Faculty Colloquium: Yan Liang

Please join us Friday, April 20th, at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room for our eleventh Faculty Colloquium of this semester.

Presenter: Yan Liang, Associate Professor of Economics Photo of Yan Liang

Title: “Minsky in Beijing: Shadow Banking, Credit Expansion and Debt Accumulation in China”

Abstract: China has undergone two salient developments in its financial landscape since the 2007 Global Financial Crisis. First, there has been a repaid and massive growth of “shadow banks” that played an increasingly weighty role in credit creation. And second, debt level, especially in the corporate sector, has risen significantly to reach an alarming level. The two changes have led some commentators to claim that China is soon to experience a “Minsky Moment”, where a sudden unwinding of debt would trigger destructive debt deflation. This paper analyzes China’s debt issue – the causes, patterns and possible consequences. Based on the analysis, the paper provides a critical assessment of the current policy measures in dealing with rebalancing and deleveraging and proposes some alternative policy actions. Students are welcome and coffee and treats will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.

Ellen Eisenberg and Bill Kelm
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators

Bookmarks: An Eclectic Collection

Visit the Hatfield Library and enjoy the diverse assortment of bookmarks currently on display in the glass cases on the second floor.  This collection spans many decades and includes bookmarks from various places and made out of a wide assortment of materials such as wood, leather, canvas, fabric, metal, plastic, and paper.  There are bookmarks from bookstores across the United States, including ones from stores that are no longer with us; there are also numerous bookmarks from libraries and publishers as well as ones promoting reading and literacy.  Viewers will find bookmarks depicting frogs, cats, animals of all sorts, nature, museums, national parks, historic sites and figures, art and artists, and much more.  Some of the bookmarks were purchased or picked up at bookstores, conferences or other events, but many were found in used books or materials donated/returned to the library.  Check out this whimsical exhibit next time you are in the library!

–Bookmarks on display are from the collection of Joni Roberts, Librarian

Collaborative Research

By Michael Spalti

Collaborative research at a college or university takes many forms. More common in the sciences and social sciences than the arts and humanities, collaborative research nevertheless happens in and across every discipline and creates possibilities not available to the individual researcher.

This is true by definition of research projects that use digital media and techniques to compliment or replace traditional research publishing.  These digital projects typically involve time and expertise beyond the capability or interest of a single researcher — whether that researcher is a faculty member, a student, or a librarian.  Envisioning the research project and managing the learning curve of design, data gathering, interpretation, and implementation is not easy. That may explain why these projects are somewhat rare.

So why bother? I think the answer is that digital collaborative research creates significant and unique outcomes for the people involved and those who experience the end result.

Let’s focus on benefits to the student researcher. A liberal arts education is not about technical wizardry in a single field, and to the extent that creating “digital” research becomes an end in itself there’s potential for distraction. But it’s also clear that one’s ability to create and wisely use digital products is a vital part of being educated in today’s society. Prior experience working on digital projects may also enhance one’s ability to find meaningful employment once out of school. 

Research projects that involve students, faculty, librarians, archivists, or museum curators are a good way to explore digital tools and techniques within the context of a great liberal arts education.  More can often be achieved working collaboratively than working solo in a single semester. By definition, the product is not entirely your own, but you learn from instructors and mentors to something that will last beyond graduation. 

One of the things we could do better as an institution is document your work. Academic transcripts don’t tell the full story.  For example, if a student works on an archival collection in the library’s Digital Production Lab, that contribution should be documented and described. This happens in some cases, for some research projects, but not always.  If you were to complete an online course on a popular learning platform (like Coursera, EdX, or Udacity) you could document that accomplishment on something like LinkedIn. We should make it possible to do the same for all collaborative research projects, whether completed for academic credit, through an internship, or on-campus employment.

Note: The image below, entitled “Alchemical Tree, Pseudo-Lull,” is taken from Salvador Dali’s Alchimie des Philosophes. The image is part of an exhibit created by Michelle Atherton (’15) in collaboration with Professor Abigail Sussik and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art curator Jonathan Bucci.

Faculty Colloquium: Hector Aguero

Please join us Friday, April 13th, at 3 p.m. in Fine Arts West 145 for our ninth Faculty Colloquium of this semester.

Presenter: Hector Aguero, Assistant Professor of Music Hector Aguero

Title: “Kaizen: Japanese Musical Resources for the American Band Classroom”

Abstract: In recent decades, Japan has become a world leader in the production and consumption of band music and pedagogical resources. Prof. Agüero explores the pedagogical similarities and differences between the American and Japanese band classrooms and shares first-hand observations, experiences, and insight into systems, techniques, and strategies pioneered by Japanese school bands to perfect balance, intonation, and overall sound. He will also explain how some of these Japanese techniques can be implemented in our American band rehearsals.
Students are welcome and coffee and treats will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.

Ellen Eisenberg and Bill Kelm
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators

Faculty Works Display

The 2018 Faculty Works Display is now on exhibit on the first floor of the library.  We encourage you to come browse the many articles written by faculty, explore what they have been researching recently, and discover more about their interests.  We also have a selection of art works from our art faculty, as well as creative productions by faculty from our Theatre Department.  These will all be on display throughout the end of the semester.

For comments and questions about this display, please contact Charity Braceros-Simon (cbracerossimon@willamette.edu)

MOHL Research Awards

If you are a student and have written and researched an excellent paper, why not submit your paper for consideration for the MOHL Research Award?  Sponsored by the Hatfield Library, this award recognizes and rewards Willamette undergraduate students in any discipline who demonstrate outstanding research using library and information resources in writing a paper. Up to two awards of $500 each are available.

Student papers written in the sophomore or junior year as part of regular class work are eligible to be considered for this award. The paper must be 7 pages or more in length and written in the current academic year (fall 2017/spring 2018). Papers done as a senior project but in the junior year are excluded.

Papers need to be submitted by the last day of finals May 8, 2018 at 5:00 pm. The faculty mentor who worked with the student during the production of the paper is asked to submit a statement of support and a copy of the assignment.  Faculty, please encourage your best student writers/researchers to apply!

For complete details and instructions see: http://library.willamette.edu/about/award


Hallie Ford Literary Series: Jennifer Cognard-Black

Please join us for the final event of the Spring 2018 Hallie Ford Literary Series, a reading with Jennifer Cognard-Black this Tuesday, April 10th at 5:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room (2nd floor of the Hatfield Library). This event is free and open to the public.

Jennifer Cognard-Black is a Professor of English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Her specialties are Anglo-American women novelists, fiction writing, and the literatures of food. A Fulbright scholar to Slovenia as well as the Norton T. Dodge Award for Creative and Scholarly Achievement, Cognard-Black’s books include Narrative in the Professional Age (Routledge 2004); Kindred Hands (Iowa UP 2006); a writing textbook, Advancing Rhetoric (Kendall/Hunt 2006); an anthology of food fictions, culinary poems, and recipe recollections, Books that Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal (NYUP 2014); and a collection of essays by women writers about their everyday contraptions, From Curlers to Chainsaws: Women and Their Machines (MSUP 2016).

Cognard-Black is a dynamic, accomplished writer of both scholarly and creative work. Of her process, she says, “When I write creatively, I put things together. I synthesize disparate parts of what constitutes the human: a salamander in the bathroom, the bouncy chorus of an overplayed song, loss, love, death, delight, or a broken bone at age three. Like the synthesis of an exquisite, yet simple, dish—that divine combination, say, of April asparagus, crispy fingerling potatoes, rosemary, olive oil, and an over-easy egg—a well-crafted short story or essay should become more than the sum of its parts. Such writing should be absolutely of this world yet also, always, otherworldly: a combination that defies easy explanation and that brings both pleasure and awe.”

Praise for the works of Jennifer Cognard-Black:

“The anthology From Curlers to Chainsaws: Women and Their Machines, features essays examining women’s relationships with a wide range of tools: from tractor to typewriter, sewing machine to microphone, radio to prosthetic leg. The book offers a timely focus, during an era when cell phones, laptops, and fitness trackers can feel like extensions of our very selves. Edited by Joyce Dyer, Jennifer Cognard-Black, and Elizabeth MacLeod Walls, the anthology focuses on machines in use from the early 20th century through today. It offers historical context for contemporary discussions about how today’s technologies shape our lives—the ways we think, the relationships we have, and the identities we adopt—and it provides insight into how these machines connect with the experiences of women, including daughters and mothers.” — Heather Mcentarfer, Literary Mama

“What is particularly innovative about Books that Cook is the way in which the book calls upon the reader to bring these recipes to life: “When a food is shared and eaten, the reader actually embodies the text . . . the reader’s own body is altered as a result of reading and eating this text. In a very real sense, then, a recipe reader becomes that recipe: she breathes it, her heart beats it, and thus the text is known both by the mind and by the body” (2). However, to “embody the text” does not require chronological linearity. Instead, the reader is encouraged to “sample” the poetics, prose, and recipes based on their unique position and ‘taste.’” –Lila A. Sharif, American Studies

“In Kindred Hands Jennifer Cognard-Black and Elizabeth MacLeod Walls have compiled an extraordinarily useful and lively collection of letters by major British and American literary women from Harriet Beecher Stowe to Jessie Redmon Fauset. Energetic, imaginative, analytic, and keenly committed to their art, all these authors muse on the muse—and often with vivid candor on their own experiences of art and life—in writings that will be fascinating not only to the professional scholar but also to what Virginia Woolf called ‘the common reader.’”—Sandra M. Gilbert, coeditor, The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women

For more on Jennifer Cognard-Black, please visit her author’s site at http://www.jennifercognard-black.com

Questions about the event, please direct to: Danielle Deulen at dcdeulen@willamette.edu.

Forsythe Family Papers

The Forsythe family papers contain correspondence, documents, literature, photographs, and ephemera and represent the collected efforts of Irene Hanson (née Forsythe), Emmett and Bessie Forsythe, and Margaret Grace Forsythe to document their family history. Margaret Forsythe graduated with the Willamette class of 1945 and went on to earn a Master of Arts degree from the University of Washington and work for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The materials in the collection are from as early as the mid-1800s, spanning all the way to the last years of Margaret Forsythe’s life in the 2000s. Margaret Forsythe’s papers feature her collected correspondence, photographs, Cold War era literature, writings, academic work, and ephemera. Within her correspondence Forsythe converses with her family and friends, sharing not only the aspects of her daily life, but her interests, opinions, and beliefs. Her collection of Cold War era literature focuses on subjects like Cuba, Soviet Russia, and Vietnam. Forsythe’s writing touches on a variety of subjects like Asian art and culture, science fiction, and international politics. The papers of Margaret Forsythe’s parents Bessie and Emmett Forsythe and of her aunt and uncle, Irene and Perry Hanson, contain collected correspondence from friends, family, and business acquaintances; documents and writings; photographs; and ephemera.

To learn more about the Forsythe family, please see the finding aid.


Celebrating Jazz

Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) is celebrated every April in the United States. JAM was created by Smithsonian Jazz at the National Museum of American History in 2001 “to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz. JAM is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz – to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more.” Jazz is considered by many to be “uniquely American music” and in 1987, Congress actually passed a resolution designating jazz an American treasure!

Join us in paying tribute to an influential art form with cultural influences from around the world and check out some of the jazz-related titles available in the Hatfield Library on our WU Reads Reading Guide.

Faculty Colloquium: Tabitha Knight

Please join us Friday, April 6th, at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room for our eighth Faculty Colloquium of this semester.

Presenter: Tabitha Knight, Assistant Professor of Economics

Title: “Gender and Public Spending: A Conceptual Model of Employment, an Empirical Application, and Paths for Future Work”
Tabitha Knight
Abstract: Women and men face largely differing opportunities and constraints in society, especially as they relate to the fundamental notion of one’s livelihood. With a focus on the distinct roles, options, and limitations women and men are faced with in today’s society, I explore a conceptual model of employment incorporating both supply and demand-side factors, apply the main tenets to U.S. data, and provide paths for future work incorporating gender dynamics into discussions of the impacts of public policy options on women’s and men’s employment. The focus of this paper is on public spending on healthcare and education in particular as such spending is likely to affect both women’s and men’s employment outcomes and opportunities though the magnitudes of the effects may differ strongly by gender due to social norms and occupational segregation.

Students are welcome and coffee and treats will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.

Ellen Eisenberg and Bill Kelm
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators