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Lecture: “According to Hippocrates: A Medical Icon and the Ethics of Authority” with Dr. Eric Nelson at Willamette U. in #SalemOR – Thurs, April 5th

Please join us for the 2nd Annual E. John and Cleo A. Rumpakis Lecture

“According to Hippocrates: A Medical Icon and the Ethics of Authority”

Dr. Eric Nelson, Pacific Lutheran University

Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Willamette University College of Law| Paulus Lecture Hall | Room 201

Hippocrates of Cos (c. 460-380 BCE) has been an iconic doctor and a figure of authority in a wide variety of contexts for nearly 2300 years. When, how, and why did this well-known physician of the fifth century BCE, whose actual works, beliefs, and accomplishments have been a matter of doubt and debate since his time, become – and remain – the contested figure we still know even today as the “Father of Medicine” and namesake of the enduring “Hippocratic Oath”?

Follow Hippocrates’ path from iatros to icon, and healer to hero, as we trace him through the ages as a figure of authority and archetypal ideal. Why has Hippocrates served as a locus of authority, and is it still – or was it ever – right to invest him with this role?

This event is free and open to the public


Distilled Pub Talks: Here Come the Androgynes! In #SalemOR – Wed. April 4th

Distilled: Here Come the Androgynes!

A Forgotten Episode In Ancient Christianity

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The Half Penny | 3743 Commercial St. SE, Salem

Willamette University’s “Distilled: Pub Talks” series will feature a talk from historian and religious studies professor Stephen Patterson, who will present “Here Come the Androgynes! A Forgotten Episode In Ancient Christianity.”

“Before early Christians said anything new about God, Jesus, death, resurrection, eternal life or sin, they said something new about gender: ‘There is no male and female,'” says Patterson. “Yes, the followers of Jesus dabbled in strategic androgyny, and I’ve got pictures!”

Before becoming the George H. Atkinson Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies at Willamette University in 2010, Patterson taught for more than 20 years at Eden Seminary in St. Louis, and, as a fellow of the Westar Institute, he chaired the Jesus Seminar on Christian Origins.

In nine books and more than 75 essays, Patterson has explored various aspects of Christian origins, but he is best known for his work on the Gospel of Thomas. A former Fulbright Fellow, he holds graduate degrees from Harvard and the Claremont Graduate University, where, in 1988, he earned a doctorate in religion.


The Half Penny is open to all ages until 9 PM.

The Half Penny

3743 Commercial St. SE (Just south of Madrona)

Salem, OR

Contact Information:
Adam Torgerson
Email: atorgers@willamette.edu

Pub Talks Lecture: “From Swans to Shamrocks — A Natural History of Ireland” with Professor David Craig – in #SalemOR on Wed. March 7th

Willamette University presents “Distilled: Pub Talks

From Swans to Shamrocks — A Natural History of Ireland

With biologist and professor, David Craig

March 7 | 7:30 PM

The Half Penny | 3743 Commercial St. S.

Professor Craig studies the ecology and evolution of animal behavior, which often includes tracking birds across international borders or working with researchers in other countries. His passion for travel included living in Ireland for a semester to teach a class about Irish natural history and culture.

“Ireland’s rich tradition of storytelling is full of symbols based on its relatively simple flora and fauna,” says Craig. “That being said, Ireland’s natural history has had a dramatic impact on global culture, especially in countries like the US that harbor the descendants of the Great Famine.”

The Half Penny is an Irish pub, and the talk falls just ten days before Saint Patrick’s Day. “It’s a perfect place and time for a talk about Irish natural history,” says Craig.

A graduate of Lewis & Clark College and the University of Colorado at Boulder, Craig collaborates with Willamette students and other scientists to study bird migration. If not in his lab or in Willamette’s biology hearth, Craig is busy being a sometimes-runner, artist or guerrilla gardener.

Open to all ages until 9 PM

Distilled is held on the first Wednesday of the month at The Half Penny and features free public talks by Willamette scholars. No background knowledge is needed, and a Q&A follows each talk.

The Half Penny is just south of Madrona at 3743 Commercial St. S., The Half Penny.

WU Distilled Pub Talks page

History in the News at Willamette Heritage Center in #SalemOR – Thurs. Nov. 16th

History in the News:

Oregon’s Own History of Sexual Violence and Harassment

Thursday, November 16, 5:30-7:00 pm

Willamette Heritage Center | 1313 Mill St SE, Salem, OR

Millions of people have recently disclosed their experiences of sexual harassment and assault on social media. Oregon is no exception.

This roundtable puts current conversations about sexual harassment and assault in historical perspective. Are we at a pivotal moment in changing the cultural attitudes and workplace practices that sustain such abuse? What has changed, and not changed? Why have efforts to expose and prevent harassment and assault faltered or met resistance in the past? Please join us for conversation with experts in politics, policy, and the law.

History in the News is free and open to the public.

Food and drink will be available for purchase from Taproot Lounge & Café.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program.

History in the News is sponsored by KMUZ Community Radio, and presented in partnership with Salem City Club.

History in the News Page (Willamette Heritage Center)


  • Melissa Buis Michaux, Professor of Politics and Women’s and Gender Studies, Willamette University
  • Cynthia Stinson, Oregon Department of Human Services Legislative Coordinator, former Director of Educational Equity Assurance, Willamette University


Performance: Clarence Darrow in #SalemOR – Wed. Nov. 15th

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Naked Darrow,” a one man play by nationally renowned Darrow portrayer Gary L. Anderson, is coming to Loucks Auditorium at the Salem Library.

History in the News: Earthquakes, Eclipses, Tsunamis, and Volcanoes: Can History Prepare us for the Unexpected? In #SalemOR – Aug. 17th

History in the News: Earthquakes, Eclipses, Tsunamis, and Volcanoes: Can History Prepare us for the Unexpected?

Thursday, August 17, 2017 | 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Willamette Heritage Center | Dye House

Social media experts forecast that the total solar eclipse of August 21 will be “the most photographed, most shared, most tweeted event in human history,” while highway authorities predict that the days surrounding the eclipse could see the greatest temporary mass migration of humans to see a natural event in U.S. history.

Oregonians are steeling themselves for the arrival of perhaps a million visitors, and attendant stresses on highway, sanitation, and cell phone systems; the Governor has even called out the National Guard in advance to handle crowds, traffic, and fires.


  • Christine Colasurdo: Artist, poet, and writer, author of Return to Spirit Lake: Life and Landscapes at Mt. St. Helens (2016) and contributor to In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mt. St. Helens (2008).
  • Jay Pasachoff: Astronomer and Williams College Professor, and Chair of the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Eclipses and a veteran of 65 previous solar eclipses, who is also leading an observational team on the Willamette campus for the eclipse.
  • Jason Younker: Anthropologist, Assistant Vice President and Advisor to the President on Sovereignty and Government to Government Relations at the University of Oregon, whose scholarship includes work on Coquille oral histories of tsunamis.

This History in the News panel considers the eclipse and other monumental natural phenomena such as volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis, in social and historical perspective.

How did people in our region anticipate and respond to such cataclysmic or cosmic events in the past?  Did such events have long term effects on lives and landscapes here?

How have they been incorporated into the cultural memories and historical narratives of diverse communities?  Does history offer us lessons on how to predict, and prepare for such occurrences?

History in the News is FREE and open to the public.

Moderated by Dr. Leslie Dunlap, History Department, American Ethnic Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies Programs

Location Information:
Willamette Heritage Center (Off Campus)
1313 Mill Street SE
Salem OR 97301

Contact Information:
Name: Leslie Dunlap
Email: ldunlap@willamette.edu
Admission / Ticket Info:
Free and Open to the public

Event Sponsor(s):
Willamette University History Department

Other Details:
Food and Beverage for sale provided by Taproot Café

Third Thursday of each month, March through November | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

March 16th, April 20th, May 18th, June 15th, July 20th, August 17th, September 21st, October 19th, and November 16th, 2017

Discuss current events in historical context at a monthly roundtable with Mid-Valley historians, political scientists, and other intellectuals. The topic of each discussion will be pulled straight from the headlines, and will be decided just 10 days before each event. Listen to the thoughts of experts, then join in the conversation and voice your own opinions.

This program was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities(OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program. History in the News is sponsored by KMUZ Community Radio, and in partnership with Salem City Club.

River Currents: The Natural History and Biology of Minto Brown Island Park in #SalemOR – Tues. Aug. 8th

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River Currents Presentation Series:

The Natural History and Biology of Minto Brown Island Park

Speaker: Sharon Rose, author and retired Willamette University Professor

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Riverfront Park Ampitheatre: 101 Front Street NE Salem, Oregon 97301

This presentation will focus on the history of the park and surrounding area as well as provide a guide to the seasonal changes of the flora and fauna that take place on a yearly cycle.


Jon Yoder

Salem Environmental Education: RIVER CURRENTS