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Summary View  Subscribe to RSS feed of current view. April 13, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Event Image Exhibition | Anne Hirondelle: Small Revolutions | Feb. 11 - April 30, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

*WU Campus - Hallie Ford Museum of Art

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is pleased to feature the ceramic work and drawings of nationally recognized Port Townsend, Washington artist Anne Hirondelle (née Harvey). “Anne Hirondelle: Small Revolutions” opens February 11 in the Study Gallery and Print Study Center and continues through April 30, 2017.

John Olbrantz, the Maribeth Collins Director says, “Throughout her long and prolific career, Hirondelle has pushed the boundaries of the ceramic medium, making functional vessels and abstract sculptures that are warmly alive and visually engaging. This exhibition explores a period of time during the past six to eight years where her work evolved into an intriguing exploration of abstract vessels where function gives way to sculptural possibilities.”

Event Image Food Drive | Hallie Ford Museum of Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

*WU Campus - Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Join the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and the Marion-Polk Food Share and help us fight hunger during the month of April. 

Willamette Community Members: your WU id card always provides you with free admission. So on your next visit we invite you to give to our larger community and bring a can or two of food. 

General Public: Bring in 2 nonperishable food items and receive 1 free museum admission.

The Marion-Polk Food Share is our regional food bank which provides emergency food to more than 40,000 people, including 14,000 children, each month. Your food donations are greatly appreciated and make a difference. 

Canned Vegetables
Canned Fruit
Canned Tomatoes
Peanut Butter
Boxed Shelf-stable Dairy
Open Lap Swim
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

*WU Campus - Sparks Center

The pool in Sparks is open for lap swim to anyone with a WU ID or Sparks User Pass. There are a few goggles available to use as well--just ask the lifeguards!
Open Lap Swim
11:15 AM - 1:00 PM

*WU Campus - Sparks Center

The pool in Sparks is open for lap swim to anyone with a WU ID or Sparks User Pass. There are a few goggles and aqua jogging belts available to use as well--just ask the lifeguards!
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

*WU Campus - Waller Hall

Disabilities and Willamette. What is it like to have a disability at Willamette? What services are available? What is disability culture? Come to Convocation to learn more.
Mindfulness meditation
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

*WU Campus - Waller Hall

Come de-stress and breathe with other students and staff.
Event Image Time Change: Willamette Jazz Collective Concert
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

*WU Campus
*WU Campus - Waller Hall

Note the time change to 7:00 pm (not 7:30).


It's a funny word that just means "the sounds of Oregon," but for this concert, the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, directed by composer/trumpeter Douglas Detrick, is taking it literally. A few months ago the group put out a call for proposals asking Oregonian composers to tell them about their favorite sound from Oregon, and what a piece inspired by that sound might be like. Oregon composers Jim Olsen, Jessika Smith, Eddie Bond, Sam Hunt, and Andrew Endres were selected to write new works for world premiere performances at this concert. The Willamette Jazz Collective opens the performance with a set of new music for large jazz ensemble.

WILLAMETTE and other students are free. General $12, WU faculty/staff and senior admission is $8.

LOCATION: Cone Chapel, Waller Hall

Event Image Macbeth (PREVIEW)
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

*WU Campus - Pelton Theatre

This play — Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy — is brutally quick, and is at once elemental and mercurial. It tells the story of a passionate couple, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, whose overwhelming will to power moves them to obliterate all obstacles, transgressing boundaries of fealty, family and fundamental human kindness. Come and experience the meteoric rise and tragic fall of one of theatre literature’s original power couples.
Tools, Language, and the Evolution of the Human Mind
7:30 PM

*WU Campus - Law School

Special/Endowed Lecture: Lobban Lecture

Kathleen Gibson
University of Texas (School of Medicine)

Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace, co-discoverers of the principle of evolution by natural selection, held starkly contrasting views about the origins of the human mind. Wallace considered the human mind to be qualitatively distinct from that of other animals, while Darwin postulated that animal and human minds differ in degree but not in kind. Darwin’s position, but not Wallace’s, represented a sharp break with traditional Cartesian views that human behavior is rational, but animal behavior is instinctive.

Controversies over the nature of animal/human mental distinctions continue to this day. Many, perhaps most, students of human evolution have continued to hold Cartesian views of human uniqueness. When, in the 1960s, great apes successfully challenged traditional views that humans are the only animals that can make tools or use symbols, anthropologists, psychologists, and linguists were quick to define new areas of human uniqueness such as theory of mind, cooperation, and syntax. These, too, have now been challenged by great apes. Hence, while many scholars continue to argue that human mentalities are qualitatively unique, others now advocate a more Darwinian approach. They accept that great apes possess the rudiments of many object-manipulation, social and communicative behaviors once considered unique to our species, but recognize that human abilities exceed those of the apes in each of these domains. This presentation argues that humans possess increased information processing capacities across a variety of behavioral domains. Hence, humans can construct more information-rich and hierarchically organized motor sequences, objects, communications, and socially-cooperative actions.

Qualitative gap models have also tended to dominate interpretations of the archaeological and paleoanthropological records. Not so long ago, it was nearly universally agreed that the first manufactured stone tools were produced by early members of the genus, Homo, and that fully modern mental abilities arose very suddenly about 40,000 to 50,000 years ago with the appearance of the Upper Paleolithic. New findings challenge these views. These include manufactured stone tools from Lomekwi, Kenya (3.3. mya), complex tools from Africa which long predate the Upper Paleolithic, Indonesian paintings dating to about 40,000 years ago, and increasing evidence of Neanderthal “symbolic” activities and of interbreeding between Neanderthals and modern humans. This talk discusses this new evidence in light of continuity versus qualitative gap perspectives of human/animal and modern human/fossil hominin mental differences. It concludes that much of what we see in the archaeological record accords with an increased information processing model of tool-making, cooperative, and communicative abilities, and, hence, with Darwinian views that differences of degree, rather than of kind, distinguish human from animal minds (and by extension modern human minds from those of other hominins).
Event Image Comedian Adam Grabowski - Presented by WEB
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

*WU Campus - Smith Auditorium

Join WEB in welcoming Stand Up Comedian Adam Grabowski to campus!

Adam's award-winning observational and interactive comedy is not to be missed!

Learn more about Adam here:

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