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Author of Measure 58 to Speak at Willamette

Helen Hill, author of Measure 58 - Oregon's "open-file" adoption law, and Adam Cornell, an advocate for scholarships for foster children, will speak in the Cone Chapel on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. Their lecture is part of Operation Dream 2001- a weeklong program organized by students focusing on educating the Willamette campus and local community on current social justice issues. This year's topic, chosen by student co-coordinators, is "Lost and Found: Exploring Adoption and Foster Care."

All events during the week of March 5 are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. For more information on the events listed below, contact the Community Outreach Program office at 503-370-6953.

Other events during the week include:

Monday, March 5
Craig Lesley, Willamette English professor and author of Storm Riders, will speak on his experiences fostering a Native American boy, 11 a.m. in the Hatfield Room, Hatfield Library.
Movie "Secrets and Lies," 7 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge, Putnam University Center

Tuesday, March 6
Helen Hill and Adam Cornell will speak in the Cone Chapel at 7 p.m. Helen Hill is a schoolteacher from Oregon, who made legislative history when Measure 58 passed in 1998 and was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. This law makes it possible for adoptees to have access to their birth records. Adam Cornell is a former foster care youth who is currently lobbying for bill HB2431 to grant educational scholarships for foster care youth entering a college or university.

Wednesday, March 7
Bistro Night with music band "Blue Eyed Soul" and a panel discussion on issues of transracial, gay, single parent, disabled parent and international adoption at 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 8
Adoption and foster care orientation and training provided by Services for Children and Families (SCF) at 6 & 7:15 p.m. in the Autzen Room, the Putnam University Center.

Resource Fair for anyone involved in adoption or foster care 6:45 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge, Putnam University Center.

Friday, March 9
Movie "Second Best" featuring William Hurt will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge, Putnam University Center.

Saturay, March 10
Play day for foster and adopted children from 1-5 p.m. in the Sparks Center.

Foster and adopted children and their parents will come to Willamette's campus for a day of interaction and appreciation.
Willamette students will spend time with the children throughout the day's events, including pool games, gym games and the movie "Stuart Little."

02-22-2001