January 19, 2022: Greg Steinke: Music and the Poetry of Lawson Fusao Inada
April 20: Crystal Zingsheim, "Camerons Obscura, Searchers of the Obscure"
September 20: Kate Burrows, "Autoethnography from the Perspective of a Person with Psychosis"
30 Margaret DeLacy, "Cleansing
and chlorine. A story about disinfectants and antiseptics"
February 24: Mary Hansen, City Archivist, Portland City Archives (postponed)
March 31: Barbara Canavan, "Zoonotic Disease: Past and Present"
May 5: Martha Bailey, "Science, Skepticism and the Unknown: Educating Community College Students about Science"
September 20: Morgan Young "Historical Research Associates"
November 17th: Kate Burrows, " 'From the Moon and Back' : Hearing Device Advertisements of the 20th Century"
January 29: Margaret DeLacy: " 'Reasons for Classing of Diseases, Medicine and Physicians': John Bellers (1654-1725), Quakerism, and Medical Reform"
POSTPONED: Anne ONeill: "Researching and Writing Pre-Oregon Trail Historical Fiction"
June 17th. 2020: virtual NISA social meeting via Zoom
September 30. 2020: Barbara Canavan "High Politics and Pandemic Predictions: The Swine Flu Fiasco of 1976"
November 11, 2020: Margaret DeLacy: "The Early Eighteenth-Century Apocalypse, Some Origins, Confluences, and Questions"
January 23: Richard W Etulain: "Presidents Who Shaped the American West."
March 13: Irene Hecht: "Under Manila Skies"
May 29: David Ritchie: "What Do You Call Your Sword?"
September 18: Robert McGown: "Super Novas and Our Fragile Earth"
November 20: Josie Cooper: Dancing with Ideas: The Personal Essay as a Vehicle for Challenging
Assumptions about Aging
January 17 2018: David Kohl: "Portland's Lan Su Chinese Garden in Context"
March 28, 2018: Barbara Canavan: "High Politics and Pandemic Predictions: A Historical Perspective"
May 23, 2018: David Ritchie: "The Mortar and the Sword: Weapons in Fantasy and Reality"
September 26, 2018: 35th. anniversary party
November 28, 2018: Jane Elder Wolff: "Beyond Words: The Story of an Orchestra. How the world-class musical legacy with the community of
Vancouver, Washington Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is building a world-class musical legacy with the community of Vancouver,
January 25, 2017, Richard March: "Rough Stuff: the Assassination Attempts"
March 15, 2017, Nikki Mandell: "A Hotel of Her Own: Building by and for the New Woman, 1900-1930¯"
May 17, 2017, David Ritchie and Bob Martin: Teaching Art: Circumstance, Creativity
September 20, 2017, Martha Bailey: "Understanding Islam: Networks Across Time and Space"
November 8, 2017, Richard Etulain: "Ernest Haycox and the Western"
January 20, 2016, Tom Hubka: "The Wall-Painting from an 18th Century Polish Wooden Synagogue Jewish Liturgical Art--painted by, for, and about Jews" [postponed to February 17]
March 14, 2016, Don Blanchard: "Henry Gray's Eye Anatomy'"
May 18, 2016, Rosemary Lombard: "Teaching Turtles Elements of Language: Possible Applications to Teaching Humans"
September 21, 2016, Josey Cooper: "Putting a Face on Social Concerns."
November 9, 2016, Jimmie Moglia: "History of the Art of Memory and its Applications"
January 14, 2015, Dick Etulain: "Calamity Jane: The Making of a Frontier Legend"
March 11, 2015, David Kohl: "Lutheran Women in Republican China".
May 20, 2015, Michael Munk: "Street Car Suburb: Council Crest"
September 9, 2015: Margaret DeLacy: "Healers and Hellions: outsiders and medical sociability in London in the early eighteenth century"
November 11: Scholarly research session at the Multnomah County Library
January 29th., 2014, Jack Boas: "Writer's Block Scribblers against Hitler. The Story of the Antifascist Writer's Congress in Paris, 1935"
March 19th., 2014, Irene Hecht: "The Intersection Between Social Evolution and Individual Choices Child Naming Patterns in Colonial New England"
May 7th., 2014, Zeb Larson : "Community Mental Health in Oregon: From Asylums to Jails"
September 18th., 2014, David Ritchie: "Professor of the Sterner Sex: Rodney Glisan (1827-1890) and Gender Relations in Portland's Early Medical History."
November 5th., 2014, Donald Blanchard, "Iceland Spar and Early Polarizing Theories of Light"
January 23rd., 2013, Steven McLure: "Captain William Clark's travels on the Willamette River in 1806"
March 20th., 2013, Richard W. Etulain: "Lincoln and Oregon Country Politics in the Civil War Era"
May 22nd., 2013, Josephine Cooper: "Where are the women in the workplace history of meatpacking industries?
September 25th., 2013, Morgen Young: "Nyssa, Oregon Documenting a Japanese American Farm Labor Camp"
November 16th., 2013 : 30th. birthday celebration
January 25th., Paul Metzner: "The Rage of Humor in the Age of Reason; or, Laughter in Western Culture, 1650-1800 and in General"
with an International Set of Co-Authors"
March 7th., Margaret DeLacy, "Communication, contagion and reform: the Medical Society of London, 1773-1803"
May 16th., Polina Olsen, "Stories from Jewish Portland"
September 12th. Morgen Young, Making a Career as a Consulting Historian"
November 7th. Chris Mooers: "Experiences in Coordinating and Editing a Cambridge University Press Scientific Monograph
January 26th., Josey Cooper: "Physician-Executioner: Medical and uniformed policing of the social order in Nazi Germany"
March 16th., James Kahan: "Some more or less random thoughts on multidisciplinarity and innovation."
May 18th., Michael Meo: "Evidence of Romanticism in Astronomy in early 19th.-century Russia"
September 21st., Gerald Williams: "Transitions - A Decades Long Journey in Research and Writing."
November 16th., Hugh Ferguson: "What they've been saying about Paganini"
January 27th., Alice Scherer: "Indigenous Beadwork of the mid-Columbia River during the 19th and early 20th Centuries: an Examination".
March 10th., David Ritchie: "Not Napoo, Tra-La: Towards New Understandings of Slang, Song, Memory and Identity in the Tommy's Experience of the Great War".
May 5th., Peter Abrahams: "Bringing automation to astronomy".
September 22nd., David Kohl: "Religion in the Hong Kong School System: Refugees to Expatriates
November 10th., Harry Stein: "Circulation Matters: The Oregonian, 1861-2010"
January 28th: Rosemary Lombard: "A Thirty-Year Adventure in Cognitive Ethology: Box Turtle Diode’s Experiment and Where It Led"
March 25: Barbara Mahoney: "Dispatches and Dictators: the Career of Ralph Barnes"
May 27th: Hilary Russell: "How Writers can work with Editors to improve their Work"
September 21: Sandy Polishuk: "Good Work Sister! Woman Shipyard Workers of World War II, an Oral History"
November 18th. Greg Steinke: MOTHER EARTH - A Native American View
January 30: Martha Bailey "Abstract Moral Realism and Moral Absolutes"
March 26: Peter Abrahams, "1608-2008: Clarifying the Anniversary of the Telescope"
May 14: Anne Key, "From Beloved Sisters to Vampires: Myths and Misinterpretations of the Cihuateteo"
September 3rd: David Kohl, "Lutherans on the Yangtze"
November 12th: Don Sevetson, "A Pioneer Missionary"
January 17: Hilary Russell "How authors can work with a professional editor
to improve their work".
March 14: Richard Etulain "Telling Stories about the American West"
May 24: Diane Goeres-Gardner "Making the Past Relevant
September 19: Joshua Binus "How the West was One: Extra High Voltage Electrical Transmission and the Origins of the Western Grid"
November 14: Sara Piasecki, ""Materials in the OHSU History of Medicine Collection of interest to local historians"
January 27: Margaret DeLacy, "Benjamin Franklin and Eighteenth-Century English Medicine"
March 14: Josh Binus will discuss the new Northwest History Network
May 24: David Ritchie: "Two Young Women Pose Atop A Camel, An Exercise in Seeing"
September 20: Robert Newman: "The December Panic of 1950"
November 15: Harry Stein: "Fighting for Aluminum and For Itself: The Bonneville Power Administration, 1939-1949"
February 2: Carole Glauber: "The Paperless Paper Trail"
March 23: Michael Meo: "Nineteenth-Century Algebra finds use in String Theory"
May 18: Herb Beals: Spanish Exploration on the NW Coast of America (1774-75)"
Sept. 21: Sharan Newman: "Digging up the Dirt in Portland and finding a Pearl or Why Writers Should Do Their Own Research"
November 30: Jim Kopp "From Aurora to The Zoo: Exploring Oregon’s Utopian Heritage"
January 14: Harry Stein:, "Gus J. Solomon, Local Counsel, and DeJonge v. Oregon's Extension of Freedom of Assembly and the Right to Petition to the States."
February 25: David Ritchie: "Going Nowhere in Grand Style; William Drummond Stewart's Big Botanical Party"
May 19: Michael Meo: "The Greatest Advance in Vectors during the 20thCentury"
August 25: Business meeting, conference discussions
Sept. 22: Tom Edwards: "Student Activism at Pomona, Willamette, and Whitman, 1965-1971."
November 10: Sara Halprin: "Writing a Biography of a Living Subject: Seema's Show: a Life on the Left"
January 29: Mike Munk, "Portland's Bohemia, 1912-1919: The Diaries of Helen Walters"
March 26: Margaret DeLacy, "Smallpox controversies in the early eighteenth century"
June 4: Sharan Newman: "A roundtable discussion about publishing and promoting your work"
September 24: Business meeting, election of officers, social and discussion of possible conference
November 19: Sandy Polishuk: "Julia Ruuttila"
January 16: Janice Archer: "Watching Women Work in late Thirteenth-century France: Official and Unofficial Visibility"
March 13: Susan Butrille: "Mysteries of the Black Madonna."
May 8: Frank Engel: "Acts of Faith, Acts of Madness: The Two Faces of Fray Jose Diaz Pimienta, 1680-1720"
September 17: David Ritchie: "Across the void by e-mail"
November 11, Mary Cross: Exhibit, "Quilts: Heirlooms from the Homefront"
January 8: Lin Hathaway Bunza, "Malevich, Kandinsky, and the Russian Avant-Garde"
April 11: Michael Meo, "A mathematical metaphor in the work of Victor Hugo"
May 30: Rayna Kline, "Crossing boundaries: Voices of women from the French Resistance"
September 13: Sharon Wood Wortman, "Portland's Willamette River Bridges"
November 7: Carole Glauber, "Isabella Bird Bishop: Korea, the Yangtze Valley and Beyond"
January 12: Priscilla Macy, "Women's Voices from Mozambique"
March 15: Judith McGaw, "If Men Wore Bras: Reflections on the Book that Changed My Life"
May 10: Peter Abrahams, "Alexis-Marie Rochon, Jean-Baptiste Grateloup, and the earliest cemented lens."
September 27, Norm Cohen, "The railroad in American folk and popular song: a survey with recorded examples and accompanying slides"
November 16, Harry Stein, "Judge Gus Solomon, an Oregon liberal on the bench"
January 13th: James Kopp, "Medicine in the Year 2000 -- A View From the 19th Century: Health and Disease in the Utopian Writings of Edward Bellamy"
March 3rd: Harry Stein, "Cascadia and the Start of Company Lumbering"
May 12: David Ritchie, "Words, Swords and the Ties that Bind"
September 15: Charles Wallace, "Antepast of Heaven: Eating and Drinking with the Wesleys in Eighteenth-Century England"
November 16: Lawrence Hammar, " Welcome to Daru!–'the world's smallest capital': Space, race, and sex in Papua, 1893-1993
January 21: Christopher Zinn, the new director of the Oregon Council for the Humanities, Informal discussion of the goals of the Council and the role of independent scholars.
March 4: Mary Cross, "Quilts as Visual Records of Human Experience."
May 20: Sharan Newman, "Jews at the time of Rashi: before Ghettoes or Yiddish"
October 7th., Tom Franzel, "Data manipulation and massage, and the emerging concept of error in early studies of sound, 1636-1713"
November 17th., Franklin Engel, The Last Crypto-Jews of Portugal"
September 9: Dory Hylton, "The People's Jamboree: A Vietnam War Protest in Portland"
November 4: Susan Butrille,"On the Trail of Three Books: Women's Voices from the Oregon Trail, Women's Voices from the Western Frontier, and Women's Voices from the Motherlode
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