Upcoming Programs

Estate Planning at Any Age

Cathy McCann Gaskin JD'02 and Professor Susan Cook JD'96

Did you know that Oct. 18-24 is National Estate Planning Week? No matter your age, an estate plan is essential to your financial wellness. Yet, surprisingly, only 32% of the U.S. population currently has a will (down from 51% in 2005).

Join Cathy McCann Gaskin JD'02, Willamette's director of development for gift planning; and our guest presenter, estate planning attorney and Willamette College of Law Professor Susan Cook JD'96 for an overview of common estate planning documents and how they can benefit you, no matter your stage in life.

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The Future of Money in a Digital World

Rohan Grey

Assistant Professor of Law

Willamette College of Law Assistant Professor Rohan Grey will guide us through the largely uncharted digital financial landscape. Join us to learn about the evolving area of law around digital fiat currency, cryptocurrency and NFTs (non fungible tokens), and how your financial life may be impacted. Professor Grey is the author of the forthcoming book, "Digitizing the Dollar: The Battle for the Soul of Public Money in the Age of Cryptocurrency."


Climate Action Now!: Oregon Climate Protection Program

Willamette University Sustainability Network

Join the Willamette University Sustainability Network for a comment-writing event for the Willamette University campus and community. The panel will explain the main aspects of the draft rules for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Climate Protection Program. Find out what activists are trying to change!


Becoming an Author: The History of Tarot

Host: Joe Gruber '09
Guest: Holly Adams Easley '09

Join two the friendliest Willamette graduates as they catch up on their post-student years and specifically about Holly's soon-to-be published debut book, The History of Tarot Art: Demystifying the Art and Arcana, Deck by Deck and how her passion for tarot led to unexpected opportunities.

Holly Adams Easley '09 is a lifelong spiritual searcher with a fondness for surrounding herself with beautiful things. Since 2018, she has co-hosted the popular Wildly Tarot podcast (discussing tarot reading, tarot decks, and mystical life). An academic advisor at a large public university by day, Holly emphasizes the allure of growth, the importance of knowing yourself, and the joy of learning, both at work and in life.


The State of the College of Law

Dean Brian Gallini

As you'll hear during this session, Dean Gallini has been engaged in the national conversation around alternatives to attorney licensure. We'll also share the latest news from the College of Law, such as our recent partnerships with Western Oregon University, University of Alaska Anchorage and University of Alaska Southeast, and more about our Signature Strengths initiative.


Alumni Awards 2021 Presentation

Watch a special presentation recognizing 13 Alumni Award honorees, including recipients from 2020 and 2021. Help us honor these outstanding Bearcats and learn more about how they are living the WU motto and contributing to their local communities. Visit willamette.edu/go/alum-awards to meet our honorees.


The Laura Russo Luminary Alumni Award Ceremony (PNCA)

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 PNCA Laura Russo Luminary Alumni Award: Anthony Hudson ‘13, Ellen McFadden ‘49, Lucinda Parker ‘66, and Arvie Smith ‘86.

The Laura Russo Luminary Alumni Award recognizes PNCA alumni who demonstrate excellence, impact, innovation, and integrity in their lives, work and creative practice and aims to celebrate the broad spectrum of traditional and non-traditional paths to alumni excellence.


Expanding Business Education at Willamette

Professors Ashley Nixon and Romana Autrey (AGSM)

We hear from Professors Ashley Nixon and Romana Autrey about the cutting edge curricular and experiential innovations being offered at Willamette's Atkinson Graduate School of Management. You'll also learn about Willamette's new and extremely popular undergraduate business major and how Willamette MBA is leveling up against its Oregon business school competitors.


Building a Racial Justice Task Force

Willamette University College of Law Dean Brian Gallini and select members of the Class of 2020 discuss their work as part of the Racial Justice Task Force of the Oregon Supreme Court Council on Inclusion & Fairness (OSCCIF).

When the July 2020 bar exam was canceled due to the pandemic, they quickly pivoted and began examining the racial biases and inequities in the selection of jurors in Oregon courts. This collaboration with OSCCI gave Dean Gallini the opportunity to focus the energies of our best and brightest on effectuating systemic change in the administration of justice in our state.

We all are entitled to be judged by a jury of our peers, and this webinar will examine the accuracy of that belief and the procedural and policy changes that can be made to ensure we all benefit from and receive due process during trial.


Philanthropy for Community Impact

Andrew Galen MBA'17

Contributing Assistant Professor

Professor Andrew Galen will discuss his work as part of the Philanthropic Investment for Community Impact consequential learning course. Each year a select group of MBA students works with the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley to decide how to invest a fixed pool of funds for social community impact and assess the performance of their investments year over year. In the process, students gain invaluable insight and experience in grant management, as well as the ability to impact the community in a strategic and meaningful way.

Originally March 8, 2021


Hamilton History: What Really Happened in "The Room Where It Happens"

Seth Cotlar

Professor of History

Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical "Hamilton" captured the world's imagination and brought a new focus on the founding generation of the United States. Join fellow alumni as Professor Seth Cotlar answers all your questions about the real historical events that are represented in the acclaimed musical.

Professor Cotlar specializes in the history of the United States in the years between the American Revolution and the Civil War. He is the author of Tom Paine's America: The Rise and Fall of Trans-Atlantic Radicalism in the Early Republic. At Willamette University, Professor Cotlar has taught courses on the Early American Republic, the Abolition of Slavery, the History of American Conservatism and more.

Special thanks to Joe Gruber '09 and the Bay Area Alumni Chapter for their help in organizing this great event.

Originally Published Feb.11, 2021


Talks about Race

Anthony Peterson '80

Diversity and Inclusion Consultant

Join Anthony Peterson '80 for an important conversation around race and diversity, a take on the racial tension during the summer of 2020 and what we can do moving forward.

Anthony is a Diversity/Inclusion, Ethics, Religion Coach and Consultant at people3, INC. He has lived, studied, written about and taught about cultural, racial and other diversity realities throughout his life. His 2014 TEDx talk, "What I am learning from my white grandchildren — truths about race," has been viewed over three million times.

Originally March 8, 2021


Your Social Media Life and Afterlife

Andrew Gilden

Assistant Professor of Law

So many of us practically live online these days, but what happens to our social media lives after we pass on?

Join Professor Andrew Gilden as he tackles important legal questions surrounding the social media afterlife and dive into some notable cases that could impact future decisions in this ever-evolving area of the law.

Learn more about this evolving area of the law and how your own social media life and afterlife may be impacted by upcoming legal decisions.

Originally Published Dec. 9, 2020


The Evolution of Willamette's Architectural Landscape

Bill Willingham '66

Author and Public Historian

Curious to know how Willamette’s campus evolved from a single building in a field to the beautiful setting we appreciate today?

Hear public historian Dr. William F. Willingham ’66 share research he gathered for his book, "Collegiate Architecture and Landscape in the West: Willamette University, 1842-2012," and learn more about the rich history behind some of Willamette's most iconic buildings and landmarks.

Originally Published Nov. 23, 2020


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