response to unpopular speech is not to penalize that speech but to have more free speech.’”

Law’s Valerie Vollmar comments on estate sales in The Oregonian. “‘It's amazing how much more contentious it seems to be with tangible personal property than when you're talking about stocks and bonds or money in a bank account,’ Vollmar says. ‘People attach a lot of importance to things that were in their parents' lives or their own life. All of these emotions bubble up.’”

Museum supporter Maribeth Collins is featured in Statesman Journal. “Many people love Willamette University's Hallie Ford Museum of Art for its lively special exhibits and its galleries for prints, Northwest art and Native American art. There's a hidden hand behind that excellence: that of philanthropist Maribeth Collins of Portland.”

Alumni Genna Hall and Kimberlee Kogane are featured in local Crave guide. “Hall and Kogane launched their jewelry brands -- De Luxe and Fresh Tangerine, respectively -- less than a year ago. These 24-year-old, French-speaking Willamette University grads decided to collaborate on the business aspect of their brands and on their spring/summer collection. Like other young entrepreneurs, they skipped traditional startup costs and went straight to the Web, selling their jewelry on and creating websites, blogs and Twitter feeds.”

Alumnus John Shelk discusses forest legislation work. “A fourth-generation Oregon lumberman, John Shelk was raised in Prineville, earned a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University…[and] was instrumental in pulling together the industry-environmental panel that developed eastside forest legislation proposed during the last session by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden.”