HISTORY LECTURE: William Cronon, a professor of history, geography and environmental studies and one of the country's most distinguished historians, will present this year's Jonas A. "Steine" Jonasson Endowed Lecture. He will speak on "The Portage: How to Read a Landscape" on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium. Cronon is the Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His research seeks to understand the history of human interactions with the natural world.
MONDAY, FEB. 20
POETRY READING: Poet Judith Barrington will present a reading on Monday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library. Her most recent book is "Horses and the Human Soul," her third book of poems. Barrington, whose works have received countless awards and honors, is also the author of "Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art" and "Lifesaving: A Memoir." In addition to her work as a writer, Barrington leads many poetry and memoir-writing workshops throughout Oregon and the United States. The reading is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library and the Linfield English Department.
SATURDAY, FEB. 25
NOVELIST TO READ: Craig Lesley, a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, will present a reading on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library. He is the author of four novels, "Burning Fence," "The Sky Fisherman," "Winterkill" and "River Song." His works have earned him numerous awards and honors, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. "The Sky Fisherman" was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1996. The reading is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library and Friends of McMinnville Public Library.
MONDAY, MARCH 6
PULITZER PRIZE WINNER: David K. Shipler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former foreign correspondent of The New York Times, will speak on his book, "The Working Poor: Invisible in America" Monday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library. His profiles offer an intimate look at what it is like to be trapped in a cycle of dead-end jobs without benefits or opportunities for advancement. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his book, "Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land."
MONDAY, MARCH 20
RELIGION LECTURE: Huston Smith, internationally known author and teacher of world religions, will present a lecture Monday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium. Smith is the Thomas J. Watson professor of religion and distinguished adjunct professor of philosophy, emeritus, at Syracuse University. He holds 12 honorary degrees and is the author of 14 books including "The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions" and "Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief," winner of the Wilbur Award for the best book on religion published in 2001. His film documentaries on Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Sufism have won international awards.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22
VISITING FELLOW: Raichelle Glover, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, will speak on liberal arts paths to corporate leadership on Wednesday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium. Glover is senior vice president/global business and financial services for Bank of America. She will spend a week on campus, interacting with faculty and students while sharing insights from her career in the top levels of banking leadership.
THURSDAY, APRIL 6
ECOLOGY LECTURE: Robin Wall Kimmerer, winner of the 2005 John Burroughs Medal for "Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses," will present the Jane Claire Dirks-Edmunds Ecology Lecture on Thursday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in 101 Graf Hall. She is an associate professor on the faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
MONDAY, APRIL 10
NORTHWEST AUTHOR: Shannon Applegate will present a reading on Monday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library. Applegate's latest work, "Living Among Headstones: Life in a Country Cemetery," was released in Spring 2005 and named one of the top ten Northwest books in 2005 in the Oregonian. Applegate is a well-known lecturer on aspects of Pacific Northwest history. She is chair of Oregon's Commission on Historic Cemeteries, and active in the national historic cemetery preservation movement. Applegate is the sexton of the Applegate Pioneer Cemetery in Yoncalla. The reading is sponsored by the Linfield English Department, Friends of Nicholson Library and Friends of McMinnville Public Library.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10
BOOK READING: David Quammen, a former Rhodes Scholar, will present a reading on Wednesday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library. Quammen is a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award for his National Geographic essay Was Darwin Wrong? and for his science and nature columns in Outside Magazine, which he wrote from 1981-1995. He has also written for Harpers, Rolling Stone and the New York Times Book Review. Quammen has published nine books, including "The Song of the Dodo," winner of the John Burroughs Medal and the Helen Bernstein Award. The reading is sponsored by the Friends of Nicholson Library, Friends of McMinnville Public Library and the Linfield English Department.