Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Oct. 1, 2012

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Campus News

Prof. Katherine Smith to deliver Magee Address, Oct. 2
On Tuesday, Oct. 2, Professor of history Katherine Smith will deliver the Phi Beta Kappa Magee Address in Trimble Forum. Her talk, "Love, War, and Prophecy in the Twelfth Century: How Medieval Historians Tackled the First Crusade," will attempt to reconstruct the interpretive processes by which the event's chroniclers transformed the First Crusade from lived experience to memory to written history. The talk is free and open to the public, and will begin at 4:30 p.m. The Magee Address was established in honor of John B. Magee, professor of philosophy and religion and a driving force in establishing a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Puget Sound.

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich to deliver fall Pierce Lecture, Oct. 4
Described by TIME magazine as “one of the 10 most successful cabinet secretaries of the past century,” political economist and commentator Robert Reich will visit campus next week to deliver the fall Susan Resneck Pierce Lecture in Public Affairs and the Arts. Admission is $20 for the general public, but free for the Puget Sound community. Tickets must be ordered in advance. Get your tickets online or contact Wheelock Information Center at x6013.

Puget Sound to host conference on race, education, criminal justice, Oct. 6
On Saturday, Oct. 6, Puget Sound and the college's Race and Pedagogy Initiative will host the 2012 Race and Pedagogy Conference on Race, Education, and Criminal Justice. Through presentations, discussions, and even art installations, attendees will consider the connections between education and criminal justice systems, children, families, and communities. Activist Ericka Huggins will deliver the keynote address, "Cradle to Prison Pipeline: How About our Children?" Conference registration is $100, and everyone is welcome to attend. Register at

Cuban Cultural Festival hits Tacoma Friday, campus Oct. 8
From Monday, Oct. 8 to Thursday, Oct. 11, Puget Sound will host visiting members of Orquesta de Cámara Concierto Sur (Concert Chamber Orchestra of the South) as part of the Cuban Cultural Festival, a collaboration between the university and Northwest Sinfonietta. The talented musicians from Tacoma’s sister city Cienfuegos, Cuba, will present workshops and perform in a free concert on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The ensemble repertoire runs from Baroque to Renaissance to contemporary music, with an emphasis on preserving authentic Cuban music. The festival overall will run from Friday, Oct. 5 to Saturday, Oct. 13, and include events with the Northwest Sinfonietta, Puget Sound, and University of Washington Tacoma.


Rob Beezer, professor of mathematics and computer science, will give the keynote address at the Kansas City Regional Mathematics Technology Expo on Oct. 5, titled "Why You Will Like an Open-Source Computer Algebra System."

Work by Associate Professor of Art Janet Marcavage is included in the International Print Center New York's New Prints 2012/Autumn exhibition. The show includes etchings, lithographs, and monoprints, as well as sculptural prints, video animation, and wall installation. The exhibition will run at IPCNY Oct. 20–Nov. 17, 2012, and will tour to the Visual Arts Center Gallery at University of Texas-Austin, where it will be on view Feb. 1–March 9, 2013.

Congratulations to Assistant Director of Student Activities Moe Stephens, who was elected to the General Council of the Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity.

In the News

Jane Carlin, director of Collins Memorial Library, co-wrote a blog on Huffington Post Education comparing a disregard for truth in politics with the expectations for facts at universities.

Tu Decides, a bilingual Washington state newspaper, ran a photo story in both Spanish and English (click on English or Spanish paper; scroll to page 17) about the Cuban Cultural Festival, being hosted by Puget Sound and the Northwest Sinfonietta. The Tacoma Arts blog also ran a photo story.

TV Tacoma previewed the Race and Pedagogy Conference on Race, Education, and Criminal Justice, with an interview on CityLine with Dexter Gordon, professor of communication studies and African American studies, and two other guests. Tacoma Weekly also ran an item about the conference.

An op-ed by Professor of History Douglas Sackman about Clint Eastwood's appearance at the Republican National Convention was published in Vashion-Maury Island Beachcomber .

Professor of International Political Economy Mike Veseth ’72 was interviewed on The Wine Crush radio show about “the naked truth” about wine. The show airs on 50 stations nationwide. (Start at 27:25 mins.; 20 mins. total)

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Any Scorseses in the house?

Think you can capture the spirit of Puget Sound in a four-minute film? We want to see your best work! Grab your camcorder (or your smartphone) and enter the 125th Anniversary Video Contest! Contest details, entry forms, and more available online.

Can't-miss events

Through Saturday, Nov. 3: Kittredge Gallery Exhibit: Jessica Bender (Large Gallery), Kittredge Gallery

Monday, Oct. 1: The Mind and the World: A Buddhist Film Series presents Daughter of Wisdom, McIntyre 103, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 2: Phi Beta Kappa Magee Address: Katherine Smith, history, Trimble Forum, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 3: Asian Studies Informal Dialogue on China with Han Bing and Katharine Poundstone, Wyatt 109, 5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 4: Guest Lecture: The Lash is Mightier Than the Sword: Torture in Islamic Legal Thought, Rumee Ahmed, University of British Columbia, Wyatt 101, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 4–Saturday, Oct. 6: Town Crier Speaks Festival, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 7:30 p.m. Admission: $5 general at the door

Thursday, Oct. 4: Pierce Lecture: The Global Economy and the Future of Everything National, Robert B. Reich, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 8 p.m. Admission: FREE for faculty/staff; tickets required.

Friday, Oct. 5: Organ at Noon, Joseph Adam, organ, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 12:05 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 5: Steve Jobs: Remembering a Visionary, Trimble Forum, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 6: 2012 Race and Pedagogy Conference on Race, Education, and the Criminal Justice System

Saturday, Oct. 6: Women's Soccer vs. Lewis & Clark, East Athletic Field, noon

Saturday, Oct. 6: Football vs. Pacific (Ore.), Baker Stadium, 1 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 6: Vocal Master Class by Guest Artist Richard Kosowski, 2 p.m., Music L6

Saturday, Oct. 6: A Visit With Bill and Vicky Stewart of Vamp & Tramp, McCormick Room, Collins Memorial Library, 2 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 7: Men's Soccer vs. St. John's (Minn.), East Athletic Field, noon

Sunday, Oct. 7: An Afternoon of Songs, Arias, and Duets—A Joint Vocal Recital, Dawn Padula and guest artist Richard Kosowski, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 2 p.m. Admission: $8.50 faculty/staff

Monday, Oct. 8: Cuban Cultural Festival: Cuban Monologues for Theater, Miguel Rafael Cañellas Sueiras, Jones 203, 2 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 8: Is Dying On Screen Easier? An Honors Program Langlow Tea, Priti Joshi, English, Langlow House, 4 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 8: Cuban Cultural Festival: Violin Master Class, Music L1, 7 p.m.