Mini-University Sessions

Here are the Family Weekend Mini-University sessions that will be offered on Saturday morning, October 10, 2015. The locations for each session are noted as building and classroom number. Please understand that when a session has reached capacity, you will be directed to attend an alternative session.

Session 1

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
The Big Bang and Beyond, a Beginner’s guide to the Universe, Collins 205—capacity 50

What does the Universe look like and what is our place in it? How is it evolving and what did it look like in the distant past? What will it be like in the future? This talk will introduce the ideas behind modern Cosmology and the observational evidence on which it rests.

Instructed by: Richard Watkins, Professor of Physics

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
Bones, Joints, and Ground Reaction Forces, Gatke 108 – capacity 18

Is walking enough to maintain healthy bones? Is it enough to build bones stronger? What about running, hopping, jumping? In this class session, we will explore the forces required for bone health. This will be an interactive and hands-on session where participants will be invited to walk, run, and jump on the force platform so that we can compare the ground reaction forces during these activities in real-time. We will explore which activities create the magnitude of force that is understood to improve bone health, and how we can reach these forces safely, without injuring our joints.

Instructed by: Brandi Row Lazzarini, Professor of Exercise Science

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
Mediating the Metropolis: Berlin and Shanghai in Film, Smullin 216—capacity 35

Movie audiences tend to assume that the real world exists exactly as it is depicted on screen. However, commercial considerations, production constraints and the preferences of the filmmaker all dilute this expectation. With this is mind, we will explore the stylistic techniques that are used in the making of Walter Ruttmann's splendid Berlin film and Jia Zhangke's exciting film about Shanghai.

Instructed by: Aili Zheng, Professor of German

Session 2

10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
Everything Goes Better with Whiteness: White Privilege in Everyday Life, Smullin 117—capacity 30

In this session, participants will critically analyze “white privilege” in contemporary U.S. society. Through an exercise and discussion, we will consider the ways in which structured privileges afforded on the basis of skin color are everyday, unearned, and usually invisible to those who receive them. Finally, we will examine the central role of white privilege (and blindness to it) in creating and maintaining institutionalized racism into the 21st century.

Instructed by: Emily M. Drew, Professor of Sociology

10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
For a Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing, Eaton 106—capacity 40

What set Karl Marx on the road to revolution? This session examines the ideas of the young Karl Marx and his emergence as a radical thinker and revolutionary activist.

Instructed by: Bill Smaldone, Professor of History

10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
Leonardo on the Stage, Ford 122—capacity 50 (no food or drink allowed in this classroom)

The lecture will explore little known aspects of Leonardo da Vinci's career as a painter, writer and engineer in the attempt to provide a historically-based analysis of some his most significant works, such as "Mona Lisa" and the "Last Supper."

Instructed by: Ricardo De Mambro Santos, Professor of Art History

Session 3

11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Chemistry Club, Smullin B17 (in the basement) - capacity 50

The Chemistry Club has been an active and outstanding club at Willamette since 2008. Come join some of the current members and enjoy demonstrations in this session about chemicals, chemistry, and all the puns in between.

11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Meet WEMS: Willamette University's Emergency Medical Services, Ford 102 - capacity 50
Have you ever wondered who responds to the emergency medical calls placed on Willamette’s campus? Do you want to know more about how Willamette University helps keep its students safe? Come meet the WEMS responders! This session will include a brief presentation about the WEMS organization, who we are, what we do, our main roles on campus, and how we operate. Following the presentation participants will have the opportunity to ask us any questions they may have, and will even be invited to participate in a medical demonstration!