2009 Events

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Darrell Millner, historian and Black Studies Professor, presentations, Cone Chapel

Dr. Millner will provide an examination of the portrayals of Black culture and character in 20th century cinema, with a focus on the infusion into cinema of the 19th century popular culture tradition of white entertainers performing in black face makeup. His presentation will include consideration of the social consequences, interracial dynamics and contemporary legacies resulting from this practice.

The African American Oregon Trail, Cone Chapel

Professor Darrell Millner, of Portland State University's Black Studies Department will be giving a lecture on the history of people of African descent in the area now known as Oregon.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Klamath Tribal Homelands: Restoring a Legacy, Hudson Hall

This conversation will feature leaders of the Klamath Tribes, including Joseph Kirk, tribal chairman; Jeff Mitchell, tribal council member; and Perry Chocktoot, tribal council member and director of Culture and Heritage. Charles Sams III, director of the Tribal and Native Lands Program of the Trust for Public Land, will discuss the background to the option agreement, which was negotiated by the trust. The land in question, the Mazama Tract, is the largest of 32 properties nationwide that the trust is working to restore to American Indians, and is about 8% of the 1.2 million acres reserved for the Klamath Tribes in an 1864 treaty.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy, Paulus Lecture Hall (College of Law)

John Bowe, a journalist and social justice activist, will present on the ethics of global migrant labor, our consumption of food and goods made in the US, and the emergence of new forms of labor trafficking and slave labor practices. He will discuss how Asian labor is being brought into the US by international labor recruiting/placement agencies for welding in Oklahoma, garment workers in US Saipan, pig farms in Utah, pineapples in Maui, and peaches and pears in Washington.

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Execution of Willie Francis: Race, Murder and the Search for Justice in the American South, Hatfield Room (library)

Gilbert King, the author of a book by this title, tells the true story of a sixteen-year-old boy in Southwestern Louisiana who survived his own execution in 1946. Willie Francis' case made front page headlines around the country and came before the US Supreme Court three times after the governor insisted the youth return to the electric chair. Kirkus, in a starred review, called the book, "strangely charming and unforgettable." Counterpinch wrote, "Almost certainly the best book on capital punishment in America."

Monday, March 30, 2009

Fitting Memorials: American Jews and the Holocaust, Hatfield Room (library)

Hasia Diner, professor of History and Ethnic Studies at New York University, will present a public lecture on the memorialization of the Holocaust by American Jews. Her new book is Hungering for America: Italian, Irish and Jewish Foodways in the Age of Migration.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Cowboy Boots, Shanty Hotels and Hot/Senoritas/: Mexicanas and the Immigrant Experience, Hatfield Room (library)

Artist and Historian Luz Maria Gordillo presents a multimedia performance of stories inspired by oral histories of the experiences of women crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Dr. Gordillo is Assistant Professor in the Department of Women's Studies at Washington State University Vancouver. The event is sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Here and Now Theatre: Asian American Theatre Company, Hudson Hall

hereandnow is a compelling Asian American theatre company that has performed across the nation for the past 17 years. This touring company formed in response to the disingenuous representation of Asian American people in mainstream entertainment. hereandnow uses the collective voices of its diverse cast to reach out to the audience through universal themes of the show: that everyone comes from a unique experience, and that all people have stories to share.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir, Montag Den

Deborah Miranda, an American Indian Studies professor and Associate Prof of English at Washington and Lee University, will give a talk on her new upcoming book. "Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir" is a look at how an indigenous person (me) uses "the enemy's language" as well as the enemy's documents, records, ethnological notes, and all the paraphernalia of colonization to REtell and REvision the story of California Indians' vistimization into empowerment.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

AES Student Film Showcase, Eaton 208

The AES program will debut 5 provocative short films/photo essays made by AES students through their coursework. This is a great opportunity to support your fellow students, and get a taste of the kinds of projects you can engage in your elective AES courses.

Wednesday, April 22

Charles Wilkinson Presentation on Tribal History, Hudson Hall

Professor Wilkinson of the University of Colorado Law School has been involved in a remarkable scholarly collaboration with Siletz tribal members in writing the first history of this Oregon tribe. He will be presenting a chapter from the book manuscript at this event. Wilkinson is one of the foremost practitioners and scholars of federal Indian law and has been awarded the National Conservation Award from the National Wildlife Federation. In its 10-year anniversary issue, Outside magazine named him one of 15 "People to Watch," calling him "the West's leading authority on natural resources law."