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A Publication of the Robert D. Clark Honors College

Volume 8 No. 1 • Spring 2012

Jim Shephard: A Love of Maritime Law in the Middle Ages Leads to Life and Career in France A native Oregonian, CHC alumnus, and UO Foundation trustee, Jim Shephard ’80 followed a path from Eugene to Paris and back again. We caught up with him after he was named as the new chair of the CHC Advisory Council. Jim grew up in Eugene, and learned about the Clark Honors College from his high school English teacher. At the CHC, Jim crafted his own major in the humanities by taking upper level courses in history and English literature, French language and literature, art history, music history, and Old French to pursue his interest in medieval civilizations. Guiding him throughout his CHC years were two mentors, Professors Michaela Grudin and her husband Robert Grudin. As Jim recalls, “(Michaela) was a literature professor at the CHC and she taught a Chaucer class my freshman year. That was my introduction to the medieval world. She challenged me, (and) she was very good at critiquing my analysis and writing. She was passionate about her subject, and made me passionate about it too. Her husband, Robert Grudin, a professor in the English department, encouraged me to pursue a general humanities major as a precursor for going to graduate school and law school. They were both very strong influences.” Jim spent his junior year studying abroad in Poitiers, France, describing it as “an exciting experience living in a town that had an architectural and cultural heritage from the Middle Ages.” After returning to complete his degree and write his honors thesis on maritime law in the Middle Ages, he applied for and received a French government teaching fellowship through the Fulbright program. He returned to Poitiers and eventually completed two graduate degrees at the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale, a master’s and a Diplôme d’études approfondies, a post master’s degree, roughly equivalent to completing oral exams for a PhD in the United States. Jim recounts that his focused research on maritime law and commerce in the Middle Ages taught him a lot. “Doing original research

you learn a lot of things about the subject, but also about learning itself. I discovered that I enjoyed tackling a difficult subject. When I began my research, my advisor was pessimistic that I would actually be able to find something original because it was a topic that had been extensively studied, researched, and written about since the fifteenth century. . . 500 years of historiography. Scholars in England, France, the Netherlands, and Germany had all looked at this subject, trying to answer the same questions that I was trying to answer, namely how did these laws come about, where did they develop, and what were the reasons for them. After a lot of footwork and research, in 1985 I made a breakthrough and identified a key manuscript that contributed to resolving the questions that nobody had previously considered important. In 2004, I published an article on my discovery in a collection on the Lex Mercatoria that included scholars from around the world in Comparative Studies in Anglo American and Continental Legal History, published by the University of Tübingen in Germany.” After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the UO, Jim enrolled at Tulane University where he originally intended to study maritime law. After his first year, he decided to explore the possibility of practicing law in France and decided to switch his career path to business law because maritime law generally involved litigation and non–French citizens at that time were not admitted to practice before French courts. After obtaining his JD from Tulane, he took a job with a major international American business law firm, and moved to their Paris office. His knowledge of French and graduate degrees from French universities were crucial in bringing Jim the opportunity to work in France. After moving to Paris, Jim became a French avocat when the law changed to allow admission of non–French citizens to the French bar. He adds “wearing the traditional black gown and being sworn in as an avocat in the Paris Palais de justice was definitely a professional highlight.” In 1994, Jim joined Banque AIG in Paris as general counsel and became president and CEO in 2009. After navigating the treacherous waters of the recent financial crisis, Jim now enjoys more opportunities to see friends and family back in Oregon. As a UO Foundation trustee, and chair of the CHC Advisory Council, Jim has an opportunity to give back to the UO. As Jim states, “in my view, what I’m doing today I’m able to do because a CHC education helps teach you to identify problems, to be creative in solving problems, and to be an effective oral and written communicator.” As one of the first international trustees of the UO Foundation, Jim is at the forefront of helping the UO and the CHC develop an continued on page 5

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Dean’s Message The Robert Donald Clark Honors College graduates 89 percent of our students within six years, and 94 percent of students entering as freshmen return to the college as sophomores. These statistics place the CHC ahead of several prestigious private universities and elite liberal arts colleges, including Willamette University, Reed College, Whitman College, Smith College, and Macalester College. We receive 1,500 outstanding applicants each year, and our admissions committee members marvel at the high quality of the applicant pool. This year, for example, we attracted the valedictorian from U.S. Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, and a graduate of one of the top international high schools in France. This particular international freshman selected the CHC over Columbia, Yale, Harvard, and Middlebury. To educate these fine

students, we’ve made three important investments. First, we’ve reduced our class size from twenty-five to nineteen students. This offers our outstanding faculty a better opportunity to teach and foster a stronger sense of community. Second, as of winter 2012, we no longer share Chapman Hall with other units on campus. The building is now devoted to the education of Clark Honors College students and to hosting our resident faculty. Chapman Hall, built in 1939, is a beautiful struc-

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Reflect on Time in Honduras ture and often featured in the visual representations of the University of Oregon. We have been quite successful raising funds during the initial phase of our campaign to renovate our academic home. Third, CHC freshmen entering in fall 2012 will be housed in the new $71 million Global Scholars Hall (GSH), located behind the Knight Law Center. The GSH will provide students with an international culture, language immersion programs, a resident librarian, and a resident scholar. This new hall will nicely complement our academic home. With these changes, we can better achieve the vision our first graduate, Margaret Moore, shared with us in her spring 2011 commencement address, that the Clark Honors College would continue to be an “extraordinary center” of academic excellence.

(Editor’s note: Daniel Keller ’07, a planning, public policy and management major, and his wife Emily Casey Keller ’07, an English major, recently returned from serving as Peace Corps volunteers in Honduras. They are currently collaborating to create a whimsical children´s story, written in Spanish and based in Honduras). We left Eugene in the summer of 2007, after graduation, and moved to Portland. We were married in August, and we both worked in education for the next year. In the midst of our transition out of college, we began to search for a way to share some of our talents with the world, and to broaden our worldviews in the process. The Peace Corps presented us a unique opportunity to serve in and learn from a different culture. We expressed an interest in going to SubSaharan Africa or the Americas, and in the spring of 2008 we were assigned to Honduras.

Meet Our New Director of Development, Andrew McNall Andrew McNall joined the Clark Honors College in January 2012 as director of development. He coordinates fundraising activities for the CHC, working closely with Dean David Frank and the CHC Advisory Council. “The more I heard about the Clark Honors College,” McNall said, “the more I realized what a unique opportunity it is for students, and I wanted to be part of it.” Andrew’s career in development spans more than twelve years, including positions at Linfield College as

director of annual and leadership giving, and at Willamette University where he most recently served as director of parent relations. Andrew received his BA in religious studies with honors from Linfield College, an MA in philosophy at the University of MissouriColumbia, and a PhD in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His doctoral thesis was entitled “Political Participation in a Technological Society.” Andrew is an Oregon native, as are his spouse and

two children. He enjoys traveling with his family, reading, and playing games with his kids. When he’s not working for the University of Oregon he’s probably working on his house. Andrew can be reached at or 541-346-8018.

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Dan and Emily Keller

Before beginning our two years of service, we were flown to Honduras in the summer of 2008 to be trained for three months in a few small villages, alongside some forty-eight other trainees. While nothing can truly prepare one for the myriad of surprises and challenges of service with the Peace Corps, we did learn a fair bit about Honduran history, contemporary culture, and most of all how to be safe and best integrate into our communities. By the end of two years with the Peace Corps in Honduras, we had learned the lessons that accompany cold bucket bathing, long dusty walks, and residing in concrete build-


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ings with leaky, corrugated metal roofs. We had also learned how to dust ourselves off and try again, literally. We taught extensively, helped plan for the construction of a community center, helped provide books to fledgDan and Emily with Honduran friends ling school libraries, and coached a youth baseball team. In our work with children, we were strategically silly, in full recognition of the universal childhood need for whim and play. We also experienced the dichotomies inherent to living happy and fulfilled lives within a still-developing country. At present, the Peace Corps is not serving in Honduras due to the drug trade with North America. Central America, of which Honduras is near the center, has been plagued for years by organized crime and its inevitable spinoff, opportunistic crime. Honduras, already in a precarious state, became markedly less stable near the midpoint of our service when there was a coup on June 28, 2009. That is not to say that we lived in fear. As one might assume, the vast majority of Hondureños are kind, peaceful, and industrious, among a host of other wonderful traits. But, in the same breath, it’s important to note that there are entire neighborhoods, if not entire cities, in which one wouldn’t want to travel, let alone live and raise children. In our final year of service, 2010, the U.N. reported that Honduras was the most dangerous country in the world, based on homicides per capita. While we never suffered any personal harm, we most certainly developed a sixth sense. A cliché, yet true, is that we learned more than we taught. We learned that hope need not spring from opportunity, but rather the opportunity of having an opportunity; that is to say, we learned to appreciate each day in which we awoke healthy. Honduras is full of talented people and will someday succeed. Until then, join us and the Honduran people in a hearty ¡vámonos!


Scholarship Allows CHC Student to Experience Spain

On the Responsibilities of Being a Clark Honors College Graduate

(Editor’s note: Kaya Aragon-Herbert, class of 2012, recently returned to Oregon after several months in Spain followed by a summer of travel and exploring the rest of Europe. Her article below captures the excitement, challenge, and rewards of studying abroad).

Editor’s note: Hanan Ramahi ’94 majored in history and comparative literature, wrote her thesis entitled History, Myth and Memory: A Palestinian Narrative, and passed with distinction. In this article, she offers a perspective of what a CHC education means nearly twenty years after graduation. Hanan is an American citizen of Palestinian ancestry.

When I arrived in Oviedo, Spain, in January 2011 the streets were filled with people awaiting the parade of los tres reyes magos—the three wise men—who bring gifts to children every year on January 6. My boyfriend, Gabriel, and I had to squeeze our way through the multitude to find our hotel. The next day, due to the national holiday, the streets were completely empty and it took an hour to find a place that was still open, to buy food. This was quite a surprise coming from the U.S. where stores are often open 365 days a year! Little did I know this was but the first surprise of many in my study abroad in Spain.

Kaya and her host mother, Olga, on the Cantabric Coast.

Two weeks after my arrival, I began to acquire many of the habits of a true Northern Spaniard. I drank café con leche at least once a day, learned how to properly pour and drink sidra (hard apple cider), ate dinner between nine and ten in the evening, and arrived everywhere I needed to go by the power of my own two feet. I also acquired some phrases of the local dialect, Bable, from my host mother, Olga. For example, instead of the Spanish word “perro,” I called our little dog, Pancho, a “chucho” and brushed my “piños,” instead of using the Spanish word “dientes,” which means teeth. At the University of Oregon, I am pursuing a double major in German and Spanish; at the University of Oviedo, I only took Spanish courses—Vocabulary, Translation, Me-


Kaya in Barcelona, riding one of the lions surrounding the statue of Christopher Columbus.

dieval Literature, Art History, and Phonetics. When I finally learned how to roll my rrrr’s in my Phonetics class everyone cheered! In addition to taking classes at the University of Oviedo, I gave English lessons to a handful of Spanish youths. Not only was it very rewarding to make friends with my students and watch how they progressed, but it also provided the funding for weekend adventures to other parts of the country. Among other things, I went to Gijón, became covered in soapsuds at the Carnaval parade in Avilés, swam in the Cantabric Sea, climbed the tallest mountain in Asturias, and visited the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao. Studying abroad in Spain was a new experience in almost every way, and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity as a recipient of the Shephard Family Scholarship for Study Abroad. The things I did, the places I went, and the people I met are indelibly marked on my memory. I cannot wait to go back!

Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.

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Being a graduate of the Robert D. Clark Honors College carries a lot of formidable responsibilities. For me, the foremost has been my duty to contribute to society. Nearly twenty years after I walked the CHC halls as an undergraduate student majoring in history and comparative literature, I can now see how the quality and personalized education I received from some of the most distinguished and respected professors at the University of Oregon compelled me to take “the road less traveled.” My journey took me to the occupied Palestinian Territories, where I co-established a K through twelfth grade school serving both local Palestinian and expatriot Palestinian-American students. Today, I am the director of The American School of Palestine, with over 600 students and fifty employees. The school is a bilingual teaching institution,

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international footprint. With the success of recent alumni events in France, Jim and fellow international trustees are doing just that. As Jim says, “We are trying to work to bring more international students onto campus, and to facilitate the students going abroad. My study-abroad experience was profound, and changed my career in many, many ways. I’m a very strong proponent of international study; it’s a great thing for CHC students. My hope is that 100 percent of CHC students will go overseas.” The CHC is already receiving the benefits of Jim’s vision. The Shephard Family Scholarship for International Students brings international students to Eugene, while the Shephard Family Scholarship for Study Abroad sends students overseas. As Jim concludes, “I think this is a very exciting time for the university, and for the honors college. The CHC is light years ahead of when I was here; there are more students, more faculty, and the facilities are going to grow. As the honors college grows its footprint within the university it’s nice to be a part of that.”


with courses taught both in Arabic and English. It offers a core Palestinian curriculum as well as American-style college preparatory courses in the physical and social sciences, mathematics, information technology, as well as a broad exposure to the humanities, the arts, and athletics. If setting such an ambitious course sounds daunting, it is. But my point is not that you need to establish a hospital in Somalia or microfinancing in Nepal. If you can, that would be great, and I would encourage you to try doing so because it can be done—I did something similar. Of course, having a relentless will and an enthusiasm for life also helps! However, should you choose to remain in the Northwest, or even in Eugene, there is a lot you can contribute. To do so, you will need to think both socially and globally, and act personally and locally. This is where the international perspective serves CHC students and any community in which a CHC graduate finds him or herself: the impulse to make a difference by setting social welfare as their working compass. Should you do so, I assure you it will make “all the difference.”

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Decrypting Medieval Manuscripts Studying the history of maritime law in the Middle Ages presents certain challenges, according to Jim Shephard. As he says, “I had to learn Old French, Latin, and Medieval Latin, and I had to study paleography, which is the art of analyzing and reading ancient writings, because medieval manuscripts were written in shorthand which is impossible to understand or follow unless you’ve learned how to decrypt and decipher the writing.” Photo courtesy of UO Libraries


Exploring African Possibilities

CHC Alumna Named UO’s First Mitchell Scholar

Louise Bishop, CHC associate professor of literature, traveled to Africa recently to explore possible internships, student exchange, and study-abroad opportunities for CHC students on the continent. Bishop and husband James Earl, professor emeritus of English, spent two weeks in Ghana, a small country in West Africa approximately the same size as the state of Oregon. They stayed in the capital city Accra, a metropolitan city with a population of 3 million. During their stay, they visited Elmina, site of a former Portuguese slave colony in the 1400s, and Cape Coast, site of the Cape Coast Castle originally built in the 1600s and later used in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Bishop met with students in the UO’s Media in Ghana program. Directed by journalism professor and associate dean Leslie Steeves, the Media in Ghana program brings twelve students in the UO School of Journalism and Communication to Ghana for six weeks. While there, students take academic courses, and they Photo courtesy of Louise Bishop work as interns in the country’s media outlets. “I think the same sort of combination—academics and in-country experience conducting research—would work well for CHC students,” commented Bishop. CHC alumnus James Quirin ’65, professor of history and

Contributing author: Rachel Starr, UO media relations intern

the former director of the W.E.B. Du Bois General University Honors Program at Fisk University in Tennessee, agrees. Both Bishop and Quirin envision establishing an exchange Photo courtesy of Louise Bishop program between the historically black Fisk University and the CHC in spring term followed by a trip to Ghana in the summer. In addition to studying Ghanaian literature, students could visit many of the historic sites, including slave castles where native Africans were held prior to transportation to America. Another tie between the UO and Ghana is Professor E. Kweku Osam, pro-vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, at the University of Ghana, the largest of the Ghanaian universities. Osam received his Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Oregon. Bishop had an opportunity to meet with Osam and explore programs that might bring CHC students to Ghana. Establishing exchange, study-abroad, and internship opportunities on the African continent and elsewhere is a strategic goal of the Clark Honors College. Both Bishop and CHC Dean David Frank envision a day when all CHC students will study abroad as a regular part of their academic experience. “Every student should graduate with a stamped passport,” states Frank, who recently named Bishop as faculty sponsor of CHC study-abroad and internship programs.

Recent CHC Alumnus Pens Bilingual Children’s Book Christopher Bradley ’09 is the author of the new bilingual children’s book, The Park Bench, which emerged from a collaboration several years ago with his grandmother, an expert in early childhood education. The Park Bench is the story of a bench made of “sympathetic wood and friendly iron” that simply wishes to help those who sit upon it. This it does—and all goes well, until people begin to forget about this poor bench that helped them when they needed it most. Illustrations are by Aline Ederlé. Encouraged by Book signing in Strasbourg, France friends and family, Bradley and 6

Ederlé decided to self-publish their book. Within the first month, they have had two successful book signings in France and sold over 300 copies. Teaching English while residing in France, Bradley and Ederlé were recently featured in a regional French newspaper. The Park Bench is currently available in French, Spanish, German, and Italian—a total of seven bilingual combinations, all completed by the author and illustrator. Copies are available on Bradley’s website, www.jesusandthebunny. com. Website visitors may also listen to audio book versions in French and English. The book sells for $12.95, and is currently available in the Eugene-Springfield area at the Chocolate Decadence factory outlet located at 1050 Bethel Drive in Eugene where Chris’s father is the owner and proud distributor.

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In November 2011, CHC alumna Katie Dwyer ’10 became the first UO student to receive the prestigious Mitchell Scholarship. Dwyer, currently a second-year graduate student in the UO School of Law’s Conflict and Dispute Resolution program, traveled to Washington, D.C., for the final interview round. The Mitchell Scholarship, offered through the U.S.–Ireland Alliance, is named for former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, who was instrumental in the Northern Ireland peace process. Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of eighteen and thirty are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Mitchells are chosen by demonstration of academic excellence, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service. Dwyer plans to continue her pursuit of a career in social justice by studying international human rights law at Queen’s University in Belfast and the National University of Ireland in Galway. “Studying in Ireland and Northern Ireland is a really exciting opportunity because the community is so small and so recently involved in its own conflict that the academic world is closely tied in with policy and with organizations, and they really inform each other,” Dwyer said. “That’s really exciting to me, that the work people are doing on the ground is being researched by the academy and informing policy.” Dwyer graduated magna cum laude from the CHC with degrees in sociology and comparative literature. She was recognized as one of the Phi Beta Kappa Oregon Six. Dwyer was a participant in the first Inside-Out Prison UO Interim President Bob Berdahl and Katie Exchange Program Dwyer at the reception in January 2012 class at the UO, and has since become a leader in the program, which she attributes as part of her success with the Mitchell Scholarship. In January 2012, the CHC hosted a celebratory reception in honor of Dwyer. At the reception, Dwyer learned she would be part of the new Honoring Wall, a permanent display of outstanding UO scholars in Johnson Hall, outside the office of the UO president.


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Coming Up The fall issue of Scholar will highlight undergraduate research • Meet the UO’s newest Goldwater Scholarship winners—all three are CHC students • Read a feature story on the UO’s inaugural Celebrate Undergraduate Achievement Week, including the second annual Undergraduate Symposium and coverage of the Indigenous People, Climate Change, and Environmental Knowledge conference highlighting student research • Explore faculty perspectives on the importance of undergraduate research opportunities CHC alumni, did research you conducted while an undergraduate play a major role in what you are doing today? We’re seeking alumni stories (100–300 words) for the fall issue of Scholar. Please contact Renee Dorjahn ’82 at dorjahn@ if interested.


Fridays Are Sweet in the CHC Every Friday at 2 o’clock the Cookie Princesses are in the kitchen on the third floor of Chapman Hall making cookies for the students, faculty, and staff of the Clark Honors College. Carolina Reid and Hayley Shapiro are both sophomores in the honors college, majoring in journalism and international studies, respectively. They began the weekly cookie ritual on the first Friday of fall term of their freshman year. “I was making cookies for my scuba class, as a bribe,” says Carolina.

Student Internship Program to Foster Connections Between CHC Alumni and Current Students

Beth Brooks, Clark Honors College academic assistant and student internship coordinator, is hard at work on the Clark Honors College Student Internship Program. Through alumni contacts, she is finding businesses in both the United States and abroad who are interested in working with bright Clark Honors College students. Internships, she says, provide both work-based learning experiences and either academic credit or pay. According to a September 2010 Wall Street Journal article, “a quarter of the nearly 480 respondents to The Wall Street Journal’s survey of college recruiters said more than 50 percent of their new-graduate hires had been interns at their companies; 14 percent said more than 75 percent were. Similarly, the National Association of Colleges and Employers reported in its 2010 Internship & Co-op Survey that nearly 57 percent of students from the class of 2009 were converted from interns to full-time hires, up from 50 percent the previous year.” “We think it’s important to foster connections between Clark Honors College alumni who are now professionals in their fields and current students who wish to work and develop networks and professional contacts before they enter the professional workforce,” says Brooks. The Clark Honors College Student Internship Program will provide Cookie Princesses Hayley Shapiro and Carolina Reid resources and coordination to make these connections happen. Hayley knew Carolina from the residence halls. She Soon, links to available internships will be available happened to be in the lounge that day while Carolina was online to Clark Honors College students. The goal of the making her cookies and wanted to help. “Then we just kept program is to pair existing students with Clark Honors Coldoing it,” she says. lege alumni who can offer internships, or act as a conduit Each week Hayley and Carolina make a for existing interndifferent recipe. Some recent cookies have ships at other combeen mocha chip, macaroons, and heartCookie Princess’ “Orange You Glad panies in their field. shaped sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day. It’s Friday?” Cookies To find out how you They used to get their recipes online, but are can help Clark Honnow working through a “giant book.” 1 cup of butter ors College students 3/4 cup granulated sugar “We add in our own uniqueness, too,” and the Clark Hon3/4 cup packed brown sugar says Hayley, “usually in the form of chocoors College Student 2 eggs late chips.” All their recipes are posted to 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange peel Internship Program, their blog,, 1 teaspoon vanilla contact Beth Brooks along with pictures of the baking process. 2 1/4 cups flour at 541-346-4749 Every week, Carolina and Hayley take 1 teaspoon baking soda or at bbrooks@ their cookies all around Chapman Hall, to 1 teaspoon salt For the library, the administrative office, and the 1/4 cup orange juice additional networkfaculty offices on the first floor. “It’s fun to be 1 package of white chocolate chips ing ideas, see the a part of the community and be in Chapman UOAA–LinkedIn Hall,” say the Cookie Princesses. “We like Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Make smallish article on page 11 of to bring something basic into academia. The balls ’cause the cookies spread quite a bit. And this issue. cookies are simple, they smell good, they’re pop them in the oven for about 10 minutes. here for you, and they come with a smile.”


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FACULTY • NEWS Vera Keller, assistant professor of history, has been selected as this year’s exchange fellow between the American Philosophical Society and the British Academy. Keller received a grant of $7,800 from the American Philosophical Society to support two months of research this summer 2012 in London at the British Library. She will be researching the inventor, alchemist, artist, and natural philosopher, Cornelis Drebbel (1572–1633). Amid much else, Drebbel built various automata, the first working submarine, and what is now considered the first “feedback control” mechanism (a precursor to cybernetics). Louise Bishop, associate professor of literature, has contributed to Icons of the Middle Ages on the “father of English poetry,” Geoffrey Chaucer. Her essay tells the story of Chaucer’s popularity from the fifteenth century up to today: from portraits found in medieval manuscripts to YouTube videos and the gambling-addicted Chaucer in the popular movie First Knight. “Geoffrey Chaucer,” in Icons of the Middle Ages: Rulers, Writers, Rebels, and Saints, ed. Lister Matheson. Two volumes. CLIO, 2011. Volume 1, pp. 175–204. “The Holy Family,” a story by Henry Alley, professor emeritus of literature, received honorable mention in the July 2011 Very Short Fiction Competition of the journal Glimmer Train. Another piece, “The Policeman’s Son,” received honorable mention in the October 2011 Family Matters Story Competition of the same short fiction journal. This summer Alley will study under Pam Houston in the Centrum Foundation Writers’ Conference in Port Townsend, Washington. Samantha Hopkins, assistant professor of geology, is pursuing research on an understanding of the ecological changes in mammals associated with climate change over the last 40 million years. Currently, her efforts


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emphasize identifying and describing fossils and the sites in the Northwest where they were collected so as to put all of them in a consistent classification and geologic framework. Once this work is complete, it will be possible to track ecological change through a series of changes in climate (both global warming and global cooling), in order to better understand how mammals respond to their environment. Recent papers from this effort that Hopkins co-authored with graduate student Jonathan Calede were published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology and the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. Another focus of Hopkins’ research considers the evolution of ecology within individual lineages of mammals; this work primarily emphasizes ecological change in rodents in response to changes in habitats. This work was the basis of her recent talks at the annual meetings of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and the Geological Society of America, where she presented her finding that volcanic activity in Oregon has affected the shape of rodent teeth over the last 15 million years. Matt Sandler, adjunct instructor of literature, delivered a paper entitled “Kindred Darkness: Whitman, New Orleans, and Poetry after Katrina” at the annual Modern Language Association convention in Seattle this past January, a version of which is forthcoming in an anthology on Whitman and Black America. Adjunct instructor of literature Jennifer Burns Levin’s review essay, “Food, Service, and Play in Restaurant Culture in Robert Appelbaum’s Dishing It Out: In Search of the Restaurant Experience and Grant Achatz’s Life, On the Line,” is forthcoming in Gastronomica. She will give two public talks in the spring, one on modernist cuisine for her interdisciplinary food studies research group at the UO Center for the Study of Wom-

en in Society, and another on author and gay activist Samuel Steward at an Ohio State University symposium dedicated to Steward. She will be conducting research at the Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, Indiana, and at the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Levin was recently interviewed on UO Today, the Oregon Humanities Center’s televised interview program, and attended a conference on historic cookbook research in New York. She continues to serve as a co-host on Food for Thought, a locally produced program on Eugene’s NPR affiliate, KLCC, on which she recently interviewed former New York Times columnist Molly O’Neill. Burns Levin presented new work on patronage and nourishment at the Modernist Studies Association in Buffalo, New York, after a research trip to New York City for in-progress chapters of her books on sexuality and food. Her food blog, Culinaria Eugenius, was again voted Best Blog of the year by the readers of Eugene Weekly. Her interdisciplinary food studies research group at the Center for the Study of Women in Society hosted three faculty works-inprogress talks (one by our own Vera Keller) and two receptions for visiting authors Julie Guthman and Hank Shaw. She also organized a public talk, Honors College CHIP breakfast, and a Clark foraging hike and special dinner at Marché for Shaw’s visit. At the end of the term, Levin was invited to visit Taiwan as part of an international delegation of food critics to experience Taiwanese cuisine. Helen Southworth, associate professor of literature, published “‘Perfect Strangers’?: Francesca Allinson and Virginia Woolf” in the Virginia Woolf Bulletin in January 2012. Her continued on next page


FACULTY • NEWS “Virginia Woolf’s Orlando Preface, the Modernist Writer, and Networks of Cultural, Financial, and Social Capital” will appear in the Woolf Studies Annual 2012. Southworth’s work on a biography of Francesca Allinson is currently being supported by the Center for the Study of Women in Society. Assistant professor of history Mark Carey has recently had two articles accepted for publication. The first is published in the journal Climatic Change, and the article is called “An Integrated Socio-Environmental Framework for Glacier Hazard Management and Climate Change Adaptation: Lessons from Lake 513, Cordillera Blanca, Peru.” Carey is the lead author of this paper, which he co-wrote with an interdisciplinary and international team that included Christian Huggel and Wilfried Haeberli (two glaciologists from the University of Zurich in Switzerland), Jeffrey Bury (a human geographer at the University of California, Santa Cruz), and César Portocarrero (a Peruvian civil engineer). He is also the lead author on the second article, which he co-wrote with two students: Adam French, a geography graduate student at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and Elliott O’Brien, an undergraduate political science major. The article, “Unintended Effects of Technology on Climate Change Adaptation: An Historical Analysis of Water Conflicts below Andean Glaciers,” is published in the Journal of Historical Geography. Carey has also accepted an invitation from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to serve as a contributing author for the IPCC’s 2014 assessment report on climate change. The work has already involved extensive research, writing, and collaboration with scientists and social scientists around the world.


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This year, Daniel Rosenberg, associate dean and associate professor of history, and his co-author Anthony Grafton kicked off the annual lecture series of the Princeton University Museum of Art on Memory and the Work of Art. Rosenberg and Grafton’s exhibition at the museum garnered excellent reviews. From ArtForum: “Every so often, scholars dramatically revise and expand our knowledge of particular visual phenomena. . . . Last year, the historians Daniel Rosenberg and Anthony Grafton performed [this] feat with their book Cartographies of Time, on the history of timelines. This small exhibition . . . is a welcome reminder to look beyond fine art for revelatory, informative visual experiences.” Cartographies of Time was released in paperback and entered its fifth printing. Rosenberg’s recent speaking engagements have taken him to Stanford, Seattle University, University of Washington, University of Virginia, New York University, University of California at Berkeley, and University of California at Santa Barbara, among other places. He spoke at Facebook, the Bay Area Computer-Human Interface Group, and delivered a plenary talk at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association. Monique R. Balbuena, associate professor of literature, is currently on sabbatical leave. December 2011 saw the publication of the Latin American issue of the Journal of Jewish Identities Balbuena co-edited with Adriana Brodsky. Her essay “Athens, Salonika and Israel in Margalit Matitiahu’s poetry” appeared in Cadernos de Língua e Literatura Hebraica (São Paulo, Brazil: FFLCH Universidade de São Paulo, 2011, pp. 67–78), and “JudeoSpanish Texts in Latin American Genres: Language Revival and National Identity in Contemporary Argentina” was published in the Selected Papers from the Fifteenth British

Conference on Judeo-Spanish Studies (London: Queen Mary University of London, 2012, pp. 37–50). Balbuena recently joined the editorial board of the Levantine Review and returned to Eugene in late March to present the paper “Ladino among Latinos today: A New Stage in Language Revival” in the panel “Rupture and Continuity: The New Ladino Cultural Production,” which she organized for the Western Jewish Studies Association Conference being held at the UO. Together with Professor Laura Leibman (Reed College), Balbuena has received a Mellon Collaborative Summer Fellowship to work on Leibman’s and Michael Hoberman’s book project Jews in the Americas, 1621–1826 from June to August 2012. Balbuena joins the effort as a translation specialist. During ten weeks of collaborative work Leibman and Balbuena will pursue a directed program of reading and research on the topic of language and identity among colonial American Jews. This program will include translation theory, hands-on translation of selected archival documents, and a discussion of choices made in the translations. The outcome will be the translation of several key-documents of colonial American Jews (including Jews from Dutch, British, and Spanish colonies, as well as conversos from the Iberian Peninsula) and a co-authored essay on language and identity among colonial American Jews. In April, Roxann Prazniak, associate professor of history, attended a Congress of the Asian Association of World Historians in Seoul, Korea to participate on a panel titled, “The Silk Roads, the Mongols, and Cultural Connections.” In May, Prazniak will attend the Global Middle Ages Conference at Edinburgh University. She is currently working on a paper

titled “The Haft Paykar: Portraiture and Changing Visuality in 13th/14th-Century Eurasia.” Assistant professor of literature Susanna Lim’s book “China and Japan in the Russian Imagination, 1685–1922: To the Ends of the Orient” will be published by Routledge in 2013 (tentative publishing date). In winter term, University President Emeritus Dave Frohnmayer and Barbara West taught their Freshman Seminar, and a well-received Clark Honors College colloquium on leadership theory topics, using the latest version of their developing monograph on this subject. Frohnmayer also taught administrative law at the UO School of Law. He traveled to Houston, Texas to help set scientific priorities for Fanconi anemia research, gave a seminar on leadership best practices for information technology professionals, and was a lead speaker at the February 29, 2012, conference at Oregon Health & Science University on “Innovation and Opportunities in Rare Disease Research.” Frances Cogan, professor of literature, is continuing her research on her third book, The Other Ellis Island: Castle Garden, New York, 1855–1890. Over the summer, Cogan will finish the rough draft of the introduction, and complete the book which she been working on for nine years. Possible publishers include the scholarly publisher SUNY Press, and the commercial publisher, Basic Books. This spring, Cogan will also review both a scholarly article and a book in manuscript. Both are about the treatment of American POWs held by the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II. The scholarly article will likely appear in the Kentucky Historical Society.

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Get LinkedIn to Leverage Your UO Connections Guest Author: Anthony McAdoo, Senior Associate Executive Director, UO Alumni Association The University of Oregon has teamed up with the online professional networking site LinkedIn to help current students and alumni to leverage their Duck affiliations and maximize their Professional network. Currently, over 63,000 Ducks utilize LinkedIn as part of the self-identified University of Oregon group. Of these, over 500 Clark Honors College students and alumni are already part of this group, taking advantage of the dual affiliation with the CHC and the UO.

The foundation to success with utilizing LinkedIn is building your profile. The site makes it easy to build your profile, and customizing the sections allows users to emphasize their personal brand via work experience, as well as highlight projects, awards or honors, and causes. Profiles can also include endorsements submitted by co-workers. By using the advanced search feature, users can seek out other Ducks, including CHC alumni, by placing “University of Oregon” in the institution field. Additional search variables such as keyword or company enable users to enable targeted networking. After locating fellow Ducks with whom you would like to network, users can extend an invitation to connect. After establishing a connection, ask for time to connect by phone or Anthony McAdoo in person

CLASS NOTES 2000s Brian Malloy ’01 was selected to Northern California Rising Stars 2011 by Super Lawyers. He previously received this distinction in 2010. He is with The Brandi Law Firm in San Francisco, where he lives with his wife, Aimee. Veronica Sunderland-Perez ’03, who subsequently earned master’s degrees in social work and in public health, is currently the manager of the Maternal Child Health Program and the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene project at Pueblo a Pueblo in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala. Scott F. Parker ’04 published two books in 2011: Coffee—Philosophy for Everyone: Grounds for Debate, which he co-edited with Mike W. Austin, and Running After Prefontaine, a memoir partially set in Eugene during Parker’s undergraduate years. A poetry collection, Revisited: Notes on Bob Dylan, is scheduled for publication this summer.

to begin cultivating your new network connection. LinkedIn’s “groups” feature allows users to quickly find communities of fellow users. There are groups by topic or industry to help share knowledge or discuss trends. There is also an official University of Oregon group focused on sharing networking advice and insight, in addition to promoting jobs among fellow Ducks. To learn more about utilizing LinkedIn for career and professional networking, visit networking. To join the University of Oregon group on LinkedIn, visit www.


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Save the Dates! May 21–25 Inaugural Celebrate Undergraduate Achievement Week • May 22 Panel session on undergraduate research • May 22 Reception for the Undergraduate Support Program and Students in Transition to Success • May 23–24 Indigenous People, Climate Change, and Environmental Knowledge conference • May 24 Second annual UO Undergraduate Symposium

June 17 CHC Commencement (Matthew Knight Arena)

June 18 UO commencement (Matthew Knight Arena)

June 22–July 1 U.S. Olympic Team Trials–Track and Field

June 29–July 15 Oregon Bach Festival

August 28–September 1 Third annual Summer Shakespeare in Ashland, Oregon (co-sponsored with the UO Insight Seminar Program)

Correction Cover photo of Margaret Moore ’61 at the June 2011 commencement in the last issue of Scholar should have been attributed to Jack Liu ’74. We regret the error.

The Scholar, Spring 2012  
The Scholar, Spring 2012