Linfield Reports, 10/15/12


A postcolonial perspective on the events of 9/11 will be the topic of a lecture by Amitava Kumar, professor of English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair at Vassar College, Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of Nicholson Library.

Kumar will present “Literature of 9/11: A Syllabus Starts with the Lives of Our Students.” He is a postcolonialist scholar with a range of published work including fiction, non-fiction, literary theory, journalism, memoir and political theory. His creative writing pieces address issues of postcolonialism, globalization, terrorism and multiculturalism.

Kumar is the author of several works of literary non-fiction, including “Passport Photos,” “Bombay-London-New York” and “Husband of a Fanatic.” His latest book, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb, offers a meditation on cultural and human repercussions of the global war on terror. His novel Home Products was short-listed for India’s premier literary award and republished in the U.S. as Nobody Does the Right Thing.

Kumar was born in Ara, Bihar, India, and grew up in the nearby town of Patna. He received a master’s degree in linguistics from Delhi University and a master’s degree in English literature from Syracuse University. He holds a Ph.D. in cultural studies and comparative literature from the University of Minnesota. Kumar serves on the editorial board of several publications and co-edits the web-journal Politics and Culture. He is also the script-writer and narrator of the prize-winning documentary films Pure Chutney and Dirty Laundry.

The event is co-sponsored by the Ken and Donna Ericksen Endowed English Department Fund, Nicholson Library and the departments of English, sociology/anthropology, political science, theatre/communication arts, mass communication, as well as the programs in International Relations and Gender Studies. For more information, call ext. 2210.



Linfield will host a fall choral concert, “Lalela,” Sunday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Linfield Concert Choir, the Wildcats Men’s Glee Club and the Women’s Vocal Ensemble will perform a wide variety of music by Rheinberger, Schumann and Copland, as well as folk songs from Aruba, New Zealand and America. The choir is directed by Anna Song, assistant professor of music.

Song earned her bachelor’s in composition from UCLA and her master’s in conducting from the School of Music and the Institution of Sacred Music at Yale University. She has been directing choirs and teaching music in the Portland area since 2001. She has served as conductor of Yale University Chapel Choir and assistant conductor for Portland Symphonic Choir. She has also served as director of the St. Rose Youth Choir in Portland and assistant director of Choral Activities at DePaul University.

The concert is sponsored by the Linfield Music Department and is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 2275.



Doug Peacock, a nationally known author and a disabled Vietnam veteran, who speaks widely about wilderness and veterans’ issues, will present a reading and a lecture on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 23 and 24.

Peacock will read from two of his books Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of Nicholson Library. Walking It Off: A Veteran’s Chronicle of War and Wilderness was published in 2005 and Dangerous Travels in a Melting World: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene is due out next spring.

He will speak on “War for the World: Out of Vietnam and into the Wild” Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Peacock is the author of Grizzly Years, Baja and Walking it Off: A Veteran’s Chronicle of War and Wilderness. His latest book, The Essential Grizzly: The Mingled Fates of Men and Bears, was co-written with his wife, Andrea Peacock.

A disabled Vietnam veteran and Green Beret medic, Peacock was the real-life model for Edward Abbey’s George Washington Hayduke. He has published widely on wilderness issues ranging from grizzly bears to buffalo, from the Sonoran desert to the fjords of British Columbia, from the tigers of Siberia to the blue sheep of Nepal. He was named a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow and a Lannan Fellow for his work on a new memoir about archaeology, climate change and the people of North America.

Peacock was the subject of the feature film, Peacock’s War, about grizzlies and Vietnam which premiered on PBS’s Nature and the Discovery Channel. The film won grand prizes at the Telluride Mountain and the Snowbird film festivals. He has been featured on numerous television shows including the Today Show, Good Morning America, American Sportsman and many others.

For his service in Vietnam, Peacock was awarded the Soldier’s Medal, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Bronze Star. He co-founded the Wildlife Damage Review, Vital Ground and Round River Conservation Studies. He serves on the board for Round River Conservation Studies and the Raincoast Conservation Society. Raincoast works primarily on the British Columbia coast, forging an alliance with First Nations to change logging practices and end salmon farming and trophy brown bear hunts. Round River works with indigenous people and governments in Africa and North, South and Central America to develop region-wide conservation strategies protecting and enhancing intact ecosystems. They simultaneously train college students who perform much of the field work.

This event will be co-sponsored by the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE). The theme for this year is “The Legacies of War.”

For more information on the reading, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, ext. 2517, For information on the lecture, contact David Sumner, ext. 2389,



The annual LEA-sponsored coat drive will be held Oct.15-26. Collection barrels will be placed in Melrose Hall, Nicholson Library and the Fred Meyer Lounge. Items must be clean and in good condition. Hats, mittens and other cold weather wear are also accepted.

The coats will be taken to the First Baptist Church for distribution to the residents of Yamhill County. Volunteers are needed to help hand out items Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call Lyn Schroeder ext. 2205.





An exhibit by video artist Daniel Hefferman will run Oct. 15 through Nov. 17 at the Linfield Gallery. An artist talk will be Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 5 p.m. in the gallery.

Heffernan is a visual and media artist based in New York City whose paintings and video art have been internationally exhibited. This is his first show in the Pacific Northwest.

Heffernan explores the meaning and manifestations of live performance in our media saturated society. His art-making integrates various disciplines, including movement, video, music, writing and the visual arts, and draws inspiration from the rapidly evolving relationship between performance and technology.

His most recent design projects have been featured at HERE Theatre, which The New York Times credits as “one of the most unusual arts spaces in New York and possibly the model for the cutting-edge arts spaces of tomorrow.” His work has also been featured at the Soho Playhouse, where he collaborated with legendary film director Ken Russell, and the Clurman Theater, both in New York City.

Heffernan teaches film making at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and video design with the International Schools Theatre Association. He received a master of fine arts from New York University.

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 ext. 2804.



The importance of financial literacy for young adults will be the focus of a reading Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

Dave Straube will talk about his book, Someday is Not a Plan, a collection of financial advice geared towards 20-year-olds. He was inspired to write the book after giving two college-age nieces a financial quiz and realizing how much they needed to learn. When his own children went to college, he realized they too needed a greater understanding of finances. Straube learned about the world of finance by reading books, magazines, newspapers and reports; paying taxes; and asking questions.

Straube of Portland is the father of a current Linfield student. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and his master’s in computer science from Stevens Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in computer science at the University of Alabama.

It is sponsored by the Linfield Economics Department and Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, ext. 2517,



Clara Martinez ’14 will present “Wales, a Hidden Cultural Gem” Friday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

Martinez, a political science and communications arts major, will present her experience in the Welsh Summer program funded by the Fulbright grant. Participants of the program spent six weeks in the U.K. at Cardiff University, Bangor University and Aberystwyth University studying the contemporary industry, politics and culture of Wales. Martinez applied for the program with an interest in education policy, specifically the controversy in Wales on whether or not the Welsh language is being preserved while English is taught in schools. The presentation will discuss Martinez’s exposure to Welsh academics, cultural interactions and exploration of national landmarks. Martinez will be joined by Cerys Bartlett, a representative from Cardiff University.

Martinez is a competitor for the Linfield College Forensics Program and has won numerous debate and speech awards. After Linfield, she hopes to attend law school.

The event is sponsored by the International Programs Office. For more information call ext. 2222.



Local children will be offered a safe and fun way to celebrate Halloween when Linfield College students host the annual trick-or-treat tour of campus Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m.

McMinnville-area children of all ages are invited to participate in the trick-or-treat tour of participating residence halls. Linfield students will lead the tours which will begin in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall. Costumes and candy bags are encouraged. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

It is sponsored by the Residence Hall Executive Council. For more information, contact Andrew Frei, ext. 5356,




All week: LEA-sponsored coat drive

All week: Exhibit by video artist Daniel Hefferman, Linfield Gallery

3 p.m.: Amitava Kumar open forum, Jonasson


7:30 p.m.: Amitava Kumar, “Literature of 9/11: A Syllabus Starts with the Lives of Our Students,” Nicholson


Noon: German conversation table, Dillin


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

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin


Noon: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Pacific Lutheran


Noon: Women’s soccer at Pacific Lutheran

1 p.m.: Football vs. Lewis & Clark

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

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. George Fox


Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Puget Sound

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

4 p.m.: Fall choral concert, Ice