Thursday, November 1

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
"Land Use Planning 101 with Battle Stories from the Front Lines," Vickie Hardin Woods [Bob Muir], Kaneko Auditorium

Vickie Hardin WoodsOregon is a paradise for land use planners. Long established legislation requires all communities to plan for their futures through the use of data and public input. In doing so, they must protect farm and forest lands, focus growth inside urban areas and coordinate land use planning with transportation networks and economic factors. Perhaps most important, such planning must be done within an extensive public involvement process.

Vickie Hardin Woods, ICL Member and former Community Development Director for the City of Salem, will talk about how land use planning works in Oregon and why you should care. Vickie has over 30 years of experience in land use planning and teaches land use classes for the Oregon League of Cities.

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
"Letting the Audience In: Extra-musical meaning in the process of music composition," Dr. Kevin M. Walczyk [Solveig Holmquist], Kaneko Auditorium

Pulitzer Prize and Grawemeyer Award nominated composer, Kevin Walczyk, discusses how the implementation of extra-musical composition processes – and letting those processes be known beyond the manuscript, can engage audiences more fully and create enriched listening opportunities of musical meaning. Professor Walczyk will use his own compositions to demonstrate how extra-musical resources, including prose, names, folk references, and numbers, can be ciphered and transposed to music pitch structures that influence the compositional process and provide a more meaningful and significant musical expression to the composer and the composition. These extra-musical resources also provide the framework for a deeper, more meaningful musical experience for the listener.

A native of Portland Oregon, Kevin Walczyk received a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from Pacific Lutheran University in 1987 and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of North Texas where he was the recipient of the Hexter Prize for outstanding graduate student. Walczyk’s principal composition instructors have included Larry Austin, Jacob Avshalomov, Thomas Clark, Martin Mailman, and Cindy McTee. As an accomplished jazz arranger and composer, Walczyk refined his craft with prominent jazz arrangers Tom Kubis and Frank Mantooth, and served as arranger for the renowned University of North Texas One O’clock Lab Band (1988-89).

Walczyk is currently Professor of music at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon where he teaches composition, orchestration, jazz arranging, film scoring, media production, and serves as the Graduate Music Coordinator. Walczyk’s students have garnered awards that include the BMI Student Composers Awards, the National Band Association’s Young Composers Jazz Composition Contest, the Oregon Symphony Conti-Connection Composition Competition, and the Oregon Symphony Creative Kids Composition Competition. Walczyk’s recent composition honors include election and induction into the American Bandmasters Association (2017), nominations for the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in music composition (2011) and the Grawemeyer Award (2012) while winning the University of Connecticut’s Sackler Prize and the 2012 Big East Conference Band Directors Association Composition Contest. His works have been selected for participation by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University, Tutti New Music Festival at Denison University, Ernest Bloch Composers Symposium, College Band Directors National Association (Virginia Chapter) Symposiums XXVI and XXXIII, Southeastern League of Composers, College Music Society, and national conferences of the Society of Composers, Inc., and the North American Saxophone Alliance. Walczyk’s commissions include the Oregon Symphony, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Third Angle Contemporary Music Ensemble, Master Musicians Collective, Portland Brass Society, SoundMoves, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and many others. To see a complete discography of Dr. Walczyk's numerous internationally produced recordings, please visit Keveli Music Discography.

Tuesday, November 6

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
"Harvard University's Norton Lecture Series: The Unanswered Question - Lecture 1 - Musical Phonology," Leonard Bernstein [ICL], Kaneko Auditorium

Bernstein LeonardLEONARD BERNSTEIN: 
What we're trying for is a high overview of musical development in terms of a vocabulary constantly being enriched by more and more remote and chromatic overtones. It's as if we could see the whole of music developing from prehistory to the present, in two minutes.

Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the US to receive worldwide acclaim. According to music critic Donal Henahan, he was "one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history."

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
"10 Buildings that Changed America," Bill Foster [ICL], Kaneko Auditorium

Bill FosterThe presentation is based upon a one hour PBS video called Ten Buildings that Changed America, with commentary on the ten choices and video content, plus time for questions or discussion.

Bill Foster has been an ICL member since 2015 and currently serves has the Curriculum Co-Director. He has made several presentations in the past related to architecture, art, and music. He studied architecture at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and spent much of his career working for the State of Oregon related to planning and facilities.

Thursday, November 8

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
"Midterm Election Analysis," Richard Ellis [Anne Bowden], Kaneko Auditorium

EllisIn Professor Ellis's talk, he will briefly analyze the Mid-term Election results and then open the remainder of the hour to ICL for questions. Members are asked to be brief and to the point so that he can respond to as many as possible.

Professor Ellis joined Willamette University in 1990 after completing his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley (1989) and his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1982). He teaches a number of courses in the area of American politics, including the American presidency. He has written widely on the history of the American presidency and American political culture. His recent books include Judging the Boy Scouts of America: Gay Rights, Freedom of Association, and the Dale Case and a third edition of The Development of the American Presidency.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
"Midterm Election Discussion," Lester Reed [Anne Bowden], Kaneko Auditorium

Lester ReedIn the second hour, Lester Reed will field more of our questions and comments on the Mid-term Elections. Please be succinct. You might want to write down your questions as you watch the returns or read the news the next morning.

Lester Reed has been a member since 2015. He is a retired Air Force Colonel and has a PHD in Educational Management from The University of Texas, Austin. Retiring from his second career as a senior college administrator he had time to pursue his outside interests. They include travel, wildlife photography, classical music, opera, and theater. As a member of ICL he has presented on a variety of topics including Korea The Longest War, On The Brink Of Nuclear War - The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Big Cats of The World, How We Elect A President. and The Story Of Bears. Lester currently serves, with his wife Ingrid Brandt, as ICL’s Co-Director of Finance.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
"Do my eyes deceive me? Grandma and Grandpa seem so 'frisky'!," Dru Johnson [Jim McDonald], Kaneko Auditorium

JohnsonFor decades, since the 1940’s, the aging population has been subjected to now defunct myths and theories of aging. Although well-intended, the scientific and medical community have tried to encourage the aging population with “miracle” drugs, supplements, diets, gizmos and gadgets – all to increase vitality and take away those pesky aches and pains.
In 2014, a group of courageous scientists decided that these theories could not explain the number of “gray hairs” seen in parks, bike paths, and gyms across the country. Advances in biochemistry,microbiology, and microscopy have revised scientific approaches to study this new phenomena.

B.A. Cognitive Anthropology, UC San Diego
Certified Critical Care RN, specializations in Trauma and Burn Care
Family Nurse Practitioner Program, San Diego State University/UC San Diego
Manager of Case Managers and Social Workers, Scripps Hospital La Jolla

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
"Ever Young," Play Reading Group [Gretchen Jensen], Kaneko Auditorium

This is a one act play written by Alice Gerstenberg.

Join four women from the Gilded Age as they grapple with their lives on approaching their 70s.   Are these women out of touch with the reality of the times in which they find themselves?   Have they had any control at all in their lives?   You might find them delusional, pragmatic, stubborn, and charming.  Who is the real hero in this little story?  We think you will enjoy meeting Phoebe, Agnes, Caroline, and the remarkable Mrs. Blanchard.  Witness a true miracle of love!!!

For a poster about the play, please click here: icl/pdf/ever-young.pdf

ICL's Play Reading Group has been reading plays together once a month for a year.

Tuesday, November 13

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
"Great Decisions: China and America - the new geopolitical equation ," Danny Schaffer and Sally Schriver [Jeanette Flaming], Kaneko Auditorium

China and US PresidentsIn the last 5 years, China has implemented a wide-ranging strategy of economic outreach and expansion of all its national capacities, including military and diplomatic capacities. Where the United States has taken a step back from multilateral trade agreements and discarded the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), China has made inroads through efforts like the Belt and Road initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). What are Beijing’s geopolitical objectives? What leadership and political conditions in each society underlie growing Sino-American tensions? What policies might Washington adopt to address this circumstance?

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
"Music for String Quartet," The Salem String Quartet [Solveig Holmquist], *** Cone Chapel *** NOTE CHANGE IN VENUE

Opera Quartet








Luigi Boccherini: String Quartet in G minor, G. 194, Op. 27/2
I. Allegro assai
II. Adagio
III. Minuetto

Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, Op. 29, D. 804, "Rosamunde"
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andante
III. Menuetto - Allegretto
IV. Allegro moderato


Amy Beach: Quartet for Strings (in One Movement), Op. 89

Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96, "American"
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Lento
III. Molto vivace
IV. Finale. Vivace ma non troppo

The Salem String Quartet is hailed by the Newport News TImes as "one of the most noted classical music foursomes in the Northwest." Whether performing in a concert hall or on a vineyard deck, the camaraderie among the quartet members is undeniable. The group features a uniquely satisfying blend of versatility, energy and experience, delivered by dedicated musicians from three continents. Members include the husband and wife team of Caius and Sigrun Oprea on violin, Brandon Correa on viola and Katherine Parks on cello.

The Performers:
Caius Oprea was born in Romania. After finishing his studies in the U.S. he has extensively played and toured around the world as Concertmaster of various orchestras. He greatly enjoys chamber music and teaching when not travelling or skiing with his family.

Sigrun Oprea is a native of South Africa and holds various degrees in performance and teaching. Aside from being an avid horse rider, she is involved with all things music, from chamber music to teaching privately and in various Salem-Keizer school district music programs.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Brandon Correa graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and holds a Masters degree in Education from the University of Illinois. He currently teaches privately in Salem and shares his time between being a vineyard manager at Barrett Hill Vineyards and pouring wine for guests at Brooks Winery.

Katherine Parks, a native of Eastern Idaho, is a seasoned musician and pedagogue, playing on a Christopher Dungey cello that was built in 1997 and based on a 1739 Montagnana model. She graduated from the Richard-Strauss Konservatorium and teaches adjunct cello at Western Oregon University. Apart from music, she is passionate about swimming and exotic cuisine.

Thursday, November 15

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
"Video Lecture: Great Ideas of Philosophy - From the Upanishads to Homer," Professor Daniel Robinson, Georgetown University (via The Teaching Company) [Robert Muir], Kaneko Auditorium

We are about to embark on an intellectual journey of devoted to great ideas in philosophy, covering a period of time from remote antiquity to the present century. Our guide will be the history of ideas. We begin with myth, which seeks to answer perplexing questions but does so in such a way as to create and preserve a kind of civic coherence. To some extent, philosophy is disruptive in this regard. The enterprise is not an essentially civic one. It does not begin with a settled position on political and moral matters, then seek ways to enshrine the settled view. Rather, the mission of philosophy, broadly speaking, is the search for truth.

Professor Daniel Robinson is Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, Georgetown University, where he taught from 1971 to 2001. He is a member of the philosophy faculty of Oxford University and former Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Columbia University. Although his doctorate was earned in neuropsychology (1965, City University of New York), his scholarly books and articles have established him as an authority in the history and philosophy of psychology, history of ideas, philosophy of mind, and kindred subjects.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
"Video Lecture: Great Ideas of Philosophy - Philosophy--Did The Greeks Invent It?," Professor Daniel Robinson, Georgetown University (via The Teaching Company) [Robert Muir], Kaneko Auditorium

Why is it that whether the subject is philosophy, or mathematics, or biology, or political science, even economics, our thoughts constantly recur to the ancient Greek world as we search for origins? What was it about these ancient Greeks that would have them achieving so much, and in a relatively brief span of time?Professor Daniel Robinson is Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, Georgetown University, where he taught from 1971 to 2001. He is a member of the philosophy faculty of Oxford University and former Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Columbia University. Although his doctorate was earned in neuropsychology (1965, City University of New York), his scholarly books and articles have established him as an authority in the history and philosophy of psychology, history of ideas, philosophy of mind, and kindred subjects.

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
"Home on the Range," Evelynn Smith and Jerry Smith [Anne Bowden], Kaneko Auditorium

Evelynn SmithNature photographers, ICL member Evelynn Smith and her husband Jerry return with a presentation titled “Home on the Range.” It is the story of the exploitation of the American west and the consequences borne by some of the animals of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. It is the story of the amazing land migrations threatened by development, and some of the extraordinary efforts being expended to protect these historic migration routes… hopefully ensuring the survival of these special animals.

Evelynn has been a member of ICL since the fall of 2004. She has collaborated with her husband, Jerry on several previous presentations to ICL.

Tuesday, November 20



Thursday, November 22



Tuesday, November 27

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
"Art Potpourri," Tracy Ragland, Kathy Plantz, Bob Plantz [Jinx Brandt], Kaneko Auditorium

Tracy RaglandKathy PlantzBob PlantzThomas Cole, Frederic Church and the Hudson River School. Van Gogh in Arles.

Each of these wonderful presenters became a member of ICL in 2017. We thank them for living up to the ICL principle that we all must participate in some aspect of the organization beyond passive attendance.

11:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
"Poetry Potpourri," Betty Kasoff, Anne Bowden, Vernelle Judy, & Lois Rosen [Betty Kasoff], Kaneko Auditorium

Anne BowdenJudy VernelleLois Rosen

In the spirit of ICL potpourri presentations, we are doing a session on favorite poets and their poems. Each presentation will share some biography of their chosen poet and some of their favorite poems.

All the presenters are members of ICL:

Betty Kasoff presenting the poetry of ancient China
Anne Bowden presenting Elizabeth Bishop
Vernelle Judy presenting Billy Collins
Lois Rosen presenting Barbara Drake

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
"Great Decisions: Turkey, a Partner in Crisis," Don Gallagher [Jeanette Flaming], Kaneko Auditorium

Turkey FlagOf all NATO allies, Turkey represents the most daunting challenge for the Trump administration. In the wake of a failed military coup in July 2016, the autocratic trend in Ankara took a turn for the worse. One year on, an overwhelming majority of the population considers the United States to be their country’s security threat. In this age of a worsening “clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West, even more important than its place on the map is what Turkey symbolically represents as the most institutionally Westernized Muslim country in the world.

Learn more about Turkey, a partner in crisis.

Thursday, November 29

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
"SCOTUS: The Supreme Court of The United States: A Discussion of Recent Cases and Future Cases," Joan Robinson [ICL], Kaneko Auditorium

Joan RobinsonICL member Joan Robinson will discuss a few cases decided in 2017-2018 term and a few cases that will be argued (and probably decided) in the 2018-2019 term. Joan worked as a lawyer for the Oregon Legislative Assemby for more than 30 years, primarily in the Office of Legislative Counsel. The office is the non-partisan legal office for the legislature, responsible for drafting bills, issuing legal opinions to legislators and legislative committees and editing, compiling and publishing the Oregon Revised Statutes.

Joan holds a JD from Rutgers University School of Law, an MA (Philosophy) from Columbia University and a BA (Philosophy) from Wellesley College. She has been a member of ICL since September, 2014.


1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
"Evicted, Poverty and Profit in the American City," Susie Lee [ICL], Kaneko Auditorium

LeeThis book by Matthew Desmond is among the 2016 ten best books in the New York Times Review. The author is a Harvard sociologist who has written a nonfiction yet compelling ethnographic study of renters in Milwaukee. It’s extensive research coupled with masterful writing informs while it also involves the reader. It deepens our understanding of forces causing the complex housing problem facing our metropolitan communities.

Matthew Desmond is a Professor in the Department of Sociology. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he joined the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow. He is the author of four books, including Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016), which won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Carnegie Medal, and PEN / John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. The principal investigator of The Eviction Lab, Desmond’s research focuses on poverty in America, city life, housing insecurity, public policy, racial inequality, and ethnography. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, and the William Julius Wilson Early Career Award. A Contributing Writer for the New York Times Magazine, Desmond was listed in 2016 among the Politico 50, as one of “fifty people across the country who are most influencing the national political debate.”

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
"Wine Wisdom," Dan Saucy, DMD [GwenEllyn Anderson], Kaneko Auditorium

Dan SuacyThe History and Types of Oregon Wines.

A proud Oregonian, Dr. Daniel Saucy graduated from Forest Grove Union High School and Portland State University before attending Oregon Health and Sciences University. He takes his small-town upbringing to heart and keeps a close-knit and personal feel a top priority in his work. He has presented at National Conferences about his interest in Oregon Wines.

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