The University of Portland Presents Music For A Winter’s Afternoon on Sunday December 7th at 3:00 p.m. in Buckley Center Auditorium. This performance will feature both Women’s Chorale and Wind Symphony and will be an event you will not want to miss
Author and John Hopkins humanities professor Alice McDermott will be on campus on February 26, 2015, as a guest of the University’s Schoenfeldt Visiting Writers Series. In preparation for her arrival, the provost’s office has announced the annual ReadUP community reading initiative. All University community members—students, faculty, staff—are invited to read McDermott’s novel, Charming Billy, which won the National Book Award in 1999. Copies of the book can be secured at the Clark Library, and the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in the Pilot House will have an array of McDermott’s books for sale at the Schoenfeldt Series book signing on February 26.
All community members will be invited to book discussions facilitated by Fr. Charlie Gordon, C.S.C., Garaventa Center, in the Clark Library conference room:
- Wednesday, February 11, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
- Thursday, February 19, noon to 1:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, February 24, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Schoenfeldt Series events will include an author’s reception on Thursday, February 26, from 5 to 6 p.m.; a public lecture by McDermott that night in Buckley Center Auditorium at 7 p.m.; and a book signing immediately following the lecture. ReadUP is sponsored by the provost’s office, the Garaventa Center, the Clark Library, student affairs, residence life, and university relations.
Watch for additional information on the ReadUp WordPress site at sites.up.edu/readup, beginning Thursday, November 20.
Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., inaugurated as University of Portland’s 20th President: Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., was inaugurated as University of Portland’s 20th president on Friday, Sept. 26 in the Chiles Center on campus. The inauguration ceremony, which followed a Mass also in the Chiles Center, was attended by thousands of individuals, including students, alumni, faculty, regents, staff, community members and presidents of other universities.
Fr. Poorman became the University’s President on July 1, 2014, succeeding Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., President from 2004-2014. Prior to this role, Fr. Poorman served as Executive Vice President, beginning in July 2011. As Executive Vice President, he oversaw the divisions of University Operations, Financial Affairs, University Relations and Student Affairs.
A professor of theology, teaching courses in Christian ethics and moral theology, Fr. Poorman was instrumental in the formation of the Dundon-Berchtold Fund for Moral Development and Applied Ethics which includes the Character Project and the Dundon-Berchtold Fellowships for students and faculty to explore ethics-related issues. Until he assumed the presidency, he served as pastoral resident in Schoenfeldt Hall.
Before coming to the University of Portland, Fr. Poorman was at the University of Notre Dame, where he served as a member of the theology faculty and as Vice President for Student Affairs from 1999 to 2010. In that capacity, he was responsible for that university’s residential life as well as other student services, activities and programs, including Campus Ministry, Notre Dame Security Police, the Student Activities Office, the Counseling Center, Health Services, the Career Center, the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education, the Gender Relations Center, and Multicultural and International Student Services. Prior to his appointment as Vice President for Student Affairs, Fr. Poorman served at Notre Dame as Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President and the President.
Fr. Poorman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Illinois and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Notre Dame and was ordained a priest in 1982. He later studied at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, where he earned a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics. He then returned to Notre Dame to serve full-time on the faculty of the theology department, directing the department’s master of divinity program from 1992-1998.
Prior to his appointment as Executive Vice President, he served for seven years on University of Portland’s Board of Regents.
University of Portland will host a symposium titled “Sharing Economy meets the Driverless Car” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7. The symposium, free and open to the public, will be in the Buckley Center Auditorium on campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Emerging technologies bring the promise of progress coupled with the danger of disruption. In this timely symposium, three thought leaders – Steve Brown, Steve Gutmann, and Diane Michelfelder — discuss and debate the intersections of two potentially disruptive innovations: driverless cars and the sharing economy.
Driverless cars present exciting business opportunities and potential social benefits, but also have tremendous disruptive potential. The panelists will explore such questions as: If our driverless car hits someone, who’s responsible? Would we drive more or less? What’s the consequence for climate change? Would people commute from farther away or live closer in? What’s the consequence for suburban sprawl? What about hacking and privacy?
The sharing economy, and car sharing in particular, is a social innovation with equally impressive capacity for positive change and disruption. Sharing is often seen as a way to reduce our environmental impact and increase our social connections. Other questions the panelists may explore include: If car sharing were coupled with driverless cars, would we have less traffic? Would it result in fewer parking spaces or more efficient use of cars? Will it affect climate change? What’s the effect on employment?
“By thinking about these consequences before these technologies are widespread, we as citizens can get out in front and help to guide the development.” notes Greg Hill, a University of Portland professor of mathematics and environmental studies.
The three panelists bring a wide range of perspectives to the symposium, according to Hill, an organizer of the event:
Steve Brown is the “Chief Futurist and Evangelist” of Intel corporation. A thoughtful technological optimist, Brown scans the horizon for opportunities for Intel while deeply considering the broader questions those opportunities imply.
Steve Gutmann has been “a driver” in the car sharing industry since its birth. Through his work in that industry, and his latest project Stuffstr, Gutmann creates transformative business models with social and environmental values built into the core.
Diane Michelfelder is a leading researcher into the ethical considerations presented by emerging technologies. A renowned scholar and professor at Macalester College, Michelfelder brings an incisive and constructively critical voice to any discussion of innovation.
Fr. Pat draws on his experiences as a priest, as well as memories of his childhood, in stories woven with quirky characters and startling insights. He is author of the recently published Sacrament: Personal Encounters with Memories, Wounds, Dreams, and Unruly Hearts. Sponsored by the Garaventa Center. Thursday, November 13 7:15 p.m., Bookstore, Pilot House
Lecture: Why Doesn’t Democracy Close Rising Inequalities? UP alumnus Adam Bonica ’06 is a political scientist at Stanford University and a chief source of data for celebrity statistician Nate Silver. Before joining the Stanford faculty, he was a fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. Sponsored by the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture. Tuesday, November 11 7:15 p.m., Bauccio Commons
Robin Romm is the author of two books, a chapbook, and numerous articles and book reviews. Her story collection, The Mother Garden, was a finalist for the PEN USA prize. Her memoir, The Mercy Papers, was named a best book of the year by The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Entertainment Weekly. Currently she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her partner, Don Waters, and teaches in the low-residency MFA program in writing at Warren Wilson. Tuesday, November 4 7:30 p.m., Campus Bookstore
Brian Doyle, editor of the University of Portland’s renowned Portland Magazine, is the author of many books of essays, poems, nonfiction, and fiction, notably the novels Mink River and The Plover. His new collection of essays, Children & Other Wild Animals, will be published in October by Oregon State University Press. His work has been reprinted in the Best American Essays, Best American Science and Nature Writing, and Best Spiritual Writing annual anthologies, and among honors for his headlong prose is the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Award in Literature. Thursday, October 30 7 p.m., Buckley Center Auditorium
Charles Rosenberg, professor of art history at the University of Notre Dame, will present the annual Hesburgh lecture “The Sistine Chapel History and Meaning.” The lecture considers a number of issues relating to the famous Renaissance frescoes covering the walls of the Sistine Chapel including their relationship to the chapel’s functions in the past and present. Sponsored by the Garaventa Center and the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Portland. Tuesday, October 28 7:15 p.m., Holy Cross Lounge, 3rd Floor Franz Hall
When is it right to laugh? In the 1930s, as the Nazi party rose to power, cultural phenomena ranging from cabaret to stage comedy provided possibilities for reaction to the racist violence and oppression. Brian Els of the history department examines the German singing sensation of that period known as the Comedian Harmonists to provide a window into this historical moment. The evening will include live renditions of the Comedian Harmonists’ music by Nicole Hanig of the music department and Gregory Pulver’s Musical Theater and Opera Workshop Ensemble. Sponsored by the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture. Part of Beckman Humor Initiative. Wednesday, October 22 7:30 p.m., Mago Hunt Recital Hall