Pubs & Profs

Mathematics beyond the Conventional Classroom
While an undergraduate, Chuck Dunn developed both a love of mathematics and of the liberal arts. He will talk about his career in mathematics and teaching at Linfield College, and how his time and experiences as an undergraduate in a liberal arts college environment shaped the opportunities that he provides for his students. Integrating mathematics with overseas travel, he has moved beyond the confines of the conventional classroom, and leads courses to Russia, Germany, Switzerland, China, and Japan. He has also taught first-year writing courses linking mathematics and metaphors, focusing specifically on uses of mathematics in literature, plays, and film. Finally, he creates authentic research opportunities for undergraduate math majors, with many of the collaborative projects resulting in peer-reviewed journal articles co-authored with his former research students.

Call 503-883-2547 to register

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
6 p.m. (check-in)
6:30 p.m. (dinner and presentation)

Lucky Labrador Hawthorne location
915 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97209 (map)

Pubs & Profs

All alumni, parents, students and friends of Linfield College are invited to attend Pubs & Profs events. Every few months, we will invite a Linfield professor to publicly present a culturally or socially relevant topic for our community. These events will typically be held at restaurants, pubs, breweries and wine bars in the Pacific Northwest. 

Event Registration

This event is $15 per person and includes dinner as well as one drink ticket to be used on beer or a non-alcoholic beverage. Register online, or for more information, email

Chuck Dunn bio

Ph.D., Mathematics, Arizona State University; M.S., Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; B.A., Mathematics & Music, Lewis & Clark College

Dr. Dunn's research interests are in graph theory and combinatorics. In graph theory, he focuses on competitive graph coloring algorithms. He has worked with over thirty student collaborators, both at Linfield, and as a part of an NSF-funded REU-RET (2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017). Dr. Dunn is also a strong proponent of study abroad, having spent terms abroad in the USSR and England as an undergraduate, and half a year at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China, as a graduate student. Since coming to Linfield, he has led five January Term off-campus courses. Four times (2008, 2010, 2014, 2016) he has taken students to Russia, Germany, and Switzerland, following in the footsteps of Leonhard Euler. He has also worked with Christopher Keaveney, Professor of Japanese, taking students in 2013 to Beijing, Xi'an, and Kyoto, to study mathematics and culture in dynastic China and Japan. This latter course is being offered again in January 2018. Last fall, Dr. Dunn appeared as a contestant and winner on the game show Jeopardy!