Faculty Colloquium: Star Numbers

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us this Friday, January 29th at a special time, 4:10-5:10 in the Hatfield Room for our first Faculty Colloquium of this semester. Treats will be provided. josh-laison

Josh Laison, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Title: Star Numbers: From 17th-Century Oranges to Delivery Robots and Beyond

Abstract:

We will discuss a new variation of a 400-year-old problem from Johannes Kepler and Isaac Newton about how densely geometric shapes can be packed together. Along the way we’ll encounter Amazon delivery robots, geometric networks, an iphone game, computers that prove theorems, 24-dimensional spheres, Tetris, cannonballs, and some exciting new theorems. No previous math or Tetris experience required. This research was done in collaboration with Andrew Bishop WU’14, Ben Gardiner WU’13, and David Livingston WU’15.

Please feel free to invite students to attend this talk.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Doreen Simonsen and Bobby Brewer-Wallin
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators


Politics and Religion: Constantine in Rome, 312-326

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us this Friday, December 4th at 3:00 in the Hatfield Room for our tenth and final Faculty Colloquium of this semester. Treats will be provided.
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Robert Chenault, Associate Professor of History and Classics

Title: Politics and Religion: Constantine in Rome, 312-326

Abstract:

The nature of Constantine’s personal conversion to Christianity has been endlessly discussed, doubted, and defended, and probably always will. Instead of inquiring into the unknowable, scholars would do better to focus on the ways in which Constantine presented his religious affiliations publicly and how they were represented by others. In this talk, I apply this method to a single, especially significant case: Constantine’s relationship with the city of Rome and its various constituencies. By exploiting both the textual evidence and the symbolic meanings of certain buildings and monuments linked to Constantine’s three visits to Rome between 312 and 326, it is possible to arrive at fresh insights into Constantine’s skillful balancing of political messages and religious expressions, the ways in which Constantine and the Senate were able to find common ground, and the flavor of public discourse at Rome in the early fourth century.

Please feel free to invite students to attend this talk.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Doreen Simonsen and Bobby Brewer-Wallin
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators


Faculty Colloquium: Water Conflict in the Klamath Basin

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us Friday, November 20th at 3:00 in the Hatfield Room for our ninth Faculty Colloquium of this semester. Treats will be provided.Don Negri

Don Negri, Professor of Economics

Title: Water Conflict in the Klamath Basin

Abstract:

The Klamath Basin in Southern Oregon has been the site of conflict over water resources for more than a decade. The Basin is a microcosm of the conflict over water scarcity that plagues the western US. The conflict is as much about clashing cultures as it is about insufficient water. The Basin is home to four Native American Tribes, four wildlife refuges and a federal irrigation project that provides water to approximately 210,000 acres of farmland. In the 1990’s the Endangered Species Act listed two fish species in the basin that made agricultural water supplies susceptible to cutbacks especially in drought years. Also during the 90’s the Confederated Klamath Tribes began to assert their historical water rights magnifying the threat to agricultural production in the region. Then in 2001, the conflict erupted into violence as the federal government mandated the water supply head gates be closed to protect endangered fish. Since that time the battle over water allocation in the basin has be waged in Congress and the courts with no end in sight.

Please feel free to invite students to attend this talk.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Doreen Simonsen and Bobby Brewer-Wallin
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators


Faculty Colloquium: “A Hindu is white although he is black”

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us this Friday, November 6th at 3:00 in the Hatfield Room for our seventh Faculty Colloquium of this semester. Treats will be provided.

Alexander Rocklin, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
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Title: “A Hindu is white although he is black”: Hindu Alterity and the Performativity of Religion and Race between the US and the Caribbean

Abstract:

This talk uses the controversies surrounding the racially and religiously enigmatic Ismet Ali, a yogi working in Chicago and New York in the 1920s, as a way to get at the complexities of the interrelatedness of the performativity of religion and race. In examining several moments in which Ali’s “authenticity” as Indian is brought into doubt, it opens up larger questions regarding the global flows of colonial knowledge, racial tropes, and groups of people between India, the US, and the Caribbean. The practices of the yogi persona and its sartorial stylings, particularly the donning of a turban and beard, meant to signify “East Indianness” in the US, were one mode through which “Hindoo” stereotypes were repurposed as models for self-formation by both South Asian and African Americans in the early twentieth century. In passing as “Hindoo,” peoples of color could circumvent the US’s black/white racial binary and the violence of Jim Crow. This act of racial passing, though, was an act of religious passing as well. This talk explores the ways in which, in the early twentieth century US, East Indian “authenticity” only became legible via identificatory practices that engaged with and took on Orientalized stereotypes. However, the ways in which identities had to and could be performed changed with context, as individuals moved across national and colonial lines.

Please feel free to invite students to attend this talk.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Doreen Simonsen and Bobby Brewer-Wallin
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators


New Voices Showcase: Rabins & Bernard

Please join us for the third event in the Fall 2015 Hallie Ford Literary Series at Willamette, a New Voices Showcase, featuring poet Alicia Jo Rabins and fiction writer Sean Bernard. The reading and Q&A will take place on Monday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of Willamette’s library. It is free and open to the public, and books will be for sale courtesy of the Willamette Store.

A writer, composer, performer and Torah scholar, Alicia Jo Rabins won the 2015 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. Her first volume of poetry, Divinity School, was published this October. She tours internationally with her band, performing Girls in Trouble, an indie-folk song cycle about the complicated lives of Biblical women. A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, her one-woman chamber-rock opera, was named one of Portland’s best theatre performances of 2014 by the Willamette Week.

Sean Bernard is the author of two books released in the last year: a novel, Studies in the Hereafter, and a story collection, Desert Sonorous, which won the 2014 Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press. He lives and teaches creative writing in Southern California, where he serves as Fiction Editor for The Los Angeles Review and also edits the journal Prism Review. He holds degrees from Oregon State University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and his fiction has appeared in Epoch, CutBank, LIT, Glimmer Train, and Sequestrum. In 2012, he received a literary fellowship from the NEA.

Read one of Alicia’s poems here: https://aprweb.org/poems/florida; or listen to her songs here: http://www.girlsintroublemusic.com/listen/.

Read an interview with Sean here: http://therumpus.net/2015/10/the-rumpus-interview-with-sean-bernard/.

Scott Nadelson
Associate Professor of English;
Department Chair of English


An Uncanny Evening

Please join us for the second event in the Fall 2015 Hallie Ford Literary Series at Willamette: “An Uncanny Evening,” a performance of stories from The Uncanny Reader, edited by Marjorie Sandor, on Wednesday, October 28. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of Willamette’s library and is free and open to the public.

The Uncanny Reader is the first anthology of its kind to focus on the literary uncanny, “from the deeply unnerving to the possibly supernatural,” with stories by writers as various as Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, and Karen Russell, as well as stories by lesser known writers from around the world. What the stories share is “an increasingly unstable sense of self, home, and planet.”

Marjorie Sandor is the author of four books, most recently The Late Interiors: A Life Under Construction. Her story collection Portrait of My Mother, Who Posed Nude in Wartime, won the 2004 National Jewish Book Award in Fiction, and an essay collection, The Night Gardener: A Search for Home, won the 2000 Oregon Book Award for literary nonfiction. She is a professor of creative writing at Oregon State University.

She will be joined this evening by a troupe of musicians and actors who will perform excerpts from several stories, complete with eerie music, talking dolls, and visits from Sigmund Freud. Perfect preparation for Halloween.

Watch a trailer for The Uncanny Reader here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H84Bhp2r1gQ


An Uncanny Evening with Marjorie Sandor and Friends

Please join us for the second event in the Fall 2015 Hallie Ford Literary Series at Willamette: “An Uncanny Evening,” a performance of stories from The Uncanny Reader, edited by Marjorie Sandor, on Wednesday, October 28. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of Willamette’s library and is free and open to the public.

The Uncanny Reader is the first anthology of its kind to focus on the literary uncanny, “from the deeply unnerving to the possibly supernatural,” with stories by writers as various as Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, and Karen Russell, as well as stories by lesser known writers from around the world. What the stories share is “an increasingly unstable sense of self, home, and planet.”

Marjorie Sandor is the author of four books, most recently The Late Interiors: A Life Under Construction. Her story collection Portrait of My Mother, Who Posed Nude in Wartime, won the 2004 National Jewish Book Award in Fiction, and an essay collection, The Night Gardener: A Search for Home, won the 2000 Oregon Book Award for literary nonfiction. She is a professor of creative writing at Oregon State University.

She will be joined this evening by a troupe of musicians and actors who will perform excerpts from several stories, complete with eerie music, talking dolls, and visits from Sigmund Freud. Perfect preparation for Halloween.

Watch a trailer for The Uncanny Reader here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H84Bhp2r1gQ.

Post Courtesy of Scott Nadelson.


Third University Librarian Candidate

The Mark O. Hatfield Library is announcing the third candidate for the University Librarian position, Annie Downey.

Dr. Downey served as a Reference, Instruction, and Outreach Librarian, as the Instructional Unit Manager, and then as Head of Research and Instructional Services at the University of North Texas; since 2012 she has been the Director of Research Services at the Reed College Library.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the faculty forum on Wednesday, Oct 7th at 4:15pm in the Hatfield Library.

Students are encouraged to attend the student forum on Thursday, Oct 8th at 11:45am in the Hatfield room.

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Second University Librarian Candidate

The Mark O. Hatfield Library is announcing the second candidate for the University Librarian position, Craig Milberg.

Mr. Milberg began his library career as Systems & Acquisitions Librarian for Credit Suisse, and later served as Global Head of Information Systems Support, and as project Manager & Business Analyst there; since 2009 he has served as the Assistant Director for Discovery Systems in the E.H.Little Library at Davidson College.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the faculty forum on Monday, Oct 5th at 4:15pm in the Hatfield Library.

Students are encouraged to attend the student forum on Tuesday, Oct 6th at 11:45am in the Hatfield room.

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First Candidate for University Librarian

The Mark O. Hatfield Library is announcing the first candidate for the University Librarian position, Patricia Tully.

​Ms. Tully has served, among other positions, as Head of Technical Services in the Musselman Library at Gettysburg College; as Head of Technical Services in the Hilles ​and Lamont Libraries at Harvard University; and as first Associate University Librarian and then University Librarian at Wesleyan University.

Students are encouraged to attend the student forum this Thursday,  October 1st, at 11:45am in the Hatfield room.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the faculty and staff forum later that day on October 1st at 4:15pm in the Hatfield Room.

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