Linfield Reports, 10/17/11


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.



What unites agriculture, colonialism, tourism and Ulysses? Cows!

Sarah Wagner-McCoy, assistant professor of English and the Humanities at Reed College, will present “CowParade and the Urban Environment” Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 4:30 p.m. in 219 Day Hall.

Wagner-McCoy will offer a surprising and entertaining ride along CowParade, a globe-trotting installation of life-size fiberglass cow statues that claims to be the world’s largest public art exhibit. These statues reflect the intersection of art and commerce, rural subjects and urban settings, as they uncover the complex cultural and economic history behind the meat we eat. Ranging from Dublin to Chicago, from James Joyce to Upton Sinclair, Wagner-McCoy reveals urban culture’s persistent fascination with pastoral symbols even in an era of post-millennial globalization.

Wagner-McCoy works on U.S. and transatlantic fiction of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and is currently teaching a class on the American con artist. She received her B.A. from Columbia University, her M.A. from University College Dublin and her Ph.D. from Harvard University, where she was awarded the Helen Choate Bell prize for her dissertation, “Transatlantic Pastoral and the Realist Novel.”

For more information, contact Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, assistant professor of English, at or 503-883-2484.



Members of various Linfield College choral ensembles will perform in the Fall Choral Concert on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

The choral concert will feature music about loss, hope and love by composers such as Byrd, Casals, Gibbons and Stroope. The performance will also include folk songs from the Philippines, Zimbabwe, Ireland and the U.S.

The performance will feature the Linfield Concert Choir, the Women’s Vocal Ensemble and the Wildcat Men’s Glee Club. Founded in 1930, the Linfield Concert Choir is made up of 40 voices, music majors and non-majors alike, and is the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. The group has toured every year to locations including the western states, Hawaii, New Zealand and Asia.

The choral ensembles are under the direction of Anna Song, assistant professor of music at Linfield. 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 is co-founder and artistic director of In Mulieribus, a professional women’s ensemble that focuses on the performance of early music. The ensemble has been featured on national radio programs such as Performance Today and Millennium of Music.

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



A presentation on Kabul, “The Kabul I have Come to Love” by Rachel Mills, has been rescheduled for Monday, Oct. 24, at 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall at Linfield College.

Mills, a 2011 Linfield College graduate, will discuss her experiences in Afghanistan where she spent a month teaching debate methods to students. She will also address what it was like to be a woman in Afghanistan and the stereotypes and misconceptions about the country.

Mills earned a degree in creative writing and business. During her years at Linfield, she was involved in the debate team, the Ultimate Friends Team, the Chaplain’s Team and the Linfield Activities Board. She currently works for Friends of Pimpollo, an Oregon-based nonprofit organization and plans to return to Afghanistan next year.

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



Local children will be offered a safe and fun way to celebrate Halloween at Linfield College. Linfield students will host the annual trick-or-treat tour of campus on Friday, Oct. 28, from 4-7 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.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Residence Hall Executive Council. For more information, contact Andrew Frei, area director for residence life, at 503-883-5356 or



“Blind Corners, Portals and Turning Points,” featuring works by Linfield art Professor Ron Mills de Pinyas is on display 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.




6 p.m.: “Untying the Knot,” Tamara Metz, Nicholson Library


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

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

4:30 p.m.: “CowParade and the Urban Environment,” Sarah Wagner-McCoy, 219 Day


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


Noon-2:30 p.m.: Career Development Open House, 124 Walker

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Whitworth


Today and tomorrow: Men’s and women’s golf at NWC Fall Classic

Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Puget Sound

1:30 p.m.: Football vs. Pacific Lutheran

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

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Whitman


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

4 p.m.: Fall choral concert, Ice