Linfield Reports, 2/8/10


Barbara Drake, professor emerita of English at Linfield College, will read from her latest collection of poems, “Driving One Hundred,” Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield.

Drake taught creative writing and literature at Linfield from 1983 to 2007. Her work has appeared in numerous collections, magazines and anthologies. Among other titles, her books include “Peace At Heart: An Oregon Country Life” (essays), published by OSU Press, “Love at the Egyptian Theatre,” published by Red Cedar Press, Michigan State University, “What We Say to Strangers,” published by Breitenbush Books, and her newest poetry collection, “Driving One Hundred,” published in October by Windfall Press. She is also the author of “Writing Poetry,” a popular college creative writing textbook, in print since 1983. Drake lives with her husband on a small farm in Yamhill County where they raise sheep and wine grapes. She continues to write and to present readings and workshops.

The reading is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library and Linfield English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, 503-883-2517.


“Fashion and Fiction,” an art exhibit examining fashion photography, will run Feb. 9 through March 13 at the Linfield College Fine Art Gallery. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. in the gallery.

The exhibition is based on examining the intersection of contemporary staged or constructed photography and the relationship with strategies and theories of traditional fashion photography. Fashion photography has a long, rich history of creating fictitious imagery with luxuriously decadent and extravagantly ephemeral interpretations of modern culture. The current wave of constructed narrative photography also has a cultural tradition that seems to weave in and out of history, from investigations into Victorian modes of identity and class systems, into mysterious cinematic interpretations of recoding society and civilization. What role does photography play in interpreting contemporary narrative traditions in its impulsive and often superficial tendencies to encode, subvert, disguise and embellish how popular culture functions?

Guest curator is Todd Johnson. Artists include Melanie Pullen (Los Angles, Calif., courtesy of Ace Gallery), Holly Andres (Portland, courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery), New Catalogue (Chicago, Ill., courtesy of Rhona Hoffman Gallery), Daniel Hoyt (Portland), Alex Lim (San Francisco, Calif.) and Darien Revel (Richland, Wash.).

For more information, call 503-883-2804 or visit


Rich Emery, professor of accounting, will present “The European Union Turns Sixty” Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

Emery’s talk will focus on the European Union (EU) since its inception and the issues it is currently facing. He will look at some historic and major events including enlargement from six members to the current 27. He will also discuss some important successes which, in addition to enlargement, include the Single Market and the Economic and Monetary Union.

According to Emery, the EU is currently faced with three issues – the relationship between the EU institutions and national governments; future enlargement, particularly of Turkey; and the recession.

“All this is important because the EU represents the largest market in the world,” Emery said.

Emery has presented numerous papers about the EU at the University of Nebraska, Omaha’s European Studies Conference. He has led Linfield’s January Term course on the EU eight times, most recently in January 2009. He and students spent a week at the University of Limerick in Ireland, followed by 10 days in Luxembourg and 10 days in Brussels with day trips to Frankfurt, Trier and Bruges, as well as weekend trips to Munich, Paris and Amsterdam.

Emery holds a bachelor’s from Lewis and Clark College, and MBAs from Eastern New Mexico University and Golden Gate University. He is a CPA.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by a member of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.


Halcyon Trio Oregon, a Northwest musical trio, will present the world premiere of a work written for them during “Of Praise, Passion, Princes and Pancakes!” Friday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The group, all members of the Linfield Department of Music, includes soprano Jackie Van Paepeghem, trumpeter Joan Haaland Paddock and pianist/organist Debra Huddleston. They will present the premiere of “Le Petit Prince,” a work by Colin DeJong, a senior at Indiana University Arnold Jacobs School of Music. Celebratory music of Alessandro Scarlatti and Archangelo Crotti will open the program, followed by “to cast a shadow again…” a cycle of passionate poetry set to music by contemporary composer Eric Ewazen, Julliard professor of music. “Norwegian Folk Variations,” written for Halcyon Trio Oregon by Northwest composer Greg Bowers, will close the program.

Halcyon Trio Oregon, a versatile chamber music ensemble formed in 2005, brings to life sacred and secular music written by composers worldwide, spanning the 11th through the 21st century. The ensemble has received several commissioned works from composers in the United States and Canada.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.


Elementary, middle and high school students are invited to attend Kid Fit, a health education program March 2 through April 23 with sessions from 3:45-5:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Kid Fit teaches children the value of eating healthy and exercising regularly. Activities include swimming, Linfield sports, P.E. games, yoga, karate and nutrition. Registration is $20 and scholarships are available. For more information, contact Zach Bowman,, 503-930-5120.


Linfield will host Reza Aslan on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium. The lecture, “How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization and the End of the War on Terror,” is free and the public is invited.

Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and religious scholar who is a contributing editor at the Daily Beast, and a regular news commentator. His first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, is a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 13 languages.

Aslan’s most recent book, How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization and the End of the War on Terror, offers analysis of the ideology that fuels al-Qa‘ida, the Taliban and like-minded militants throughout the Muslim world, and explores religious violence in Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

The lecture is sponsored by the Edith Green and Gordon Frazee Lecture Funds. The endowed lectures honor Edith Green, a Linfield College trustee who served in Congress for two decades, and Gordon Frazee, who served Linfield for 32 years as chaplain and professor of religion.

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Linfield Admisson will host an Academic Competitive Scholarship Day on Sunday, Feb. 21.


A chapter written by Violeta Ramsay, assistant professor of Spanish, titled “Study Abroad and Evaluation: Critical Changes to Enhance Linguistic and Cultural Growth,” has appeared in a volume published this month by the University of Hawai’i, Toward Useful Program Evaluation in College Foreign Language Education. The collection features innovative and useful evaluation work that is currently underway in college foreign language (FL) programs across the U.S.

The work of Liz Obert, associate professor of art, was included in an article in Willamette Week, “Best of Visual Arts 2009.” The article listed Obert’s photography among highlights of the year: “Best photography: Liz Obert’s wry commentary on technology, Cybernetic Landscapes, at Pushdot.” In January, Obert exhibited her work in “Mapping of Marnay-sur-Seine” at the Alpern Gallery Project Space in Portland.

Lex Runciman, professor of English, was featured in the Mountain Writers Series in December. He read from Starting from Anywhere (Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 2009), his fourth collection of poetry. The writers series will also feature Barbara Drake, professor emerita of English, reading from Driving One Hundred on Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at The Press Club in Portland.

Ellen Crabtree, associate director of academic advising, was named New Advisor of the Year in the Pacific Northwest by the National Academic Advising Association. The award is granted to top advisors within the first three years of beginning work as an advisor. Crabtree was recognized at the regional conference held in January in Seattle, Wash., and she will also be recognized at the national conference at Walt Disney World, Fla., in October.

Katherine Kernberger, professor of English, presented “Byron’s Italian Experiments: The Poetics of Love and Politics” at The Romantics in Italy: Dante, Italian Culture, and Romantic Literature Jan. 28 in the Salone Magliabechiano at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Jackson Miller, associate professor of communication arts and director of forensics, will be featured in the Mission Mill Museum 2010 Winter/Spring speaker series focusing on Bipartisanship and Intolerance in Oregon Politics. Miller will present “The Voters Have Spoken: Oregon’s Controversial Ballot Initiatives” on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mission Mill Museum in Salem. Miller will lead a conversation about the role of persuasion and communication in the political process, focusing on issues raised by Oregon ballot measures over the past 10-15 years.



11:20 a.m.: Voices SoAn table, Dillin

Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

6 p.m.: Fashion and Fiction art exhibit, opening reception, art gallery


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

2 p.m.: Baseball at Arizona Classic (vs. La Verne)

3:30 p.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Willamette


All day: Swimming at NWC championships

10 a.m..: Baseball at Arizona Classic (vs. Whittier)

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

3:30 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Pacific

3:30 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Pacific

6 p.m.: Men’s basketball at Pacific

8 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Pacific


All day: Swimming at NWC championships

2 p.m.: Baseball at Arizona Classic (vs. Cal Lutheran)

6 p.m.: Men’s basketball vs. George Fox

8 p.m.: Women’s basketball vs. George Fox


All day: Swimming at NWC championships

8 a.m.: Track and field at Washington Open Indoor

10 a.m.: Baseball at Arizona Classic (vs. Occidental)