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Linfield Reports, 9/22/14


Colin DeYoungColin DeYoung, associate professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota, will present “Causes and Consequences of Cognitive Exploration: How Openness to Experience and Intellect Help Explain Human Personality” on Monday, Sept. 22, at 6:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium.

DeYoung will discuss his research on understanding openness and intellect in order to understand human personalities. One of the most striking characteristics of human beings as a species is the complexity of our cognitive processes and representations of experience. No other species produces fiction, philosophy, representational art or mathematics. Among people, however, there is much variation in the degree to which people engage in these kinds of cognitive exploration. Controversy has lingered over whether to label these individual differences as openness to experience or intellect, but research indicates that these two labels, in fact, describe two different components of one broader trait.

In this presentation, DeYoung will describe what openness and intellect share and how they differ. DeYoung will explain what we know about the sources of these traits, including how they are generated by the brain and influenced by both genetics and experience, as well as what we know about the impact these important traits have on our lives.

DeYoung’s research focuses broadly on the structure and sources of personality, attempting to discover the relations among different personality traits and the neurobiological systems that influence them. His long-term goal is to map personality traits onto their sources in the ongoing functions of the brain, using neuroscience techniques including neuroimaging and molecular genetics. He has an A.B. from Harvard University and master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Psychology, the Office of Academic Affairs and PLACE, the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement. For more information, contact Yanna Weisberg, assistant professor of psychology, ext. 2724,



Linfield CollegeLinfield College will host Family Weekend Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27.

Activities include academic open houses, career planning presentation, athletic events, wine tasting and more. For more information, contact Debbie Harmon Ferry, director of alumni and parent relations, at ext. 2547, or go to





Tim MooneyTim Mooney will present “Shakespeare’s Histories: 10 Epic Plays at a Breakneck Pace,” Saturday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

Mooney has squeezed all 10 of Shakespeare’s histories into an epic one-man performance, capturing the history of England, from 1066 to 1533 into a single hour. Combining the most brilliant speeches of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays into a single hour-long performance, “Shakespeare’s Histories” reveals in a single performance the epic sweep of Shakespeare’s historical vision.

Mooney has already published “Shakespeare’s Histories” as a book, complete with full-color illustrations, graphs and maps, providing all of the contextual information that makes sense of the family relationships and the issues of royal succession that dominated these dramas. Author of the new acting text, “Acting at the Speed of Life,” as well as 17 rhymed verse variations of the plays of Molière, Mooney has turned over 150,000 students on to Molière and Shakespeare through his one-man plays, “Molière Than Thou,” and “Lot o’ Shakespeare.” His Linfield presentations of these plays were very popular.

It also contributes to the area’s celebration of the works of William Shakespeare in honor of his 450th birthday year.

For more information call the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts at ext. 2802.



Pioneer Hall at Linfield CollegeA panel discussion on how social media affect and inform users will be held Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in Nicholson Library.

“Knowing Your World Through Social Media” will feature Kelli Matthews, instructor of public relations at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication; Rick Thomas, partner at Quinn Thomas Public Affairs; Megan Kozak Williams, associate professor of psychology at Linfield; and Jerry Casey, manager of breaking news and photo/video at Oregonian Media Group.

The panel will discuss how social media may shape users’ knowledge, worldview and even relationships. These media can make us feel like we know a lot about other people, events and issues. But how much do we really know? How accurate is information spread through social media? Who is trying to persuade us using social media? And what does it mean to be a “friend” or “follower” online? The event will explore these questions in a wide-ranging discussion with four experts who represent politics, journalism, public relations and psychology.

Matthews has more than a decade of public relations experience, mostly as the director of a full-service public relations, marketing and design agency. She has been directly responsible for high-level communication, strategic planning, budget management and leadership for a wide variety of clients, many of which are nonprofits and community organizations.

Thomas is a frequent speaker on public affairs, the legislative process and the media. Throughout his 20 years in the field, Thomas has a track record of helping organizations increase awareness of complex issues and expand their visibility in the marketplace. His work has been recognized nationally by the American Association of Political Consultants, the Associated Builders and Contractors, and the Independent Electrical Contractors.

Williams has been at Linfield since 2013. Her academic interests include the study of empathy development and erosion in physicians, the psychological underpinnings of dehumanization and psychological consequences of using social networking sites.

Casey is an experienced digital storyteller who has been a leader in online innovation in journalism. His work focuses on bringing Oregonian Media Group content to growing audiences through a variety of digital platforms. He has assisted in the transition of a traditional regional newspaper company to a digitally focused news organization.

The event is sponsored by PLACE, the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement. For more information, contact Susan Currie Sivek, ext. 2521,



Dory exhibit at Nicholson LibraryA traveling exhibit showcasing the historical and contemporary role of the dory fleet in the coastal village of Pacific City is on display at Nicholson Library.

“Launching through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City” will run through Monday, Nov. 10. A reception will be held Sunday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m. Exhibit hours are Sunday, noon-9 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The exhibit is the result of the collaboration between Linfield College and the Pacific City community. In 2011, Linfield students and faculty began documenting the history of the Pacific City dory fleet to preserve a part of Oregon history. The collection of narratives tells the story of the fleet in the words of those who know it best – the anglers and the wives, mothers, husbands, fathers, fish buyers and boat builders. An astounding 15,000 photos, 200 hours of audio and video and more than 1,500 artifacts have been collected. More than 100 dory fishers have been interviewed.

Pacific City is home to one of the most unusual fishing fleets in the world, and one of the last of its kind. A dory fleet has been in the small coastal town for a century, with dory fishermen and women once numbering in the hundreds. Now the old-timers are passing on and the commercial industry is in decline. Newcomers, however, are joining seasoned anglers in maintaining a robust sports fishing community.

Designed by Professors Tyrone Marshall and Brenda DeVore Marshall, the exhibit features 18 panels exploring the following topics: historical highlights, building a dory, fiberglassing and painting a dory, turning oars, Pacific City dories, dory derbies, Dory Days, the Memorial Wall and Blessing of the Fleet, Yamhill County connections, launching and landing a dory and “The Launching through the Surf” project. The panels are comprised of vintage photographs and historical documents from the dory fishers, contemporary photographs and comments from the oral history stories. The exhibit also includes a small collection of artifacts.

The research project included an original production, “Kickin’ Sand and Tellin Lies,” scholarly papers, book chapters, poster sessions and the visual art exhibit “Smooth Beaches and Flat-Bottomed Boats.” Material will continue to be added to the ongoing project.

The exhibit also contributes to the Theatre and Communication Arts Department’s investigation of Linfield’s 2014-15 PLACE theme by exploring the question of “How Do We Know?” through storytelling.

The exhibit was made possible through two grants from the Keck Community Engaged Research to Classroom Program from the Linfield Center for the Northwest, five Linfield College Summer Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grants, an Arts Build Communities grant from the Oregon Arts Commission, a Yamhill County Cultural Coalition grant and a Cultural Development grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust. It is also sponsored by Nicholson Library, the Linfield College Department of Theatre and Communication Arts, the Linfield Center for the Northwest, the Pacific City Arts Association and the Pacific City Dorymen’s Association.

For more information, call ext. 2802.



Sandy Soohoo-Refaei, associate director of International Programs, was recognized by David Woodward, president of the Associates in Cultural Exchange (ACE), an international educational organization in Seattle, Wash., for “Outstanding Contributions to the Field of International Education” at their 40-year anniversary luncheon at the NAFSA annual conference 2014 in San Diego, Calif. Soohoo-Refaei serves as vice president of member relations on the Board of Directors of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and in January, she will take on the role of vice president for professional development and engagement. In August, she presented “Crisis Management” at the OSU International Education Summit in Corvallis.




Noon: State of the College address, Ice

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin NW Alcove

6:30 p.m.: Colin DeYoung, “Causes and Consequences of Cognitive Exploration,” Ice


Noon: German language table, Dillin


Today and tomorrow: Family Weekend

3 p.m.: Japanese language table, 304 Walker

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Lewis & Clark


Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Whitworth

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Pacific Lutheran

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Pacific Lutheran

7:30 p.m.: Tim Mooney, “Shakespeare’s Histories: 10 Epic Plays at a Breakneck Pace,” Marshall Theatre


Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Whitman

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Puget Sound

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