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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.

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Panelists:

  • 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

 

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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.

Panelists:

  • 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.

Free

Contact:
Jon Yoder
503-602-0745
Email

Salem Environmental Education: RIVER CURRENTS

River Currents Presentation Series: Missoula Flood – TONIGHT! Jul. 25th

River Currents Presentation Series – Missoula Flood

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Riverfront Park | 500 Water ST NE, Salem OR 97301

Join us as author, artist, and photographer Rick Thompson will present his research uncovering the effects of the Missoula Flood in the Willamette Valley and Salem environs.

This catastrophic flood covered the Willamette Valley with up to 400 feet of water and left gravel bars miles wide and hundreds of feet high. Signs of these floods are still visible in the local landscape today. Look at the landscape through new eyes.

Contact:
Phone: 503-588-6336
Email: talarson@cityosalem.net

The Oregon SenateAires “Harmony On The Water” in #SalemOR

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Harmony on the Water

“History in the News” at Willamette Heritage Center in #SalemOR – Thurs, July 20th

History in the News: Should Historians be Pundits?

Hosted by Willamette Heritage Center

Thursday, July 20th | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Willamette Heritage Center
1313 Mill St SE, Ste 200, Salem, Oregon 97301

Recent editorials in the “New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post have raised questions about whether and how historians ought to opine on current events and political issues (see the links below, and please read!). In many ways, the WHC’s History in the News series has raised this question, too. For this program, we will directly engage the matter of whether historians and other scholars should be pundits. To what extent are/can scholars be objective? Are historians supposed to be apolitical? How should historians engage in political debate – if at all? What strategies do scholars have for managing and balancing their work as professionals and their interests in current events and political issues?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/opinion/trump-nixon-history.html

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/what-is-the-role-of-historians-under-the-trump-presidency/531729/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/12/20/this-isnt-1914-and-historical-analogies-can-often-lead-us-astray/?utm_term=.c7755c2cd024

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

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.