“The Collegian” Online Archive

Presentation1Willamette University’s long running newspaper, the Collegian, is now available digitally and fully keyword searchable. With unprecedented access to history at your fingertips, what will you search for?

Beginning in November 2013, over 100 years of Collegian issues needed to be unbound and assessed for completeness. Microfilm copies were used to fill in any gaps. The unbound Collegians were then mailed to iArchives and digitized. Once scanning was complete, each image was reviewed to ensure its readability. The Collegian is now searchable, and browsable, all the way back to its first issue in 1875.

Digitization is complete!

The Collegian is available at: http://library.willamette.edu./archives/collegian


Rising to the Climate Challenge

Please join us this Friday, October 24th at 3:00 pm in the Hatfield Room for the fourth Faculty Colloquium of this year.

Our speaker will be:

Sue Koger, Professor of Psychology

Title: Rising to the Climate Challenge: Insights from Psychological Research

Sue Koger

Abstract: Despite increasing societal rhetoric about environmental sustainability, many relevant behaviors remain unchanged. I argue that this is because effective and sustainable solutions to climate change and other “environmental” problems require an understanding of the human (i.e., psychological) influences that created the problems in the first place, and that maintain the status quo. In this talk, I’ll describe some of the barriers to change, as well as strategies for overcoming them — both as individuals and collectively.


A Contemporary Bestiary

“A Contemporary Bestiary”

September 13 – December 21, 2014

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Robert McCauley, [italics] Edge of Town II [/italics] (detail), 2012
Robert McCauley, Edge of Town II (detail), 2012
In cooperation with the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the Hatfield Library is
housing a temporary exhibit to go with the museum’s current exhibit,
Contemporary Bestiary.  The museum exhibit “features work by artists from
Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana who incorporate animal imagery in
their artwork as a means to address a wide variety of issues.”  The exhibit
includes birds, frogs, dogs, cats, fish, cows, horses, and more and runs
from September 13 through December 21, 2014.  The library has two wonderful
paintings on display near the entrance of the library as well as a
collection of books that complement the exhibit.

For more details about the Contemporary Beastiary exhibit, visit
http://www.willamette.edu/arts/hfma/exhibitions/library/2014-15/a_contemporary_bestiary.html.

 

 


Calling All Political Junkies!!

Gandalf for PresidentWith election season upon us, be sure and check out the great display of election memorabilia from the political collections of the Willamette archives on the second floor of the library.  The exhibit features bumper stickers, lawn signs, buttons and a variety of other interesting campaign materials.  An adjoining temporary exhibit showcases campaign items from the personal collections of library staff and friends.  Come take a look!   And don’t forget to vote!


Hallie Ford Literary Series: a New Voices Showcase

Please join us for the second event in the Fall 2014 Hallie Ford Literary Series: a New Voices Showcase, featuring readings by poet Jennifer Richter and essayist Elena Passarello on Tuesday, October 21. The event will take place at 5 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of Willamette’s library and is free and open to the public.

 

Richter_JenJennifer Richter was awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship in Poetry by Stanford University, where she taught in the Creative Writing Program for four years. Her poetry collection Threshold was named a 2011 Oregon Book Award Finalist by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey chose Threshold as winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition.

Listen to Jennifer read one of her poems here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/weekly-poem-prayer-for-the-hanoi-man-who-waits-for-breakdowns-on-his-block/

elena-passarelloElena Passarello’s essays on pop culture, music, the performing arts, and the natural world have appeared in Slate, Creative Nonfiction, Normal School, Ninth Letter, and the Iowa Review, among other publications. Her debut nonfiction collection, Let Me Clear My Throat (Sarabande 2012), explores the human voice in popular performance, and she co-wrote a series of devised nonfiction monologues for the 2012 music writing anthology Pop When the World Falls Apart (Duke University Press). A recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, and the University of Iowa Museum of Art, she teaches at Oregon State University.

And read an interview with Elena here: http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2012/11/28/voices-carry-an-interview-with-elena-passarello/


Francaviglia: Did Muslims Arrive in the Americas Before Columbus?

Please join us this Friday, October 10th at 3:00 pm in the Hatfield Room for the third Faculty Colloquium of this year.

Speaker: Richard Francaviglia, Visiting Faculty, Department of Religious Studies

Francaviglia

Title: Did Muslims Arrive in the Americas Before Columbus? Re-examining a Controversial Premise.

Abstract: The claim that Muslims reached, explored, and even settled the New World before Columbus has been debated for nearly a century. After summarizing the claims made by proponents of this view, as found in their books, magazine articles, and Websites, one regional case study will be highlighted. According to proponents, early Southwestern Native American pueblo architecture, petroglyphs, and place names of the “Anasazi” peoples offer clear evidence of Islam’s early presence. This claim not only challenges Native Americans’ beliefs, but is also in disagreement with the consensus of archaeologists and historians of discovery.

Given the complexity of this issue, this presentation recommends viewing the proponents’ claims differently — not [only] in light of science and objectivity, but also as subjective modern narratives about accomplishments in the “Golden Age” of Islam (ca. 750 to 1258 CE). Interestingly, claims about a Pre-Columbian Muslim presence are similar in design to claims by Afro centrists, and both have a similar sociopolitical dimension in that they serve to unify their advocates. Ultimately, though, religion rather than race is a major component of the pre-Columbian Muslim claims. Since 9/11 2001, when Islam began to redouble its efforts to validate its presence in the Americas, the narratives have become decidedly political. Ultimately, the claims of proponents are revisionist and challenge the established way of understanding and celebrating [American] history. If what proponents claim is true, the ramifications would be enormous: it would not only mean that Muslims essentially trumped the European Age of Discovery, but also that Islam in effect predates Christianity and Judaism in the New World. Small wonder, then, that this subject is so controversial and so passionately debated.


Willamette Photo Collection

Campus Photographs Collection

To the right, “Class of 1919 in the shape of a W and 19.”

We’re highlighting the Willamette University Campus Photograph Collection from the University Archives this month.  It is comprised of over 2,500 items including photographic prints, negatives, slides, and copy prints of sketches and blueprints, is a rich documentary resource covering nearly a century and a half of Willamette’s history. A strength of the collection is the visual documentation it provides of Willamette’s ever-developing campus, particularly the buildings and landscape. Images show ground-breakings, construction, renovations, fires, and demolitions of various buildings.  Below is a sample of what you will find in this wonderful collection.

This online collection is available for viewing at:
http://libmedia.willamette.edu/cview/archives.html#!search:search:aphotos/dicoll^campus+photographs^all^and!

state-street-salem-oregon-1925
“Aerial view in 1925 of the College of Medicine, Willson Park, and the First United Methodist Church.”

Chris-Sprague-Baxter-Hall-corner-stone
“Chris Sprague placing a cornerstone in a wall of Baxter Hall.”

Atkinson-library-circulation-desk
“Atkinson library circulation desk”

"Atkinson Super Computer"
“Atkinson Super Computer”

art-class-with-Robert-Hess
“Art class with Robert Hess and two students.”

chemistry-lab-Collins-Science-Hall
“Chemistry Labs in Collins Science Hall.”

Ortwin Knorr & Puppy Love Faculty Colloquium

Ortwin KnorrPlease join us this Friday, October 3rd at 3:00 pm in the Hatfield Room for the second Faculty Colloquium of this academic year.

Our speaker will be:  Ortwin Knorr, Associate Professor of Classics
Title: Extreme Puppy Love in Martial 1.109

Abstract: 

Martial’s humorous praise song on the cute little dog Issa in Epigram 1.109 is a favorite among dog lovers and Latin textbook authors alike. Scholars have treated it as an “elegant compliment to a patron” (Fitzgerald  2007:185; cf. Sullivan1991:20: “written in pursuit of patronage”).

Such readings, however, overlook several red flags that suggest a very different type of content. In the very first line, e.g., Martial boasts that his Issa is “naughtier than Catullus’ sparrow”, that is, naughtier than the famous poem by Catullus (c. 2), in which the poet observes his beloved playing sexually suggestive games with her pet sparrow. Moreover, Martial’s praise for Issa in the first three lines of the poem is couched in terms of a “subtle erotic ambiguity” (Citroni 334). And finally, the alleged patron, like other victims of Martial’s invective, bears a suspiciously generic Roman first name, Publius, so that it is impossible to identify him with anyone in particular.

A closer examination of Martial’s Issa epigram will show that the poem cleverly uses the themes and vocabulary of elegiac poetry to lampoon both Issa’s owner as a man who loves his puppy a bit too much and the reader as someone who similarly struggles to decide whether Issa is a dog or a sexually attractive girl.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Banned Books Week 2014

banned-bksBanned Books Week is officially Sept 21-27. Celebrate your freedom to read by reading a book from our current Banned Books display, which will be kept up through October on the first floor of the library.  We encourage you to check them out!

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.  It highlights the value of free and open access to information, and brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

FUN FACTS:

Over this past decade, 5,099 challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom. These are the top five reasons…

1,577 challenges due to “sexually explicit” material;
1,291 challenges due to “offensive language”;
989 challenges due to materials deemed “unsuited to age group”;
619 challenged due to “violence”‘ and
361 challenges due to “homosexuality.”
(Source: http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10)

 

2013

Out of 307 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, the following are the top five most challenged books (Interestingly, the number of challenges are down by 157 challenges from last year.)

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    Reasons
    : Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by RudolfoAnaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

For more information on getting involved with Banned Books Week visit the ALA Banned Books web site:

http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek

Source: ALA Banned Books web site


Faculty Colloquium: Art & Science in Cacadu

Please join us this Friday, September 19th at 3:00 pm in the Hatfield Room for the first Faculty Colloquium of this year. Our speaker will be Andries Fourie, Associate Professor of Art, speaking on Art & Science in Cacadu. FourieHis talk will focus on his recent mixed-media paintings and sculptures that examine the ecosystems, history and anthropology of the Cacadu District of South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province.

The work, which was produced in response to research conducted in South Africa in collaboration with Dr. David Craig of Willamette’s Biology Department and Dr. Richard Cowling of the Botany Department of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, explores the relationships between humans, animals and plants in Cacadu’s unusually diverse ecosystems. Cacadu is home to five of South Africa’s eight vegetation biomes, including the very unique thicket biome. Besides its ecological focus, the work attempts to come to a deeper and more holistic understanding of this unique place through an exploration of issues surrounding memory, identity and the notion of belonging.