Events

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Convocation: Learning by Creating Summer Projects Part 1

11:30-12:30pm
September 14, 2017, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall
Mujerón: Reclaiming Self Love through Feminine Beauty and a Rhizomatic Reading of Latinidad Nuestras Barreras
Seoul of Street Art
Disability Aesthetic in Performance

Convocation: Learning by Creating Summer Projects Part 2

11:30-12:30pm
September 21, 2017, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall

But I want the Gory Details
Queer Punk Rock: DoggyDog World
Hip-Hop Helps
Tale-Top

Creativity Commons

6:00-8:00pm
September 26, 2017, UC 2

Feeling overwhelmed by exams, essays, and due dates? Overworked and sleep deprived? The Office of the Chaplains has the solution for you! Distress and express at Creativity Commons hosted by the Chaplains Programming Intern. Snacks will be provided!

THIS WEEK: Collaging - we will provide journals and boards for you to create anything you like from a vision board to a journal for doodling. Stop by, relax, and create! Stay for as long as you like.

Convocation: Practice what you Preach: A Dialogue on Effective Allyship

11:30-12:30pm
September 28th, 2017, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall

In this convocation, we will have an open dialogue about what it means to engage in proper allyship to stand in solidarity with marginalized identities. Being an ally is more than a personality trait; rather, it is a series of ongoing behaviors and actions. There will be a panel of students to discuss their thoughts on allyship both out in the world and at Willamette. Also, there will be a panel of professors to discuss their ideas about allyship.
We are happy to welcome Professors Omari Weeks (English), Brandi Row (Exercise Science), Allison Hobgood (English), and Stephanie DeGooyer (English) on our professor panel.

Big Questions Over Lunch: Popular Culture in Medieval Europe

11:45-12:45pm
October 3, 2017, Cat Cavern

Agricultural festivals and religious rituals marking the turning of the seasons were at the heart of popular culture in late medieval and early modern Europe. Scholars of popular religion describe a synergistic relationship between pagan, animistic religions and Christianity during this time. Just in time for Samhain/All Hallow's Eve/Halloween.

Big Questions Over Lunch brings together the whole Salem community to learn and talk about a different subject each month. Bringing in speakers from Willamette and beyond, BQOL is a wonderful way to learn new things with new people. All are welcome!

Convocation: Sexual Assault; Awareness, Advocacy and Intervention

11:30-12:30pm
October 5th, 2017, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall
This week’s convocation will focus on prevention and intervention. Come to convocation and learn about how to make our community a safer place.
We are happy to welcome Domanic Thomas, Sr. Associate Dean of Campus Life and Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and Carli Rohner, Advocacy and Prevention Coordinator.

Student Activism: A Dialogue on Expectations and Experience

11:30-12:30pm
October 12th, 2017, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall
Through this convo. we are trying to start a meaningful dialogue about the most effective ways to engage with activism, and highlight its relevance in America today and in the past. There will be faculty speaking about their experiences as student activists and sharing their thoughts on what makes for effective activism.
Faculty speaking include Professor Lorenzen (Sociology), Professor Bowersox (EnviroSci/Politics), Professor Cotlar (History), and Professor Strawn (Sociology)! In addition, there will be a small student panel, followed by an audience Q&A

Convocation: Human Rights in Mexico: How US Policies Affect State Violence, Militarization, and Displacement

11:30–12:30 p.m.
October 19th, 2017, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall

Mendoza Pérez, a member of Mexico’s National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH), and the National Front in the Struggle for Socialism (FNLS), will speak on the current socio-political and economic issues affecting communities in Mexico, which are directly linked to US policies. Organization members- indigenous teachers, small farmers, students and elders- work in defense of their human rights, which include land, education, labor, and housing. Facing repression by the Mexican government, the RNDDH members demand that the forcefully disappeared be returned alive, that political prisoners be freed, and that those responsible be brought to justice.

Creativity Commons

6:00-8:00pm
October 24, 2017, UC 2

Feeling overwhelmed by exams, essays, and due dates? Overworked and sleep deprived? The Office of the Chaplains has the solution for you! Distress and express at Creativity Commons hosted by the Chaplains Programming Intern. Snacks will be provided!

THIS WEEK: Watercoloring. We will provide paint and watercolor paper. Stop by, relax, and create! Stay for as long as you like.

Convocation: What is Fair?

11:30–12:30 p.m.
October 26th, 2017, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall

A discussion about distributive justice and income inequality.

Dr. Robin Hahnel
Mark and Melody Teppola Presidential Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Convocation: Gentrification

11:30-12:30pm
November 2nd, 2017, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall

This week’s Convocation will address the issue of gentrification. Exactly what is this topic? How does it happen? How can you help? Explore the answers to these questions and more as Professor Bill Smaldone and others frame our discussion of this important issue.

Big Questions Over Lunch: The Attraction of Fascism

11:45-12:45pm
November 7, 2017, Cat Cavern

Ideas, beliefs, and hopes that lead people to the radical right.

Big Questions Over Lunch brings together the whole Salem community to learn and talk about a different subject each month. Bringing in speakers from Willamette and beyond, BQOL is a wonderful way to learn new things with new people. All are welcome!

Convocation: Environmental Racism

11:30-12:30pm
November 9th, 2017, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall

Environmental injustice and racial discrimination are not mutually exclusive. Marginalized communities are often times disproportionately affected by issues like toxic waste, flooding, pollution, or unsafe drinking water; for example in Flint, Michigan. This convocation will feature a panel of professors from various departments followed by a question and answer session.

Convocation: The Dark Side of Dairy

11:30-12:30pm
November 16th, 2017, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall

Creativity Commons

6:00-8:00pm
November 28th, 2017, UC2

Feeling overwhelmed by exams, essays, and due dates? Overworked and sleep deprived? The Office of the Chaplains has the solution for you! Distress and express at Creativity Commons hosted by the Chaplains Programming Intern. Snacks will be provided!

THIS WEEK: Self-Care Boxes

Convocation: Masculinity

11:30-12:30pm
November 30, 2017, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall

What is it? Whom does it affect? How do we make it better? 

This convocation will address the many forms masculinity takes in the U.S. society and will ask you to consider what role masculinity should play in the modern world. This convocation will go over what is toxic masculinity and the forms it takes in today's society. We will also uncover what healthier versions of masculinities look like and how we can better support and participate in these
versions for a brighter future.

Convocation: Fun and Games

11:30-12:30pm
December 7, 2017, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall

Come by Cone Chapel and play bingo, decorate cookies, listen to crowd-source music, and more! This week is all about fun!

BQOL: The Jewish Oregon Story, 1950 - 2010

11:45–12:45 p.m.
February 6th, 2018, Cat Cavern, University Center
In this talk, historian Ellen Eisenberg will examine the Jewish community of Oregon during a time of dramatic growth and change, exploring how Jewish Oregonians both contributed to and were shaped by the “Oregon Story” of the late 20th century. She will highlight the emergence of what she calls the Jewish Oregon Story, including the dramatic expansion of the Portland community, the rebirth of smaller communities around the state, and the embrace of post-denominational Jewry, spirituality, and a distinctive progressive ethos of environmentalism and inclusion.

Ash Wednesday Service

12:00-1:00pm
February 14th, 2017, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall

BQOL: The Power of Being Soft/Weak

11:45–12:45 p.m.
March 6th, 2018, Cat Cavern

The Daoist View on the Feminine Side of the Reality

BQOL: Senior Theses in Religious Studies

11:45–12:45 p.m.
April 3rd, 2018, Cat Cavern