A profile Jane Wulff has been published in the City of Vancouver Messenger.
The open journal Inscriptions
is publishing David Ritchie's essay "Stumbling on Dover
Beach." You can see it here:
Michael Meo's article "F.G.W. Struve and Imperial Russian Astronomy" is appearing in DIO, The Internaional Journal of Scientific History vol. 31 (2022)
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES 2021
Kate Burrows has co-pubished an article entitled "Implementing Culturally Relevant Teaching in the Classroom," in The Open Journal of Leadership
Jimmie Moglia has a new YouTube episode on Dante in honor of the 700th. anniversary of his death. You can view it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WkmxRYKpLw
Richard Etulain's latest book: Mark O. Hatfield: Oregon Statesman, is scheduled for publication in the summer of 2021. On June 1, Richard took part in an online panel that focused on why Wallace Stegner's novel ANGLE OF REPOSE, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1972, should be considered a great American novel. The panel was hosted by the National Association of Scholars and moderated by Chris Kendall.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES 2020
Richard Etulain published FOUR books in 2020: Thunder in the West: the Life and Legends of Billy the Kid, Billy the Kid: A Reader's Guide, Abraham Lincoln, a Western Legacy, and William S. U'Ren: Oregon Fatherof the Initiative, Referendum, and Recall
Mike Munk has a YouTube video discussing events that are listed in his Portland Red Guide.
Margaret DeLacy presented papers on "Fever Hospitals in Ireland, 1780-1804," at the Matters of Containment Conference in Lisbon 2020 (online) and “ 'Reasons for Classing of Diseases, Medicine and Physicians:' John Bellers (1654-1725), Quakerism and medical reform," at the Columbia History of Science Group conference, Friday Harbor WA, March 7, 2020
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES 2019
Bob McGown spoke to the Mazamas about space tourism talk on Wednesday October 30th It included a little bit of space, molecular biology and fun theory.
Don Blanchard has co-curated an exhibit on the history of Retinal Illustration at the BICC library at OHSU. He will give guided tours of the exhibit on Sept. 24th. 2019.
Josey Cooper's essay "Senior Dance Night" was published in the summer issue of Oregon Humanities magazine. http://oregonhumanities.org/rll/magazine/adapt-summer-2019/senior-dance-night/
Michael Meo will be making a presentation to the Humanists of Greater Portland on "Russian Astronomy of the 19th Century" on September 22, 2019
Margaret DeLacy's book, The Germ of an Idea: Contagionism, Religion and Society in Britain, 1660-1730 (Palgrave Macmillan: 2016) has received the monograph award from the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES 2018
Richard Etulain: is the winner of the 2018 Thomas J. Lyon Award for the Best Book in Western American Literary and Cultural Studies for his biography “Ernest Haycox and the Western” (University of Oklahoma Press, 200 pages, $29.95). The award is given by the Western Literature Association. Portland native Ernest Haycox was a key figure in creating the Western novel, writes Etulain, who occasionally reviews books for The Oregonian/OregonLive. Haycox’s most influential book was arguably “Stagecoach,” which was adapted into a film starring John Wayne. Richard gave a talk about Haycox to NISA in 2017.
Irene Hecht's memoir Under Manila Sky: A Memoir on the Art of Survival, about her childhood experience as an internee in Manila during World War II has been published by University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, in Manila. It was reviewed for the Philippine Daily Inquirer in July, and members of the Bataan Historical Society are working on American distribution.
Margaret DeLacy's book, Contagionism Catches On: Medical Ideology in Britain, 1730-1800 has been published by Palgrave Macmillan.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES 2016
Josey Cooper's essay "Sunday, Laundry Day" appeared in the Summer, 2016 issue of the Oregon Humanities Magazine. The magazine's theme was "edge."
Margaret DeLacy's book, The Germ of an Idea: Contagionism, Religion, and Society in Britain, 1660-1730 has been published by
Palgrave-Macmillan both in paper and online.
Don Blanchard is presenting a paper on "Henry Gray's (Eye) Anatomy" to the Washington University Medical School during a meeting of the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society in April.
David Ritchie's play, "A Little Horseplay in the Library" will be staged in a reader's theater production on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the West Slope Library as part of library's celebration of Read Aloud Month
In April 2016, Rosemary Lombard will read at Multnomah County's NW Library from her Turtles All the Way: Poems, forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Also in April she will be a panelist on a Conversations with Writers program discussing ways writers can target new audiences for issues of importance. She will read from examples including Sharon Appleman's Coyote Willows, an eco-thriller about dangers from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, published the month before Appleman's death in August 2015.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES 2015
Don Blanchard's paper, "Iceland Spar and Early Polarizing Theories of Light" was published in the 2015 Proceedings of the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society. The meeting where he presented it was held at Columbia University Medical School in New York.
Dick Etulain has a new book, his second on Calamity Jane: Calamity Jane: A Reader's Guide (University of Oklahoma Press, August 2015).
As a memorial to author Sharon Appleman, at the Stumptown Lit gala in Portland on October 25, Rosemary Lombard read from Sharon's eco-thriller about dangers from Hanford Nuclear Reservation, CoyoteWillows, published shortly before Sharon's death. At Stumptown Lit, Rosemary's first chapter of Diode's Experiment: A Box Turtle Investigates the Human World was awarded First Honorable Mention by judge C.B. Bernard in the category of nonfiction first chapters. This contest is now getting more than 500 entries. Rosemary's chapbook of poems about turtles, Turtles All the Way, has been accepted by Finishing Line Press.
If you are attending the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) conference in Portland, you are invited to stop by Sunday morning, November 8, to hear Rosemary Lombard's paper on the first stages of teaching symbolic communication to turtles. (Sessions are open only to those registered for the conference.) Session 10-17: Teaching Writing across the Disciplines, Sunday 8:30-10:00 a.m. (fourth paper, probably between 9:15 and 9:30), Salon III, Hilton Executive Tower, across Broadway from the Hilton.
Gerald Willams was elected as a distinguished fellow of the Forest History Society at an award ceremony in Portland on October 30th. 2015. Gerry gave a Powerpoint show and talk on the history of the USFS lands and the 100-year history of summer homes in the national forests in Vancouver as part of the National Forest Homeowners Association annual meeting and repeated the talk for a summer home meeting in Denver on September 26th. On July 28th., Gerry presented an illustrated talk on the World War 1 Spruce Production Division at the Wilsonville McMenamins.
Michael Helquist's book, Marie Equi: Radical Politics & Outlaw Passions will be published by the Oregon State University Press in Fall 2015. Michael has also published “Criminal Operations”: The First Fifty Years of Abortion Trials in Portland, Oregon," in the Spring 2015 issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly. More information can be found on his website at Michaelhelquist.com.
Margaret DeLacy's 1986 book, Prison Reform in Lancashire, is featured in a Harvard Law Library exhibit "Where Mis'ry Moans: Four Prison Reformers in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century England." http://exhibits.law.harvard.edu/current-exhibit
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES 2014
Matt Simek's column: "Terrible Duties for Americans" appeared in the McMinnville News-Register Opinion section on August 8, 2014.
Morgen Young served as Project Director for Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps During World War II. As part of the project, Morgen is presenting a lecture on the first Japanese American farm labor camp near Nyssa, Oregon.on Sept. 13th, in Ontario Oregon. It is entitled "The Camp without a Fence."
Richard W. Etulain's new book The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane (University of Oklahoma Press) appeared in September, 2014, and the first printing has sold out. A second printing is in the works. The book is an alternate offering with the Book-of-the-Month and History Book clubs for their winter (January 2015) selections. Dick is now working on a second book on the same subject.
Other recent publications of his are: "Lincoln and Religion," Lincoln Lore 1906 (summer 2014) 7-13, "Calamity Jane A Life and Legends," Montana The Magazine of Western History 64 (summer 2014) 21-45, 92-94 and "Echard V. Toy, Jr. (1931-2013)," Pacific Northwest Quarterly 104 (fall 2013) 176-77.
Harry H. Stein's article: "Printers and Press Operators: The Oregonian Remembered",¯ appeared in the Oregon Historical Quarterly 115 (Summer 2014), pp. 208-223
Steven McClure is presenting a theory that William Clark was attempting to reach the Willamette Falls in 1806 in a series of articles for the Friends of Baltimore Woods: "Bill's Excellent Adventure on the Willamette." The articles can be found in the newsletter archives at
friendsofbaltimorewoods.com and will be incorporated in a book with the working title "William on the Willamette; Lewis & Clark and Oregon's Iconic River."
Michael Meo has privately published a book on Russian astronomy entitled Izucheniia dlia istorii astonomii v Rossii v pervoi polovine deviatnatsatogo veka
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES 2013
Members of the Northwest Independent Scholars Association celebrated the 30th. anniversary of NISA at a dinner on November 16, 2013.
Carole Glauber is speaking on "Understanding Myra Wiggins" at the Portland Art Museum Photography Council Brown Bag Lecture Series, November 20th., 2013
Polina Olsen offers an online tour of old Jewish Portland as part of the PDX Social History Guide sponsored by Know Your City at http://pdxsocialhistory.org/themes/jewish-history
Harry Stein's article, “The Oregonian Navigates the Great Depression,” appears in the Oregon Historical Quarterly 114 (Summer 2013), 174-203
Margaret DeLacy gave a paper entitled “Debate over the Manchester House of Recovery: contagion, controversy, and communication” to the International Conference on the History Science, Technology and Medicine, July 26, 2013
A review of the exhibit curated by Morgen Young on the history of OHSU appeared in The Oregonian on March 15, 2013.
http//www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/03/ohsu_celebrates_125_years_exhi.html. The exhibit will be on display at the Oregon Historical Society until July.
Richard Etulatin's new book, Lincoln and Oregon Country Politics in the Civil War Era will be launched at the Oregon Historical Society February 24, 2013
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES 2012
Don Sevetson's book Atkinson: Pioneer Oregon Educator (2011) was reviewed by G. Thomas Edwards, Emeritus Prof of History at Whitman for the Winter 2012 issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly, vol. 113: no. 4 , pp. 619-20.
Harry Stein's article "Law, Legal Practice and Lamar Tooze, Jr.," has appeared in Western Legal History 23 (Summer/Fall 2010) pp. 155-179
Peter Abrahams presented a talk on "The Baker-Nunn satellite tracking camera" to the Rose City Astronomers on October 15, 2012
Margaret DeLacy presented a paper on "Communication, Contagion and Reform: the Medical Society of London, 1773-1803" at the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies in Pasadena, California, March 11, 2012. She received advice on the paper at a meeting of the NW Independent Scholars in early March.
Sarah Sentilles is speaking on “Art, Religion, and Torture: Constructing an Ethical Response to Violence against Others” on February 15, at The Portland Center for Public Humanities
Sandy Polishuk is speaking at a History Pub at McMenamins Kennedy School on "Julia Ruuttila: The Proudest Moment in an Oregon Activist's Life" January 30, 2012
Don Sevetson's book, Atkinson: Pioneer Oregon Educator was the subject of a story in the Oregon City News on January 25th.
Don gave a reading on January 17th. at Murder by the Book.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES 2011
Polina Olsen's book Stories from Jewish Portland (2011) has been published by The History Press. http://historypresswest.wordpress.com/tag/polina-olsen/
Steve Weiner's article "A socialist youth; an adult needing the welfare state," which was originally published in his newseltter The Suspicious Humanist appears in a new book by Oxford University Press entitled Classics of Community Psychiatry Fifty Years of Public Mental Health Outside the Hospital, Edited by Michael Rowe, Kenneth Thompson, Martha Lawless and Larry Davidson
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES 2010
Mike Munk's entry on John Reed has just appeared in the Oregon Encyclopedia. You can find it at
Diane Goeres-Gardner's book Roseburg appeared in March, 2010. This photo-history book, published by Arcadia Publishing, examines the history of Roseburg, a major city in Southern Oregon. Using images from the museum and others donated by local citizens, it traces the growth of a town from its infancy in 1851 through its trials and triumphs over time.
Dick Etulain has just published a book entitled Lincoln Looks West From the Mississippi to the Pacific (Carbondale Southern Illinois University Press, 2010). He edited the book and wrote an introductory essay and a detailed bibliographical essay.
Diane Goeres-Gardner's book 'Murder, Morality and Madness' was the topic of an article in the Oregonian on February 6, 2010.
Quilts by Mary Bywater Cross are on exhibit at U.S. bank, Stadium Bank from January 4 to February 26th.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES 2009
Harry Stein's articles on "The Oregonian", "Henry L. Pittock" and "Gus J. Solomon."
have been published on the Website of The Oregon Encyclopedia www.oregonencyclopedia.org
Linda Hathaway Bunza delivered a slide and music lecture "Understanding 'The Creation,' an Oratorio by Joseph Haydn" in Portland on June 16 and in Eugene on June 26. Her radio interview Aired Thursday June 11 at 6 pm and Friday 12 Noon on KBPS 89.9 FM Radio
Diane Gardner has published a new book: Murder, Morality and Madness: Women Criminals in Early Oregon" by Caxton Press. More information can be found at www.frontierjustice.net. John Terry reviews it in the Oregonian for Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009.
Three NISA members, Mary Cross, Carole Glauber and Diane Goeres-Gardener are participating in Chautauqua programs sponsored by the Oregon Council for the Humanitities. These programs take place at various locations throughout the state. For dates, times and locations see http://www.oregonhum.org/oregon-chautauqua-program.php
Mary Cross is presenting "Stitched Patches: Quilts of Celebration"
Carole Glauber is presenting "Woman Photographers in Oregon: 1853-1917"
Diane Goeres-Gardner is presenting "Justice in Frontier Oregon: 1851-1905"
Harry Stein is participating in a panel discussing “Historian E. Kimbark MacColl – His Civic Vision Shapes Portland Today” with Jewel Lansing, David Bragdon, Gloria Myers, David Horowitz, and others, produced as part of the “Discovering Oregon Originals” series in conjunction with the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission and Portland State University’s Friends of History
Michael Meo has a blog at http://www.newmenu.org/blog_read.php?candidate=michaelmeo
The latest entry mentions the recent NISA meeting where Rosemary discussed her work on turtles.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES 2008
Carole Glauber was one of the participants discussing women photographers in a show "The River They Saw" that appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting on December 3, 2008.
Rosemary Lombard was interviewed by National Public Radio for a story on "Amazing Animals" for a Weekend All Things Considered
Mary Cross was invited to participate in the crafts fair at Trinity Episcopal Church on NW 19th in Portland on November 8th & 9th.
Mike Munk's Oregon HIstorical Quarterly article on the "True Romance" of John Reed and Louise Bryant is now available online at
Michael Meo is running for Congress as a Pacific Green party delegate
Harry H. Stein's article , "Fighting for Aluminum and for Itself The Bonneville Power
Administration, 1939-1949," is appearing in the Pacific Northwest Quarterly 99
(Winter 2007/2008), 3-15.
Chrys Pandhi and her husband Anshul had a baby boy on March 26th., weight 6 lbs. 7 oz.
Mike Munk's Portland Red Guide is discussed by Emily-Jane Dawson in her blog "Duck Duck Book" at http://duckduckbook.wordpress.com/2008/04/14/53-portland-red-guide/
Sharan Newman's mystery The Shanghai Tunnel, set in 1868 Portland is now out.
Sharan will be doing a signing Sunday at 500 at Murder by the Book on Hawthorne and at Powell's Beaverton on March 12. You can find her website at http://www.sharannewman.com/
and she has joined a very entertaining blog with six other female mystery writers at
Margaret DeLacy discussed Talented and Gifted programs in Oregon on a new Oregon Public Broadcasting program Think out Loud on Monday, February 18th. The program can be heard on the web at http://action.publicbroadcasting.net/opb/posts/list/802210.page. Margaret's website at http://www.tagpdx.org contains a section with resources for scholars at http://www.tagpdx.org/scholar's_aids.htm
Peter Abrahams' articles, bibliographies and images can be found on his website at http://home.europa.com/~telscope/binotele.htm
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES 2007
Peter Abrahams has published and article entitled "When an Eye is
"armed with a Telescope: The Dioptrics of William and Samuel Molyneux" in Juergen Hamel & Inge Keil, ed. Der Meister und die Fernrohre: Das Wechselspiel zwischen Astronomie und Optik in der Geschichte. Festschrift zum 85. Geburtstag von Rolf Riekher. Frankfurt: Verlag Harri Deutsch, 2007, pp.229-246.
Carole Glauber has received a grant from The Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund for Historic Research to pursue her work on photographer Eva Watson-Schutze at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.
Michael Meo's review "The Invariant Twins" discussing Tony Crilly, Arthur Cayley, Mathematician Laureate of the Victorian Age, and Karen Hunger Parshall, James Joseph Sylvester: Jewish Mathematician in a Victorian World will appear next year in the journal Metascience 17:1.
Dick Etulain's book, (coauthored with Michael P. Malone) The American West: A Modern History, 1900 to the Present,will be published in a second edition by the University of Nebraksa Press in September. He has forthcoming reviews in the Journal of American History and the Lincoln Herald. His essay "Beyond Conflict, Toward Complexity: New Views of the American West" appeared recently in David Rio, ed., Exploring the American Literary West: International Perspectives (Bilbao, Spain). He continues his Chautauqua presentations "The Magic West on Film," "Abraham Lincoln: With Charity for All," and "Wallace Stegner: Wise Man of the
American West" for the Oregon Council for the Humanities.
Mary Cross's book Treasures in the Trunk book has been reissued by a new publisher and is now entitled Quilts of the Oregon Trail. Mary will be lecturing at the American Museum in Bath, England on Friday, April 20th., the only American decorative arts museum outside the US, and is taking a quilt from Treasures to be donated to the collection at the museum. Mary is also the consultant to the public artist who is using 40 quilt designs from her books for art at the light rail station at Clackamas Town Center. Mary's book is also featured in an article by John Terry in the Sunday Oregonian for July 22, 2007.
Sandy Polishuk presented "Julia Ruuttila Centennial-An Extraordinary Life" at the Eliot Chapel in the First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Salmon in downtown Portland, Wednesday, May 9 at 7 pm as part of the Discovering Oregon Originals programs sponsored by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission. She also participated in a screening of the film "Good Work Sister!" and was quoted in a story about the project in the Vancouver Columbian.
Carole Glauber's essay "Eyes of the Earth: Lily White, Sarah Ladd and the Oregon Camera Club" appears in the 2007 Spring edition of the Oregon Historical Quarterly.
Sharan Newman's book The Real History Behind the Templars will be out from Berkley in August of 2007. It is the story of the order in reality and in myth http://www.sharannewman.com
Mike Munk's book "The Portland Red Guide: Sites and Stories from our Radical Past" was published on May Day by PSU's Ooligan Press. Mike's new website can be found at http://www.michaelmunk.com/
Steve Weiner's autobiographical piece on mental illness and his reactions to the anti-psychiatry current will be published on-line by The Bulletin of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy of Psychiatry. Steve continues to publish The Suspicious Humanist, an eclectic journal of the arts and opinion, on a roughly bimonthly schedule. An introductory set of current and past issues is available to any NISA member who requests one, with payment on a sliding reader-chosen scale.
Margaret DeLacy's review of Stanley Finger. Doctor Franklin's Medicine will be appearing in Isis
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES 2006
Peter Abrahams has published two articles:
"The Early Observatory Telescopes of Carl Zeiss" in Zeiss Historica 28:1 (Spring 2006) 8-18, and "The Telescopes of William Lassell (1799-1880)" in East and West: The Common European Heritage. Proceedings of the XXV Scientific Instrument Symposium, Kracow: Jagiellonian University Museum, 2006 pp. 87-92.
Carole Glauber spoke at Photohistory XIII, a triennial history of photography conference at George Eastman House n Rochester, New York.October, 2006, on "By the Time I Got to Woodstock: Eva Watson-Schütze, Photography and the Avant-Garde"
Richard W. Etulain has just published a long overview history of the American West, Beyond the Missouri: The Story of the American West (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2006). He is beginning work on a study of Abraham Lincoln and the American West.
A new revised and expanded edition of Treasures in the Trunk by Mary Cross will be available after the first of the year as Quilts of the Oregon Trail. Additions include new historic quilts, additional genealogical research into each family, and new information regarding settlement and community development. The new publisher is Schiffer Books.
Mary's exhibition of her work is on display until the end of the year at Albina Community Bank at NW 10th and Glisan. It is titled New Woolen Quilts: Drawn from Tradition.
Diane Goeres-Gardner was the keynote speaker at the Columbia County Historical Society annual dinner meeting in St. Helens on Thurs. Dec. 14,. discussing Justice in Frontier Oregon and the hanging that took place in St. Helens in 1902.
Michael Helquist presented a lecture titled "K.A.J. Mackenzie, Marie Equi and the Oregon Doctor Train: Portland's Response to the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake" on May 12 at the Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland. The narrative-with-slides can be viewed online
at http://www.ohsu.edu/library/hom/lectures.shtml . He delivered a similar presentation in April at the San Francisco Public Library.
Harry Stein's book, Gus J. Solomon: Liberal Politics, Jews, and the Federal Courts, has been published by The Oregon Historical Society Press, in conjunction with the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society. This is his eighth book.
From public power to civil liberties and equal rights, Judge Gus J. Solomon (19061987) was a grassroots liberal leader who helped shape the way Oregonians live. After two decades as a legal and political activist in the 1930s and 1940s, he was appointed to the U.S. District Court for Oregon, where he sat as a highly influential and the longest serving federal judge in the state. Harry tells the story of this smart and combative figure against the changing backdrop of 20th-century American law, politics, and life, particularly in Oregon. On and off the bench, Solomon honored liberal traditions and Jewish social justice values while abhorring anti-Semitism, racism, and other national and international ills.
Michael Meo has articles on the physicist Jakov Dorfman and the astronomer Dmitry Dubiao coming out in
The Modern Encyclopedia of Russian, Soviet, and Eurasian History.
Harry Stein has been awarded the Castles Fellowship by The Center for Columbia River History to work on Fighting for a Columbia River Basin Aluminum Industry and for itself: The Bonneville Power Administration, 1939-1949.
Because of the Fellowship, he gave a public talk in Portland will in January 2007 submit an article on this topic to a journal.
Steven Weiner is profiled in the Ashland Tidings on March 24. A website for his publication The Suspicious Humanist is also available.
David Ritchie's poem on a dance competition appeared in the Oregonian on June 18th.
Mike Munk's article "The Diaries of Helen Lawrence Walters," appears in the current (Winter, 2005) issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly. Helen was an artist in Portland before World War I and intimately chronicled the local Bohemia--especially its art scene--and was Louise Bryant's closest friend when her affair with John Reed began.
KBOO (90.7 fm radio) aired a roundtable discussion by three Portland women writers Wednesday, March 8, at 1:30 p.m.
Women Writing Women's Lives: a round-table discussion by Portland authors and NISA members Carole Glauber, Sara Halprin, and Sandy Polishuk about the challenges and rewards of writing about the lives of their extraordinary subjects.
This discussion grew out of the panel offered at the NISA/NCIS conference this October.
A successful one-day conference sponsored by the Northwest Independent Scholars Association and co-sponsored by the National Coalition of Independent Scholars.on "Selling Your Scholarship: Writing Marketable Non-Fiction" took place on Saturday, October 8th. 2005, at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, 1241 NW Johnson St .in Portland. from 9:00 A. M. to 5:00 P.M The keynote speaker was Robert Kanigel, Professor of Science Writing in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies and author of numerous books and articles including The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan (Scribner's, 1991), and Apprentice to Genius: The Making of a Scientific Dynasty (Macmillan, 1986).
Panels and workshops included:
Author Panel: Selling the first book, how I did it. Jude Seigel, Herb Beals , moderator, Sharan Newman
Workshop: How to transform scholarly writing into gripping non-fiction, Dennis Stovall
Panel: Off the Page: Writing and selling a documentary. Bryan Cooper, Eve Epstein, Georgia Wright
Workshop: Narrative Nonfiction: Using Personal Experience to Attract New Readers: Lisa Dale Norton
Author and Editor Panel: Freelancing non-fiction . Carla Starret-Bigg , Harry Stein, Andrew Giarelli, moderator, Lisa Dale Norton
Agent Panel: What an agent does and how to get one, Cristina Concepcion, Bert Krages, moderator, Ellen Huppert
Workshop: Writing for a Local Audience. Diane Gorres-Gardner, Michael McGregor, Laura Foster, moderator: Thomas Snyder
Author Panel: Writing and Selling Biographies, Carol Glauber, Sandy Polishuk, Sara Halprin, moderator, Mahala Yates Stipling
Publisher Panel: Publishing in the Pacific Northwest, Marianne Keddington-Lang , Lake Boggin
Workshop; Getting a Grant to Support Your Writing. Georgia Wright, Margaret DeLacy
Panel: Writing from life: Maura Conlon-McIvor, Richard Speer, moderator, Joanne Lafler
Workshop: The Book is Sold, Now What Do I Do? Sharan Newman, David Cowlitz, with comments by David Ritchie
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES 2004-5
Peter Abrahams has published an article entitled "Telescopes Lofted to Space: An Historical Chronology" in The New Astronomy, Opening the Electromagnetic Window and Expanding Our View of Planet Earth: A Meeting to Honor Woody Sullivan on his 60th Birthday, Edited by Wayne Orchiston. Dordrecht: Springer, 2005, pp. 203-214.
The publishers of Historia Mathematica have notified Michael Meo that his article, "The Mathematical Life of Cauchy's Theorem," is one of the five most frequently downloaded articles published during the course of 2004. Readers paid for each download!
Sharan Newman has published two books this fall. You can read all about The Witch in the Well, the latest installment of the Catherine LeVendeur mysteries and The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code on her website: http://www.sharannewman.com/levendeur/index.html
Carole Glauber has received a research grant from the National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS) for her work on "Eva Watson-Schütze: Photographic Politics, Progressivism, and the Avant-Garde".
Robert Newman's book Enola Gay and the Court of History has been published by Peter Lang
Margaret DeLacy's comment "The 'No Child' Law's Biggest Victims? An Answer that May Surprise" appeared in Education Week on June 23
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES 2003
Peter Abrahams gave a presentation on Solar Telescopes from 1600 to 1900 at Portland State on October 30th., 2003.
A profile of Carole Glauber appears in Women in Photography International. Go to the site and click on the thumbnail photo next to Carole's name.
Margaret DeLacy's review of Pox: Genius, Madness and the Mysteries of Syphilis by Deborah Hayden appears in The Independent Scholar, Vol. XVII number 3 (summer 2003). Margaret is also happy to report that the ACCESS program of Portland Public Schools for highly gifted students is up at running at Sabin Elementary. She chaired the task force that proposed the program.
Sharon Wood Wortman was awarded a Frances Shaw award from the Ragdale Writers' Colony in Illinois to work on a new publication. The one month fellowship will enable her to focus on her writing.
Mary Cross is curating an exhibit entitled "QUILTS Heirlooms from the Homefront" which will appear at the Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Drive, Oregon City, October 12 through January 5th. The exhibit features quilts never before shown in the Pacific Northwest. On Veteran's Day, at 7:00 P.M. there will be an Oregon Commission for the Humanities' Chautauqua presentation, "The Last Rose".
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES, 2002
Margaret DeLacy's review of Irvine Loudon, The Tragedy of Childbed Fever appears in the December, 2001 issue of Isis (Vol. 92, no. 4).
Michael Meo's history of Cauchy's theorem in permutation groups, presented in a talk to NISA members several years ago, has been accepted by Historia Mathematica for publication, pending revision. Historia Mathematica is the leading scholarly journal on the history of mathematics. The work has swelled to over 50 pages in length; it is to be pared for its public debut.
Susan Butruille presented "Uppity Women of the West" in a round-up of women who made their own way in the Old West in the Tigard Public Library. The program was sponsored by Live at Your Library, an initiative of the American Library Association.
Michael Munk's review of a new abridgement of Dubofsky's history of the IWW, We Shall Be All, appears in the current (Winter, 2001-2) issue of the Pacific Northwest Quarterly.
Carole Glauber's review of Ambassadors of Progress American Women Photographers in Paris 1900-1901 has appeared in Women In Photography International. To see Carole's review go to http//www.WomenInPhotography.org/wipihome.html click on f2 ezine and click on book reviews. You can find more of Carole's reviews in the archives for this journal.
Carole recently gave a slide talk entitled "Trials and Triumphs of Oregon Photographer Myra Albert Wiggins" as a guest of the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission series "Discovering Oregon Originals" at the Central Library.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES, 2001
Frank Engel delivered a paper entitled "Developing Meaningful Links for Language Learners" at the Annual Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ORTESOL) Conference at Linn Benton Community College, Albany, Oregon Friday October 26, 2001.
Judy McGaw has an article "'Please don't tell me how the story ends' liberating technological history" in the most recent issue, fall 2001, of Oregon Humanities.
James Kopp's article "'The effecting of all things possible': Technology in American Utopian Visions of the Future, 1885-1914" also appears in the fall, 2001, issue of Oregon Humanities
Sandy Polishuk worked as a Fellow of the Columbia University Oral History Institute for two weeks this summer. Sandy's article, "Interviewing Radical Elders" appears in the Journal of American History, in the September 2001 issue.
Susan Butruille will be performing as a solo jazz singer with the Tigard Pops on Saturday, June 9, 2001 3:00 p.m. at the Tigard United Methodist Church. Susan recently performed her one-woman show "Marie Pantalon" for the Western Association of Women Historians.
Margaret DeLacy will be speaking on the ACCESS school on radio station KPAM, 860 AM, on June 5th. Margaret also appeared with Dianne Cassidy on "Inside Oregon Education" hosted by Caleb Burns on April 25, 8 to 8:50 pm on Cable Channel 11. The show focused on "TAG Programs."
Mary Cross, Carole Glauber and Susan Butruille recently gave talks at the Western Association for Women Historians conference in Portland on May 19th. 2110. They all participated in a session entitled "Take a …: Western Women's Creative Response to Their Surroundings" Susan Butruille's paper was "Take a Little Flour and Water: A Multicultural Approach to Western Women's Food Preparation and Preservation," Mary Bywater Cross, gave a paper "Take a Needle and Thread: Stitched Visual Records of Personal Experience," and Carole Glauber one entitled, "Take a Camera: A Case Study of Myra Albert Wiggins." Susan Doyle was also a member of the pane.
Michael Meo has received a grant of $14,000 from The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The grant, to the PortlandState University Foundation, will enable Michael to work with Dr. Pui-Tak (Peter) Leung to conduct research during the next two summers in the Dept. of Physics at P.S.U. The research will be on "Quantum Mechanics and Nanoparticle Sciences." This grant was awarded through a competitive process in the Partners in Science Program at the Murdock Trust. It enables high school science teachers to work at the cutting edge of science and to revitalize their teaching and appreciate the use of inquiry-based methods in the teaching of science. The selection is based on the qualifications of the applicants, the quality of scientific research proposed, and the potentialimpact on schools.
Lin Bunza edited a book entitled The Evolution of Literary Criticism, by Prafulla Kumar Pati, (Salem, OR: Snehalata Press, 2001). Lin also gave a lecture presentation "Malevich and the Art of the Russian Avant-Garde." at Portland State University: January, 2001 and was the writer for a catalog entitled "Where Art Reveals Itself in Symbols, Words are Hard to Find: William St. Pierre." for the Chrysalis Gallery, New York, in March, 2001. In April, Lin will be giving three Pre-Concert Lectures at Reed College: "Notes on Beethoven and Schubert" for the Portland Baroque Orchestra.
Rayna Kline has recently retired from the Oregon Aids Hotline after serving as a volunteer for over fifteen years and has received an "Angel Award" from the Cascade Aids Project. She is rewriting her book on French women in the Resistance.
Sharon Wood Wortman performed "BridgeStories" on Wednesday, 7 Feb.at Willamette University at the invitation of NISA member Charles Wallace. She was sponsored by the Oregon Chautauqua program Rev. "BridgeStories" is also scheduled for Stayton, Roseburg, Myrtle Point,Lincoln City, and Newport through July this year. On January 27, Sharon and Charlie White led a "Ghost Tour" of Portland, to celebrate the city's 150th birthday by seeing what's not here any more. The tour started at River View cemetery and ended up at Montgomery Wards between Guilds Lake and the 1905 Forestry Building. Ghost Tour II is now scheduled for Saturday, 28 April. Doing research for interpretive panels to be part of the new Eastbank Esplanade, Sharon found film showing the construction of the Portland Harbor Wall, a nice piece about early 20th century construction methods and what the waterfront looked liked in 1928-29. It is now on VHS, and Sharon also has a 20 minute script that contains wonderful images of Olaf Laurgaard, the red-headed and energetic city engineer from 1917-1933 who greatly influenced the Portland we see today.
After almost two years, Sharon has finished three bridge reports (Fremont, Burnside, Sellwood) for the Historic American Engineering Record, a bureau of the National Parks Service, and am finishing the final bridge report (Ross Island) this month. The editor promises that this writing will be in print at the Library of Congress for at least 500 years.
Sharon is also researching and writing a memoir, working title, “Broken Bridges, a Memoir About Family, Bridges and Portland, Oregon."
Mike Munk is writing a regular column, "Our Radical Past" for the Portland Alliance. The column began in June of 2000.
Sharan Newman is giving a paper at the Medieval Academy meeting in March on "Eon de l'Etoile: Heretic, Madman or Revolutionary?"
Norm Cohen and Margaret DeLacy are both serving on a task force to consider a new public school for highly gifted students in Portland.
Frank Engel has been promoted to Associate Professor at Mt. Angel Seminary. He has also had a poem published in an anthology The Silence of Infinity. He will be playing with Gypsy Caravan in a show "A World of Music and Dance" at the Hollywood Theater on March 3rd.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES, 2000
Sharan Newman's newest book, To Wear the White Cloak was published in October.
Frank Engel's flamenco troupe, ALAS FLAMENCAS, played at the River Theater in Astoria in November..
Tom Franzel's article "The strange and checkered career of Carrington's Law: a century and a half of solar modeling" was published in the Sept. 1999 issue of Physics Essays.
Linda Hathaway Bunza presented a lecture in April entitled, "J.S. Bach: His Life and Music" as part of the Columbia Research Institute for the Arts and Humanities 250th anniversary commemoration of Bach's death. Live music, a double slide show, and the lecture presentation comprised the program in Portland. Lin also wrote "The Nexus of Lines," for Artist Collaboration at Blackfish Gallery in November, 2000, and gave a Lecture Presentation at Portland State University: "Kandinsky and the Art of the Russian Avant-Garde." the same month.
Norm Cohen appeared in a documentary about Woodie Guthrie and the Columbia River that appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting in August.
Judy McGaw will be presenting her paper "Why not Outhouses? Technological Change through Women's Eyes," at the conference Writing the Past, Claiming the Future: Women and Gender in Science, Medicine and Technology" in St. Louis in October.
Carole Glauber gave a lecture and slide presentation as part of the The Blue Sky Gallery Regional Photographers Lecture Series on August 10. For over two decades, Carole has provided intimate glimpses into the personalities of people through street photographs and black and white portraits, as well as lush color images depicting the lives of her children and their travels. Glauber discussed her various projects over the years and her evolution as a photographer.
Carole recently reviewed "Shadows, Fire, Snow-The Life of Tina Modotti" by Patricia Albers. for the Women in Photography website. Carole also spoke at the Pacific Northwest History Conference in Spokane, WA April 20-23.
Sandy Polishuk has published a section from her oral history of Julia Ruuttila in Hedgebrook's on-line journal. It is called "The Women Are Behind You: Stick It Out!" and tells the story of the role of the woodworkers ladies' auxiliary during the lockout of 1937. You can find it at www.hedgebrook.org. In October, Sandy gave a paper on Ruuttila at the first Labor Journalism conference in NYC.
Michael Munk's new article "Portland's 'Silk Stocking Mob': the Citizens Emergency League in the 1934 Maritime Strike," appears in the (Summer, 2000) issue of the Northwest HistoricalQuarterly.
Another article by Mike, "The 'Portland Period' of Artist Carl Walters," appears in theSummer, 2000, issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly and features many examples of his lithos of World War I Portland shipyards. Walters, a painter and ceramic sculptor who studied under Henri, worked in Portland from 1912-1919. Praised for his depictions of the Portland area by John Reed and C.E.S. Wood, he was, with Louise Bryant, a local subscription agent for The Masses. In 1915, he introduced Reed to Bryant. He left Portland for New York in 1919 and turned to ceramics, for which he is represented at major museums, and lived in Woodstock until his death in 1955.
Mike's article "The Portland Years of John Reed & Louise Bryant: An interpretive biography" is available on the John Reed Internet Archive.
Mike's article "Socialism in Czechoslovakia: What Went Wrong?" appeared in Science & Society (Summer, 2000)
Mary Bywater Cross curated an exhibition of quilts for the WSU Holland LibraryArchives which will hang from July 15th-October 15th. The title:"Quilts: Stitched Records of Human Experience." The exhibit wasl be part of the women's history conference: Gender, Race, Class and Region, at WSU July27-30,2000. She also moderatied a panel of quilt historians from across the West who will be introducing their work using quilts as documents of material culture history.
A contemporary dance company, the Canyon Movement Company in Flagstaff, Arizona, used Mary's Quilts and Women of the Mormon Migrations book as the inspiration for a series of dances they performed in March. Mary gave two pre-performance talks, funded by the Arizona Humanities Council. The company hopes to do the program again and again and is being visited by representatives of the National Endowment for the Arts this June.
Susan Butruille recently presented a workshop for the Early Spring conference of the International Women's Wrtiing Guild in Santa Cruz, Californian on "Writing the Western Landscape: Women's Voices from the Mother Lode." In March, she presented her costumed historical performance, "Marie Pantalon: The Ladie Wore Pants!" for the U.S. Forest Service in Portland, the National Woman's Party headquarters in Washington, and George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia. This presentation comes from her latest book Women's Voices from the Mother Lode: Tales from the California Gold Rush. She will perform Marie Pantalon for the Linn County Historical Society in Albany on May 14 at 2pm at the Lakeside Center Mennonite Village.
Sharon Wood Wortman is featured in in an article in the March, 2000 Sunset magazine entitled "Bridging Portland."
Peter Abrahams is serving as president of the Rose City Astronomers
David Ritchie spoke at Simon Fraser University at a conference titled, "Culture, Community, Nation; Scotland at Home and Abroad." His conference paper, "Is That A Real Scottish Sword?" is at http://www.sfu.ca/~leith/panel.htm#Ritchie . He also spoke at the University of British Columbia, to a gathering sponsored by the literature and history departments. The talk was titled, "Rivers Runs Through It; Reconsidering Madness and Sanity in World War One."
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES, 1999
Linda Hathaway Bunza published a book review of Sandra Stone's "Cocktails with Brueghel at the Museum Cafe" in the Summer 1999 issue of Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature. From October through May, 1999, Lin presented lectures in Portland on "The History of Painting" from ancient times to the present for the Columbia Research Institute for the Arts and Humanities.
Paul Pitzer was interviewed for a documentary on the Grand Coulee Dam on the Discovery Channel
Michael Munk was a participant in a panel on "FORGOTTEN ARTIST: THE ROLE OF ‘FASHION’ IN THE PORTLAND ART SCENE" sponsored by The Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission in its series "Oregon Originals 99." Mike is an honorary director of the OCHC.
Sharon Wood Wortman is featured in in an article in the March, 2000 Sunset magazine entitled "Bridging Portland." She also curated an exhibit in the New Oregon History Center at the Oregon Historical Society. Entitled "Bridging the City" it is part of the continuing PORTLAND! exhibit . It includes historic photographs and information about the initial construction and current renovation of the Hawthorne Bridge. The exhibit, which will be up for one year, also includes three separate booklets featuring words and artistic works from Oregonians which were compiled and edited by Sharon. In conjunction with the new exhibit, Sharon presented a multimedia event entitled "BridgeStories" featuring videos, props, slide images and stories at the Oregon History Center's Madison Room on Thursday, April 22, from 6:30 to 7:30.
Margaret DeLacy's article, "Nosology, Mortality and Disease Theory in the Eighteenth Century" appeared in the April, 1999 issue of the Journal of the History of Medicine.
David Ritchie's article "If I Agree With Latour That In Some Sense We Are Modern *And* We Are Not, How Do I Then Do History? An Article In Four Frames, " appeared in the Spring issue of The Journal of Unconventional History. volume 10, Number 3, Spring 1999. The Journal can be reached at http://www.unconvhistory.com David has also signed a contract with Viking/Penguin to write a book about the history of swords.
Sandy Polishuk's article, "Secrets, Lies, and Misremembering: The Perils of Oral History Interviewing" appeared in the latest issue of Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies (V. 19, no. 3). She will be presenting a paper, "The Women Are Behind You. Stick It Out! TheOregon Woodworkers Ladies' Auxiliary in the 1937 Portland Lockout: An Oral History of Julia Ruuttila," at the Lewis & Clark Gender Conference in March.
Carole Glauber's book Witch of Kodakery: The Photography of Myra Albert Wiggins 1869-1956 was reviewed in the Fall issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly and in the Autumn, 1998 issue of History of Photography. Carole discussed her book at a meeting of the History Guild in Seattle on Tuesday, May 11, 1999.. The book was published by the Washington State University Press in 1997 and Carole discussed her work on Wiggins at a NISA meeting. For more information see http://publications.urel.wsu.edu/Press/Press.html .
Norm Cohen gave an invited talk at the annual American Folklore Society meeting last October on songs about the Titanic; he is also working on a CD collection of early recordings about the disaster. Last year he edited/annotated two CDs of railroad songs
Mary Bywater Cross has been selected to have one of the Sterling Room for Writers residencies at the Multnomah County Central Library. Her photo essay on quilts of migration will be included in Karen Blair's new edition of Women in Pacific Northwest History from the University of Washington Press.
Peter Abrahams' article "Rangefinders and Stereo Telescopes " was published in Amateur Telescope Making, Number 11, 1998, pp. 26-27. Another of Peter's articles, "John Mudge on mirror making, 1777" is in press for the same journal. Several of Peter's articles are now available on the WorldWide Web including "a brief history of the binocular," http://www.halcyon.com/rupe/atmj/issues/issue9/binocular.html in plain text: http://www.europa.com/~telscope/binohist.txt "The use & testing of binoculars for astronomy" http://www.rca-omsi.org/rca/beginner/binotest1.htm , or in plain text: http://www.europa.com/~telscope/binotest.txt and "A selection of poems on astronomy (from the literature)" http://www.europa.com/~telscope/astrpoem.txt and http://www.europa.com/~telscope/s_butler.txt
Rayna Kline served as chairperson of a Library Study Committee for the Clark County League of Women Voters. She completed a study of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library System, which covers eleven libraries in four counties (Clark, Skamania, Cowlitz, Klickitat).
Sharan Newman has just finished the sixth book in her medieval mystery series. It's called The Difficult Saint and it takes place during the year 1147, the time of the Second Crusade.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS BY OUR MEMBERS: ARCHIVES, 1997-8
Charlie Wallace's book, Susannah Wesley: the Complete Writings, has been published by Oxford University Press. (New York and Oxford, 1997)
Michael Munk's article "Oregon Tests Academic Freedom in (Cold) Wartime: The Reed College Trustees versus Stanley Moore," in the Oregon Historical Quarterly, Fall, 1997, has been awarded the Palmer Prize by the Oregon Historical Society.
Peter Abrahams gave a talk on The Early History of Binocular Telescopes, 1600-1900 at 7:30 PM on Nov. 5, at Portland State University, sponsored by Sigma Xi. Peter's article "The Early History of Binoculars." appeared in Amateur Telescope Making, Number 9, 1997, pp. 35-36.
Susan G. Butruille won a first place award in the 1997 Oregon Press Women in Communications Contest for her column "Women's Voices Past and Future." Butruille also won awards for a Women's Journal article, "The Flame Began with Hera" and for "The Grand & Spirited History of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra," published by the Oregon Council for the Humanities. ( information from the NW Writers newsletter)
Fred DeWolfe has recently published "Portlander John Reed and his Family's Chinese Servant, Lee Sing," in the Oregon Historical Quarterly, Fall, 1997.
Carole Glauber's photographs were on exhibit at the Marylhurst Art Gym, as part of the exhibit "Observation and Invention: Oregon Women Photographers 100 Years After the Photo-Secession." The exhibit is open noon to 4 PM, Tuesday-Sunday on the third floor of the Administration Building on the Marylhurst College Campus.
Michael Munk published "Oregon Tests Academic Freedom in (Cold) Wartime: The Reed College Trustees versus Stanley Moore," in the Oregon Historical Quarterly, Fall, 1997. An extremely successful symposium on the dismissal of Stanley Moore was also held at Reed College on April 10. An overflow crowd in the Vollum Center heard a panel including Michael discuss the Moore case and its aftermath. Moore was unable to attend, but was able to comment on the proceedings
Linda Hathaway Bunza presented a lecture in April on Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King in Portland, Boston, and New York entitled: "Towards Nonviolence in the New Millenium: Lessons from Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr." The lecture commemorated the 50th anniversary of Gandhi's death and the 30th anniversary of King's death. Gandhi's grandson's Arun and Rajmohan were presented with copies of the lecture.
In October, Lin served on a Gandhi Symposium panel in Salem, Oregon. Salem Mayor Mike Swaime gave the inaugural presentation.