WU Alumni Weekend
 

Lectures

Thursday, Sept. 11 - The Warm-Up

Audit Classes

All Day

Observe current professors and students in their natural habitat without the risk of being assigned a 20-page paper or pop quiz. Per faculty request, space is limited. Stop by the Bearcat Lounge to register.

Friday, Sept. 12 - The Kickoff

Audit Classes

All Day

Observe current professors and students in their natural habitat without the risk of being assigned a 20-page paper or pop quiz. Per faculty request, space is limited. Stop by the Bearcat Lounge to register.

inClass Session - Willamette's Quirky History

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Take a "guided tour" through decades of Willamette's more unusual history with University Archivist, Mary McRobinson. Using primary source materials selected from Willamette's Archives and Special Collections, Mary will share some of WU's lesser-known history. Come prepared to share a favorite story or some quirky tidbit from your time at Willamette!

inClass Session - Autotopography

10:30-11:30 a.m.

How does one write about one's self? How does one place the self, spatially and historically, in relation to others? What is shared and gained by engaging in such 'autotopography'? Join Christopher Harris, professor of theatre, as we explore and play with identity, testimony, place, and ethics.

(Re)Thinking Lunch

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Enjoy lunch with alumni, students and professors, and learn something on the side; about the "politics" of the table, where food comes from, how it gets from farm to fork, and the complicated decisions that surround the food industry and nutrition. Registration is required ($20).

inClass Session - Beer Brewing: A Chemical Experience

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Professor Sarah Kirk and husband, John Kirk, will explore the process of making beer while considering the chemistry behind the production and consumption of alcohol. Participants will enjoy a beer tasting. Registration is required ($10).

inClass Session - Demystifying the College Admission Process

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Get an insider's perspective on what the college application and admission process is like today with members of the College of Liberal Arts admission staff. All alumni and future Bearcats are invited to bring plenty of questions!

Politics Symposium Session - Campaign Finance Reform

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Panel discussion moderated by Paul Diller, Associate Professor of Law.

Politics Symposium Session - Living the Motto

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Moderator: Eric Friedenwald-Fishman '88; Panelists: Curtis Acosta '94, Dawn Albert '08, Astrid Dabbeni '01

Willamette's motto ("Not unto ourselves alone are we born") has great meaning to students and alumni of all eras. Come hear this year's alumni award winners who have made social impact the central focus of their careers and who bring perspectives from a broad spectrum of social action approaches.

inClass Session - High Five Pie

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Dani Cone '98 has translated her education and student experience working at the Bistro into a thriving collection of specialty businesses in Seattle, including three Fuel coffeehouses, the Cone & Steiner in Capitol Hill and a bakery specializing in pies called High 5 Pie. Tap into Dani's entrepreneurial spirit, learn some of her pie making secrets, and of course, indulge your taste buds with a sample of some pie.

Politics Symposium Session - Why Do We Teach Politics?

3:15-4:30 p.m.

Panel discussion moderated by David Gutterman, Associate Professor of Politics and Department Chair.

Politics Symposium - Asia in Motion: Politics, Economy, Culture and Environment

3:15-4:30 p.m.

Panel discussion moderated by Greg Felker, Associate Professor of Politics.

Saturday, Sept. 13 - The Apex

inClass Session - Breaking Chains: Slavery in Oregon

10:45-11:45 a.m.

R. Gregory Nokes '59 tells the story of slavery in Oregon, focusing on the case of a Missouri family, who, after being brought to Oregon in 1844, were unlawfully enslaved by an Oregon legislator instead of being freed as expected.

Politics Symposium Session - Oregon's Political Benchmarks

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Panel discussion moderated by Kerry Tymchuk '81, JD'84.

Politics Symposium Session - Oregon's First Nations

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Panel discussion moderated by Rebecca Dobkins, Professor of Anthropology.

inClass Session - Willamette Academy

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Founded in 2001, Willamette Academy has become a model program for reaching into historically underrepresented communities and empowering youth who have the desire and potential of becoming the first in their families to graduate from high school and attend college. Join Willamette Academy staff, students and alumni for an informative workshop that will educate, inspire, and empower you.

Politics Symposium Session - The Legacy of "Moderatism"

3:45-5:00 p.m.

Panel discussion moderated by Kerry Tymchuk '81, JD'84.

Monday, Sept. 14 - The Encore

Audit Classes

All Day

Observe current professors and students in their natural habitat without the risk of being assigned a 20-page paper or pop quiz. Per faculty request, space is limited. Stop by the Bearcat Lounge to register.