Please join us on Friday, February 3rd at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room for the weekly Faculty Colloquium. The Colloquium will be presented by Chris Smith, Assistant Professor of Biology. The title of the talk is “Darwin’s Abominable Mystery: Coevolution of flowers and pollinators”.
His abstract: February 12th marks the 203rd anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the beginning of a conceptual revolution in science that the eminently respectable and proper Mr. Darwin could never have envisioned. At the heart of the Darwinian revolution is the idea that order and ‘extreme perfection’ can arise through purely natural, undirected processes. One area in which Darwin saw this extreme perfection was also a favorite example for early advocates of Natural Theology: the adaptations of flowering plants to their pollinators. How reciprocal natural selection and adaptation – a process now termed ‘coevolution’ – has shaped the interaction between plants and their pollinators remains a major question in evolutionary biology. My talk will review the history of coevolution and describes the ongoing research of Willamette students that examines coevolution between Joshua trees and their pollinators.
The Hallie Ford Chair Literary Series at Willamette University presents poet Susan Briante, Thursday, February 2 in the Hatfield room at 7:30 p.m. Briante is the author of two poetry collections, most recently Utopia Minus. She also publishes essays on industrial ruins, abandoned buildings and cultural memory.
The poems in her first book, Pioneers in the Study of Motion (Ashanta Press, Boise State University, March 2007) reference field notes as well as love letters as they trace her experiences living in Mexico City from 1992-1998 and reading the Latin American avant-garde. About Utopia Minus, the poet Jean Valentine writes, “What a wildly intelligent, learned poet Briante is, in this biography-autobiography of the American body and soul around 2010, witnessed (and lived) with such bite, understanding, and sorrow.”
Welcome back, the library will be open 7:45 a.m. to midnight, starting Monday, Jan. 16 through Thursday, Jan. 19th. We then begin our regular Friday and weekend hours Jan. 20-22, and begin staying open until our regular Monday-Thursday closing time of 2 a.m. during the week of Jan. 23rd. You can always find our detailed hours schedule at http://library.willamette.edu/about/hours/.
Over the holiday break Willamette purchased access to 37 BBC Shakespeare Plays provided by Ambrose Video. Shakespeare is rightly called the world’s greatest playwright for the soaring beauty of his language, for his profound insight into human nature, for the truths he dramatized and for the realism of the characters he created. He was, and remains, a superb entertainer. You can access the videos from both on campus and off campus.