Linfield Reports, 10/21/13


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.



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.



Pioneer Hall, Linfield CollegeLinfield College will host Family Weekend Oct. 25-26. A number of activities are planned to give parents and families a chance to learn more about Linfield and the surrounding area.

Parents can take their student to lunch or dinner, shop in historic downtown McMinnville, cheer for the football or soccer team, explore opportunities for students to get started on a career path, talk to campus professionals in the areas of residence life, career services, international programs and more.

See a schedule of events. For more information, contact Debbie Harmon Ferry, ext. 2607,



HalloweenLinfield will host two Halloween activities for the community.

A haunted house will be held Friday, Oct. 25, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Delta Psi Delta fraternity, 369 SE College Ave. Linfield students will lead the haunted house tours, which take participants through three floors of the house and outside. Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Cost is $3 per person, or two cans of food. All donations will benefit the Yamhill Community Action Partnership (YCAP) Food Bank. The haunted house is sponsored by the Delta Psi Delta fraternity, Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and the Wildcat Intercultural Network. For more information, contact Alex Lazar at 630-945-8589,, or Lauren Sherrard at 503-476-6137,

Linfield students will host the annual trick-or-treat tour of campus Thursday, 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. 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 residential experience, ext. 5356,



Linfield CollegeA “War and Citizenship” panel featuring Professors Eric Schuck, Tom Love, Barbara Seidman, Tom Mertes, and moderated by Pat Cottrell will be held Monday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

The panel discussion will explore the meaning of citizenship during times of war, considering questions that include: What are the duties and responsibilities of a citizen in war times? What is the difference between a citizen and a patriot? Should there be limits to what states can demand of their citizens? What is the appropriate balance between military effectiveness and democratic equality in providing armed forces for a republic?

The panel discussion is sponsored by PLACE. For more information, contact Cottrell at




Noon: French table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Douglas Gentile, “It isn’t IS Brain Science: Media Violence as a Risk Factor for Aggression,” Ice


Noon: Anthropology exhibit opening, “Of Earth, Of Fire,” Walker foyer

Noon: American sign language table, Dillin


Noon: German language table, Dillin

6 p.m.: Suzanne Opton exhibit opening, Delkin


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

Noon: Japanese language table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Monica Drake reading, Nicholson


Today and tomorrow: Family Weekend

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Willamette


Today and tomorrow: Men’s Golf at NWC Fall Classic

Today and tomorrow: Women’s Golf at NWC Fall Classic

Noon: Women’s Soccer vs. Whitman

1:30 p.m.: Football vs. Lewis & Clark

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

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Lewis & Clark


Noon: Women’s Soccer vs. Whitworth

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