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Columbia Forum - 28th Season - 2017 – 2018

Published on November 13, 2018 12:01AM

Clatsop Community College President
Chris Breitmeyer • November 16

Clatsop Community College President Chris Breitmeyer • November 16

Clatsop County District Attorney
Josh Marquis • February 20

Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis • February 20

Acclaimed Nature Writer
Dr. Robert Pyle • March 29

Acclaimed Nature Writer Dr. Robert Pyle • March 29

Highly Acclaimed Author
Kirk Mouser • April 10

Highly Acclaimed Author Kirk Mouser • April 10

University Professor & Executive Director of the 
International Association of Lighting Designers
Jill Mulholland • May 17

University Professor & Executive Director of the International Association of Lighting Designers Jill Mulholland • May 17

On Nov. 16, the 27th Columbia Forum season begins with a slate of speakers sure to stimulate discussion and possible action. Here is the 2017-18 season:

Clatsop Community College President
Chris Breitmeyer • November 16

Chris Breitmeyer started his career in education as a high school biology instructor in Bloomington, IL. After a few years his interest in learning more about the world around us led him to enter graduate school to study ecological genetics. Eventually his passion for teaching led him to a faculty position at Yavapai College in Arizona, where he taught and learned with students for ten years. Looking to challenge himself he made the transition to academic leadership with a job at Saint Charles Community College, eventually becoming Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. He now feels like he has the best job in higher education as the president of Clatsop Community College.   He is an advocate for the mission of community colleges, the change they can bring to their students, and their communities. 

Clatsop County District Attorney
Josh Marquis • February 20
Josh Marquis is about to start his 25th year as Clatsop County’s District Attorney. First appointed by Gov. Barbara Roberts in 1994 after the recall and criminal conviction of his predecessor.
A graduate of the Honors College and Law School of the University of Oregon, he has spent most of his 37 years as a lawyer as a prosecutor, first in Eugene, then Newport, and as Chief Deputy DA in Bend before coming to Astoria. He also spent time as a newspaper reporter and speechwriter in Los Angeles and two years as a criminal defense lawyer. He lectures and teaches to lawyers and others across the nation and overseas and has been asked to testify four times before Congress. Marquis served as President of the Oregon District Attorneys Association and Vice President of the National DA’s Association, on whose board he still serves 21 years later. He is married to City Councilor Cindy Price. For more than 20 years he's been a jazz programmer at KMUN and appeared in SHANGHAIED IN ASTORIA every year since 1994.


Acclaimed Nature Writer
Dr. Robert Pyle • March 29

One of the Pacific Northwest’s most acclaimed nature writers, Dr. Robert Michael Pyle of Grays River, Washington, is a lighthearted, insightful and amusing speaker on topics ranging from Bigfoot to butterflies. He literally wrote the book on both topics, and is the author of “The Butterflies of Cascadia,” the comprehensive field guide to all the species of Oregon and Washington.

A graduate of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Pyle’s 1987 book, “Wintergreen” won the John Burroughs Medal for its insights about how industrial forestry damaged the land, waters and people of the Willapa Hills of Southwest Washington.
He and his Wahkiakum County neighbor Krist Novoselic, co-founder of the legendary rock group Nirvana, are currently collaborating on a mélange of acoustic guitar music and poetry.

Highly Acclaimed Actor
Kirk Mouser • April 10
Kirk Mouser is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of Stumptown Stages, a not for profit professional musical theatre company in residence at the Portland’5 Centers for the Arts. Previously he served as the Interim Trust Manager at the Oregon Cultural Trust where he implemented the “Days of Culture,” and worked for the City of Gresham’s Economic Development Department where he oversaw the development and fundraising efforts for the Center for the Arts Plaza.
Prior to returning to his hometown of Portland, Kirk spent twenty years in New York City where he served as the Associate Managing Director of Luna Stage Company, a professional regional theatre in Montclair, New Jersey. As an actor, Kirk credits include the Broadway/National Tours of Les Miserables, Forbidden Broadway, Chess, The Phantom of the Opera and Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. He has also co-starred in the Hollywood Feature Film Untraceable, and TNT's Leverage.
Kirk currently serves on the Arts Alliance Foundation, Tourism Development Council and artPAC board.  He received his BS in Business from Warner Pacific College, and his MBA at Marylhurst University.

University Professor & Manager of the IALD Education Trust
Jill Mulholland • May 17
Jill Mulholland, PhD, is a part-time light artist, and her art is informed by her different careers. She has practiced, taught, researched, published, designed and built with light in many manifestations; as a theatrical and architectural lighting designer, university instructor, in her dissertation, Light Celebrating Place, and currently as manager of the Education Trust of the IALD (International Association of Lighting Designers).
She received a B.A. in Maya archaeology from Rutgers College, learned light as a three-dimensional art form in the theater, and obtained a master’s degree in interiors from the University of Oregon. She completed a PhD. in architecture from Texas A&M University, where she taught design studios in the architecture and visualization departments. Jill was the recipient of the Baker Chair, a position that brings distinguished faculty to the University of Oregon, and was a visiting professor at the University of Oklahoma. Her dissertation, Light Celebrating Place, resulted in four works of light art, one of which was temporarily installed in Big Bend National Park. This installation brought her work came work full circle back to archaeology, forming her research interests and the inspiration for the book she plans to write called “The Archaeology of Light.” 


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