Tuesday, November 5th
"Beginnings: A Dance Concert," Willamette's Pelton Theatre [P. Rasmussen], M. Lee Pelton Theatre
The Willamette Theatre Department's presentation will consist of a discussion of their second production of the year:
Artistic Director: Jessi Fouts
Willamette University Theatre will present an evening of dance. The program will incorporate a wide spectrum of movement styles featuring original choreography by the faculty, guest choreographers and students.
Today, director Jessi Fouts and some of her students will present to ICL, introducing us to this production.
|11:00 a.m.--12:00 p.m.|
"Water Awareness," Don Gallagher, Ford Hall, Room 122
In preparation for Nov 21st presentation, "The State of the World's Fresh Water Supply," we will view selected clips from the award winning documentary Blue Gold: World Water Wars. In every corner of the globe, we are polluting, diverting, pumping, and wasting our limited supply of fresh water at an expediential level as population and technology grow. The rampant overdevelopment of agriculture, housing and industry increases the demands for fresh water well beyond the finite supply, resulting in the desertification of the earth.
"Henry Weinhard—brewer, entrepreneur, first citizen, Portland, Oregon, late 19th century. And Henry Weinhard—inside trader, owner of bawdy houses, womanizer. The Real Henry Weinhard—all of the above." Michael Strehlow, Ford Hall, Room 122
Henry Weinhard, born and raised in Lindenbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, came into the Oregon country in 1856, a few years before statehood. He stayed and built a financial empire in Portland based on brewing good beer. My novel, based loosely on his life, has an old man looking back on his accomplishments, his loves, some of his regrets, all of his successes. As he tells his story, the act of telling the story brings him to a number of realizations about his life, a clarity that was not there before he took on the task of telling about it.
Michael Strehlow is a professor of English and American Studies at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He has published poetry, short stories, and non-fiction in a number of literary magazines including: The Bellingham Review, Sou'wester, Willow Spring, Kansas Quarterly, Mid-West Poetry Review, Poetry Midwest, Oregon Quarterly, Northwest Review, Orchids, Hubbub, Cutbank, and others. His other books: Kesey (non-fiction about Ken Kesey), and An Anthology of Northwest Writing: 1900-1950. See also article, "All that Hoo-Ha" in Spit in the Ocean # 7: All about Ken Kesey, Penguin Books, 2003, edited by Ed McClanahan. Upcoming work: a novel, The Moby-Dick Blues, about lost love, the original manuscript for Moby-Dick (long lost).
Thursday, November 7th
|10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.|
Great Decisions: "Myanmar and Southeast Asia," [J. Flaming], Ford Hall, Room 122
The West has welcomed unprecedented democratic reforms made by Myanmar's government. What challenges must Myanmar overcome before it can fully join the international community? What role can it play in Southeast Asia? Peter Rasmussen will facilitate leadership of ICL members for the presentation.
"Applications of DNA Analysis, Manipulation," Grant Thorsett, Ford Hall, Room 122
Building on the background material introduced in our September discussion, today we will discuss the role of DNA and DNA manipulation in everyday life. Topics may include: DNA analysis as a diagnostic tool; DNA fingerprints, what are they and how are they used in forensics and genealogy; What are genetically modified organisms (GMOs)– are they a good thing or not; What was the human genome project and where do we go from there; Genetic engineering, Transgenic organisms; Cloning; etc.
Grant Thorsett is Professor Emeritus at Willamette University.
Education: PhD, Yale University 1969
Tuesday, November 12th
|10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.|
"My Life in Clay," Sara Swink [D. White], Ford Hall, Room 122
Sara Swink will show you some of her playful, hand-built ceramic figures, each a unique expression of her journey through the creative process. Each piece uses human and animal characteristics to tell a story. She’ll share some of the stories behind the pieces, and describe the process leading up to the ideas and how the work is made. She’ll discuss her ideas about image vocabulary and style and how these can be used to touch on the essential nature of every artist.
In the second part of the talk, Sara will touch on historical aspects of ceramics, from early pottery to contemporary art, emphasizing some of the ceramic artists and cultures that have been most influential to her.
For a bio. of the artist, please click here.
“Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections," John Olbrantz [Sharon Wright], Roger Hull Lecture Hall, 2nd floor, Hallie Ford museum of Art
ICL has been invited to a private tour by John Olbrantz, director, of the exhibit “Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections.” It showcases 64 remarkable objects that represent several thousand years (6000 BCE to 500 BCE) of art from the region known as the Fertile Crescent. Drawing from some of the most distinguished collections in the United States, the exhibition brings together works from over 20 notable institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum.
Thursday, November 14th
|10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.|
"Development and Workings of the Jury System in American Jurisprudence," Kasia Quillinan, Ford Hall, Room 122
Where did the jury system come from? What’s a moot? What role did judges play? How has the legal system changed over the centuries? We will explore origins and developments which have led to the legal system we know today. We may engage in some role playing with volunteers from our audience.
Our presenter is ICL member Kasia Quillinan.
"How Primary Care Must Change in Health Care Reform," Barry Coplan, M.D. [P. Rasmussen], Ford Hall, Room 122
Tuesday, November 19th
|8:30 am – 4:30 pm........(times are approximate)|
Field Trip: "A Day in Eugene"
Conger Street Clock Museum
Oregon Electric Company Restaurant – Lunch
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Cost per person is $35
Sign-ups begin on Tuesday, October 29th
Thursday, November 21st
|10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.|
"The State of the World's Fresh Water Supply," Evelynn Smith & Don Gallagher, Ford Hall, Room 122
In support of this designation ICL members Don Gallagher and Evelynn Smith will coordinate a presentation on the state of the world's fresh water supply including a brief look at the future water supply in Oregon and in Salem. Certainly our well could never run dry!
The presentation will begin with a photography/music slide show, courtesy of Evelynn and Jerry Smith featuring fresh water and its importance to the flora and fauna of the American West.
The second hour will feature Jen Woody, a hydrogeologist with the Oregon Water Resources Department, which is responsible for water quantity allocation and monitoring in Oregon. Her presentation will provide an overview of water availability issues in Oregon, some of the challenges we face in meeting current and future needs, and both the importance and methodologies used to monitor this natural resource.
"Great Decisions: NATO," [J. Flaming], Ford Hall, Room 122
How has NATO's agenda evolved since its inception during the cold war? With its military commitment in Afghanistan winding down and a recent successful campaign in Libya, what are the Alliance's present-day security challenges? Willamette professor Michael Marks will be our presenter.
Tuesday, November 26th
|10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.|
"Algebraic Thinking and Misconceptions," Steve Rhine [G. Beck], Ford Hall, Room 122
The purpose of the Algebraic Thinking Project is to restructure preservice math teacher education by synthesizing that research on students’ thinking into a Center for Algebraic Thinking that will empower new teachers to open the algebra gateway with their students. The innovative Center includes an online encyclopedia of algebraic thinking, a catalog of formative assessment problems, a database of technological tools, iPad apps, modules for math methods courses that incorporate research, and a collaborative social network for teachers of algebra.
Steven M. Rhine is Professor of Education at Willamette University. His résumé includes:
Education: B.A. University of California, Los Angeles, M.A. Loyola Marymount University, Ed.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Awards and publications:
• 2007-2008 - Recipient, Fulbright Grant, Fulbright Program. Worked with teachers and university faculty at the National Drahamanov Pedagogical University in Kyiv to consider the range of technological tools possible for effective teaching in kindergarten through university. Learned about the Ukrainian community in order to better understand the large population of Ukrainian and Russian students that Willamette University student-teachers work with in K-12 schools.
"Oregon's new 'Coordinated Care Organizations' under 'Obamacare' " Jeanene Smith, MD, PhD [P. Rasmussen], Ford Hall, Room 122
Thursday, November 28th