Tuesday, September 4

9:45 - 10:30 a.m.
"Coffee and Conversation," ICL [ICL Social Committee], Montag Den

Come early to share summer stories and meet new members. Coffee and tea provided by the ICL Social Committee

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
"Opening Day Kickoff," Opening Session [ICL], Montag Den

We continue our opening morning with comments from our Executive Director, Sally Schriver, followed by introduction of our new members.
Sally Schriver has been a member of ICL since September, 2003.

**Please wear your name tag!**

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
"Challenges Facing Liberal Arts Colleges," Dean Ruth P. Feingold [Anne Bowden], Montag Den

Ruth FeingoldLiberal arts colleges across the country, including Willamette, are facing lower enrollments. Dean Feingold will address the issue and explain the both the causes and the steps Willamette is taking to meet the challenge.

Ruth Feingold was named dean of the College of Liberal Arts in April 2016. A professor of English, with appointments in women’s and gender studies and Asian studies, Feingold has taught a broad range of classes in literature and culture of the 19th-21st centuries. Her research centers on national identity, place and space in postcolonial nations — with a primary focus on New Zealand and Australia, but periodic forays into southern Africa, India and contemporary multi-ethnic Britain. Previously at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Feingold served in multiple administrative roles ranging from department chair to dean, and with oversight of areas as varied as general education, advising and academic services, and international education. She served as associate dean of faculty and academic affairs before coming to Willamette.
Feingold grew up in the Midwest, and has a long history with liberal arts institutions, having attended Oberlin College and the University of Chicago. She says she was drawn to Willamette by the clear devotion of its faculty and students to fully engaged learning, and the university’s unapologetic embrace of the liberal arts as central to its mission.

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
"Democracy's Retreat in Asia and the Surprising Malaysian Exception," Professor Greg B. Felker [Tom Hibbard], Kaneko Auditorium

Greg FelkerSummary: Worldwide trends of democratic weakening and authoritarian durability have been particularly notable in Southeast Asia. Since the region has also seen rapid economic growth and social modernization, this pattern defies the expectation that wealthier societies will inevitably become more democratic. Why has democracy struggled so much in this region? One recent event, however, bucked the gloomy trend. Malaysia's election on May 9, 2018 was thought to be fully "rigged" in advance, but produced a surprise victory for the opposition. Why and how did Malaysia counteract Southeast Asia's democratic recession? This talk will identify political trends in Southeast Asia, highlight some of the factors in Malaysia's "democratic tsunami", and touch upon the wider implications for democracy in Asia.

Greg received his PhD from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1998. He is an Associate Professor of Asian & International Studies. He has been teaching at Willamette since 2005, and previously taught at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, and held visiting appointments at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and the University of Maryland, College Park.

Thursday, September 6

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
"Tribal Matters in Oregon," Daniel Santos, JD [Bob Muir], Kaneko Auditorium

SantosThe discussion will consider the historical recognition of tribal sovereignty by the French, British and US. A discussion of the 9 federally recognized Tribal Nations in Oregon and the meaning of “Confederated Tribes” will be followed by considerations of the impact of federal and Oregon legislation. Indian gaming will be reviewed, followed by current issues at State and Federal levels.

Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration, Daniel P. Santos, a graduate of Willamette University College of Law, returned to the school in June 2011 after two decades of service to four Oregon governors. As Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration, he consults with student organizations and oversees the offices of Admission, Career and Professional Development, and Student Services.

Santos was a senior policy advisor for Gov. Ted Kulongoski and worked on an array of issues including tribal and labor relations, collective bargaining, housing, education and military services. In the first administration of Gov. John Kitzhaber, Santos served as legal counsel and education policy coordinator and worked on juvenile and adult criminal justice issues. Santos was Gov. Barbara Roberts’ legal counsel and chair of the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision. He also served as Deputy Citizen’s Representative and director of the Commission on Agricultural Labor in Gov. Neil Goldschmidt’s administration. Santos’ numerous honors include the Paul J. DeMuniz Professionalism Award from the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association; the Judge Mercedes Deiz Award from Oregon Women Lawyers; the Leadership Award from the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce; and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Arts Foundation. In 1990, Southern Oregon University named him one of its distinguished alumni.

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
"Marine Mammals," Dr. Bruce Mate [Dru Johnson], Kaneko Auditorium

MateWe will learn how Dr. Mate transformed a one-man operation into a highly respected, globally recognized Institute, now the second largest in the world for the study of marine mammals. He will also present current research and telemetry studies.

Emeritus Director of whale research (WTG) at the Newport Oceanic Research Center in Newport Oregon. Ph.D. Biology, University of Oregon
Dr. Mate has conducted marine mammal research since 1967, including the determining of the migration routes of sea lions along the west coast of the United States; a post doctorate in biochemistry investing telemetry studies of seals and grey whales. A world-renowned expert in marine mammal research, he is best known for pioneering the use of satellite-monitored radio tags. Professor Mate has been featured on the Discovery Channel, PBS, BBC, National Geographic (Kingdom of the Blue Whales) and other science programs.

Tuesday, September 11

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
"Great Decisions: Media and Foreign Policy," Sharon Johnson and Bob Muir [Jeanette Flaming], Kaneko Auditorium

MediaState and non-state actors today must maneuver a complex and rapidly evolving media landscape. Conventional journalism now competes with use-generated content. Official channels of communication can be circumvented through social media. Foreign policy is tweeted from the White House and “fake news” has entered the zeitgeist. Cyberwarfare, hacking and misinformation pose complex security threats. How are actors using media to pursue and defend their interests in the international arena? What are the implications for U.S. policy?  


1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
"Music as a Mirror of History, Video Lecture: Berlioz/de L'Lisle: 'La Marseillaise' (1830)," Professor Robert Greenberg [Solveig Holmquist], Kaneko Auditorium

Robert Greenberg"One-hit wonders" is a phrase we use to identify people who achieved success early in their lifetimes, never to do so again. Like other forms of music, concert music has seen its fair share of one-hit wonders, including Max Bruch's Violin Concerto s G Minor of 1867, Englebert Humperdinck's Hansel; and Gretel of 1893, and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana of 1936.. To this list, we can add Claude rouget de L'Lisle, who wrote the words and music of a song he entitled "War Song of the Army of the Rhine." We know it as "The Marseilles", and it became the French national anthem. In 1830, it was arranged for vocal soloists, chorus, and orchestra by Hector Berlioz.

Robert Greenberg earned a B.A. in music, magna cum laude, from Princeton University and received a Ph.D. in music composition, from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied with Olly Wilson. At the San Francisco Conservatory of Music he was chairman of the Department of Music History and Literature and Director of the Adult Extension Division. Dr. Greenberg is currently Music Historian-in-residence with San Francisco Performances. Greenberg has lectured for some of the most prestigious musical and arts organizations in the United States, and is the resident composer and music historian for National Public Radio’s Weekend All Things Considered. He is also the Music Historian in Residence at San Francisco Performances, and hosts their "Saturday Morning Series" (a lecture combined with performances) with the Alexander String Quartet.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
"One-Hit Wonders," Solveig Holmquist [Solveig Holmquist], Kaneko Auditorium

Solveig HolmquistSince Dr. Greenberg so kindly opened his lecture by listing several other classical musical works which can be termed "one-hit-wonders", let's explore those three very well known compositions, quite varied in style and genre, to see what makes them great, beloved, and regularly included in concert programs. We will hear portions of Max Bruch's Violin Concerto in G Minor, the children's opera Hansel and Gretel by Englebert Humperdinck, and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana

ICL member and WOU Music Professor Emerita

Thursday, September 13

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
"Creative Process in Printmaking," Ann Kresge [Jinx Brandt], Kaneko Auditorium

KresgeInternationally exhibited artist and Salem resident Ann Kresge will speak about her art practice and her concepts about creativity. Through images and sound she will present her printmaking, artists' books, installation and interart collaborations. She will share her experiences from being an artist in residence around the world, most recently in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Ann Kresge is an internationally exhibited artist whose works are in university, museum and private collections. She works in a range of media and has a specialty in printmaking and book arts. Kresge was born in Wisconsin, has lived in Europe and NY and is currently a resident of Salem, Oregon. She has a BA in Studio Art from Smith College and an MFA in Printmaking and Graphic Design from Pratt Institute. Kresge’s work is included in the following collections: The National Museum of Women In The Arts, Washington DC, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Yale University, Vassar College, New York Public Library, US Library of Congress, and the Art Institute of Chicago."

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
"The Hallie Ford Museum of Art: Looking Back, Looking Forward ," John Olbrantz [Bob Muir], Kaneko Auditorium

John OlbrantzThe Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University opened its doors in the fall of 1998, and over the past twenty years, has emerged as one of the best small college museums of art in the country. Director John Olbrantz will highlight some of HFMA’s significant accomplishments over the past two decades and will share his thoughts on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

John Olbrantz is currently the Maribeth Collins Director of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. A native of Washington, he holds a BA degree from Western Washington University and an MA degree from the University of Washington in the history of art, and a Study Certificate from the University of California, Berkeley in arts administration and management. In addition, he did further graduate study at the University of California, Santa Barbara. A specialist in ancient and American art, he is particularly interested in Roman art, the history of archaeology, contemporary American art, and the history of museums.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m..
"Hospice & Palliative Care: Past, Present, & Future," Melissa Lindley [Jinx Brandt], Kaneko Auditorium

Lindley MelissaMuch has changed in end of life care over the last 50 years and will continue to do so in the near future. Melissa Lindley will discuss how hospice care formed internationally and in our local community, as well as the changing dynamics that turned what started as a grassroots service across the nation into a billion-dollar industry. Melissa will discuss the options available today for end of life care and what may be on the horizon in the future. Melissa will discuss controversies, choices, and the things healthcare consumers need to know to plan ahead for the end of life experience they desire for themselves and their loved ones.

Melissa Lindley, Community Outreach Coordinator at Willamette Valley Hospice, has been providing end-of-life education in the mid-valley for over 10 years. A graduate of Western Oregon University, Melissa came to hospice care with a varied background in public health and social services. She is passionate about helping the community understand their choices for end of life care and planning ahead for the end of life. To this end, she offers complimentary advance directive workshops to community groups and enjoys facilitating conversations about hospice and end of life issues.

2:30–3:30 p.m.
"When Words Fail: An Introduction to Hospice Music Therapy," Jessica Western, MT-BC [Jinx Brandt], Kaneko Auditorium

Jessica WesternMusic therapists work in a variety of settings with a wide range of clientele. In this presentation, Jessica Western, MT-BC (a nationally board-certified and state-licensed music therapist) will explain what music therapy is and how music therapy can achieve clinical outcomes for patients with terminal diagnoses and their families. When words fail, musical experiences can impart comfort, closure, and care related to medical symptoms such as pain and restlessness, social and emotional needs such as anticipatory grief, and even existential issues such as legacy, identity loss, and spiritual conflict. Jessica will bring the topic to life through the sharing of true story vignettes and the performance of songs written with and for hospice patients.

Jessica Western, MT-BC has been a music therapist since 2008, successfully achieving national board certification following coursework completed at Marylhurst University and a clinical internship completed at UC San Francisco. She has worked in a variety of medical, psychiatric, and educational settings over the last decade in additional to teaching and supervising music therapy students and interns since 2014. Jessica has presented at local, regional, and national conferences, and co-released an album of songs written with and for hospice patients and their families in 2016 entitled Heartstrings Vol I: River Song through her work at Willamette Valley Hospice. She has been the recipient of various awards, including the Heart of Hospice Award in 2016 and the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award this year, and has served on the board of the Western Region American Music Therapy Association, Portland Creative Arts Therapies Association, and is the current Vice President of the Oregon Association for Music Therapy.


Tuesday, September 18

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
September ICL Board Meeting, Kaneko Conference Room 121
10:30 -11:30 a.m.
"Food Justice," Ian Dixon-McDonald [Anne Bowden], Kaneko Auditorium

"I have a vision that we can all live in a healthy and thriving community where everyone has access to nutritious affordable food every day. While most people may think FOOD is the most important word in our name, I think the most important word is SHARE. How can we create a true community that values each other so much that sharing is part of our core culture?" My talk today will be the story of how Food Banking has changed over the last 30 years to play a role in community building and addressing the intersection of hunger, poverty and equity.

Ian is a graduate of University of Oregon (B.A. in Humanities) and Northern Arizona University (M.A. in Sustainable Communities/Food Systems). Prior to joining the Food Share, he taught high school and worked as a case manager for other local nonprofit organizations.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
"TED: Ideas Worth Spreading," Don Gallagher [Anne Bowden], Kaneko Auditorium

GallagherAre you familiar with TED, a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less)? Did you know that most of the talks are available as a free online resource and are thus available to any ICL member planning a presentation?
ICL member Don Gallagher will present an overview of the concept by showing sample presentations from music, biology and other areas and share ideas about how they might be used in ICL. He will also preview the annual TED conference in Salem coming up in January.

Don is beginning his 14th year in ICL. He is an active participant in our programming and a previous chair of the Curriculum Committee.

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
"Birding Without Borders: An Epic World Big Year," Noah Strycker [Don Gallagher], Kaneko Auditorium

Noah StryckerIn 2015, bird nerd Noah Strycker of Oregon became the first human to see more than half of the planet’s bird species in a single, year-long, round-the-world birding trip. Anything could have happened, and a lot did. He was scourged by blood-sucking leeches, suffered fevers and sleep deprivation, survived airline snafus and car breakdowns and mudslides and torrential floods, skirted war zones, and had the time of his life. Birding on seven continents and carrying only a pack on his back, Strycker enlisted the enthusiastic support of local birders to tick more than 6,000 species, including Adelie Penguins in Antarctica, a Harpy Eagle in Brazil, a Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Thailand, and a Green-breasted Pitta in Uganda. He shared the adventure in real time on his daily blog (audubon.org/noah), and now he reveals the inside story. This humorous and inspiring presentation about Strycker’s epic World Big Year will leave you with a new appreciation for the birds and birders of the world.

Noah Strycker, is Associate Editor of Birding Magazine the author of three well-regarded books about birds, and a regular contributor of photography and articles to all major bird magazines as well as other media; he blogs regularly for the American Birding Association. Strycker set a world Big Year record in 2015, and his 2017 book, Birding Without Borders, relates the experience. Strycker has studied birds on six continents with field seasons in Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Australia, Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, and the Farallon Islands. Visit his website at: www.noahstrycker.com.

Thursday, September 20

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
"The Story of Bears," Lester Reed , Kaneko Auditorium

ReedLester has made many presentations to ICL including How We Elect A President and Korea-The Longest War. Today he follows up his talk on The Big Cats of the World with a presentation on today’s three families of bear. He also will provide some historical background of their existence in antiquity. In his presentation he will outline the bears interaction with humans over the ages until today. In closing he will try and answer the question “What future is in store for the bears?”

Lester Reed and Ingrid Brandt have been members of ICL since September, 2015.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
"One Hit Wonders," Solveig Holmquist [Jim McDonald], Kaneko Auditorium

Solveig Holmquist Part 2 of Solveig's presentation. Since Dr. Greenberg so kindly opened his lecture by listing several other classical musical works which can be termed "one-hit-wonders", let's explore those three very well known compositions, quite varied in style and genre, to see what makes them great, beloved, and regularly included in concert programs. We will hear portions of Max Bruch's Violin Concerto in G Minor, the children's opera Hansel and Gretel by Englebert Humperdinck, and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana

ICL member and WOU Music Professor Emerita.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
"Play Preview of "Dead City"," Jonathan Cole, PhD [Deborah Ehlers], Kaneko Auditorium

Jonathan ColeThis is a work about an alienated, conflicted urbanite haunted by the past and numb to the world. And while there is no mention of ghosts, it has a dreamlike quality, a heightened satire that quickly spins into the surreal.

Sheila Callaghan's pleasingly witty and theatrical new drama is a love letter to New York masquerading as hate mail.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
"The Western Mining Frontier: Silverton, Colorado; A Case Study and a Family History," Bob Plantz [Don Gallagher], Kaneko Auditorium

Bob PlantzOur presenter is ICL member Bob Plantz. In 1893, historian Frederick Jackson Turner suggested that the story of American development was the story of dirt. Of course, he used more scholarly language: “The existence of an area of free land, … and the advance of American settlement westward explain American development.” In short, Turner said that American history and the American character can be understood in the context of the quest for dirt; free dirt, more dirt, someone-else’s dirt, owning-your-own dirt, valuable dirt (and rock). The mining frontier resulted from the quest for valuable dirt and rock, ie. precious metals. For over half a century, in each new mining district the frontier process repeated, evolving from a simple to a much more complex model. Also for over half a century the Plantz family lived this process in Silverton, Colorado. The history of Silverton and its families serves as a microcosm of the development of the Western mining frontier.

Bob Plantz taught English, history, and European humanities for 31 years at various high schools in the Willamette Valley. Also coached several sports and is currently the volunteer pitching coach at McNary HS.He and his wife Kathy joined ICL in Jan. 2017.

Tuesday, September 25

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
"Almost All About Dogs," Paul Rice [Joel Woodman], Kaneko Auditorium

Paul RiceDogs are a common pet in American households and are found throughout the world. How did they get here? What is unique about their evolution? What role did they play in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, India, and China and how have these roles changed or stayed the same in our modern societies? Why are dog breeds a modern concept? Did you know that 3/4 of the world’s dogs don’t have an owner? If you have a dog, they know more about you than you about them. These and other questions will be explored and answered.

Member since 2008. My interest in dogs started with National Geographic articles on dogs that were put into the Book of Dogs published in 1958. I had a couple of German Shepherds growing up, probably because of the Rin Tin Tin show on TV, but dogs were not much of a part of my life until 2004 when I retired. 1-4 dogs at a time have been part of my household since that time. When you spend that much time with any animal, you find levels of complexity that you did not notice before, and questions arise of who and what these beings are that share your life. This talk is about answers that resulted from asking these questions.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
"Climate Change and the Need for Sustainable Energy and Transportation: PART 1–The Science of Climate Change," Peter Ronai, Kaneko Auditorium

Peter RonaiIn this first hour, Peter will detail the incontrovertible scientific evidence for climate change, and document dramatic changes underway in the Arctic and Antarctic, in the world's glaciers and snow cover, in rising sea levels, and even in the diminishing availability of fresh water.

Peter Ronai has been a member of ICL since 2002, and Director of Information Services since 2005. He was born in Hungary, grew up in Australia, and migrated to the USA after being recruited by the University of Colorado's Medical School. He has science and medical degrees, as well as a Ph.D., from the University of Sydney, Australia, and is Board certified in Nuclear Medicine and Radiology. Before moving to Salem, he trained and worked in academic institutions in Sydney and Adelaide (Australia), Berkeley (California), Denver (Colorado), and Kansas City (Kansas). He also served as a flight surgeon in the RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force). He is personally committed to home solar photo-voltaic power generation and electric vehicle transportation.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
"Thirty Years of Raising and Training Puppies for Guide Dogs For The Blind," Sharon Zupo [Barbara McReal], Kaneko Auditorium

Share ZupoAssisting people with vision problems regain their independence in their daily lives has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have been involved with the first part of the training -- taking an eight week old puppy and making it into a well assured, well behaved dog that I've exposed to as many experiences and situations as possible so that it will be comfortable in its years of guiding. I will discuss what is involved at all levels in its training, including changes that have occurred in training plus the working environments in the community. What is proper etiquette when you encounter a working guide dog? I will bring a puppy in training with me for demonstration. The proliferation of "fake" service dogs in the past years has created an enormous burden on people with actual disabilities. Companies today are trying to deal with this and unintentionally create even more problems. Passing a pet as a service animal is not only unethical, it's illegal.

Sharon was a biology teacher for 30 years with Salem-Keizer Public Schools (McNary High School 1968-1972, Sprague High School 1972-1998).
Awards: Salem Kiwanis Teacher of the Year 1988, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (Princeton 1992), Oregon Outstanding Biology Teacher 1992, Brigham Young University Alumni Excellence in Teaching 1993, and The Human Genome Project 1993-94.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
"Climate Change and the Need for Sustainable Energy and Transportation: PART 2–Sustainable Energy," Peter Ronai, Kaneko Auditorium

In this second hour, Peter deals with Sustainable Power Generation. The Trump administration is committed to increasing the share of coal as a source of US power generation, despite overwhelming evidence that coal is a major contributor to atmospheric greenhouse gases (not to mention radioactivity—yes, radioactivity! —and other forms of pollution in the environment).

See previous biography

Thursday, September 27

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
"The "Art" of Gallery Direction," David Wilson [Jinx Brandt], Kaneko Auditorium

David WilsonAn overview of my role and function as a Gallery Director. I will explain the process of how a show is proposed through its installation. I’ll also include information about upcoming events at the Salem Art Association.

Curator, Salem Art Association

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
"David Wilson: My Art and Research," David Wilson [Jinx Brandt], Kaneko Auditorium

A presentation and explanation of my artwork, and art related research with military art archives in Washington DC.

Curator, Salem Art Association

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
"Surviving the H-Bomb," John R. Halderman [Ken Panck], Kaneko Auditorium

John HaldermanThe first hour will feature a video on the development of the Atomic and Hydrogen bombs. During the second hour John will talk about his experience as a marine sergeant aboard the USS Curtiss, a sea plane tender which served as the flag ship for a secret mission, Castle Bravo. This mission was classified for many decades, but now John can describe the events that took place on Binkini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, including the detonation of the first deliverable Hydrogen Bomb on March 1, 1954.

John R. Halderman was born in the middle of the Great Depression in 1934. He grew up in a small town in Southern Ohio and was too young to serve in WWII. Upon graduation from high school he signed up with the marines and volunteered to fight in the Korean War. However, shortly after his enlistment, the Korean War ended. He was then assigned to the USS Curtiss. 

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