Linfield Reports, 10/10/11


Thor Hanson, author and biologist, will present a reading from his newest book, Feathers: the Evolution of a Natural Miracle, on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in Nicholson Library.

In his book, Hanson discusses feathers from multiple perspectives and portrays them as an evolutionary marvel. He highlights the natural history of feathers, as they have been used to fly, protect, attract and decorate culture since the beginning of their existence. He will also explore what these objects mean to society.

Hanson applies the research of paleontologists, ornithologists, biologists, engineers and art historians in his book. His research has made him an expert in the cultural, natural and scientific history of feathers.

Jeff Baker of The Oregonian wrote “The Oregon bird-watching community will love this book, and so will anyone else interested in an object that has captured our imaginations and helped us write and fish and sleep and do just about everything but fly.”

Hanson was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and currently resides on the San Juan Islands with his wife and son. In addition to writing books, Hanson works as a conservation biologist and is a member of the Human Ecosystems Study Group. His efforts in conservation have taken him from Uganda to Alaska and Central America to Tanzania. His first book, The Impenetrable Forest: My Gorilla Years in Uganda, earned him the 2008 USA Book News Award for nature writing.

The reading is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Linfield English Department. For more information contact Susan Barnes Whyte at or 503-883-2517.



Jackson Miller, associate professor of communication arts, will present “The Voters Have Spoken: A Consideration of the Past Accomplishments and Present Challenges of Initiative and Referendum System in Oregon,” on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

Miller will discuss the role of persuasion and communication in the political process. He will focus on issues that have been controversial to Oregon voters in particular.

Miller’s lecture is based on work he is doing with the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project. The project engages community members in thoughtful conversations about ideas critical to their daily lives and the state’s future, bringing people together to learn from an expert, share ideas and understand differing perspectives. Miller’s conversation will include various Oregon ballot measures of the past 15 years such as abortion, gay rights, medical marijuana and taxes. His conversation topics are tailored for his audience’s interests.

Miller, who serves as director of forensics at Linfield, conducts research on topics ranging from political rhetoric and performance theory to persuasive and intercultural communication. He has conducted extensive research on the ballot initiative process in Oregon, including campaigns on issues such as physician-assisted suicide, gay rights, medical marijuana, logging practices and land use regulations.

Miller earned his B.S. and M.A. degrees from Ohio University, and a Ph.D. in speech communication from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. As a certified trainer for the International Debate Education Association, Miller has conducted debate-training seminars in Guatemala and Turkey. He also provided critical analysis of the 2008 presidential debates for the International Debate Education Association.

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.



The Linfield College Theatre will present “Lot O’ Shakespeare,” featuring actor Timothy Mooney, Friday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield. The production will feature one monologue from every Shakespeare play.

“Lot O’ Shakespeare” will give audience members a taste of comedies such as “Taming of the Shrew” and tragedies such as “Romeo and Juliet.” The various themes of Shakespeare’s works will be performed by veteran actor Timothy Mooney.

Mooney is known for his performance of the popular “Moliere Than Thou,” and he is the author of the new acting textbook, “Acting at the Speed of Life: Conquering Theatrical Style.” He is the former founder and editor of “The Script Review” and was the artistic director of Chicago’s “Stage Two Theatre,” where he produced nearly 50 plays in five years. Mooney found himself drawn to the hilarious world of Moliere and eventually wrote 17 comedic rhymed variations of Moliere’s plays, which have been celebrated around the world.

The inspiration for “Lot O’ Shakespeare” came from an intriguing idea.

“I started fantasizing about all of the Shakespeare roles that were coming into my range in my middle years. I thought I might be able to transform my performance tour into an audition tour. What if, no matter what Shakespeare play they were doing, I had a monologue from that show available to perform?” said Mooney.

Mooney began to envision an acting workshop and a one-man show consisting of a monologue from all of Shakespeare’s famous works. “Lot O’ Shakespeare” was born.

The production is free and open to the public. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. For more information, call 503-883-2292.



An artist reception for “Blind Corners, Portals and Turning Points,” featuring works by Linfield art Professor Ron Mills de Pinyas, will be Saturday, Oct. 15, from 2-4 p.m. at the Linfield Gallery. The exhibition runs through Nov. 12.

The work of Mills de Pinyas has been supported by the Fulbright Scholar Program and exhibited across the U.S. and in Asia and Latin America. His most recent mural series was inaugurated at the Hallie Ford Center at Oregon State University, and supported and administered by the Oregon Arts Commission.

The large abstract paintings in the current exhibit emerged during a stay in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2010-11, where Mills de Pinyas was inspired by the ancient and colonial architecture and patterned folk art and weavings.

The paintings embody the distinct mysticism and romance inherent in a worldview that blended indigenous and Western culture. More recent pieces in the exhibit were informed by the Oaxaca landscape and its botanical structures, but the plasticity is compatible, and so the work reads as an evolving body. With their luminous color, patterns in rhythm and ethereal  ̶  almost mystical  ̶  flow, the works reintroduce a pictorial sense of figure-ground relationships abandoned some time ago in favor of more pure field compositions.

“Mills de Pinyas’ paintings point to what in creation is tenuous, fragile, even possibly frail in a world of powerful simmering explosions of color and molecular sub-realities,” wrote painter María Isabel Piñas Espigulé about the exhibit.

“The delicate and sometimes daunting balance in nature we sense in the work has nothing to do with insubstantiality, but rather evokes what is truly essential, uncovering the fundamental nature of being beyond individual parts to show true essence,” she said. “We see organic raw material mingled to become enigmatic organisms with self will.”

All exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 503-883-2804.



Author Tamara Metz will present “Untying the Knot: Marriage, the State and the Case for Their Divorce,” on Monday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of Nicholson Library.

Metz, who is the author of a book by the same title, will focus on marriage, which is currently the focus of a political debate. She will discuss whether the state should have the ability to determine the laws of marriage and will argue that marriage, like religion, should be separated from the state.

Metz concludes that the questions surrounding marriage should be answered by those best suited to give it the necessary ethical authority, religious groups and other kinds of communities.

Metz’s book identifies and explains assumptions hidden in widely held positions and common practices. According to Metz, as long as marriage and the state are linked, marriage will be a threat to liberalism and the state will be a threat to marriage. Keeping the state and marriage separate is justified by the basic commitments to freedom and equality.

Metz is an assistant professor of political science and humanities at Reed College. She earned a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University in 2004. Her fields of interest include political theory and law, liberalism and its critics, history of political thought and theories of freedom.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of Political Science. For more information, contact Nicholas Buccola, assistant professor of political science, 503-883-2246.




7:30 p.m.: Thor Hanson reading, Nicholson


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

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


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

5 p.m.: Wellness table, 124 Walker

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Willamette

7 p.m.: Women’s soccer at Lewis & Clark

7:30 p.m.: Jackson Miller faculty lecture, “The Voters Have Spoken,” 201 Riley


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

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

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin


Today and tomorrow: Women’s golf at George Fox Invitational

7 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Pacific

7:30 p.m.: “Lot O’ Shakespeare,” featuring actor Timothy Mooney, Marshall Theatre


10 a.m.: Cross country at Concordia Puma Classic

Noon: Women’s soccer at Willamette

1:30 p.m.: Football at Pacific

2 p.m.: Ron Mills de Pinyas artist reception, Linfield Gallery

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Puget Sound


Noon: Women’s soccer vs. George Fox

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at George Fox