Linfield Reports, 10/10/16

Finkelman explains what’s in a dinosaur name

Professor Leonard Finkelman, philosophyRemember all of the hard work you put into memorizing the dinosaurs’ names when you were five? Well, you’re not finished yet, says Leonard Finkelman, a Linfield College assistant professor of philosophy.

Finkelman will address the topic in “What, If Anything, is a Tyrannosaurus Rex?” on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield. The event will be live streamed and archived on Linfield Live, a Linfield facebook page.

He will discuss how, even though the fossils of dinosaurs have been named, the animals themselves are still nameless. Finkelman gives the example of a Tyrannosaurus Rex – it’s the name of rocks, but not the name of the animal whose bones became those rocks.

Finkelman received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2013. He specializes in the emerging field of the philosophy of paleontology, working on conceptual issues in extinction and the metaphysical background of dinosaur research. In addition to this research, he has written a number of outreach essays on a variety of topics including ethics, possible-world semantics and human nature.

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


Linfield music students to perform traditional liederabend

LiederabendA traditional musical liederabend will be performed by Linfield College students on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Vivian A. Bull Music Center at Linfield.

A liederabend is a gathering of friends, featuring an evening of song designed for an intimate living-room atmosphere rather than the formal grandeur of a concert hall. The tradition began in Vienna in the early 19th Century. Many romantic composers, including Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Fauré, contributed to this genre.

Voice students of professors Anton Belov and Hannah Penn will present a program of English, German, Italian and French art songs, accompanied by pianist Susan McDaniel. Light refreshments will be served.

The recital is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Linfield College Department of Music. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit


Holistic admissions focus of community workshop

Linfield College Portland CampusKupiri Ackerman-Barger, assistant adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, University of California-Davis, will present a School of Nursing community workshop on Monday, Oct. 17, from 8-11 a.m. in 201 Peterson Hall on the Portland Campus.

Holistic admission and creating a campus climate of inclusivity are among the discussion topics. Students, faculty and staff are welcome.

Ackerman-Barger teaches methodology in health sciences, social determinants of health, collaborative practice and organizational change. She also provides faculty development on nursing pedagogy, interprofessional education and education equity through the Interprofessional Teaching Scholars Program at UC Davis Health System.

The workshop is sponsored by the Xi Mu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and a Linfield diversity grant. RSVP to


Open houses planned to ‘Explore Linfield’

Linfield College students walkingThe Office of Admission will host the second of three Explore Linfield open houses on Monday, Oct. 17. Students will check-in and speak with academic and co-curricular resources in Fred Meyer Lounge, learn about academic programs and the admission process, tour campus and enjoy lunch in Dillin Hall. Please join us in welcoming prospective Wildcats and their families to campus.

For more info, go to


Ericksen lecture to explore life and work of Thoreau

William RossiUniversity of Oregon Professor William Rossi will discuss little-known aspects of the life and work of Henry David Thoreau during the upcoming Ericksen lecture at Linfield College.

Rossi will present “Life, Death, Doubleness and Friendship at Walden” on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at the Linfield College Nicholson Library.

Perhaps no other American writer comes as pre-packaged with a cultural mythology and a set of opinions about him as Thoreau. His retreat to Walden Pond, the resulting book, and his supposedly aloof attitude toward American society continue to be studied and debated today. Based on little-known documents and manuscripts that throw light on his life and writings in the Walden period, this talk will introduce and explore a different Thoreau than the one most modern readers have encountered.

Rossi is professor and director of Undergraduate Studies in English at the University of Oregon, where he has taught since 1989. His current research focuses on Thoreau’s dual vocation as writer and naturalist in the context of mid-19th Century debates about evolution. In addition to Thoreau, Rossi has published essays on Ralph Waldo Emerson, New England transcendentalism and eco-criticism. A Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation fellow and past recipient of two Fulbright awards and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Rossi is co-editor of two volumes of Thoreau’s Journal for The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau, published by Princeton University Press; editor of the Norton Critical Edition, Walden, Civil Disobedience, and Other Essays (2008); and co-editor of Figures of Friendship: Emerson and Thoreau (Indiana 2010).

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Ken and Donna Ericksen Endowed English Department Fund. Ericksen, professor emeritus of English at Linfield, created the endowment in memory of his wife, Donna, a Linfield alumna, who taught reading, writing and English in the Hillsboro School District for 25 years. The endowment allows the English Department to bring literary scholars to campus for several days to work with faculty and students.

For more information, contact David Sumner at 503-883-2389,


Self-published authors to participate in Linfield panel discussion

Linfield College libraryA panel of self-published authors will talk about their projects on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in the Jerald R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

The authors will discuss dos and don’ts of self-publishing, once a tiny niche in the publishing world, that has become a legitimate alternative for many writers. Options for self-publishing authors include employing the services of a vanity press, engaging an editor, finding a graphic designer to prepare book pages or doing the entire thing on their own.

The panel will explore issues involved in the process and the ways to get self-published, as well as subjects such as distribution, marketing, publicity, promotion and social media. The panel includes Ellie Gunn, Karen Huntsberger and Randy Stapilus, along with moderators Steven Long and Frank Lisciandro.

The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by Third Street Books, McMinnville Public Library Linfield and Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517 or


Campus calendar


12:30-1:30 p.m.: Blood pressure clinic, 106 HHPA


Noon: German table, Walnut Room, Dillin Hall

7 p.m.: Leonard Finkelman, “What, If Anything, is a Tyrannosaurus Rex?” 201 Riley Hall

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Willamette


7 p.m.: Liederabend, Bull Music Center lobby


8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Youth basketball camp, grades 2-8, HHPA

Noon: Spanish Table, Walnut Room, Dillin Hall


Today: Cross country at George Fox Invitational

11 a.m.: Swimming, Linfield alumni

Noon: Women’s soccer at Willamette

1:30 p.m.: Football vs. Willamette

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

6 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Puget Sound


Noon: Women’s soccer at Lewis & Clark

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