Events & Projects

Special project, 2015-2016

The Rural Perspective: Technical Report on the Washington County Transportation Futures Study.


A Pacific University team led by Mike Miller of the Center for Global Business Studies, with students Prescott Devinney, Jacob Rose, Sophia Solano, and Pablo Valenzuela, and supported by Jim Moore of the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation has completed a year-long study of transportation issues for the Washington County Department of Land Use and Transportation. Working as independent contractors for the county, the students examined past reports by governments and other institutions to understand transportation issues for rural residents. The student members then interviewed members of the rural Washington County community and held a number of focus groups with the Latino community and members of community organizations. Washington County is interested in making these types of research and reporting projects a permanent part of the relationship between the county and Pacific. Of course, this was helped along because the main contact at Washington County is a 2008 Pacific graduate.


U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

Pacific University, 12 October 4:30-5:30, Taylor Auditorium, Marsh Hall (216). Senator Merkley will talk about issues from the 2016 elections and engage in a conversation with the audience.

Pacific University Homecoming

“Elections, Politics, and the Future: Do Elections Really Matter?” 15 October 1:00-1:45. A talk to alumni about the wild 2016 election season.

Walk in US—Talk on Japan

Pacific University, 24 October 2:30-4:00, Boxer Pause (off the dining hall in Washburne Hall). A Japanese delegation headed up by former Japanese Ambassador to the United States Ichiro Fujisaki will address the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, energy-saving technologies, “Cool Japan,” and Abenomics. Reception to follow. Co-sponsored with the Pacific University Japan Club, World Languages, and the Center for Civic Engagement.

“The Role of the Media, Politics, and Culture”

Washington State University, Vancouver, 25 October 4:00-5:00. Panel discussion on the role of media, the presidential election, and public discourse.

Oregon Government Finance Officers

26 October 8:30-10:00 a.m., Salem, Oregon. Talk on the 2016 elections and their possible impacts on Oregon and the country.

“Sex and Gender on the Campaign Trail”

27 October 12:00-1:00, Forest Grove campus. Talk Jim Moore about women in the 2016 election, especially the presidential contest. Brown bag lunch. University Center Lu. Co-sponsored with Pacific's Center for Gender Equity.

Willamette Women Democrats

Oswego Lake Country Club, Lake Oswego, Oregon. 10 November 4:30-5:30. Discussion of the aftermath of the 2016 elections.

Washington County Public Affairs Forum

14 November 12:00-1:00, Peppermill Restaurant, 17455 SW Farmington Rd, Beaverton. Recap of the 2016 elections.

Completed Events - 2016-2017

Legislative Forum.

Roosevelt Middle School, Eugene, Oregon. 5 October 2016. Student generated questions from the U.S. History and Civics class about Oregon’s gubernatorial election, state measures 97 and 98, the Oregon legislature, Trump vs. Clinton, political participationby young people, Oregon responses to climate change, issues of equality, and homelessness.

Forest Grove Community School

29 September. Talk with middle schoolers about voting and the electoral college

Classroom Law Project

28 September. Talk with middle school teachers from all over Oregon about issues in the 2016 elections.

Catlin Gabel School

26 September. Talk with middle schoolers about the electoral college.

​Kniep Lecture

20 September. Joshua Howe, talking on “Telling Stories About CO2: History, Science, and the Politics of Global Warming.” The McCall Center is supporting this History Department annual lecture series.

Calvin Presbyterian Church

14 September. Talk on the 2016 elections.

Oregon State Association of County Assessors

9 August. Talk on the 2016 elections and their impact on counties, Hood River, Oregon.