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Honoring Veterans - November 2020

2020 Veterans Day Poster Competition Winner, Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs

Image Source: 2020 Veterans Day Poster Competition Winner, Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs

A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs About Veterans Day

Click here for information on veterans support from Pacific University.

Books Written by U.S. Veterans

Books on Health & Social Issues for Veterans and Healthcare Providers

Native American Heritage - Local History - November 2020

The Tualatin Kalapuyans (Atfalati)

The Kalapuyans originally occupied over a million acres in the Willamette and the Umpqua valleys. They have lived here for over 14,000 years and have endured enormous changes to their traditional life-ways during the past 200 years... The Kalapuyan tribes were about nineteen tribes and bands in three distinct areas, organized linguistically north, central, and south. They occupied the majority of the Willamette Valley with villages scattered along the rivers and streams of the valley... Today, the Kalapuyan descendants are important historical figures in the restoration of the tribe and leaders and contributors in the success of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon. 

Dr. David G. Lewis, anthropologist and member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde



Image Source: Map of Tualatin Treaty Lands and neighboring tribes, adapted from Zenk, "Contributions to Tualatin ethnography: subsistence and ethnobiology."

The Tualatins spoke the northernmost dialect of the Kalapuyan languages. Other Kalapuyan-speakers lived throughout the Willamette Valley. This is why they are often called Tualatin Kalapuyas: because they were one branch of the Kalapuyan tribes. In their own language, they called themselves Atfalati. The stress falls on the second syllable: ah-TFAL-uh-tee. The name Tualatin, which is preferred in daily usage by Kalapuyan descendants at Grand Ronde, may have come into English secondhand via Natives from another tribe. In its earliest versions, it was often spelled Twality or Twallatty, revealing its closer link to the original pronunciation. The last known fluent speaker of Tualatin, Louis Kenoyer, died in 1937.

 - Indigenous History of Oregon by Eva Guggemos, Pacific University Archivist


Visit our guide to the Indigenous History of Oregon.

Look for the link to the Forest Grove Indian School at the top of this section to learn how the U.S. government (with help from Pacific University) forced Indigenous peoples from other areas to assimilate into white society.

More resources:

Acknowledging a Problematic Past

Image Source: Pacific University Archives

Between 1880 and 1885, more than 300 Native American children from two dozen Pacific Northwest tribes were taken to the Forest Grove Indian Industrial Training School.

Located four blocks west of Pacific University and run by the U.S. Department of the Interior (with support from Pacific), the school was part of a broader effort to assimilate Indigenous peoples into white culture and stamp out tribal political power.

While at school, students were expected to assimilate into the culture of the white settlers. They were forced to use English names, wear uniforms, cut their hair, attend church and learn manual trades such as shoemaking or sewing. They were punished for speaking their own languages or openly practicing Native beliefs. 

In 1885 the school relocated near Salem and later changed its name to the Chemawa Indian School, which still exists today. In stark difference to its beginnings, Chemewa now encourages Native students to study their ancestral histories, languages and cultures.

Visit the Pacific University Archives digital exhibit to learn much more.

More information about Native American boarding schools in our guide to the Indigenous History of Oregon.

Zoom in on Forest Grove in the map to find the original site of the Indian Training School.

(This list of landmarks is extremely abbreviated and open to suggestion for updates.)

Native American Heritage - Books by Native American Authors - November 2020

Spooky Season - October 2020

Spooky Season is upon us at the Tran Library! Take a break from studying to curl up with a scary book, watch a cheesy horror movie or creep out your roommates with some Halloween sound effects!

Follow us on Instagram to see our pets in their best spooky costumes and share yours with #pacupets!


Spooky Season CDs - October 2020

Spooky Films on DVD - October 2020

Spooky Print Books - October 2020

Howard Philips Lovecraft's passion for eugenics and hatred of immigrants have greatly influenced his works. His stories emphasize the anxieties expressed by Americans against the immigrants.

- "Shadows over Lovecraft: reactionary fantasy and immigrant eugenics" by Bennett Lovett-Graff in Extrapolation (Vol. 38, Issue 3), Fall 1997

One need not read very far into the stories of H.P. Lovecraft to find themes of xenophobia and eugenics. And overt statements made in his letters are downright shocking (he said of Hitler, “I know he’s a clown but by god I like the boy!”). The “man of his time ” argument doesn’t go very far toward excusing or even explaining this aspect of Lovecraft, however much one might wish to exonerate him.

- "Facing the Monsters" by Jacqueline Baker in Publishers Weekly, (Vol. 261, Issue 43), October 27, 2014

...Lovecraft's stories suggest huge and unfathomable horrors lurking just beneath the surface of the mundane world. Filled with miscegenation, tentacles and unspeakable dread, his works often begin with ordinary or ordinary-seeming men drawn into extraordinary and otherworldly situations... He devoted himself to horror fiction just after World War I, creating unsettling and often interrelated stories... Lovecraft created a genre of his own, cosmic horror or ''cosmicism.'' Think nihilism, with occasional cephalopods... 

...A profound discomfort with sex runs through several stories; others display a deep-dyed racism, with nonwhite characters used as examples of barbarism. His fiction and ghost writing paid poorly and Lovecraft died in poverty in 1937.

- "Gods, Monsters and Legacy" by Alexis Soloski in The New York Times, August 9, 2020

H. P. Lovecraft is a bad writer who will not go away. He's been dead more than 80 years, and was little read when he was alive; posthumously, I suspect, his books are more purchased than finished. His occult stories are overwrought, predictable and tend to end on a weak note. Yet film adaptations, tribute novels, video games, rock songs and academic treatises proliferate, intermittently reanimating Lovecraft's literary reputation.

- "HP Lovecraft the laureate for 2020" by Robert Armstrong in The Financial Times, August 22, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020) - September 2020

Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She is against a black background, wearing a black top with metallic adornments. Her hair is pulled back low in her signature style. She is wearing glasses and looking directly at the camera. She is not smiling.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court and a pioneering advocate for women’s rights, who in her ninth decade became a much younger generation’s unlikely cultural icon, died of complications from pancreas cancer at her home in Washington on Friday. She was 87.

- New York Times



Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. said of Justice Ginsburg: “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her -- a tireless and resolute champion of justice.” 

Supreme Court of the United States

"Do You Have Any Regrets?" Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Answers in 2019 by NPR

Remembering Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dead at 87 by PBS NewsHour

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Stanford Rathbun Lecture (2017)

"I tell law students… if you are going to be a lawyer and just practice your profession, you have a skill—very much like a plumber. But if you want to be a true professional, you will do something outside yourself… something that makes life a little better for people less fortunate than you."

 - Stanford Rathbun Lecture (2017)

"People ask me sometimes, when—when do you think it will it be enough? When will there be enough women on the court? And my answer is when there are nine."

 - PBS NewsHour (2015)

"So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune."

 - MAKERS (2012)

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.”

- USA Today (2009) 

"Women will have achieved true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation."

- The Record of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (2001) 

President Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court seat made vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen as a home run for conservatives. It is a chance to move the high court in a far more aggressively conservative direction for generations. In political terms, Barrett is the dream candidate for conservative Republicans and the nightmare candidate for Democrats.

- NPR (September 28, 2020) 

Ginsburg's death just over six weeks before Election Day is likely to set off a heated battle over whether President Donald Trump should nominate, and the Republican-led Senate should confirm, her replacement, or if the seat should remain vacant until the outcome of his race against Democrat Joe Biden is known. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said late Friday that the Senate will vote on Trump’s pick to replace Ginsburg, even though it’s an election year.

- Associated Press (September 18, 2020)

Just days before her death, as her strength waned, Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."

- NPR (September 18, 2020)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Library Resources - September 2020

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Pacific Votes - Fall 2020

☑ Know your status

You need to register to vote if you:

  • Turned 18
  • Recently became a U.S. citizen
  • Changed your name
  • Moved

Check and update Oregon voter registration here. DEADLINE: October 13th

Check for other states here. DEADLINES INCLUDE: Hawaii - October 5th / California - October 19th / Washington - October 26th

You'll need a state ID or your social security number to register or update information.

Decide where you want your vote to count

Home address vs school address

If you're living away from your permanent address, you can choose to vote for candidates and measures in either your home jurisdiction or those associated with where you're living now. Find more about voting as a student in Oregon here. If you'd like to vote in your home state but live in Oregon, you need to request an absentee ballot. Check deadlines and request an absentee ballot here.

Learn about candidates and measures

Pacific University's McCall Center for Civic Engagement has information here and there are more resources in the next section of this guide (scroll up to "Learn What's on the Ballot").

Schedule time to fill out your ballot

Add Election Day to your calendar: 

Double check that you filled out and sealed your ballot correctly. Instructions can vary in different jurisdictions, so carefully read the instructions provided with your ballot. See examples of voting by mail in Oregon from Washington County here.

Find a drop box/check postage

If you're voting in Oregon, you don't need a stamp and have until October 28, 2020 to mail your ballot (add the deadline to your calendar: ). After that, you can put your ballot in a drop box until 8pm on Election Day, November 3rd, 2020. Find an Oregon drop box here.

If you're voting by mail for another state, check the outside envelope to determine if you need a stamp and find deadlines here.


The nonpartisan, nonprofit website Ballotpedia has several features to help make informed decisions when you vote:

Up for a vote in Oregon this year:

Measure 107: Authorizing state and local governments to limit campaign contributions and spending, requiring campaigns to disclose contributions and spending and requiring political ads identify who paid for them.

Measure 108: Raising tobacco taxes to fund public health programs with an increase on cigarettes by about 2.5 times (to $3.33 per 20-pack of cigarettes) and the creation of a tax on vaping products (65% of the wholesale price).

Measure 109: Creating a program for administering psilocybin products, like certain mushrooms and fungi, to people ages 21 or older.

Measure 110: Decriminalizing personal possession of schedule I-IV drugs (including ecstasy, heroin, oxycodone, fentanyl, Adderall, ketamine and Xanax). Maximum penalties would change from up to a year in jail and a $6,250 fine, to a $100 fine or a completed health assessment by a certified alcohol and drug counselor. The measure would also establish a drug addiction treatment and recovery program funded by marijuana tax revenue.

Oregon Secretary of State

Each secretary of state keeps track of information filed about candidates and measures. Oregon has these tools:


The website PolitiFact is run by the nonprofit organization, The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, and is known for its Truth-O-Meter fact-checking scale applied to statements made in the news. Some of the topics you can search include:


Pacific Votes! in Oregon and in other home states, by mail and in person— the possibilities are endless. So, how do you figure out which plan is best for you? We're here to help.

You take the pledge, we do the work: our Pacific Votes! Fall 2020 Voter Pledge asks you 8 simple questions. Once you take the pledge, we'll follow up with a customized email including everything you need to register, cast a ballot, and make informed voting decisions - exactly how, when, and where you want. Then we'll be available any time you need to ask questions or get help putting your voting plan into action.

- Pacific University's Vote 2020

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Hispanic Heritage Month - September 2020

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. 

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

- National Hispanic Heritage Month Official Website

60.6 million

The Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2019, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority. Hispanics constituted 18.5% of the nation’s total population.

- United States Census Bureau

Latinx has emerged in recent years as a new pan-ethnic term to describe the nation’s diverse Hispanic population. However, a December 2019 survey shows most (65%) who have heard the term say it should not be used to describe the Hispanic or Latino population, while one-third say it should be used.

Across demographic subgroups, the term Hispanic is preferred by about half or more of respondents. Those who are third generation or higher (72%) are among the most likely to prefer Hispanic. Even among those who have heard the term Latinx, 50% say they prefer Hispanic to describe the nation’s Hispanic or Latino population.

Meanwhile, immigrants, college graduates and predominantly those who speak mainly Spanish are among the most likely to prefer the term Latino.

- Pew Research Center

Students in Pacific University's School of Graduate Psychology, Sabiduría Latinx Emphasis, invite you to a series of pláticas (talks). Wake up, con su cafecito, to mornings of refreshing and impactful conversation. Cafecito Hours begin at 8 a.m. Join via Zoom with the password 537179.

Find more events here 

Hispanic Heritage Month - Library Resources - September 2020

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Native American Heritage - This IS Kalapuyan Land - November 2020

Text reading This IS Kalapuyan Land on a bright red background, with the word is emphasized.

Image Source: Five Oaks Musuem

"Museum at (Our Place): This IS Kalapuyan Land" is a yard sign exhibition featuring contemporary Native American artwork from an exhibition curated by Steph Littlebird Fogel at Washington County, Oregon's Five Oaks Museum.

Click on the artist names above to see and learn more about works on display around Pacific's Forest Grove campus in November 2020.

More resources from the exhibition:

Steph Littlebird Fogel (Kalapuya, Grand Ronde) curated the Five Oaks Museum full exhibition of This IS Kalapuyan Land. Click here to learn more about the full exhibition. In addition to curating contemporary Native artists, Fogel also used simple words and edits to reveal biases and reclaim her Tribal history in an old exhibition.

Meet Steph Little Fogel and learn more in the video below (originally made for kids visiting the exhibit, but fun for everyone!):

DeAnna Bear (Eastern Band Lenape) speaks about pride and truths of Native community in her work.

The beadwork by Jana Schmieding (Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux) shows how threads of family, tradition, meditative practice, Native pride, and visibility are all interwoven in her artwork.

Phillip Thomas (Chickasaw) inspires storytelling through his vibrant and dreamlike paintings that mix imagery from many origins.

Nestucca (Grand Ronde) paints contemplative works where figures appear in a haze that leaves their emotions and environment up to the viewer to fill in. This painting honors Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, an ongoing epidemic propelled by extractive oil "man camps" and lack of recognition by U.S. law enforcement.

Angelica Trimble-Yanu (Oglala Lakota Sioux) creates monotype prints of sacred landscapes that reference cultural presence across layers of time.

Carol Haskins (Grand Ronde) beads intricate animal motifs and cultural symbols into her work as a master beadworker and teacher.

Through his work, Greg A. Robinson (Chinook) revives, teaches, and shares ancient Chinookan style art with people across the region.

Derrick Lawvor (Modoc) transforms a classic “Western” object into an genrebending sculpture; is it a summer fruit, a PNW staple fish, or an otherworldly device?

Don Bailey overlays references to other artists, history, iconography, and pop culture in his paintings that shake up (Native) fine art. Don also has a long teaching history at Chemawa Boarding schools all over the U.S. forced youth to assimilate and violently removed Native culture - Chemawa is unique in having reclaimed the school and its mission to empower and protect Native youth today. [Learn more about Chemewa's roots as the Forest Grove Indian Industrial Training School in our guide to the Indigenous History of Oregon.]