Linfield Reports, 10/14/13


Gary MachlisGary Machlis, science advisor to the director of the National Park Service and professor of conservation at the University of Idaho, will speak on “The Ecology of Hope and Devastation,” Monday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Machlis will discuss the effects of war on the ecology of impacted communities and how ecological principles can be used to help restore ecosystems that have been destroyed by natural and human disasters. The lecture is sponsored by the Jane Claire Dirks-Edmunds Lectureship and PLACE (Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement).

Machlis is the first scientist appointed as the science advisor of the NPS. He advises the director on a range of science policy issues and programs. He has served as interim associate vice president for research at UI and has been a visiting professor at Nanjing Technological College in China and at Yale University.

Machlis received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Washington and his Ph.D. in human ecology from Yale. He has written numerous books and scientific papers on issues of conservation, including “The State of the World’s Parks” (1985), the first systematic study of threats to protected areas around the world. He is currently at work on his next co-authored book, The Structure and Dynamics of Human Ecosystems. His research has been published in journals as varied as Bioscience, Climatic Change, Conservation Biology, Society and Natural Resources, and Science.

The Jane Claire Dirks-Edmunds Lecture series honors Dr. Dirks-Edmunds, a professor of biology at Linfield from 1941 to 1974. The endowment is used to bring speakers to campus to address critical environmental concerns and biological issues, and to support student-faculty collaborative research.

For more information, contact Jeremy Weisz, assistant professor of biology, ext. 2704,



LiederabendLinfield students will perform a traditional musical Liederabend on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall.

A Liederabend is a gathering of friends to enjoy an evening full of music. The event is more intimate in comparison to the traditional concert hall. Liederabends began in Vienna, Austria, in the 19th century, where the genre was brought to new heights by Franz Schubert and later perfected by Johannes Brahms, Hugo Wolf and Richard Strauss.

Linfield classical voice students taught by professors Anton Belov and Natalie Gunn will present art songs in German, French, Spanish and English. They will be accompanied by pianist Susan McDaniel.

For more information, call ext. 2275, or go to



Natalie BoreroNatalie Boero ‘96, associate professor of sociology at San Jose State University, will discuss her book, Killer Fat: Media, Medicine, and Morals in the American ‘Obesity Epidemic,’ Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library.

Killer Fat, which was published by Rutgers University Press in 2012, examines how and why obesity has become such a problem in the United States. Boero interviews people struggling with their weight to determine the body image expectations that the average American faces.

Boero has also written several articles on the subject of obesity for publications such as Working Moms and The Fat Studies Reader.

The event, part of the Readings at the Nick series, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Linfield College Sociology and Anthropology Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, director of Linfield libraries, 503-883-2517.



Zlatan KrizanZlatan Križan, associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University, will present “Wishful Thinking in Political Elections” on Friday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Križan, an expert in the areas of human emotion and motivation, will discuss his research on electoral expectations and their psychological and behavioral consequences. His work reveals that voters’ expectations of election outcomes are unduly optimistic, and that this optimism stems from wishes that people have about political candidates and issues. He will also discuss how electoral expectations play a unique role in voter behavior and post-election disappointment. He will conclude by explaining the implications of understanding voter behavior, political campaigns and testing psychological theory in real-world contexts.

Križan directs the Self and Social Perception Laboratory at Iowa State University. He researches basic motivational, emotional and personality processes, with a particular focus on people’s judgments of themselves, their futures and their social world. Born in Rijeka, Croatia, he completed his doctoral work in personality and social psychology at the University of Iowa in 2007. Križan has written numerous scientific publications, earned both research and teaching awards, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Journal of Research in Personality.

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,



Douglas GentileDouglas Gentile, a research scientist, author and psychology professor, will present “It isn’t IS Brain Science: Media Violence as a Risk Factor for Aggression” on Monday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Gentile, an associate professor of developmental psychology at Iowa State University, will discuss psychological theory and research that has demonstrated both short-term and long-term effects of media violence on children, adolescents and adults. Gentile will review the research and demonstrate how using a public health risk and resilience approach can cut through the rhetoric to achieve a deeper understanding of this controversial issue. Jennifer Linder, Linfield professor of psychology, has conducted research and co-authored articles with Gentile.

Gentile’s experience includes over 25 years of research with children and adults. He is the editor of the book Media Violence and Children and co-author of the book Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research and Public Policy. He has written many peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, including studies on the positive and negative effects of video games on children in several countries, the validity of the American media ratings, how screen time contributes to youth obesity and what is being called video game and Internet “addiction.” Some of his work has also been reported on CNN, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Jo Frost’s Extreme Parental Guidance, the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and others.

In 2010, Gentile received the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Media Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association. He was also named one of the Top 300 Professors in the United States by the Princeton Review.

The event is sponsored and coordinated by the Linfield PLACE program (Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement), the Office of Academic Affairs and the Linfield Psychology Department. For more information, contact Linder at ext. 2441,



Suzanne OptonThe Linfield Gallery will host three large-format photographic series by Suzanne Opton from Oct. 21 to Nov. 30.

Opton will present a lecture Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. in Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. in the Linfield Gallery.

In her portfolios, “Soldier,” “Soldier and Citizen” and “Many Wars,” Opton explores the complex emotions of veterans who served in military operations overseas. Each body of work embodies a form of portraiture. From intimate close-up frames of the soldiers’ heads lying flat on a table and gazing in the direction of the lens, faithful moments of soldiers embraced by their loved ones, and soldiers standing in a unique studio setting holding a comforting blanket, Opton’s photographs explore the transformative experiences of war. These images bypass the loaded ideas of soldier and warfare and provide a silent dialogue from one human being to the next.

Opton is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship. Along with her work being exhibited internationally, her photographs can be found in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum; Cleveland Museum; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich, Switzerland; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Portland Art Museum; Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo., among others. See more of Opton’s images at

The exhibit is sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield and is part of the Linfield PLACE program (Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement).

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery will be closed Nov. 27-29 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. For more information, call ext. 2804.



Pioneer Hall, Linfield CollegeA new pre-Columbian ceramic exhibit, “Of Earth, Of Fire,” will be on display at the Linfield College Anthropology Museum Oct. 22 through Jan. 17.

The exhibit will kick off with an opening reception Tuesday, Oct. 22, at noon in the foyer of Walker Hall. It is from the collection of Elvin A. Duerst, donated to Linfield College in 2007. The pieces of the exhibit are largely from Peruvian and Costa Rican cultures, as well as several of unknown provenances.

The pre-Columbian era encompasses the visual arts of indigenous peoples of the Caribbean and North, Central and South America until roughly the early 16th century. Both before and after the arrival of Columbus and other Europeans, art thrived throughout the Americas, often focusing on cosmologies, world views, religions, aesthetics and philosophies of the native cultures. It also served as memory devices, memorials and works of art.

Museum hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Keni Sturgeon, faculty curator, at 503-585-7012,



Monica Drake, photo by bellen drakeMonica Drake, author and associate professor of liberal arts at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, will discuss her latest novel, The Stud Book, Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library.

The Stud Book, which was published by Hogarth Books in April, examines the lives of a group of friends in Portland as they explore the hardships of raising a child and the difficulties of adulthood. Each of the friends has their own relationship with children, whether it is raising a newborn, teaching sex-ed to high school kids, guiding a teenage daughter or wanting to become a mother.

Drake, who lives in Portland, holds a master’s of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Arizona. Her writings are frequently published by the Oregonian and other Northwest newspapers. Her first book, Clown Girl, won an Eric Hoffer Award, an Independent Publishers Book Award and has been optioned for a film by actress Kristin Wiig of Saturday Night Live fame.

The event, part of the Readings at the Nick series, is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Linfield College English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, director of Linfield libraries, ext. 2517.



Michael Reyes Andrillon, director of inclusion and access, Portland Campus, presented a poster, “Less is More: Redesign of a Mentoring Program,” at the New Careers in Nursing Annual Program Liaison’s Summit in Washington, D.C., Oct. 10-12. The poster, based on the Portland Campus mentoring program, was selected as the winner for the category of Successful Mentoring Programs.




Noon: French table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Gary Machlis, “The Ecology of Hope and Devastation,” Ice


Noon: American sign language table, Dillin


Noon: German language table, Dillin

7 p.m.: Women’s soccer at Pacific

7:30 p.m.: Liederabend, Fred Meyer Lounge


11:50 a.m.: Voices, SOAN table, Dillin

Noon: Japanese language table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Natalie Boero, Killer Fat: Media, Medicine, and Morals in the American ‘Obesity Epidemic,’ Nicholson


2 p.m.: Zlatan Križan, “Wishful Thinking in Political Elections,” 201 Riley

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Puget Sound


10 a.m.: Cross country at Lewis & Clark Invitational

Noon: Women’s soccer at Willamette

1 p.m.: Football at Whitworth

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Pacific

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Pacific Lutheran


All day: Women’s golf at Linfield/Lewis & Clark Dual

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. George Fox