Thursday, March 2

10:00 am-12:00 pm
"Music Potpourri," Bill Foster, Tracy Ragland, Sharon Wright, Mark Blackburn, Harvey Reynolds [Solveig Holmquist], Kaneko Auditorium

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 This popular variety show will be brought to you by the following ICL members:
Sharon Wright -             The Tradition of Welsh Male Choirs
Tracy Ragland -             American composer Carlisle Floyd's opera "Susannah"
Harvey Reynolds  -       The Musical of Thomas Ravenscroft - 1609--1611
Bill Foster -                    British Big Bands
Mark Blackburn -           Evolution of a Percussion Guitarist

1:00 pm-3:00 pm
"Fire, Ice, and Insect Plagues: What We Can learn From the Life of Trees," Joe Bowersox [Tom Ellis], Kaneko Auditorium
Joe BowersoxDr. Joe Bowersox is the Dempsey Endowed Chair in Environmental Politics and Policy at Willamette University and the director of the Willamette Center for Sustainability.  Professor Bowersox teaches courses in Environmental and Natural Resource Policy, Forest Management, Environmental Ethics, and Social System/Natural System Interactions. His research and teaching focuses on the nexus of human communities and ecosystems.

Tuesday, March 7

10:00 am-12:00 pm
"The 1693 Shipwreck of Santo Cristo de Burgos," Cameron La Follette [Ann Boss], Kaneko Auditorium
lafollette For centuries the Native people of the northern Oregon coast, and then the European-American settlers, saw scattered remains of an ancient ship on Nehalem Spit, and found many large chunks of beeswax. But what ship was it? It is now thought to have been the Santo Cristo de Burgos, a Manila galleon sailing, in 1693, from the Philippines to Acapulco in New Spain, loaded with luxury goods from China. This presentation will delve into how the Maritime Archaeological Society discovered the ship’s identity, and the rich history that La Follette, and her team of researchers, found in Spanish archival documents that chronicle the compelling story of both the ship and the men of the doomed vessel. She will also describe the wreck’s famous aftermath: the treasure hunting frenzy that lasted for more than a century at Neahkahnie Mountain.

Cameron La Follette received her Master’s in Psychology from New York University and her Law degree from Columbia University. She is Executive Director of Oregon Coast Alliance, a coastal conservation and land use watchdog organization. Her book Sustainability and the Rights of Nature was published in 2017, and the sequel, Sustainability and the Rights of Nature in Practice, in 2019. She is also a traditional poet, whose work is archived at the University of Oregon Special Collections and University Archives. As a coastal historian, her research interests include land use history, early Pacific Northwest exploration and shipwrecks, and the environmental effects of early commercial resource extraction along the coast. In 2018 she was the lead researcher and author on most of the articles in the award-winning special issue of Oregon Historical Quarterly, “Oregon’s Manila Galleon,” about the wreck of a Spanish galleon on the Oregon coast.
1:00 pm-3:00 pm
"Oregon History Snapshot: The Chemeketans," Don Gallagher, Janet Adkins, Kaneko Auditorium

gallagheradkins_janet.jpg“Leave Salem on the Oregon Electric Southbound, at 9:49am, buying individual round trip tickets to Orville, price 50 cents. Woodland trails, fine views and an old gold mine will be interesting features of the hike. Lunches will be eaten at a deserted cabin, with a good fireplace (& coffee), near Vitae Springs. We will walk about five miles overall and return to Salem with the train arriving at 4:08pm.Sign up at the YMCA.”

This announcement was in the January 1929 Bulletin of the Chemeketans Outdoor Club which was established in October of 1928.The club is still alive and well today some 95 years later and has several hundred members including several members of ICL.

Current ICL (and Chemeketan) members Don Gallagher and Janet Adkins will present a brief history of the club using the photos and scrapbooks from the rich archives of the club.They will also show a few clips of a recent video history of the club which they helped produce.

Thursday, March 9

9:15 am-10:00 am
"ICL Mid-Semester Coffee," ICL Social Services, Kaneko Lobby
Social time with coffee, tea and an extensive buffet of sweet and savory goodies provided by members with last names M-Z.
10:00 am-11:00 am
"Salem's Moving History," Virginia Green [Dave MacMillan], Kaneko Auditorium


Salem’s Moving History' highlights residences and other structures that have changed location, especially since the Capitol fire of 1935. Beginning in 1937, state properties expanded into what is now the North Capitol Mall, demolishing a half-mile corridor of residences stretching from Court to D Street.
Less researched is the lost residential neighborhood that is now the campus of Salem Hospital. Only a handful of these were moved. A third area was transformed by the construction of the Mission Street Overpass in the 1980s- we add one of the fortunate, rescued homes to this photographic collection.

In 1999, within 24 hours of seeing Salem for the first time, Virginia Green decided to make her retirement home there on the shoreline of the historic Willamette River. As a former American Studies teacher, she had found the historic downtown appealing. Her experience as a librarian lead her to volunteer at Salem City Library where she made her first acquaintances and became a writer for the library's online publication, Salem Online History. This opportunity to learn about local historical events and personalities led to additional research projects, a series of which were published in the Statesman Journal. Her son, Thomas Nash Green Jr. contributed photographs as the research expanded and new topics were introduced. Now they invite you to join them in discovering the heritage of their adopted hometown as incorporated into their SHINE on Salem website (

11:00 am-12:00 pm
"American Studies Program Post Covid," Jo Kozuma [Eric Reif], Kaneko Auditorium
kozuma The American Studies Program (ASP) offers a customized one-year study abroad program for sophomores and juniors from Tokyo International University located in Kawagoe, Japan. Willamette University and Tokyo International University have been sister universities since 1965 and this program, which began in 1989, was created by Willamette and TIU to broaden and deepen educational exchange and international engagement for faculty, staff, and students.
Due to COVID-19, a temporary pause was placed on the program in April 2020. We are delighted to report that the American Studies Program resumes for the Spring 2023 semester for a special one-semester program that will be followed by a new annual one-year program starting in August 2023.
The program is designed for ASP students to gain cross-cultural awareness and understanding, intercultural communication, and strengthened abilities to study, live, and work in intercultural environments. This presentation will explore how ASP facilitates a structured interdisciplinary study abroad program to foster a learning environment for students to be able to develop linguistic and scholastic skills in academic and co-curricular contexts of learning. The program aims to prepare students to become active future leaders and responsible members of a global society where international experience and intercultural skills are viewed as important assets for professional success.

Dr. Jo Kozuma is a veteran international education specialist who has both faculty and administrative experience in the United States and overseas. As faculty, she has been an English professional in Japan and a Japanese language and culture professional in the United States. Later, her teaching career shifted to direct undergraduate and graduate-level teacher preparation programs for international students who aspire to be K-12 second language educators or college practitioners.
She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Bilingual Education from the University of Florida. Her research interest is in the cross-cultural analysis of how sociolinguistic community structures support the development of bilingual speakers.
1:00 pm-3:00 pm
"Salem Police Department Tours," Brenda Kidder, Salem Police Department
salem-police.jpg If you haven’t had an opportunity to tour the new Salem Police Department building, now is your chance. Officer Mark Jantz will lead two tours for our group on Thursday afternoon, March 9.
Each tour will be limited to 12 people. Tour times are 1:00 pm and 2:15 pm.
They ask that we show up a few minutes early so we are ready to start promptly. We will meet in the lobby, there are chairs to sit in while we wait.
Everyone will be responsible for their own transportation, carpooling is encouraged. Since we have class that morning, you can meet and rideshare from the Heritage Center parking lot.
The building is located at 333 Division St. NE, just a little north of downtown, near Marion Square Park, right across from the new Union Gospel Mission building on commercial Street.
Sign up today! Email or call Brenda Kidder to sign-up: 503-871-1827 or

Tuesday, March 14

10:00 am-12:00 pm
"Opal Creek: Burned But Not Lost," Andy Adkins [George Adkins], Kaneko Auditorium
adkins Most of the ancient forests surrounding Opal Creek were scorched by the explosive 2020 Santiam Fires, and the historic mining town of Jawbone Flats was destroyed. From the perspective of filmmaker Andy Adkins, the producer a documentary about Opal Creek interrupted by the fire, this presentation dives into some of the epic stories that make Opal Creek and Jawbone Flats so special in the hearts and minds of Oregonians. Andy will share and discuss photos and video acquired from before and during the fire, as well as material gathered from the past 2+ years of recovery and rebuilding.

Andy Adkins is a documentary producer, editor and motion graphic artist based in Portland, OR. His award-winning career highlights include documenting the first All-African-American mountaineering team to attempt Denali in An American Ascent, and editing the nationally televised, Emmy-winning PBS documentary Indian Relay.
Andy has an MFA in non-fiction film and has also produced films for the National Park Service, Montana Tourism, Montana PBS, and dozens of other commercial and nonprofit organizations.
1:00 pm-3:00 pm
"Freedom Is Indivisible : Democratic Socialism and the Challenge of Totalitarianism," William Smaldone [Jeanette Flaming], Kaneko Auditorium
Prof. Smaldone For democratic socialists, the rise of fascism and communism in interwar Europe presented an enormous challenge. How should a movement committed to expanding freedom confront forces aiming to destroy it without compromising its own principles?
This presentation examines this problem from the perspective of Rudolf Hilferding, a major political figure in the Austrian and German socialist movement from 1900-1940. Hilferding's career spanned the entirety of a decisive era in which the high tide of democratic socialism gave way to its almost complete destruction. His observations on the socialists' dilemma continue to resonate in our own time as our democratic order comes under threat.

William T. Smaldone is the E. J. Whipple Professor of History at Willamette..
Bill Smaldone came to Willamette's History Department in 1991. In addition to general surveys in modern European history, he offers courses on German and Russian history, Latin American history, urban history, the Holocaust, European socialism, and capitalism.
B.S. State University of New York College at Brockport
M.A. State University of New York College at Brockport
Ph.D. State University of New York at Binghamton

Thursday, March 16

10:00 am-12:00 pm
"Art Potpourri," Bob Muir, Anita Owens, Lucy Foster, Tracy Ragland, Linda Kirsch [Tracy Ragland], Kaneko Auditorium


Bob Muir: 19th century orientalism
Anita Owens: “My Life, Art and Loves Collage....something personalized all of you could do”
Lucy Foster: local artist Shoki Tanabe
Tracy Ragland: Alebrijes—Oaxacan animal carvings
Linda Kirsch: Piero della Francesca

1:00 pm-2:00 pm
"Building Community Theater from the Bottom Up," Tom Nabhan [Jinx Brandt], Kaneko Auditorium
nabhan-thomas.jpg How Theatre 33 got started, our mission, what we have accomplished, and where we want to go. I also will cover our finances and theatre finances in general, and our audience demographics compared to Oregon demographics.

Thomas Nabhan is the executive director of Theatre 33 at Willamette University He has worked in film, television, commercials and theater.
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
"Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World, Video Lecture: Beer, Wine and Distilled Spirits ," W. Bernard Carlson [Mark Blackburn], Kaneko Auditorium
inventions-that-saved-the-world.jpg One of the recurring themes in the history of invention is the way technology leads to material abundance. See how the Agricultural Revolution changed life for early humans. Then trace the development of alcoholic beverages from the earliest days of civilization through the Middle Ages and consider the cultural insights alcohol can offer.

Understanding the Inventions That Changed the World is a Great Courses DVD series introduced by W. Bernard Carlson, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Engineering and Society, University of Virginia. Professor Carlson is an expert on the role of innovation in American history; his research focuses on the inventors, engineers, and managers who used technology to create new systems and enterprises. This series starts with the development of the potter’s wheel and concludes with the changes brought to the world with the Internet.

Tuesday, March 21

10:00 am-12:00 pm
"Utopia:Literary Genre & Social Experiment ," Robert Muir, Kaneko Auditorium
muir “Utopian” is a term which usually suggests an impossibly ideal society or a dangerous attempt at an ideal society. Yet, it was coined as the title of a work by Sir (and Saint) Thomas More, a Roman Catholic conservative in the time of King Henry the VIII of England, which depicted a society radically different from the one More lived in. Why did More write it? What was his aim? Was Utopia the first work in Western literature depicting an ideal society? Is utopian literature a coherent genre? Has it changed over time? Is it out of fashion in our time?
“Utopian” has also been an epithet used to ridicule attempts at intentional communities and even revolutionary governments of nations. It implies that attempts are unrealistic, doomed to fail and even dangerous. Many have failed. Was failure always due to the form of the utopian society or due to other causes? Why are we so reluctant to attempt to improve the structure of our society?
1:00 pm-3:00 pm
"A Different View of Planned Communities," Eric Olson [Jinx Brandt], Kaneko Auditorium

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Thursday, March 23

10:00 am-12:00 pm
"Breaking Barriers: The Suffrage Movement in America ," Gloria Holland [Deborah Ehlers], Kaneko Auditorium


In 1848, five women sat at a kitchen table and planned a convention that would begin a 72 year long movement to gain suffrage for women across America. This hour-long readers’ theater presentation will introduce you to some of the women who led the charge. We will hear from Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Abigail Scott Duniway, Carrie Chapman Catt, and others who worked tirelessly to enable the passage of the 19th Amendment, in 1920, affording women in this county the right to vote.
The entire cast are ICL members Rebecca Miller-Moe, Chris Duval, Gretchen Coppedge, Colleen Spedale, Deborah Warren, Rosamund Irwin, and Michele Rudnick.

Gloria Holland is the author and guest director of this play. She retired from the Salem Keizer School District after a 30-year career teaching English at the middle and high school levels. She has been active with Pentacle Theater and is currently active with the American Association of University Women and serves in many roles at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem. She is a strong supporter of The League of Women Voters.
Gloria has written three readers' theater plays, including "The Unsung Heroes of STEM," which was performed for ICL a few years ago. She is honored to have been asked back and is delighted with her current ICL cast for this production of "The Suffrage Movement in America." Gloria is mother of one, stepmom of three, and Gigi to nine. She lives in West Salem with her adoring husband, Alan.

1:00 pm-2:00 pm
"The story of the castrati in the 17th and 18th centuries.," Susan Miller [Solveig Holmquist], Kaneko Auditorium

millerHow do they sing as high as altos and sopranos? Why?
In talking about these opera stars we learn their stories as well as some
history of opera. We will use examples from modern countertenors, to
closely recreate the sounds of these remarkable singers. Why is the high
voice so much revered in opera then and today?

First of all, in case you are wondering, I am not an ex mayor of Salem. I am a musician. I play harpsichord and fortepiano, taught modern piano for 25 years, and was an adjunct music theory teacher for a few years at Willamette.
I came to Salem in 1976 with my husband Dr. George Miller (now deceased) and my three children. I have 3 grandchildren who keep me young at heart. My family will tell you that I am very curious and ask too many questions. I promise to be always mindful of that during ICL meetings.
Having lived in South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, I have that southern accent ingrained in me in spite of living in Oregon for 46 years.

2:00 pm-3:00 pm
"Fake or Fortune," Betsy Belshaw , Kaneko Auditorium
belshaw ICL members will learn why they no longer read about the latest painting forger caught and sent to prison for trying to pass off a supposed masterpiece. Learn how science has taken over

Betsy has been an ICL member since 2015.

Week of March 28-30

Willamette University

Institute for Continued Learning

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

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