Tuesday, April 4

10:00 am-12:00 pm
"Math Potpourri:," Tracy Ragland, Wayne Wallace, Don Gallagher, Jinx Brandt [Jinx Brandt], Kaneko Auditorium

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Tracy Ragland - It’s 10:00, Do You Know Where Your Slide Rule Is?
Wayne Wallace - Math of the Simpsons
Don Gallagher - Mathematics and the James Webb telescope: A Snapshot of Math History and Its Applications.
Jinx Brandt - Topology Is Not Land Forms

Tracy Ragland joined ICL in Fall of 2017
Wayne Wallace joined in January 2015
Don Gallagher in September 2004
Jinx Brandt came in January 2010

1:00 pm-3:00 pm
"Blithe Spirit, the Play and the Process," Susan Coromel and Stephen Alexander [Deborah Warren], Kaneko Auditorium

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Susan Coromel, director of BLITHE SPIRIT, will talk about the play and the process. The production opens April 13 and runs through April 29, 2023. Senior tickets are available at a discounted rate!
Susan hopes to bring in some of the student performers and share a scene from the timely Noel Coward play. The students cover the full range of ages at Willamette, from First-years to Seniors.

Stephen Alexander will talk about purchasing tickets for BLITHE SPIRIT. This is also a time that the Theatre should be able to preview their 2023-24 Season! ICL can be one of the first groups to discover the plays, concerts and musicals we are planning to produce the next school year.

Susan and Stephen also have scenic renderings that can be shared through the projection screen, to give ICL members a sneak peak at the set & costumes!

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. Ms. Coromel has worked with leading theatre directors and was a member of the acting company at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival for seven seasons.

Before her tenure at Willamette University, she taught and directed in both BFA and BA nationally recognized programs. She is a certified master teacher in the Meisner Technique, and also teaches Michael Chekhov technique, Edith Skinner and Linklater voice techniques. Susan Coromel is a member of Actors Equity Association, the Screen Actor’s 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 received his BA in Theatre from the College of Wooster in Ohio, and a Master 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 including directing, music directing, piano performance, conducting, and music composition, in several US and London, UK. larger companies His work garnered four Drammy awards (Portland, Oregon's "Tonys"), as well as several other region awards and fellowships. Stephen 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.

Thursday, April 6

10:00 am-12:00 pm
"Meet Florence Nightingale," Jane McEldowney [Jinx Brandt], Kaneko Auditorium

Hear about this brilliant Victorian lady whose visionary concepts are still guiding practices for today and tomorrow. Learn how a heroine in history worked to serve others and to see that the work would be continued. Appreciate the legacy left by a woman who dared to rebel. Enjoy hearing her story and asking questions of Miss Nightingale. Close by asking Jane about this fascinating lady.

Learn how the concepts first used in Victorian days remain current for students, health care providers, health maintenance organizations, mathematicians, architects, feminists, educators, military and religious groups. Hear why Miss Nightingale fought for a career for herself and for other women. Listen to the background, struggles and triumphs.

Graduate, Oregon Health Sciences University, B.S., R.N., N.C.S.N. Well-traveled adventuress who lived in seven countries and nursed in public health clinics, embassies, hospitals, schools and camps. Visitor to another twenty countries. Community Liaison Officer and a travel consultant in London. Life member of The Florence Nightingale Museum, London.

1:00 pm-2:00 pm
"Blowing the Whistle: The Impacts of Dog Whistle Terminology on Jurors' Judgements of Guilt," Mariah Moore [Hanni Scholars], Kaneko Auditorium
moore-mariah.jpgDog whistle language (DW) is predominantly a political tool used to speak in racially coded terms, typically targeting a White conservative audience, and which may, consequently, go undetected by a non-targeted audience (Bhat & Klein, 2020). Current research on DW has not examined the potential impacts on juror judgment and reasoning in legal contexts. In a study (N=206) consisting of politically diverse, jury-eligible Americans, we examined how the inclusion of DW absent of political context impacted jurors’ judgements of guilt and written descriptions of a defendant and deceased and tested to see if political affiliations acted as a moderator for verdict scores. Significant differences were found between the responses of Conservative and Liberal populations.

Pronoun: She/Her/Hers Graduation: 2023
Major(s): Psychology major, Public Health minor
Sponsor: Jeremy Miller
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
"Oregon's Housing Crisis and the Potential Impact of House Bill 2001," Ian Curtis [Hanni Scholars, Solveig Holmquist], Kaneko Auditorium
curtis-ian.jpgOregon and the greater Pacific Northwest face a serious housing crisis that has pushed many onto the streets, burdened social services, and hurt the region's economy. In response, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2001 (HB 2001) in the 2019 legislative session to ease pressures on the housing market by changing Oregon's residential zoning laws. HB 2001 effectively ended single-family zoning in the state, lowering barriers that for decades have made new construction difficult and highly exclusive. The bill's passage was monumental, as Oregon became the first state to ban single-family zoning on a statewide level. Many experts predict that the bill will help spur the development of new housing, particularly more affordable medium-density housing. However, due to the fact that Oregon was the first state to employ this policy as a solution to the housing crisis, much initial research has either been speculative limited to using cities—not regions—as case studies. This paper contextualizes the passage of HB 2001 and then evaluates its effectiveness as a solution to Oregon's housing crisis. The paper concludes that while HB 2001 will help create more housing, it alone will not accomplish enough to solve the housing crisis that Oregon is facing. The paper finally identifies alternative policies that might help address the housing crisis.

Pronoun: He/Him/His Graduation: 2023
Major(s): Majors: PPLE, Economics
Sponsor: Rachael Carella

Tuesday, April 11

10:00 am-12:00 pm
"An Introduction to Wine," Bryan Berenguer [Robert Muir], Kaneko Auditorium
berenguer-bryan.jpgBryan Berenguer will discuss a brief history of wine focusing most of the presentation on still and sparkling wine production.
1:00 pm-2:00 pm
"Making it Make Cents: An Update in Descriptions and Catalogues of Antonine Coins at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art," Megan Rodgers [Hanni Scholars, Toni Peterson], Kaneko Auditorium

The scope of this research focuses on imperial and provincial coinage from the Antonine Dynasty (136-198 CE). Roman provinces are distinctive in their struggle to maintain their local identity while addressing the invasion of oppressive Roman culture. The coinage collection at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art (HFMA) expresses the hostile attitudes of specific provinces towards the Roman occupation during the Antonine dynasty.

There are two types of coinage present which display this attitude. In the first type the obverse displays iconography consistent with Roman imperial messaging while the reverse displays local iconography, simultaneously adhering to local ideals while appeasing the Romans. In the second, more daring type both the obverse and reverse depict local iconographies, effectively rejecting Roman iconography and by extension Roman rule. The most common and powerful provincial iconography depicts local gods.

The inclusion of these religious figures allows locals to remember their native religious practices, and thus their entire belief systems, despite the pressure to adopt Roman religion. Furthermore, provincial Koinon (i.e. bands of mints) illustrate both competition between regions and the unification against Roman rule which eventually led to their disbandment. Provincial iconography is starkly contrasted with the tightly controlled imperial iconography centered on myth, personification, military prowess, and dynastic transitions.

This research originated from the need of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art to conduct further research on their Antonine Coinage, in light of new literature. The goal of this research is to conduct additional research on the history of the coins, locate additional comparanda, and communicate findings to the broader public in a way that is easily accessible.

Pronoun: She/Her/Hers Graduation: 2023
Major(s): Major: Classical Studies; Minor: Psychology
Sponsor: Anne Nicgorski

Thursday, April 13

10:00 am-12:00 pm
"Bringing Art Home," James Southworth [Judi McGavin], Kaneko Auditorium

southworthBringing Art Home means how we’ve incorporated what we’ve seen and experienced artistically throughout our travels into our home. By this we mean not just his pastels paintings, but his art applied directly on our kitchen walls and covering many of our interior doors.
James will also be doing a pastel and a lucky ICLmember will win it.

Known locally as “that artist/dentist,” James is a self-taught artist who takes his manual dexterity and aesthetic sense from the dental chair to the pastel canvas. James has a rich history with Salem Art Association, including creating the 2006 Salem Art Fair & Festival poster. James has twice won “Best of Show” for NW Pastel Society’s International Exhibition.

1:00 pm-2:00 pm
"Past to Present: What Can Be Learned from the Final Solution of Russian-Sino Dispute," Rou Rou Hutchinson [Hanni Scholars, Brenda Kidder], Kaneko Auditorium
hutchinson-rou-rou.jpegThis presentation focuses on the 1991 Sino-Russian border settlement, examining the solution itself and the historical and current impact. In exploring this topic, I use this case study to delve into how China interacts with other states within the international stage as well as what scholars learn from this treaty in investigating current Russian-Sino relations.

Pronoun: She/Her/Hers Graduation: 2023
Major(s): Chinese Studies
Sponsor: Juwen Zhang
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
"Postmodern Phenomenon: A Critique of the White Cube Museum," Shawna Merrill [Hanni Scholars, Tom Zook], Kaneko Auditorium
hannischolar-merrill-shawna.jpgThis presentation is on the White Cube Museum Model -- the predominant method of exhibition in the museum world since the 1950s. In the presentation, I explore the history of the White Cube, the benefits and drawbacks of the model, and possible alternatives for museums to adopt. More specifically, I analyze the Hallie Ford Museum as a space in which the influences of the White Cube model can be seen, and explore the potential that the museum holds to change community perspectives on the meaning of the "museum".

Pronoun: She/Her/Hers Graduation: 2024
Major(s): Art History Major
Sponsor: Michael Chasar

Tuesday, April 18

10:00 am-12:00 pm
"Economic Inequality: The Defining Challenge of our Time," Yan Liang [Tom Hibbard], Kaneko Auditorium
liang Rising economic inequality has sparked heated public discourse on the nature, causes and impacts of inequality. Some scholars maintain that inequality is a natural, healthy product of a capitalist economy; that inequality is a stimulus for competition and progress; and that what matters is mobility not inequality. By contrast, others insist that vast economic inequality stifles productivity and innovatibility; that inequality leads to a lack of social mobility; and that stern inequality threatens to undermine democracy. Some economists attribute inequality to trade, offshoring and immigration while others blame corporate greed or government policy failures. In the first part of the talk, we will examine the current states of economic inequality in the US and Oregon, and analyze the multidimensional causes of economic inequality. In the second part, we will explore the different perspectives on why inequality matters (or not) and evaluate various policy options in addressing inequality.

Professor Yan Liang specializes in Post Keynesian-Institutionalist approach to international trade and finance, financial macroeconomics and economic development (with a regional focus on China). She has published articles in International Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Issues, The Chinese Economy, and China & the World Economy. Professor Liang’s teaching interests include Macroeconomics, International Economics, Economic Development, Monetary Theory and Financial System, and Political Economy of East and Southeast Asia. Professor Liang has previously taught at University of Redlands and Bard College at Simon’s Rock. She received a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in Economics from University of Missouri-Kansas City. Professor Liang is an active member of the Association of Evolutionary Economics, Union for Radical Political Economics, and Association for Institutional Thought.
1:00 pm-3:00 pm
"Piano Stories I Have Known," Diane Baxter [Solveig Holmquist], ***Cone Chapel *** NOTE CHANGE IN VENUE

A psychiatrist, a commercial pilot, an accountant, a hair & makeup artist and others met in a remote home on a loch in the Scottish Highlands. What do they share in common? Nerves when playing the piano! Dr. Diane Baxter will describe cases of performance anxiety from her work in the Scottish Highlands and in France. She will also perform some solo piano works.

Dr. Diane Baxter, pianist, educator and consultant, is the editor of The Oregon Musician. She recently retired as Professor of Music at Western Oregon University where she received the Faculty Honors Award for Outstanding Creativity and the Pastega Award for Excellence in Teaching. Diane taught studio piano and courses in Ethnomusicology, Performance Anxiety, and Research Methods.

Dr. Baxter has adjudicated the Woodley Festival in Berkshire, England on several occasions. She adjudicates for all ages, and all levels. Diane consults and performs far and wide, often giving workshops on doing our best under pressure. “The Science of Artistry: The Fourth String” was published in Clavier Companion in Nov/Dec 2013. Diane’s article, “Ethnomusicology and Alchemy” was published in the April/May 2020 edition of American Music Teacher.

Diane performs and teaches in France each summer, and in 2018 she began an international annual workshop on the shores of Loch Etive in the Scottish Highlands. The focus is on performance success and doing our best when it matters most. The workshop is thriving. Recently Diane started writing the program notes for Corvallis Piano International. She lives, writes, plays and thinks in Brownsville, Oregon.

Thursday, April 20

10:00 am-11:00 am
"Great Decisions, Video Presentation: Politics in Latin America," Kay Gerard [Jeanette Flaming], Kaneko Auditorium
latin-america.jpgElectoral results in Latin America over the past four years have led many observers of the regional/political scene to discern a left-wing surge in the hemisphere, reminiscent of the so-called “Pink Tide” that swept the area some 20 years ago. But how much do these politicians actually have in common? What implication does their ascendency have for the region? 
11:00 am-12:00 pm
"Matthew Mythology: Stories from an Autistic Art Historian," Matthew Mahoney [Hanni Scholars, Joan Robinson], Kaneko Auditorium
mahoney-matthew.jpgI am an Autistic scholar and an art history major and for my Carson Research Grant, I created a public-facing podcast with episodes exploring these topics and then delving into the symbol of the labyrinth, exploring its genealogy in art and literature, and then using it as a metaphor to explain my experience as an Autistic person. I plan to discuss some of my findings from the podcast.

Pronoun: They/Them/Theirs Graduation: 2024
Major(s): Art History
Sponsor: Dr. Ricardo de Mambro Santos
1:00 pm-3:00 pm
"Lunaria Gallery Group," Diane Trevett, Deborah Ungar, Anne Shams, Margaret Plumb, Lee Jacobson, Carolyn Johnson-Bell [Deborah Warren], Kaneko Auditorium

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Six Lunaria Gallery Artists Talk About Their Art Practice, and the Workings of an Artists' Cooperative Gallery.

Diane Trevett is a Salem artist who uses painting and drawing media to explore botanical, nature and landform subjects. She has been a professional artist for over 40 years and earned a BFA degree in studio art at Southern Oregon University. She is a member of the artist cooperative Lunaria Gallery in Silverton, and exhibits at several art galleries in the Salem area. Diane is a founding member of the Salem Artists in Action organization, now in its 21st year, and serves on the board.

Deborah Unger was born and raised in Mt. Angel, Oregon. She attended Advertising Art School in Portland and PNCA, majoring in printmaking. She graduated with a BFA in 1988, after which she moved to Germany where she lived for about 20 years. There she began experimenting with different media. Eventually she found a piece of carving wood in an art supply store and began working in her current style. In 2007 she returned to Oregon. She has been a member of Lunaria Gallery since 2010 and has also shown at various area galleries and exhibitions.

Anne Shams (Anne Barber-Shams), graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts, Painting Emphasis as an undergraduate, she studied for a year at the University of Padua in Italy. At the same time she audited life drawing classes at the Venice Academy of Art. Her art is inspired by subjects that she often paints as a narrative series.

Margaret Plumb lives in the Pacific Northwest near Eugene, OR, and specializes in fine arts. She is known for her bold, free brushwork and use of color. Although she has used many mediums, she has focused on acrylics in recent years. Margaret also paints primarily en Plein Air—in the open air; on location. A self-guided art education over the years has taken her on a journey that includes studying under dozens of nationally acclaimed artists.

Lee Jacobson has enjoyed drawing since a very young age, but never took a real art class until college when he enrolled in a ceramics class at Weber State University. That one ceramics class changed everything for him. Jacobson changed his major and as an Art Major he excelled in both ceramic and sculptural disciplines. He pursued a graduate degree in the visual arts at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. After graduation he moved to Salem, Oregon, to accept a full-time teaching position at Chemeketa Community College. Professionally, Jacobson has exhibited his artworks in many national and regional juried and invitational exhibitions, receiving numerous awards for his creations. His works are in significant private collections and numerous museums and institutional collection.

Carolyn Johnson-Bell has spent all of her life in creative pursuits such as drawing, painting, embroidery and gardening. She started her own mural and decorative painting business in 1991 and worked hard at it for over two decades. In 2018 she decided to fulfill her goal of creating an artist’s group of her own to show where and how food is grown. As lead artist and originator of the Salem based “How We Grow Our Food” artists group project, she has turned her focus back to the earth and to the garden that she loves. For the past six years, Carolyn has continued to work in her two favorite mediums, colored pencil and acrylic.

Tuesday, April 25

10:00 am-12:00 pm
"The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Absolutely Worst Day Ever," Ken Ash, Kaneko Auditorium
ashIt is a tale of dinosaurs, disaster and world class science.

Ken is a retired analytical chemist with interests in history and the physical sciences. He has been an ICL member for 11 years during which he has made multiple presentations. He enjoys hiking, gardening, reading and entertaining. There are not enough hours in his day.
1:00 pm-3:00 pm
"The ICL Spring Book Read: “All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack” by renowned Harvard History Professor Tiya Miles - Non-fiction," Becky Miller-Moe, Kaneko Auditorium
miller-moe A humble cloth sack was given by Rose, an enslaved woman in 1850's South Carolina, to her nine year old daughter, Ashley, before the child was sold. This single beloved item, passed down and almost lost, becomes the centerpiece of a deeply evocative story about survival and love.

The author's work to uncover the story from a faint historical record becomes part of the story itself. Bank's work illustrates the importance of alternative archival materials to document the history of those whose experience may be lost or under-represented due to the absence of a traditional paper record.

Members are encouraged to contact leader Becky Miller-Moe if they want to be on the list to borrow one of the ICL copies. A conversation about the book will be In the late spring.

Thursday, April 27

10:00 am-12:00 pm
"Up Close Stories," ICL members [Don Gallagher], Kaneko Auditorium
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ICL is made up of a very interesting group of folks with fascinating backgrounds. In this session which has become an ICL tradition, we will get to know a few of them a little better, as we ask them to share an interesting story from their family, their work experience, or world experience.

Today we will hear stories from Lisa Leirmo, Al Newnam, Brian Sund, MIchele Rudnick, Monica Gillooly and Brenda Kidder.
12:00 pm-2:00 pm
ICL Spring Luncheon and Annual Membership Meeting, ***Cat Cavern***

The luncheon will begin after the ICl morning session.  There will be a Bountiful Buffet.
Incidental music will be provided by ICL’s own Just Us Quartet.
The Annual Membership Meeting will be held almost immediately following the luncheon in the same location.

Willamette University

Institute for Continued Learning

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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