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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Hallie Ford Literary Series: Reginald Dwayne Betts

Please join us for the first event in the Fall 2015 Hallie Ford Literary Series at Willamette, a reading by acclaimed writer Reginald Dwayne Betts on Wednesday, October 7. NOTE TIME CHANGE: The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of Willamette’s library and is free and open to the public.
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Recently the subject of a feature story on the Huffington Post, Betts has been at the forefront of national conversations about mass incarceration and the U.S. penal system. Arrested for carjacking as a sixteen-year-old, he was certified as an adult and sentenced to nine years in prison. During his time in a series of maximum-security facilities, he began writing seriously and has since become an award-winning poet and memoirist, as well as a national advocate for juvenile justice. In 2012, President Obama named him to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Betts is the author of two volumes of poetry, Shahid Reads His Own Palm, winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award, and Bastards of the Reagan Era, released this fall by Four Way Books. His memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.

Read one of his poems here. And watch a video of him discussing his new book of poetry here.

This event is co-sponsored by the College Colloquium program, and the Departments of English and Politics. Books will be for sale courtesy of the Willamette Store.

I hope to see you there.

Scott Nadelson
Hallie Ford Chair in Writing
Chair, Department of English
(503) 370-6290
snadelso@willamette.edu


Faculty Colloquium: Doing Disability Studies

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us this Friday, September 25th at 3:00 pm in the Hatfield Room for our third Faculty Colloquium of this semester. Treats will be provided.

Allison Hobgood, Associate Professor of English

Title: Doing Disability Studies: Equity and Justice Through the Arts and Humanities
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Abstract:

“Doing Disability Studies: Equity and Justice Through the Arts and Humanities” invites listeners to consider the role of disability studies in higher education and as an academic pursuit that supports social justice. Specifically, Allison P. Hobgood will explore the power of disability studies in the Humanities, discuss its history and current iterations, and offer some examples of how disability studies helps make our world a more just, inclusive, and equitable place.

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


Alumni Weekend, 2015

This is Alumni Weekend at Willamette, and the Hatfield Library has two activities lined up for you!

9:30-10:30am, Hatfield Room (2nd Floor)

Get a behind-the-scenes tour through the Hatfield Library and Archives. See our Digital Productions Lab, Archives, and Book Repair center. Explore some of the Archive’s digital collections and maybe even dig up something from your Willamette days.

10:30-11:30am, Hatfield Room (2nd Floor)

Curious to know how Willamette’s campus evolved from a single building in a field to the beautiful setting we appreciate today? Come hear public historian Dr. William F. Willingham ’66 as he shares information that he has accumulated while researching Willamette’s architectural and natural landscape for his forthcoming book on the subject.

3-4:30pm, Hatfield Room (2nd Floor)

There will be a panel discussion on the Fulbright Program in the Hatfield Room from 3-4:30 p.m.  Jim Nafziger will be the moderator, and several CLA faculty will talk about their Fulbright experiences: Bobby Brewer-Wallin (Silk Road, China), Jeanne Clark (Jordan), Ron Loftus (Japan), Elliot Maltz (The Philippines), Pamela Moro (Thailand), Scott Pike (Greece), and Xijuan Zhou (Silk Road, China).

 

Details at: http://www.willamette.edu/alumni/alumni_weekend/schedule/index.html

 


Pushcarts and Shtetls Come West: The Creation of Historical Memory in Portland

Please join us this Friday, September 11th at 3:00 pm in the Hatfield Room for our second Faculty Colloquium of this semester. Treats will be provided.

Ellen Eisenberg, Dwight & Margaret Lear Professor of American History

Title: Pushcarts and Shtetls Come West: The Creation of Historical Memory in Portland

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“This presentation explores how the razing of a South Portland neighborhood under an Urban Renewal plan in the 1960s led to the birth of a new Oregon Jewish history. In an effort to tell the story of the immigrant experience in the soon-to-be paved over neighborhood, a group of Jewish women stepped forward to collect oral histories, write an original musical, and prepare a series of exhibits. In the process, they created Old South Portland, the product of communal memory and more general American Jewish tropes. Emerging at a time when the Lower East Side had become the iconic version of the East European immigrant story and while Fiddler on the Roof was playing on Broadway and on the silver screen, Old South Portland drew on both, importing elements of these stories and transposing them onto the local landscape.”

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: “Katriniana”: Literary and Artistic Responses to Hurricane Katrina

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us this Friday, September 4th at 3:00 pm in the Hatfield Room for our first Faculty Colloquium of this semester. Treats will be provided.

Doreen Simonsen, Humanities & Fine Arts Librarian

Title: “Katriniana”: Literary and Artistic Responses to Hurricane Katrina

Abstract:

Katriniana is a phrase coined by Susan Larson, former Book Editor for the Times-Picayune Newspaper of New Orleans, to describe the inundation of books written about Hurricane Katrina and its impact. In the ten years since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and precipitated the failure of the federal levees in New Orleans leaving 80% of the city underwater, writers, artists, photographers, musicians, filmmakers and many more have been using their skills to respond to the devastation. Benefit works, sympathetic responses, communal rebuilding efforts, celebrations of the rich cultures of New Orleans, and a little bit of carpetbagging characterize the various types of literary and artistic responses to the storm and its aftermath. Katrina Cross-Stitch

In conjunction with this talk, a collection of these works will be on display on the second floor of the the Mark O. Hatfield Library until September 23, 2015. An online guide to the books on display is available at this site: http://libguides.willamette.edu/katriniana

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 Coordinator