Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Sept. 24, 2012

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Campus News

Journalist Alison Owings to speak as part of Telling Stories/Recovering the Past series, Sept. 26
Drawn to groups of people often stereotyped and overlooked, writer and journalist Alison Owings will discuss some of her most memorable—and difficult—interview subjects and reflect upon what it is to be an oral historian. The lecture is sponsored by the Department of English and Catharine Gould Chism Fund. Free and open to the public, the talk will begin at 6 p.m., in Murray Board Room, Wheelock Student Center.

Film screening and discussion Thursday, Sept. 27
All are invited to attend a screening of the film An Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman, followed by a public discussion about education reform and charter schools in Washington state. The event is hosted by the group Parents and Friends for Tacoma Public Schools and sponsored by the School of Education. The screening and discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, in Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003.

"Language, Meaning, and Information," guest lecture by Scott Soames, University of Southern California, Sept. 27
Guest lecturer Scott Soames, distinguashed professor of philosophy at University of Southern California, will discuss developments in deductive logic, the theory of computation, generative linguistics, and the semantics of names and natural kind terms, and their significance in the study of language. Soames' lecture is free and open to the public. His talk, "Language, Meaning, and Information: A Case Study on the Path from Philosophy to Science," will begin at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, in Kilworth Memorial Chapel.

Friday's Jacobsen concert spotlights violin, Sept. 28
Works by Ravel, Dvorák, Sarasate, and more will be presented by School of Music faculty performers Maria Sampen (violin), Timothy Christie (viola), David Requiro (cello), and Duane Hulbert (piano) in a Jacobsen Series concert celebrating the versatility of the violin. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Tickets are $8.50 for faculty and staff members, and are available online or at Wheelock Information Center, x6103.

Community invited to first-ever Tacoma Moon Festival, Sept. 29
Students and faculty members in Puget Sound's Asian languages and cultures program have been involved in the planning of Tacoma's Inaugural Moon Festival, Saturday, Sept. 29, from 2 to 9 p.m., at the Chinese Reconciliation Park. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

The festival will feature a main stage of entertainment, along with cultural workshops at the Fuzhou Ting. A tree dedication and tea pot presentation will be part of the opening ceremony, while a dragon boat salute and zodiac boat races will be held on Commencement Bay. There will also be community information, vendor booths, Asian food, moon cakes, and educational and hands-on activities for adults and children. Festivities and activities will focus on the Chinese moon legend, and culminate with a parade of lanterns led by a Moon Princess at the closing ceremony.

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.

Kaimas Foundation makes significant gift to International Political Economy Program
The IPE Program received a $300,000 gift from the Kaimas Foundation to support faculty members and their students in pursuing research abroad. The new funding will be directed into the Nicholas Vasilius IPE Endowment Fund, which was established in 2009, and will increase the resources available to help professors extend student learning beyond the classroom. “We really are thrilled to receive this gift,” said Brad Dillman, director of the IPE program. “It will support collaborative research between faculty and students on crucial international issues and open up new opportunities to conduct fieldwork."

Puget Sound community members now have access to The New York Times website
The Academic Pass is available for all members of the Puget Sound community. Just register with your university email address, and you may log on to "claim a seat" for 24 hours at a time. Up to 120 users may use the Academic Pass at the same time. To register your Puget Sound email address, visit


Anne Lyman, director of Puget Sound's Chorale and Dorian Singers, will direct Canonici: Consort of Voices in TACOMA EARLY MUSIC PROJECT: Savonarola and the North Wind, a collaborative concert of sacred 16th-century polyphony. The concert will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, at 6 and 8 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church in Tacoma.

In the News

The Kittredge Art Gallery exhibit was reviewed with two photos in Weekly Volcano and in South Sound Arts etc. blog, by Alec Clayton.

Lotus Perry, instructor of Asian studies, appeared on the Tacoma TV  “CityLine” show to talk about the Tacoma Moon Festival on Sept. 29. Art by Lorraine Toler, Asian studies administrative assistant, appeared on screen (start at 18 mins; 12 mins total).

The Stranger of Seattle ran an article about a series of lectures at the Smoke Farm Symposium that are co-hosted by the reporter and Stuart Smithers, professor of religion.

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Fall Campus Day is Saturday, Sept. 29

Fall Campus Day, hoted by the Office of Admission, is an opportunity for prospective students to visit Puget Sound, attend academic sessions led by professors and presentations on the admission process, financial aid, and more. Students and families tour campus and talk with Puget Sound students, alumni, and faculty and staff members. Please make our guests fell welcome on Saturday!

Can't-miss events

Through Sunday, Sept. 30: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: Skyscrapers and Shadows: Labor and Migration in Doha, Qatar, Kristin Giordano and Andrew Gardner

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

Tuesday, Sept. 25: ASUPS Lectures presents A Story of Survival, Kevin Hines, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. FREE with Puget Sound ID.

Wednesday, Sept. 26: Women's League Meeting, Trimble Forum, 1 p.m. For information contact Grace Mills at 253.752.4789.

Wednesday, Sept. 26: Guest Lecture: Historicizing Photographs, John Mraz, Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, Universidad Autonoma de Puebla (Mexico), Wyatt 109, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 26: Guest Lecture: An Outsider by Choice, Allison Owings, journalist, Murray Board Room, WSC, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 27: Career Fair, Marshall Hall, WSC, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 27: Thompson Hall Science and Math Seminars: Kena Foxx-Dobbs, geology, Thompson 175, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 27: Film screening and discussion: An Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman, Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre 003, 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 27: Guest Lecture: Language, Meaning, and Information: A Case Study on the Path From Philosophy to Science, Scott Soames, distinguished professor, director of School of Philosophy, University of Southern California, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 28–Saturday, Sept. 29: Ski Level to Sea Level: Classes for Campus and the Community

Friday, Sept. 28: Music in the Library: Duets, Bronwyn Hagerty ’15 and Joy Yamaguchi ’15, Collins Memorial Library, 4 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 28: Jacobsen Series: Appassionato!, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Admission: $8.50 faculty/staff

Saturday, Sept. 29: Fall Campus Day for Prospective Students and Families

Saturday, Sept. 29: Football vs. Lewis & Clark, Baker Stadium, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 30: 22nd Annual Bethel Schneebeck Organ Recital, Joseph Adam, organ, Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 2 p.m.

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.