Linfield Reports, 10/31/11


Peter Buckingham, professor of history, will present “Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland” Tuesday, Nov. 1, at noon in the West Wing in Dillin Hall.

He will touch on topics including “The Troubles” in the region between Catholics and Protestants, a divided Belfast, the segregation of Derry and the peace process.

Buckingham traveled to Belfast and Derry in Northern Ireland during the summer, attending a seminar on peace and reconciliation. The seminar was sponsored by the Council on International Educational Exchange, a non-profit, non-governmental international exchange organization. In addition to sharing information with the Linfield community, Buckingham will attend a national symposium next spring on “The Politics of Reconciliation” in Tulsa, Okla., site of the most deadly race riot in American history. He will lead a discussion comparing and contrasting reconciliation efforts in Northern Ireland and the American South.

Buckingham has been a member of the Linfield faculty since 1988. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College, and a master’s and Ph.D. from Washington State University.

The event is sponsored by the International Programs Office and is free and open to the public. For more information, call Michele Tomseth, 503-883-2434,



Four Linfield College students who faced natural disasters while studying abroad will tell their stories during “When the Worst Happens Abroad” Thursday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

Jennifer Boston ’13, Ariel Lillico ’12, Elizabeth Stenger ’12 and Leah Sedy ’12 will share how they dealt with cyclones, earthquakes, a tsunami and nuclear meltdown during their semester abroad experiences in New Zealand and Japan.

The event is sponsored by the International Programs Office and is free and open to the public. For more information, call Michele Tomseth, 503-883-2434,



Linfield College theatre students will explore the disillusionment of the Vietnam War through the eyes of the Talley family with the production of “Fifth of July,” written by the late Lanford Wilson.

The play will be performed Nov. 3-5 and 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

A post-show discussion featuring Bob Ferguson ’65, a Vietnam veteran, will follow the performance Friday, Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day. Ferguson, along with other veterans, will discuss war experiences and their impacts.

“Fifth of July” is the story of Kenneth Talley Jr., a homosexual paraplegic Vietnam veteran living with his boyfriend in the Talley family home in Lebanon, Mo. The two are visited by Ken’s longtime friends and also some family members. When Ken tries to sell the family homestead, a bidding war between friends and family ensues. “Fifth of July” is the last play in Lanford Wilson’s trilogy about the Talley family. The other two are “Talley and Son” and “Talley’s Folley.”

The play examines how a group of friends who were former college student activists against the Vietnam War copes with their misfortunes and struggles to piece together their lives since college. The play’s title has an underlying meaning. The date, July 5, signifies a beginning. In history, it is the beginning of the United States and to the characters, a beginning of a new phase in their lives.

Director Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts, said “Fifth of July” has been described by theatre scholars as “Chekhovian” because the action unfolds indirectly, and ties in nicely with this semester’s previous production. In September, students performed two of Chekov’s comic shorts, “The Bear” and “The Proposal.” “Fifth of July” in particular has themes that college students can relate to now in wartime, she added.

“Our students will make the connection between the Vietnam War and the Iraq War,” said Gupton, a member of the Linfield faculty since 2000. “Trying to understand what it was and is like for veterans to come home is difficult. It will be powerful and thought provoking.”

The cast includes first-year students Nicholas Granato as John Landis, Jeremy Odden as Jed Jenkins, Kristin Miller as Shirley Talley, Rhianna Bennett as June Talley and Daniel Bradley as Weston Hurley. Veteran cast members include sophomores Jenny Layton as Sally Friedman and Gabrielle Leif as Gwen Landis, and junior Chris Forrer, as Kenneth Talley Jr. The cast is supported by scenic and lighting designer Ty Marshall; costume designer Alethia Moore-Del Monaco; technical director Rob Vaughn; and two Linfield seniors, sound designer Chloe Wandler and stage manager Kanon Havens.

Wilson was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and one of the most distinguished writers of the 20th century. He is credited for drawing attention to Off-Off Broadway shows with themes being dissolution of families, societies and marriages. Wilson’s plays are also known for their taboo nature, often surrounding unmentionable issues of society. Characters were inspired by controversies in his own life.

“Wilson really has a way with words and he understands people,” said Gupton, who calls Wilson’s characters fascinating and witty. “He can truly portray how real-life controversies can affect people.”

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 25. Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff; and $5 for students; with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available at, by phone or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Located just inside 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 Nov. 5 and 12 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. and from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6. The box office is closed Mondays.

The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. For more information, call 503-883-2292.



“A Poet’s Love,” a vocal and piano concert featuring the works of Robert Schumann and other composers, will be presented Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Baritone Anton Belov, a new assistant professor of music at Linfield, and pianist Jill Timmons, professor of music and artist-in-residence, will present the concert which will also feature the works of Franz Liszt, celebrating the 200th anniversary of his birth, as well as little-known Italian composer Francesco Santoliquido and Russian romantic favorites by Rachmaninoff, Glazunov and Tchaikovsky.

Schumann’s work was composed during his separation from his great love Clara Wieck, whose father opposed their marriage. During the course of one year, Schumann composed more than 150 pieces, with the crown jewel, “A Poet’s Love,” based on the poetry of Heinrich Heine.

Belov is a native of Russia and a graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center. He has appeared with numerous companies and orchestras throughout the United States and has earned critical acclaim for his portrayals of characters as diverse as Count di Luna, Don Giovanni, Escamillo, Count Almaviva, Doctor Malatesta and Eugene Onegin. Equally at home with opera, oratorio and concert repertoire, Belov presented over 50 recitals throughout the U.S. appearing at such venues as Carnegie Recital Hall and the Kennedy Center. Belov is first-place winner of eight vocal competitions including the George London Competition, the Young Concert Artists International Competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. A specialist in Russian lyric diction, he is the author of numerous books on the subject.

Timmons has performed internationally as both a solo and ensemble artist. She has performed at Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall and the National Gallery of Art, and toured internationally. Committed to American composers, she has recorded works by Dexter Morrill, Amy Beach and Williams Bersgma. Ken Burns chose music from her Amy Beach recording for his PBS documentary, “The War.” In addition to her numerous NEA awards, she has also won, with co-author Sylvain Frémaux, the Wilk Prize from University of Southern California for groundbreaking research on the Polish composer, Alexandre Tansman. Their book, “Alexandre Tansman: Diary of a Twentieth-Century Composer,” is published online by the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Timmons has performed at numerous festivals including Tanglewood, Chenango Musikfest in New York, the Olympic Music Festival, Festillésime and Festival Mozart in France. She is the artistic director of a two-piano Institute in France: Musique à Beaumont. She has a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Washington and master’s from Boston University. In 2012, Oxford University Press will publish her book, The Musician’s Journey – Crafting Your Career Vision and Plan.

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


Molly Johnson, whose first book was released in October from RainTown Press, will present a reading Monday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

Johnson, a Linfield graduate, will read from her book, Spartacus and the Circus of Shadows. Aimed at young readers, this novel features 13-year-old Spartacus Zander, a boy who believes his human-cannonball mother has been kidnapped by the circus and only he can rescue her. Johnson will also discuss writing her manuscript, the challenges and pleasures of writing for tweens, and how she traveled the distance from finished manuscript to publication.

Johnson began writing for her hometown newspaper in Sisters. A creative writing major while at Linfield, she also wrote movie, restaurant and art reviews for the Linfield Review. She received a master’s from Portland State University and spent a year teaching English in China. She lives in Portland and works as a copywriter.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Nicholson Library and Linfield English department. For more information, call Susan Barnes Whyte, 503-883-2517,



Kevin Matthew Bowles, ELCP instructor, presented “Moving ESL Education from the College Classroom into our University Hospitals” at Tri-TESOL 2011: English Without Borders. Bowles also works in the Department of Community Dentistry at Oregon Health and Science University to implement courses that will educate dental students on cultural competency ̶ specifically on intercultural and doctoral communication patterns with ESL patients.




11:30 a.m.: German conversation table, Dillin

Noon: “Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland,” Dillin West Wing

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


11:20 a.m.: Voices SOAN, Dillin

5 p.m.: Wellness table, 124 Walker


11:30 a.m.: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

11:50 a.m.: VOICES Soan table, Dillin

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin

3 p.m.: “When the Worst Happens Abroad,” Jonasson

7:30 p.m.: “Fifth of July,” Marshall Theatre


Noon: Women’s soccer at Pacific

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. PLU

7:30 p.m.: “Fifth of July,” Marshall Theatre


Noon: Women’s soccer vs. PLU

12:30 p.m.: Football at Whitworth

2 p.m.: “A Poet’s Love,” Jill Timmons and Anton Belov, Ice

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Willamette

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. George Fox

7:30 p.m.: “Fifth of July,” Marshall Theatre


2 p.m.: “Fifth of July,” Marshall Theatre