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Series helps to explain art exhibit
Statesman Journal (Sep 26)

"Willamette University Associate Professor of Rhetoric Jeanne Clark aspires to make literature more accessible to a general audience. Her goal in three upcoming presentations, 'Stories from Ancient Mesopotamia,' is to offer context to the artifacts at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art exhibition 'Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections.'"

Spat Between DA And Judge Ties Up Wasco County Courts
OPB (Sep 17)

"But in the last few weeks, the Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley has filed motions to disqualify Stauffer in more than 80 cases now before the court.

"In sworn affidavits, Nisley says he believes the state wouldn’t be able to get a fair and impartial trial with Judge Stauffer presiding.

"Those filings don’t say why the DA believes that, nor do they have to, says Caroline Davidson, Assistant Professor at Willamette University College of Law.

"'Under Oregon statute, there has to be a good faith belief that the judge is unable to be fair and impartial. But that said they don’t actually have to state that reason for that belief,' Davidson explains."

Is International Criminal Court verdict a wake-up call for war criminals?
CBC News (Sep 15)

"Caroline Davidson, one of the Canadians who has been at ground zero for international criminal justice, said it is still too soon to judge the ICC.

"Between 2003 and 2008, Davidson did stints prosecuting alleged war criminals at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. During that time, she also spent a term as an international human rights fellow at the University of Toronto law school. Since leaving the ICTY, she has been teaching law at Willamette University in Oregon."

Pay Forward, Pay Back
The Key Reporter (Sep 12)

"The state of Oregon drew the attention of the national higher education community this summer when its legislature unanimously voted to set the wheels in motion for exploring an income based repayment system called ‘Pay Forward, Pay Back’ to replace tuition at public state universities...

"David Rigsby, Athletic Director and Phi Beta Kappa chapter president at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, said that he was 'proud that Oregon is taking a leadership role in the national discourse on the affordability of higher education' and thought that 'at a minimum, Oregon has advanced the conversation and provided a platform for educators, policy makers, and government leaders to continue working on this important topic.' Likewise, Patricia Alley, the secretary-treasurer for Willamette’s ΦBK chapter, said that despite practical concerns about the 'huge amount of tracking' required to make the system function, she and the rest of 'Oregon are watching the process unfold with eagerness.'"

Series brings respected authors to Willamette
Statesman Journal (Sep 12)

"Willamette University’s Hallie Ford Literary Series plans  three free events this fall with writers who have achieved regional and national recognition."

Willamette U. polishes its new Pearl District space
Portland Business Journal (Sep 4)

"Willamette University's incoming MBA class will be able to stretch out a bit thanks to a move into a larger Pearl District space.

"The university is moving its MBA program into a 5,070-square-foot space in the RiverTec building at Northwest 12th and Kearney streets that was formerly occupied by Keen. The space includes two smart classrooms that can be virtually connected, a conference room that can be converted into a classroom, a student lounge, a kitchen and four administrative offices."

New Hallie Ford show helps visitors connect with daily life across millennia
Statesman Journal (Sep 1)

"Hundreds and thousands of years earlier, in the civilizations stretching from modern-day Turkey to Iran, much of our own culture developed. Cities started there, notes John Olbrantz in the catalog for 'Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth,' the new exhibit at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. So did writing, literature, schools; poetry, philosophy, medicine.

"It’s hard to imagine that distance in time and space. But this exhibit, which opened Saturday, can help bridge the gap."

Atom bomb survivors in Salem
Statesman Journal (Sep 19)

"On Thurday, they visited classes at Willamette University and its sister institution, Tokyo International University of America. Peace ambassador Kaori Kurumaji showed a documentary about Hiroshima.

"Kurumaji’s parents survived the blast at Hiroshima, which killed about 100,000 people. Now she’s part of the peace delegation from the World Friendship Center. It was interesting to visit Hanford, she said."

Governor Kitzhaber Announces the Appointments of Kelly Ravassipour and J. Adam Peterson to Jackson County Circuit Court
Office of the Governor (Sep 16)

"Governor Kitzhaber today announced the appointments of Kelly W. Ravassipour and J. Adam Peterson to fill vacancies on the Jackson County Circuit Court created by the retirements of Judges G. Philip Arnold and Daniel L. Harris."

Crowd welcomes new Hallie Ford exhibit
Statesman Journal (Sep 14)

"There was barely room to take a breath at the opening reception for the “Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth” exhibit at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University on Sept. 6.

"The museum is named after the late Hallie Ford, a trustee of Willamette University. She was one of the founders of the Ford Family Foundation. Situated at the corner of State and Cottage streets, you might regularly drive past this local treasure."

Treasures given to museum
Statesman Journal (Sep 12)

"The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University has recently been given 11 Chinese artifacts from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation in New York.

"These objects have been on long-term loan since 2006. They include two figures of musicians on horseback from the 6th century, a sandstone stele fragment with a seated Buddha and two standing attendants from the Wei Dynasty, and a magnificent head of Buddha from the Tang Dynasty.

"'The donation of these exquisite Chinese art treasures greatly enhances our small but choice collection of Asian art,' said John Olbrantz, Hallie Ford Museum of Art director, in a release."

‘Breath of Heaven’ Showcases Ancient Art From Civilization’s Cradle
OPB (Sep 5)

"'Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections' features small, iconic pieces rarely exhibited in the Pacific Northwest, according to museum director John Olbrantz, who co-organized the exhibit with Trudy Kawami, research director at the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation.

"The two began working on the exhibit in 2007, eventually securing pieces dating between 6000 B.C.–500 B.C. from 21 different lenders, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago.

"'We wanted the exhibit to represent the very best that’s available in American collections,' says Olbrantz. 'The objects are exquisite; they have incredible presence.'"

Rise of the mayors: How a once-ceremonial job became a powerful force in American politics
Boston Globe (Sep 1)

"American cities have been active in the realm of public health as well—none more so than New York, which under the Bloomberg administration has enacted a ban on trans-fats, limited the sale of flavored tobacco, and started requiring restaurants to list calorie counts on their menus. Most recently, Bloomberg tried unsuccessfully to limit the sale of large-sized sugary drinks. 'What most public health regulations are trying to do is change the regulatory status quo, and it’s getting increasingly hard to pass any kind of affirmative legislation at the federal level,' said Paul Diller, a professor at Willamette University College of Law who has studied the role of local government in public health policy."