Three NITLE Seminars in October

FemTechNet: Networked Course on Feminism and Technology

October 4, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Online recording available:
Presentation Slides

FemTechNet is a network of international scholars and artists activated by Alexandra Juhasz and Anne Balsamo to design, implement, and teach the first DOCC (Distributed Online Collaborative Course), a feminist rethinking of the MOOC. The course, Feminist Dialogues on Technology, will be offered in fifteen classrooms, at least one in every continent, in the Fall of 2013. This project uses technology to enable interdisciplinary and international conversation while privileging situated diversity and networked agency. Building the course on a shared set of recorded dialogues with the world’s preeminent thinkers and artists who consider technology through a feminist lens, the rest of the course will be built, and customized for the network’s local classrooms and communities, by network members who submit and evaluate Boundary Objects that Learn—the course’s basic pedagogic instruments.

FemTechNet invites interested scholars and artists to join this project and help build this course. In this seminar, Alexandra Juhasz and Anne Balsamo discuss how this innovative project got started, explore the model of distributed online collaborative courses, and lead a discussion of how FemTechNet or similar courses might fit within the liberal arts curriculum.

Full program description.

Stories of the Susquehanna: : Digital Humanities, Spatial Thinking, and Telling the historia of the Environment

October 9, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Online recording available: Stories of the Susquehanna

Collaborative student-faculty research projects centered in the locale of residential liberal arts colleges let students engage in a variety of learning experiences and high impact practices including undergraduate research, civic engagement, and multidisciplinary approaches to complex problems. Students at Bucknell University, as part of the Stories of the Susquehanna Valley Project, gathered stories from the Marcellus Shale region in the Susquehanna watershed of how the boom in natural gas drilling is transforming communities and cultural landscapes. This seminar will explore the possibilities digital humanities offers students to incorporate technologies such as ArcGIS and Google Earth into storytelling of their environment. Focusing on the full length of the Susquehanna River, Katherine Faull, Professor of German and Humanities and Alf Siewers, Associate Professor of English at Bucknell University, will provide examples and lead discussion of how students’ digital learning may foster cooperation between universities, public agencies (local, regional and national) and NGOs in successful efforts to raise environmental awareness.

Full program description.

Evaluating Digital Scholarship

October 10, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Online recording available:
Presentation Slides

While a number of professional organizations have produced valuable guidelines for evaluation of digital work, many colleges and universities have yet to establish clear protocols and practices for applying them. Alison Byerly, College Professor and former Provost and Executive Vice President at Middlebury College, who has co-led workshops on evaluating digital scholarship at the MLA convention, will review major issues to be considered in the evaluation of digital work, such as: presentation of medium-specific materials, documentation of multiple roles in collaborative work, changing forms of peer review, and identification of appropriate reviewers. She will then talk briefly about how these issues can best be approached from the perspective of the candidate who wishes to present his or her work effectively to review committees, as well as from the perspective of colleagues who wish to provide a well-informed evaluation of such work.

Full program description.

Participation in NITLE Seminars is open to all active member institutions of the NITLE Network as a benefit of membership and as space allows. No additional registration fee applies.

Forum on Politics in 2012

In this political season, when so many are frustrated by the narrowness of the public debate, we are happy to invite you to participate in a Forum on Politics 2012 on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 7:30-9:00 PM, in the Hatfield Room, Hatfield Library. In this public conversation we hope to address issues such as sustainability, the ethics of drone warfare, immigration, and the future of political activism that have largely been absent from political coverage.

Please join us for a Forum on Politics in 2012:  What is missing? What is to be done?


A public conversation with:

James Miller, Professor of Political Science and Liberal Studies, New School of Social Research

Roy Perez, Assistant Professor of English and American Ethnic Studies

Jonneke Koomen, Assistant Professor of Politics

Joe Bowersox, Professor of Environmental & Earth Sciences

John Frohnmayer, Former Chair of the National Endowment of the Arts, Attorney, Author and Activist.

Moderator:  David Gutterman, Associate Professor of Politics

Sponsored by:
Department of Politics
Office of the Dean of Campus Life
Office of the Chaplain
Center for Religion, Law & Democracy 

Novelist Catherine Chung

Please join us for the first event in the Fall 2012 Hallie Ford Literary series, with a reading by novelist Catherine Chung on Thursday, September 27. 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.

Catherine Chung’s debut novel, Forgotten Country, was published to great fanfare last spring and has already been chosen as an Indie Next Pick, an O Magazine Must Read, and an Elle Readers Prize Pick. Beginning with the disappearance of a sister, the book traces a young woman’s journey through family history, secrets, and betrayal.Weaving Korean folklore within a modern narrative of immigration and identity, Forgotten Country is a fierce exploration of the inevitability of loss, the conflict between obligation and freedom, and a family struggling to find its way out of silence and back to one another.

A graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at Cornell University, Catherine is a Granta New Voice and is the assistant editor for fiction of Guernica Magazine.

About Forgotten Country, Publisher’s Weekly had this to say: “[A] beautiful debut novel…woven with tender reflections, sharp renderings of isolation, and beautiful prose….Chung simultaneously shines light on the violence of Korean history, the chill of American xenophobia, and the impossibility of home in either country.”

Read more about Catherine Chung here:

For more information, contact:

Scott Nadelson, Hallie Ford Chair in Writing

Willamette University


WU Archives Now Open

Summer renovations of the University Archives and Special Collections are now complete. The remodeled and expanded area re-opened to the public on Monday, September 17th.


The renovations provide a newly expanded reading room for researchers. The most noticeable of the improvements is the new wide entry way trimmed with glass, and the Archives are immediately visible upon entering the second floor of the library.


The renovations were made possible by a generous gift from the Class of 1957 (Thank you again Class of ’57!).


Archives and Special Collections has also undergone a virtual remodel with a newly re-designed website. We invite you to visit both of our spaces!

Online Resources and In-Class Interaction

Thursday, September 20, 1-2pm

Faculty, instructional technologists, librarians, and others from the NITLE Network interested in effective design for blended learning methods and open educational resources at liberal arts colleges are invited to attend this seminar. Attendance by institutional teams is encouraged; individuals are also welcome to participate. (Times EDT)

Hosted online via NITLE’s videoconferencing platform


As the terms “flipping the classroom” and “blended learning” continue to garner attention, liberal arts institutions are evaluating the role that these frameworks can play on residential campuses. While the buzzwords are novel, the goal of enhancing student engagement during in-class meetings has long been a staple of our work. Effective classroom teachers are designers who strive to create environments—whether physical or digital—that set the stage for rigorous, robust, analytical, and dynamic in-class interactions leading to deeper learning. Simply putting students in groups after they’ve watched a lecture online to solve poorly designed problems is a recipe for failure and frustration.

In this session, our presenters will share information about two projects to create open educational resources for blended learning (funded by the Associated Colleges of the South) and discuss the instructional design principles that guided their development. Analyzing and Creating Maps involved a collaboration between Furman and Trinity Universities to develop self-contained modules usable in any course in which mapping plays an important role. A similar collaboration between the University of Richmond and Furman University resulted in the development of Beyond the (Online) Handbook: Writing Resources Designed for the Digital Environment, an online resource designed to support writing-intensive courses. Both projects produced resources designed to support in-class activities, rather than replace classroom interactions. Beginning with feedback on these projects, participants will discuss useful design paradigms for maximizing the effectiveness of in- and out-of-class assignments at liberal arts colleges.

Faculty Colloquium: Robert Gottlieb

Robert Gottlieb from Occidental College is the scheduled speaker for this week’s Faculty Colloquium. Robert is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Urban Environmental Studies and Director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute and will deliver his talk on Friday, September 7th at 3:30 pm. in the Hatfield Room.

Robert is also the co-director of Occidental’s LIASE (Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment) program,and is therefore a very appropriate speaker to help Willamette launch its own LIASE program.  He is the author of over 11 books, and considered one of the major founders of modern environmental studies in the United States, with a specific interest in urban sustainability and related questions of social and environmental justice.

A reception will follow the talk across the Mill stream in the Smith Gallery.