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College of Liberal Arts News

Annual Lu'au returns to campus April 16

Willamette's 22nd lu'au, hosted by the Hawai'i Club, is coming up April 16. This year's lu'au celebrates the rich history of music across Polynesia.

Tickets are available on campus in the days leading up to the event, or at the door for a slightly higher admission fee. Dinner and festivities begin at 5:30 p.m, with the main show taking place at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit the lu'au website.

Prominent Afghan feminist visits Willamette University


Malalai Joya, a prominent Afghan feminist and war critic, visited Willamette earlier this week to speak about the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan and its impact on the country's people.

Joya, now 32, was elected to Afghanistan's parliament in 2005. She was later suspended from the parliament, assaulted and threatened with death after publicly describing other members as war criminals. She is an outspoken critic of the Hamid Karzai administration and its western supporters.

Joya was almost unable to come to the U.S. for her speaking tour, including her visit to Willamette, because her visa application was initially denied by the State Department. People who wanted to hear her speak complained to the department and signed an online petition on her behalf.

She is touring the U.S. to promote her book, "A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice."

Theatre features Death of a Salesman

From left to right, sophomore Dan Boarman as “Happy,

Directed by Rod Ceballos, Willamette Theatre's production of "Death of a Salesman" features guest actor Mikel MacDonald as Willy Loman, Willamette University acting professor Susan Coromel as Linda Loman and guest sound designer Cecil Averett.

The play begins with a preview April 14 and runs each Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through April 30. Matinees are scheduled April 17, 24 and 30 at 2 p.m.

Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning tragedy of the common man has been a critical and popular success around the world for the last 60 years. Willy Loman represents the American dream, and the play captures the joys of family, the complexities of the human condition, the strength of will and the cost of blind faith.

Tickets are available online, at the Travel Café or by calling Travel Salem at (503) 581-4325.

Guest artist concert to benefit Oregon Symphony Association in Salem

Cellist Nancy Ives will join pianist Anita King in a recital to benefit the Oregon Symphony Association in Salem and the Willamette University music program. The concert is Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Hudson Hall and will include sonatas by Beethoven and Brahms and Stravinsky’s "Suite Italienne."

Principal cellist of the Oregon Symphony, Ives has performed as soloist with the Oregon Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Cascade Festival Orchestra and the Clark College Orchestra and has appeared with Chamber Music Northwest, Third Angle, New Music at Willamette, Music in Context, Friends of Chamber Music with the Oregon Symphony String Quartet, and the Astoria Festival. Ives is a member of fEARnoMUSIC, the Rovetti Quartet and Trio Areté., and as an active teacher, she is on the faculty of Portland Summer Ensembles.

King is a member of the Willamette piano faculty, chair of the department of music and artistic director of the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series. She has performed internationally as soloist and chamber musician and is a frequent presenter of workshops that connect musicians’ movement to artistic interpretation. Her performances this season include collaborations with mezzo-soprano Allison Swensen-Mitchell and cellist Nancy Ives, and presentations and performances this June at the International Congress of Andover Educators at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Tickets are reserved seating and cost $12, $18 or $22 for adults; or $5 for students. They are on sale now at Travel Salem, 181 High St. NE, 503-581-4325, or online at www.absolutelytix.com. They also will be available at the door.

For more information, contact the Willamette music office at 503-370-6255.

Exhibit of faculty work now on display in Hatfield Library

Willamette University students glean the benefits of their professors’ incredible collective knowledge on a daily basis, but less frequently are students exposed to professors’ labors from outside of the classroom.

The Faculty Works Exhibit, now open on the main floor of the Mark O. Hatfield Library, offers students and visitors an opportunity to easily view and use faculty essays, journal articles, fiction, multimedia and artwork.

“The faculty have gone through a lot to get their work to this point,” says Melissa Treichel, the library’s access services manager. “It really demonstrates how faculty contribute not just to Willamette students’ educations, but to the development of knowledge in the greater intellectual community.”

This year marks the fourth-annual appearance of the display, which has featured works from more than 120 of Willamette’s faculty to date — including representatives from not only the College of Liberal Arts and each department therein, but also from all three Willamette graduate schools.

Engaging in Their Fields

University Librarian Deborah Dancik says the display demonstrates how Willamette’s professors are “living their professions,” and that it gives insight into how engaged faculty are in their academic fields. The perennial display allows for the newest and most available works to be on view during its six-week stay.

“We see these professors in the classroom on a daily basis,” Dancik says. “This gives us a chance to recognize their hard work. Students frequently get recognition on campus, but now it’s time to applaud the faculty.”

The library will hold in-building-only copies for the duration of the display, but many of the materials are available for purchase or lending from other institutions. According to Dancik, many of the publications are peer-reviewed and were selected through stiff competition for print.

Faculty as Experts

Dancik says that students often overlook the hard work faculty dedicate to publishing, and don’t realize the likelihood of students at another university studying from a book written by the professor standing in the classroom at Willamette.

Dancik and Treichel encourage students to explore the exhibit and find out what their favorite professors were up to while on sabbatical, or what the latest research in their major field of study may be, or perhaps what the specialty of their College Colloquium professor actually is.

“There is so much good work here — it is truly impressive,” Dancik says.

The display will run through May 15 and is open during normal library hours.

Willamette features Imani Winds quintet

Imani Winds, courtesy of the artists 

The Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series presents Imani Winds April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rogers Music Center.

The quintet will also give a free master class with Willamette wind students April 26 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Hudson Hall.  

“Together for 13 years, Imani has found a formula that engages audiences while advancing the literature for wind quintet. And their playing was superb,” writes David Stabler for The Oregonian. “Each performer brought distinct personality to his or her instrument.”

The quintet’s latest release, Terra Incognita, was also featured as one of 2010’s five best American contemporary classical albums on NPR’s Deceptive Cadence classical music blog. “The stylistic definitions of a ‘jazz’ or ‘classical’ composer are pointless here—it's just good music,” writes Daniel Gilliam. “Imani Winds’ members have earned a reputation for expanding the recorded wind-quintet repertoire, but in a way that's culturally significant.”

Tickets can be purchased at Travel Salem, via telephone at (503) 581-4325 or at AbsolutelyTix.com. For more information, call the Willamette Music Department at (503) 370-6255 or visitwww.willamette.edu/arts/goudyartistseries/index.html.

The Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series brings world-renowned musicians to Salem several times each year. Sponsored by Willamette and directed by music professor Anita King, the program is supported through an endowment established by The Collins Foundation in the 1990s to honor the late Grace Goudy, an original trustee of the foundation.