Thursday, September 7

9:00 am-10:00 am
"Coffee and Conversation," ICL Social Services [ICL], Kaneko Auditorium

Come early to share summer stories and meet new members. Coffee and tea will be provided.

**Please wear your name tag!**

10:00 am-11:00 am
"Liberal Arts in the Digital Age," Carol S. Long [Joan Robinson], Kaneko Auditorium
Carol Long
Carol S. Long is the provost and Senior Vice President of Willamette University.
11:00 am-12:00 pm
"Opening Day Welcome," Joan Robinson [ICL], Kaneko Auditorium
Joan Robinson Welcome to all new and returning ICL members.

Joan Robinson is the Executive Director of ICL

Tuesday, September 12

10:00 am-12:00 pm
"Seaweed is more than we think," Chuck Toombs [Brenda Kidder], Kaneko Auditorium
Chuck Toombs My presentation will be using free market forces to achieve global social goals like climate change mitigation, world nutrition, and quality of life for everyone.

Chuck Toombs has deep roots in sales and marketing, beginning his career and at a Fortune 500 company in sales, earning his MBA in Marketing from the University of Chicago, where he studied under six Nobel Laureates in Economics. He has owned his own business and worked for privately held companies in the Pacific Northwest and Europe. He has taught Marketing at the University of Portland and Oregon State University, where he discovered the "seaweed that tastes like bacon". Oregon Seaweed is the largest on-land seaweed farm in the United States with farms in Bandon and Garibaldi, with investments from the largest ocean impact impact investor, ranked number one by the World Economic Forum.
1:00 pm-2:00 pm
"Tech Talk," Dave MacMillan [ICL Board Members], Kaneko Auditorium
macmillan_david.jpg How to create a Willamette account, connect to the campus WiFi, submit presentation suggestions, find the name of a past presenter, find what you're looking for on the ICL webpage, and more - including answers to your questions.

Dave MacMillan is the ICL Information Services Director and started in ICL in February 2012.
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
"Using DNA to Advance the Studies of Archaeology, Anthropology, Wildlife Management, and Human History," Wayne Wallace [ICL], Kaneko Auditorium
wayne wallaceUsing DNA to Advance the Studies of Archaeology, Anthropology, Wildlife Management, and Human History

Wayne Wallace has been an ICL member since January 2015

Thursday, September 14

10:00 am-12:00 pm
"Archaeology and Science at Oregon’s Paisley Caves Excavation," Dennis Jenkins [Ann Boss], Kaneko Auditorium
Dennis Jenkins Dr. Jenkins will discuss the Paisley Caves Archaeological Research Project in central Oregon where the UO field school recovered the oldest human remains (14,000 year old DNA in coprolites) in North America. In 2017, an international team of researchers joined MNCH archaeologist Dennis Jenkins at Oregon's Paisley Caves to help resolve a scholarly debate about how and when people first came to the Americas. Dr. Jenkins will discuss the excavations at the Paisley Caves, pollen, phytolith, plant starch, animal protein (ZooMs analysis), fossils, obsidian sourcing and hydration, radiocarbon dating, artifact distributions, and he will touch on DNA collection protocols and results.

Dennis Jenkins specializes in prehistoric archaeology of the Great Basin, having worked closely with Drs. Claude Warren (Mojave Desert), Margaret Lyneis (Anasazi), and C. Melvin Aikens (Northern Great Basin). He served as the Fort Irwin Archaeological Project Field Director in Barstow, California between 1981 and 1985. He came to the UO to pursue a doctorate degree under the direction of professor Aikens in 1985 and received his PhD in 1991.
Dennis is a Senior Research Archaeologist for the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. He has taught and directed the UO’s Northern Great Basin archaeological field school since 1989. His research focuses on the first colonization of the Americas, obsidian sourcing and hydration, prehistoric shell bead trade, and settlement-subsistence patterns of the Northern Great Basin. He has conducted more than 100 site investigations throughout his career, publishing 7 books, 33 chapters, articles and reviews, >30 reports and contributions to reports, and given >50 papers at professional meetings.
He directs the Paisley Caves Archaeological Research Project in central Oregon where the UO field school recovered the oldest human remains (14,000 year old DNA in coprolites) in North America. He has co-authored 3 articles in Science and his work has been profiled in more than 50 newspaper and magazine articles. He has appeared in 8 television documentaries, filming for History Channel, National Geographic, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and Canadian Broad Casting. Financial, professional, and material support for his research has been provided by the National Science Foundation, University of Oregon, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Sundance Archaeological Research Fund, University of Nevada, Reno, Keystone Research Fund, Oregon State University, Bureau of Land Management, and private donations.

Tuesday, September 19

10:00 am-11:00 am
"The Joys & Challenges of Running an Art Gallery.," Melanie Weston [Deb Warren], Zoom
weston Melanie will be talking about the joys & challenges of running and art gallery

Melanie Weston knew Salem, Oregon was on the edge of a remarkable cultural awakening, but instead of waiting for someone else to take the lead, she made things happen herself by opening Salem on the Edge, a fine art gallery that holds unique exhibitions and art-related events. Salem on the Edge seeks to enrich people's lives through art. We want to bring artwork into your everyday life to make your home or office a reflection of who you are.

In addition to running the gallery, Melanie is a painter who works primarily in watercolor. She earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from Cornish College in Seattle, Washington and a master of fine arts from University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.
11:00 am-12:00 pm
"New musical IN THE DEEP - A show full of Willamette alums!," Stephen Alexander, Theatre Manager Susan Coromel, Department Chair Carly Christensen, Director of IN THE DEEP [Deb Warren], Zoom
stephen alexander coromel ChristensenIN THE DEEP is a new musical that will perform at Willamette's Pelton Theatre Oct 26 - Nov 12, 2023. The playwright, composer, and director of the show are all graduates of Willamette in Salem, OR!
Carly Christensen (2016 alum) directs the show as a guest resident artist, and joins the Theatre Department's Stephen Alexander & Susan to explore this exciting new work! The Theatre will also preview its upcoming 2023-24 Season of plays, musicals and concerts.

As a professional actor Susan Coromel has appeared in more than 65 roles in New York and regional theater, summer stock and film. She is a founding member, actor, director and current Artistic Director of Theatre 33, a new play development company in residence at Willamette University. Previously she was Associate Artistic Director at Salem Repertory Theatre.
Susan Coromel is a member of Actors Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists. Susan received her MFA in acting at the professional Actor’s Training Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and studied at several studios in New York City including the Acting Studio and the Michael Howard Studio.

Stephen Alexander received his BA in Theatre from the College of Wooster in Ohio, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from Illinois State University. After college, Stephen spent decades working in professional theatre, in both the creative and administrative arenas.
As an artist, Stephen's work includes directing, music directing, piano performance, conducting, and music composition, in several US and London, UK. He led a simultaneous career in arts management throughout his freelance years.
With over 150 productions under his belt, Stephen is grateful to bring his long, diverse journey to the singular focus of supporting the students, faculty, and productions at Willamette University.

After graduating from Willamette in 2016, Carly Christensen successfully completed her Master of Fine Arts at Purdue University and ended up in North Carolina. She is grateful to return to Willamette to teach a half-semester course and direct In The Deep.

Post-pandemic, Carly has been teaching aerial arts, producing aerial showcases, and continuing her education in intimacy choreography. After doing more theatre and experiencing more life post-undergrad, Carly has come to understand the importance of community and shared joy. She is looking forward to a journey back to WU Theatre, a place where community and joy flourish!
1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Canceled "Great Decisions, Video Lecture: Energy Geopolitics," Kasia Quilinan [Jeanette Flaming], Kaneko Auditorium
energy-geopolitics.jpg How will changes in the energy industries impact relations between countries? Access to oil and gas has long held an influence over the politics of individual nations and their relations with others. But as more countries move toward sustainable energy, and supply chain shortages affect the availability of oil and gas, how will this change the way in which the United States interacts with the outside world?

Kasia has been an ICL member since September 2007

Thursday, September 21

10:00 am-12:00 pm
"The Power of Story in our Lives," Jane Kirkpatrick [Robert Muir], ZOOM
kirkpatrick Stories are the sparks that light our ancestor’s lives; the embers we blow on to illuminate are own” writes award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick. An International presenter, Jane will explore the power of stories in our lives including how memory impacts story and the four threads that she weaves into her novels most based on the lives of actual historical women.

Jane Kirkpatrick is the author of 40 books most based on the lives of actual historical women, that are bestsellers and Oregon and national award-winning works. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison, she holds a BA in Communications and Public address and an MSSW degree in Clinical Social Work from the UW Milwaukee. A former mental health director in Deschutes County, she was the first woman President of the Oregon Association of Community Mental Health Directors.
In 1984 she and her husband left Bend and spent the next 27 years “homesteading” at what Jane calls rattlesnake and rock ranch on the lower John Day River. Her writing career began while commuting for work on the Warm Springs Reservation which she did for 17 years.
Jane has spoken at fundraisers, been pulpit supply at churches and a keynoter at the European Council of International Schools in Nice, France and Sorrento, Italy speaking about the power of story in our lives.
Known for her humorous keynotes and insightful panelist contributions, she has presented for writing and mental health related conferences in Canada and throughout the US. In 2005 she was named the Distinguished Northwest Writer from the Willamette Writers Association, an award also given earlier to Ken Kesey. Jane and her husband Jerry and cavalier King Charles “Rupie” (short for Rupert) now split their time between Central Oregon and Southern California. Discover more at

Tuesday, September 26

10:00 am-11:00 am
"Stories of Black Pioneers in Early Marion County," Gwen Carr [Brenda Kidder], Kaneko Auditorium
carrAre you curious about Oregon's Black history? Gwen will introduce us to some of the people, places, and stories that make up the early Black Oregonian experience.

Born and raised in Los Angeles California, Gwen Carr attended college at California Lutheran University and Long Beach State University. Her early career was as an administrator for several insurance companies in Los Angeles. She moved to Oregon in 1980 where she worked for over 20 years for SAIF Corporation, retiring in 2003 as an Information Systems Program Manager. She has served on a variety of local community boards including the Salem YWCA, Willamette Heritage Center, and Oregon Geographic Names Board.

After retirement, Gwen served on the Board of the Oregon Black Pioneers for close to 20 years and is now on its Emeritus Board. This statewide organization, based in Salem, has a mission of doing historical research and honoring the lives of African Americans who have contributed to the historical development of Oregon. She has curated four exhibits on Oregon’s black history at the Oregon Historical Society Museum in Portland and one at the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural History and Culture. Carr helped research and write the organization’s book, Perseverance: A History of African Americans in Oregon’s Marion and Polk Counties, published in 2011.
11:00 am-12:00 pm
"A Conversation with Grandma and Grace," Gwen Carr and Grace Caldwell [Brenda Kidder], Kaneko Auditorium
Comparing issues of race growing up 50 years apart in Los Angeles and Salem

Grace Caldwell graduated from McKay High School in 2022. She is currently a sophomore at Dartmouth College studying sociology with a minor in education. In college, Grace is involved in art, drawing cartoons for the school newspaper, She works as a teacher at a Sunday school on campus and local child care center, and she enjoys working on community projects with the Dartmouth Center for Social Impact. Upon graduation, Grace wants to attend grad school in hopes of pursuing a career as an educator.
1:00 pm-3:00 pm
"Every Brain Needs Music," Larry Sherman PHD [Solveig Holmquist], ***Cone Chapel*** NOTE CHANGE IN VENUE
sherman The Neuroscience of Making and Listening to Music

Larry Sherman, PhD, professor at the Oregon National Primate research center at OHSU, has collaborated with Dennis Piles, a professional musician and teacher, to bring you a new take on the impact music has on our brains. Written for both musical and non-musical people.

Thursday, September 28

10:00 am-11:00 am
"The Great Courses: Inventions 4 (Video) - The Galley, Currency and the Alphabet," Mark Blackburn, Kaneko Auditorium
blackburn Technology, whether it is an oxcart or a telecommunications network, facilitates interaction between people; exploring the role of trade in early societies; how ships, coins and the alphabet shape the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean. (The Great Courses: Season 1 Episode 4)

Mark Blackburn has been a member of ICL since September 2022.
11:00 am-12:00 pm
"Video: How We Die: Reflections of Life's Final Chapter," Hardin King, Kaneko Auditorium
king The program is built around the notion that our own lives take on more meaning when we consider our own death. Included is a brief (20 min) TedX talk as well as comments based on Sherwin Nuland's book "How We Die".

Hardin King has been a member of ICL since September 2004
12:00 pm-5:00 pm
"Field Trip: Lake Oswego Sculpture and Art Walk," Anita Owen, Gallery Without Walls, Lake Oswego

This is a self-drive field trip. Anyone interested can meet in the Willamette Heritage Center parking lot right after class and form carpools. Drive to Lake Oswego, eat lunch at St. Honoré French Bakery, take a walking tour to see the sculptures, and visit the only Lawrence Gallery remaining in Oregon (if desired). This walk is filled with beautiful landscapes and a lovely garden.

Gallery Without Walls is a unique outdoor sculpture exhibit in Lake Oswego. The exhibit contains eighty permanent and loaned works of art. The exhibition is open year-round and is free for everyone to enjoy.

Lake Oswego’s downtown rotating exhibition features approximately thirty sculptures on-loan from artists for a period of two years, all of which are available for purchase. All other artwork in the Gallery Without Walls belongs to the City of Lake Oswego’s permanent art collection.

Anita Owen has been a member of ICL since September 2022.

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