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“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?




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.


History in the News at Willamette Heritage Center – Thurs., June 15th

“Real Histories of ‘Fake’ News:

The Politics of Journalism in Oregon’s Past”

Thursday, June 15 at 5:30 PM

Willamette Heritage Center | Dye House

The roundtable:

  • Barbara Mahoney, author of The Salem Clique: Oregon’s Founding Brothers (http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/salem-clique)
  • Dick Hughes, founder and principle of Hughesisms LLC and long-time reporter, columnist, and editor at the Statesman Journal
  • Seth Cotlar, professor of history at Willamette University.

For more information on these speakers and the program, see the History in the News webpage (https://www.willametteheritage.org/history-in-the-news/) or our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1109135295897953/

Hope to see you Thursday in the WHC’s Dye House from 5:30-7pm.

Our friends from Taproot Lounge & Café will have delicious food and beverage available for purchase.

The program is free and open to the public.

History in the News at Willamette Heritage Center in #SalemOR – May 18th

True-Sons-of-Freedom-Library-of-CongressHistory in the News Presents:

Citizenship and Civil Liberties on the World War I Home Front

Thursday, May 18th • 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

at the Willamette Heritage Center

May’s History in the News program is presented in partnership with the Oregon Historical Society and features a presentation by and discussion with Dr. Adriane Lentz-Smith, Dr. Kimberly Jensen, and Dr. Steve Sabol.

Americans fought their wars for democracy at home as well as abroad. Wartime propaganda and policies defined new rules for the status and practice of citizenship in Oregon and across the nation. Women activists, for example, claimed a more complete female citizenship. For women of color and women in ethnic communities, this push intersected with claims and contestations rooted in their racial and ethnic identities and pushed back against a system of white racism that seemed destined and determined to expand. Native Americans, African Americans, immigrants, and hosts of others all engaged in war-related debates and activism that furthered their ongoing claims to civic rights and obligations. Some saw the promise of citizenship through wartime loyalty in support of government programs and the war effort. Others claimed a citizen’s right to dissent, often paying a high price to do so. This panel will provide audiences an overview of these histories and create opportunity for discussion about their ongoing legacies today.

Kimberly Jensen is Professor of History and Gender Studies at Western Oregon University. She is the author of Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War (2008) and is completing a book project “Civic Borderlands: Oregon Women, Citizenship, Civil Liberties and the Surveillance State, 1913-1925.”

Adriane Lentz-Smith is Associate Professor of History, Women’s Studies, and African & African-American Studies at Duke University. A historian of the black freedom struggle and the United States in the World, she is the author of Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I. She is currently working on a new book project on African Americans and state violence in the post-civil-rights years.

Steven Sabol is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  His forthcoming book, “The Touch of Civilization”: Comparing American and Russian Internal Colonization, is scheduled to be published by the University Press of Colorado in February 2017. In addition, he is co-editing North Carolina During the First World War, forthcoming in late 2017 with the University of Tennessee Press.  He is the former editor of two different scholarly journals, Nationalities Papers and First World War Studies.

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

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

Join us for History in the News on the third Thursday of each month through November.

History in the News is presented in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities and is sponsored by KMUZ Community Radio with the support of our communications partner, Salem City Club.

History in the News: Immigration in Oregon’s Past and Present – at Willamette Heritage Center in #SalemOR


Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Willamette Heritage Center

1313 Mill Street SE, Suite 200
Salem, Oregon

Recent anti-immigrant rhetoric and actions – and the resistance to such words and deeds — highlights the need for clearer understanding of the history of immigration, immigration law, and immigrant rights. The first program of the 2017 History in the News series will explore this history in Oregon, from laws designed to limit Chinese and Japanese immigration in the 19th and early 20th century to Salem’s recent decision to become an “inclusive city.”

Roundtable Panelists:

  • Ellen Eisenberg is the Dwight & Margaret Lear Professor of American History at Willamette University.  Her research centers on the history of American immigrant and ethnic communities, particularly American Jewish communities.  Her published work includes a two-volume history of Jews in Oregon: Embracing a Western Identity: Jewish Oregonians 1849-1950 (2015) and The Jewish Oregon Story, 1950-2010 (2016).
  • Michael Niño is an assistant professor of sociology at Willamette University. His teaching interests include Latina/o Sociology, Medical Sociology, and Quantitative Methods and Statistics. In terms of his research, Professor Niño uses a variety of national data sources to develop, test, and promote the scientific understanding of population health among marginalized groups. His research has been published in a number of academic journals such as International Migration Review, Addictive Behaviors, and the Journal of Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice.
  • John Ritter is a well-known historian of Salem and the Mid-Willamette Valley who has taught history at a variety of institutions in the region, including Linfield College and Corban University. Prof. Ritter has brought history to a wider audience in many different ways, from public talks on topics such as the state penitentiary to tours of Salem’s forgotten underground tunnels.
  • Julie Weise is an associate professor of history at University of Oregon. her research and teaching explore themes of identity, citizenship, migration, race, and nations in hemispheric and global context. Her published work includes Corazon de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910 (University of North Carolina Press, 2015) in addition to academia, Prof. Weise worked in the administration of Mexico’s President Vicente Fox as a speedwriter and researcher for the cabinet-level Office of the President for Mexicans Living Abroad in j20101-2002, and she has worked as a translator, paralegal, project manager, and policy researcher at immigration-related agencies in New Haven and Los Angeles.

This program is FREE and open to the public.

Food and drink will be available for purchase courtesy of Taproot Lounge & Cafe.

History in the News is presented in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities, with the sponsorship of KMUZ Community Radio, and with our communications partner Salem City Club.


For Immediate Release: KMUZ Community Radio announces new show focused on getting citizens informed and involved in their Oregon State Legislature

jan_cindyoriglarge002-300x234The KMUZ morning radio news show, Willamette Wake Up, has launched a new segment aimed at informing listeners about the work of their state legislators in the legislative session in Salem.

The show, “Legislative Matters, Tune In and Take Part,” kicks off on Monday, March 13 at Willamette Wake Up’s regular time slot of 8-9 a.m.

Each Monday Legislative Matters program hosts Cindy Condon and Jan Margosian will highlight bills being considered in both the State House of Representatives and State Senate. They will focus on one or two bills featuring the area legislator who sponsored the bill

The two outlined the show’s mission and content on the March 6 Willamette Wake Up show which has been podcast and is HERE (and on the KMUZ Community Radio website at kmuz.org.)

Besides informing people of key bills passing through the Legislature, the two want to encourage listeners to learn more on their own and get involved. “We have a unique opportunity here in Salem for citizens to show up and take part,” Condon said. She added citizens who take the time to come to a hearing and testify garner law makers’ respect and attention.

The pair will focus on a specific bill that they think will be of particular interest to those within the KMUZ listening audience and have been introduced by legislators from the Mid-Willamette Valley. Programs will include a bill’s background, key supporters, opponents and an understanding of who benefits. They hope to include live interviews of bill sponsors and those in opposition of the featured bill.

Other legislation with statewide interest, such as budget, education, transportation will also be discussed.

Both Condon and Margosian live in Salem and have a passion for public policy and informing the public. Both also serve on the program committee for the Salem City Club where they schedule speakers on local issues, and both are involved in community affairs.

Condon has a long background in private sector management, while Margosian is a former reporter, public relations executive for public unions, and served as the consumer information coordinator for six state Attorney Generals.

For more information contact Cindy Condon at 503-559-9288 or Jan Margosian at ljmargosian@comcast.net.

Willamette Heritage Center Presents: History in the News “Election Reflections” – Nov. 17th in #SalemOR


Willamette Heritage Center Presents:

History in the News: Election Reflections

Thursday, November 17th | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Willamette Heritage Center
1313 Mill Street SE, Salem, Oregon

Many people consider the election of 2016 the most acrimonious and toxic in memory, and perhaps in U.S. history. After the election, many wonder what the political and social consequences of such deep divisions will be. This History in the News program considers historical precedents for this election and its aftermath, as well as unprecedented developments. Admission is FREE and open to the public.

History in the News is made possible by a grant from Oregon Humanities, is sponsored in part by KMUZ community radio, and in partnership with Salem City Club and the Statesman Journal.  

History in the News at Willamette Heritage Center in #SalemOR – Thursday, Oct. 20th

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History in the News

Willamette Heritage Center Dye House
1313 Mill Street SE
Salem OR 97301

Thursday, October 20, 2016
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Please join us to explore the origins and evolution of Oregon’s systems of public funding, how that history has led to the present debate about Measure 97, and how better understanding of the history of taxation in Oregon might inform our discussions about taxation now and in the future.

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

History in the News is every third Thursday of each month, July through November | 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

The program is made possible by a grant from Oregon Humanities, is sponsored by KMUZ 88.5 FM, and is presented in partnership with Salem City Club and the Statesman Journal. Visit willametteheritage.org/history-in-the-news/ for details.

Photo: Ida Baille behind counter at tax collectors office Marion County. WHC 2004.010.0059.