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Linfield Reports, 4/27/15


Jorge DuanyA video conference with Jorge Duany, director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University, will be held Monday, April 27, at 2:30 p.m. in the Nicholson Library conference room.

Duany will conference with students in the class Topics in Spanish Literature: Letras Caribeñas en su Diáspora, MLSP 350. All are welcome to attend.

The informal conversation will focus on current events in Cuba and a discussion of how transnationalism has (re)configured the blurred borders between the Hispanic Caribbean and the United States. Duany will also talk about how migrants from Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico maintain multiple ties to their countries of origin.

The discussion will be conducted in Spanish and English in order to make it accessible to everyone. For more information and to confirm attendance, email



Frederick Law OlmstedHistorian Laurence Cotton will present the documentary, “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America,” on Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Following the showing, Cotton will discuss the making of the film, his research and answer questions. Cotton originated the film project and served as consulting producer to this film produced by Massachusetts-based Florentine Film/Hott Productions and presented by WNED Buffalo for PBS broadcast.

The documentary is a biography on Frederick Law Olmsted, the first to regard landscape architecture as a profession and a fine art. He was co-designer of Central Park, head of the first Yosemite commission, leader of the campaign to protect Niagara Falls, designer of the U.S. Capitol Grounds, site planner for the Great White City of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and created park systems in many other cities. To Olmsted, a park was both a work of art and a necessity for urban life. Olmsted’s efforts to preserve nature created an “environmental ethic” decades before the environmental movement became a force in American politics. Olmsted also has ties to Linfield. His stepson, John Charles Olmsted, was a major contributor to McMinnville College, now Linfield.

Cotton studied cultural anthropology and film at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. He joined with classmate Ken Burns to produce his first documentary, as a member of an all-student production team. Subsequently Cotton moved into the realm of international humanitarian assistance and sustainable development, working for NGOs and Harvard University-affiliated foreign policy think tanks. From that experience came a four-hour public television series focused on sustainable development in Latin America, Africa and Asia. During the early 1990s Cotton served as executive producer and host of the nationally syndicated public radio talk show Cambridge Forum. He moved to Portland in 1994 to serve as executive director of the World Affairs Council of Oregon. He was one of the planners of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial in Oregon and Washington and played a role in launching the restoration efforts for Vista House at Crown Point.

The lecture is sponsored by PLACE. For more information, contact Jesus Ilundain at, ext. 2362.



Agustin FuentesAgustin Fuentes, a physical anthropologist from the University of Notre Dame, will present two lectures, one on race and another on war, peace and human nature, Wednesday and Thursday, April 29 and 30, at Linfield.

“What Race is, and What it is Not: How Do We Know and Why Does it Matter?” will be Wednesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. This talk will cover the biology, history and reality of race, racism and inequality in the U.S. and provide a toolkit to move forward.

“War, Peace and Human Nature(s): What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?” will be Thursday, April 30, at 4:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall. This talk will lay out what we know about human evolutionary processes and histories and how they inform us about the human capacity for war and our propensity for peace.

Fuentes, a professor of anthropology at Notre Dame, examines human evolution from several perspectives, and his research sheds light on some of the most common misconceptions about human nature, specifically in the areas of race, sex and aggression. He is the author of “Evolution of Human Behavior” and “Health, Risk and Adversity.”                 He has a bachelor’s in zoology and anthropology, and master’s and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the author of “Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths about Human Nature.” His articles have been published in Cultural Anthropology and the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology.

The lectures are sponsored by the Linfield College Department of Sociology/Anthropology and PLACE. For more information, contact Hillary Crane, ext. 2286,



Ben McMorranBen McMorran, assistant professor of physics at the University of Oregon, will present “Imaging magnets at the nanoscale with sculpted electrons” during the iFOCUS Science Colloquium Lectures Series on Thursday, April 30, at 4:15 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall.

Exactly what are magnets? How can a nail be turned into a magnet by applying another magnet? The answer to these questions plays a role in today’s technologies – computers and the internet — as well as tomorrow’s. McMorran will discuss how these questions can be answered by looking at magnets at nanometer length scales. He will also discuss how various magnetic microscopes work, the role that electron angular momentum plays in magnetic material, and efforts to manipulate this angular momentum using “sculpted” electrons.

For more information, contact or visit



Bob McCannBob McCann, retired professor of education, will present a “Last Lecture” on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day.

McCann, who joined the Linfield faculty in 1994, retired in December. His talk is part of Linfield’s last lecture series, which enables retiring faculty to give a final presentation to the community. During the lecture, McCann will talk about life lessons as told through song lyrics. He will be joined by his wife Nancy, a musician, who will perform excerpts from the songs talked about in the lecture.

A reception will follow. It is sponsored by the Linfield College Office of Institutional Advancement. For more information, call ext. 2547 or email



Linfield College LuauTraditional island dances and an authentic Hawaiian meal will highlight the 43rd annual Linfield College Lu’au, “Home in the Islands,” Saturday, May 2.

Students will share the Hawaiian culture with the community, including performing dances from the Hawaiian Islands as well as New Zealand, Tahiti and Samoa.

The dinner will be catered by a Hawaiian cafe and served by Linfield students, and will feature a number of traditional Hawaiian dishes. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Rutschman Field House, with dinner service ending at 6:45. The “Country Store” will open at 5:30 p.m., also in the Rutschman Field House. The store features foods, leis and gifts donated from Hawaiian companies, with proceeds helping cover event costs. There will also be a concession stand available during the performance. The live performance will be held in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event includes pre-show entertainment.

Tickets are available online at General admission tickets for the performance are $15. Tickets for both the show and dinner are $25 for general admission and $28 for reserved seats. Student and senior (60+) tickets are $18 and $20, and require I.D. Children’s tickets are $10 and $13. Children under age two, seated on their parents’ laps, are admitted free without a meal.

The event is sponsored by the Linfield College Hawaiian Club, and the Multicultural Programs and College Activities offices. For more information, visit or call ext. 2435.



Linfield's Opera TheatreLinfield College vocal students will present a program of fully staged scenes from beloved operas and musicals on Sunday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The Linfield Opera Theatre will present “From Mozart to Rodgers and Hammerstein – Comic Scenes from Classic Operas and Musical Theatre.” The varied program will contrast excerpts from comic and witty operas by Mozart with scenes from beloved musicals and cutting-edge new compositions. Program highlights include famous duets from Mozart’s “Magic Flute” and “Don Giovanni” and the intricate comedy of errors from the finale of the “Marriage of Figaro.” The musical theater selections will include scenes from the Tony Award-winning “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic “Cinderella.”

The scenes are directed by Anton Belov, assistant professor of music, and Hannah Penn, adjunct professor of music, with musical preparation by Susan McDaniel and Anne Britt.

For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Mary Szybist by Joni KabanaAcclaimed authors Mary Szybist and Endi Bogue Hartigan will read from their works of poetry on Tuesday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

Szybist is the author of “Incarnadine,” winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. According to publisher Graywolf Press, Szybist “describes the confusion and even terror of moments in which our longing for the spiritual may also be a longing for what is most fundamentally alien to us.” She is also the author of “Granted,” a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, Virginia Quarterly Review and more. Szybist teaches English at Lewis and Clark College.

Hartigan will read from “Pool [5 choruses],” a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in poetry and winner of the 2012 Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Prize. Hartigan’s work is “acrobatic and playful,” according to Publishers Weekly, “daring readers to consider intention and arbitrariness at once.” Hartigan is also the author of “One Sun Storm,” selected for the Colorado Prize for Poetry and a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her work has appeared in New American Writing, VOLT, Verse, Chicago Review, Colorado Review, Tinfish and others. She is a graduate of Reed College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

The reading is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield Nicholson Library and the Linfield English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at ext. 2517,


Buckley_BaldwinThe Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice at Linfield College will host a scholarly symposium on “James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the American Dream.”

The symposium, scheduled May 7-8 at Linfield, will commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the classic 1965 debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. at the Cambridge Union on the motion: “The American Dream is at the expense of the American Negro.” Eddie Glaude, professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University will give the keynote speech “James Baldwin and #BlackLivesMatter” Friday, May 8, at 12:30 p.m., in Nicholson Library.

The symposium schedule is:


4:30 p.m.: Screening of the Cambridge Debate, James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, T.J. Day 219 and 222

5:30 p.m.: Reception with Baldwin and Buckley scholars, Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall

FRIDAY, MAY 8 (all events are in Nicholson Library)

9-10:30 a.m.: William F. Buckley and American Conservatism

    Lecture one: “William Buckley and the Decline of American Conservative Racism: 1955-95,” Patrick Allitt (Emory University)

    Lecture two: “On the Beaches, in the Hills, in the Mountains: William Buckley’s Legacy in the Politics of Denial,” William Hogeland (author)

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: The Political Ideas of James Baldwin

    Lecture one: “‘Hideously Loaded:’ James Baldwin’s History of the American Dream,” Lawrie Balfour (University of Virginia)

    Lecture two: “On the Faiths of (and in) Our Fathers,” Susan McWilliams (Pomona College)

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Lunch/Keynote Lecture: “James Baldwin and #BlackLivesMatter,” Eddie Glaude (Princeton University). Lunch will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

2-3:30 p.m.: The Political Ideas of William F. Buckley

    Lecture one: “Buckley’s Political Romance with Racism,” Joe Lowndes (University of Oregon)

    Lecture two: “Buckley and America’s Engines of Concern,” Will Barndt (Pitzer College)

4-5:30 p.m.: Civilization and Freedom in Baldwin’s Political Thought

    Lecture one: “Representing Civilization: Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge Union,” Chip Turner (University of Washington)

    Lecture two: “James Baldwin Bearing Freedom,” Michele Elam (Stanford University)

This event is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Program for the Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE), and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information contact Nick Buccola, ext. 2246,



Linfield Theatre“A Small Family Business” will be produced by the Linfield Theatre Program May 7-9 and 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, at 2 p.m. with special prices for all moms.

“A Small Family Business” is the story of Jack McCracken, who just received the opportunity of a lifetime. He is the new head of a family furniture business and believes he will initiate a new age of honesty and integrity. He quickly learns that everyone else involved in the enterprise has a vested interest in maintaining business as usual, rife with dishonesty and deceit. “A Small Family Business” premiered at the National Theatre in London, England, in 1987 and received a revival production at the National in June 2014.

The play is directed by Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts. Rich Emery, professor of accounting, will play the role of Ken Ayres, the father-in-law who built the family business. Other actors include seniors Nicholas Granato as Jack McCracken and Jeremy Odden as Desmond Harriet; junior Travis McKenna as Cliff; sophomores Naomi Boydston as Tina, Heidie Ambrose as Samantha, Madilyn Bechtel as Anita, Lillie Moses as Harriet, Raisa Mlynski as Yvonne Doggett and Murphy Jackson as Benedict Hough; freshmen Geoffrey Rath as Roy Ruston and Marcos Galvez as the Rivetti brothers; and international student Lise Grimelund-Kjelsen as Poppy.

The scenic design is by senior art major Kelsey Garrett and features a two-story house interior that serves as the setting for the play. Other students involved in the production include seniors Daniel Bradley as the sound designer, Rhianna Bennett as stage manager, Mackensie Sempert as assistant costume designer, and sophomore Joella Cordell as properties mistress.

Lighting design is by Ty Marshall, professor of theatre arts, director of theatre and resident designer. Technical direction is by Rob Vaughn and costume design is by Laurel Peterson.

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff (two tickets per ID); and $5 for students (any age, any school, one ticket per ID); with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Tickets for all moms will be $5 for the Sunday matinee on Mother’s Day. Seating is reserved. Tickets will go on sale April 28 and will be available at or by phone, or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Located in the lobby of Ford Hall, the box office is open Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. The box office will also be open May 9 and 16 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. and on May 10 from noon to 2 p.m. The box office is closed Mondays. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.

For more information, call ext. 2292.



Wine glassesA wine workshop geared for the beginning wine enthusiast, “How to Taste Wine,” will be held Saturday, May 9, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

This workshop is for the beginning wine drinker and will cover how to taste and evaluate wine, wine selection and serving tips, and tasting room etiquette. The workshop is limited to 25 participants and includes tastings of eight wines in a relaxed non-intimidating environment. The fee is $75. Sponsored by Linfield’s Online and Continuing Education Program, the workshop is part of a series of fun and informative wine-related experiences that will be offered by Linfield on an ongoing basis.

Ellen Brittan, Linfield’s new director of wine education, will lead the workshop, along with other industry experts. For more information, call or email Brittan at ext. 2218, To register, go online at




2:30 p.m.: Jorge Duany video conference, Nicholson Library conference room

7 p.m.: Documentary, “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America,” Ice Auditorium


Noon: French table, Starbucks

6 p.m.: Japanese Table, Japanese Classroom, Walker Hall


Noon: German Language Table, Dillin Hall

7 p.m.: Agustin Fuentes, “What Race is, and What it is Not: How Do We Know and Why Does it Matter?” Ice Auditorium


11:50 am: SOAN Voices, Dillin Northwest Room

4:15 p.m.: Ben McMorran, iFOCUS Science Colloquium, 105 Murdock Hall

4:30 p.m.: Agustin Fuentes, “War, Peace and Human Nature(s): What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?” Jonasson Hall

7 p.m.: Bob McCann last lecture, 219 T.J. Day Hall


10 a.m.: Track and field at Pacific Twilight

11:30 a.m.: Spanish Language Table, NW Alcove, Dillin Hall


10 a.m.: Baseball at Puget Sound (Tacoma)

1 p.m.: Baseball at Pacific Lutheran (Tacoma)

5 p.m.: Lu’au, HHPA


Noon: Baseball at George Fox (Tacoma)

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