Linfield Reports, 10/24/11


Sandra Evans-Falconer, poet and breast cancer survivor, will present a reading Monday, Oct. 24, at 12:30 p.m. in 103 Peterson Hall on the Portland Campus.

Evans-Falconer will read from her book The Six o’clock Siren, a first-person account of her experience going through breast cancer in 2003. She is a medical social worker and has an MFA in poetry. A free lunch is included for all participants, and a question and answer session will follow.

The reading is part of continuing programming for national Breast Cancer Awareness Month and sponsored by Student Services. For more information, contact Lisa Burch, 503- 413-7561,



A presentation on Kabul, “The Kabul I have Come to Love” by Rachel Mills ’11 has been rescheduled for Monday, Oct. 24, at 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall at Linfield College.

Mills 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.



Bruce Fein, a constitutional lawyer and provocative critic of the war on terrorism, will deliver two public lectures on the state of American civil liberties on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The date marks the 10th anniversary of the signing of the USA Patriot Act.

At 12:30 p.m., Fein will present “A Republic, If You Can Keep It,” a Pizza and Politics event in the Pioneer Reading Room. According to James McHenry, one of Maryland’s delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787, as the delegates were leaving the convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked by a passerby, “Well, doctor, what have we got – a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin is said to have replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.” Fein will offer his reflections on the meaning of Franklin’s reply for contemporary American citizens.

At 7:30 p.m., Fein will speak on “A Patriot Protects His Country from his Government: An Address to Mark the 10th Anniversary of the Patriot Act” in the Austin Reading Room in Nicholson Library.

In the decade since 9/11, Fein has been a provocative critic of the war on terrorism and a staunch defender of the rule of law. After graduating from Harvard Law School with honors in 1972, Fein served in a variety of roles in the U.S. Department of Justice. Among other things, he authored a monograph on the definition of an impeachable offense in conjunction with the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearings against President Richard M. Nixon. During the 1980s, he served as the General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission and Research Director on the Joint Congressional Committee on Covert Arms Sales to Iran. Fein has written on the United States Constitution, the U.S. Supreme Court and international law. He has assisted three dozen countries in constitutional revision, including Russia, Spain, South Africa, Iraq, Cyprus and Mozambique. Fein’s writings have appeared in the Washington Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Boston Globe, USA Today, the American Bar Association Journal, the Harvard Law Review, the Huffington Post and Slate. He regularly appears on television and radio, including MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, BBC, Reuters, PBS and NPR.

The lectures are free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Department of Political Science. For more information, contact Nick Buccola, assistant professor of political science, 503-883-2246,



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

McMinnville-area children 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. 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



Peter Buckingham, professor of history, will present “Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland” Tuesday, Nov. 1, at noon in the West Wing in Dillin Hall.

He will touch on topics including “The Troubles” in the region between Catholics and Protestants, a divided Belfast, the segregation of Derry and the peace process.

Buckingham traveled to Belfast and Derry in Northern Ireland during the summer, attending a seminar on peace and reconciliation. The seminar was sponsored by the Council on International Educational Exchange, a non-profit, non-governmental international exchange organization. In addition to sharing information with the Linfield community, Buckingham will attend a national symposium next spring on “The Politics of Reconciliation” in Tulsa, Okla., site of the most deadly race riot in American history. He will lead a discussion comparing and contrasting reconciliation efforts in Northern Ireland and the American South.

Buckingham has been a member of the Linfield faculty since 1988. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College, and a master’s and Ph.D. from Washington State University.

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



Four Linfield College students who faced natural disasters while studying abroad will tell their stories during “When the Worst Happens Abroad” Thursday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield.

Jennifer Boston ’13, Ariel Lillico ’12, Elizabeth Stenger ’12 and Leah Sedy ’12 will share how they dealt with cyclones, earthquakes, a tsunami and nuclear meltdown during their semester abroad experiences in New Zealand and Japan.

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



Linfield College theatre students will explore the disillusionment of the Vietnam War through the eyes of the Talley family with the production of “Fifth of July,” written by the late Lanford Wilson.

The production will be performed Nov. 3-5 and 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield.

A post-show discussion featuring Bob Ferguson ’65, a Vietnam veteran, will follow the performance Friday, Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day. Ferguson, along with other veterans, will discuss war experiences and their impacts.

“Fifth of July” is the story of Kenneth Talley Jr., a homosexual paraplegic Vietnam veteran living with his boyfriend in the Talley family home in Lebanon, Mo. The two are visited by Ken’s longtime friends and also some family members. When Ken tries to sell the family homestead, a bidding war between friends and family ensues. “Fifth of July” is the last play in Lanford Wilson’s trilogy about the Talley family. The other two are “Talley and Son” and “Talley’s Folley.”

The play examines how a group of friends who were former college student activists against the Vietnam War copes with their misfortunes and struggles to piece together their lives since college. The play’s title has an underlying meaning. The date, July 5, signifies a beginning. In history, it is the beginning of the United States and to the characters, a beginning of a new phase in their lives.

Director Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts, said “Fifth of July” has been described by theatre scholars as “Chekhovian” because the action unfolds indirectly, and ties in nicely with this semester’s previous production. In September, students performed two of Chekov’s comic shorts, “The Bear” and “The Proposal.” “Fifth of July” in particular has themes that college students can relate to now in wartime, she added.

“Our students will make the connection between the Vietnam War and the Iraq War,” said Gupton, a member of the Linfield faculty since 2000. “Trying to understand what it was and is like for veterans to come home is difficult. It will be powerful and thought provoking.”

The cast includes first-year students Nicholas Granato as John Landis, Jeremy Odden as Jed Jenkins, Kristin Miller as Shirley Talley, Rhianna Bennett as June Talley and Daniel Bradley as Weston Hurley. Veteran cast members include sophomores Jenny Layton as Sally Friedman and Gabrielle Leif as Gwen Landis, and junior Chris Forrer, as Kenneth Talley Jr. The cast is supported by scenic and lighting designer Ty Marshall; costume designer Alethia Moore-Del Monaco; technical director Rob Vaughn; and two Linfield seniors, sound designer Chloe Wandler and stage manager Kanon Havens.

Lanford Wilson was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and one of the most distinguished writers of the 20th century. He is credited for drawing attention to Off-Off Broadway shows with common themes being dissolution of families, societies and marriages. Wilson’s plays are also known for their taboo nature, often surrounding unmentionable issues of society. Characters like the Talleys were inspired by controversies in his own life.

“Wilson really has a way with words and he understands people,” said Gupton, who calls Wilson’s characters fascinating and witty. “He can truly portray how real-life controversies can affect people.”

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 25. Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff; and $5 for students; with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available at, by phone or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Located just inside the lobby of Ford Hall, the box office is open Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. The box office will also be open Nov. 5 and 12 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. and from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6. The box office is closed Mondays.

The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. For more information, call 503-883-2292.



“A Poet’s Love,” a vocal and piano concert featuring the works of Robert Schumann and other composers, will be presented Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Baritone Anton Belov, a new assistant professor of music at Linfield, and pianist Jill Timmons, professor of music and artist-in-residence, will present the concert which will also feature the works of Franz Liszt, celebrating the 200th anniversary of his birth, as well as little-known Italian composer Francesco Santoliquido and Russian romantic favorites by Rachmaninoff, Glazunov and Tchaikovsky.

Schumann’s work was composed during his separation from his great love Clara Wieck, whose father opposed their marriage. During the course of one year, Schumann composed more than 150 pieces, with the crown jewel, “A Poet’s Love,” based on the poetry of Heinrich Heine.

Belov is a native of Russia and a graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center. He has appeared with numerous companies and orchestras throughout the United States and has earned critical acclaim for his portrayals of characters as diverse as Count di Luna, Don Giovanni, Escamillo, Count Almaviva, Doctor Malatesta and Eugene Onegin. Equally at home with opera, oratorio and concert repertoire, Belov presented over 50 recitals throughout the U.S. appearing at such venues as Carnegie Recital Hall and the Kennedy Center. Belov is first-place winner of eight vocal competitions including the George London Competition, the Young Concert Artists International Competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. A specialist in Russian lyric diction, he is the author of numerous books on the subject.

Timmons has performed internationally as both a solo and ensemble artist. She has performed at Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall and the National Gallery of Art, and internationally she has toured throughout Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain and Chile. Committed to American composers, she has recorded works by Dexter Morrill, Amy Beach and Williams Bersgma. Ken Burns chose music from her Amy Beach recording for his PBS documentary, “The War.” In addition to her numerous NEA awards, she has also won, with co-author Sylvain Frémaux, the Wilk Prize from University of Southern California for groundbreaking research on the Polish composer, Alexandre Tansman. Their book, “Alexandre Tansman: Diary of a Twentieth-Century Composer,” is published online by the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Timmons has performed at numerous festivals including Tanglewood, Chenango Musikfest in New York, the Olympic Music Festival, Festillésime and Festival Mozart in France. She is the artistic director of a two-piano Institute in France: Musique à Beaumont. She has a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Washington and master’s from Boston University. In 2012, Oxford University Press will publish her book, “The Musician’s Journey – Crafting Your Career Vision and Plan.”

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



Linfield students, faculty and staff, along with their families, can attend the OMSI exhibit, “BODY WORLDS & The Brain” for a discounted rate at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Brain exhibit includes more than 200 authentic human specimens and highlights neuroscience, brain development and performance. Through respectful, aesthetic displays, the exhibition invites intensive study and profound reflection on the power, beauty and fragility of the human body. Learn more at

Cost is $16 for adults 18-64 years old (regular price $25) and $12 for children 3-12 years old (regular price $17). Deadline to reserve tickets is Monday, Oct. 31. Parking is free and participants can enjoy other areas of OMSI after the exhibit. For more information, contact Lisa Burch, director of student services Portland Campus, at 503-413-7561,



Liz Obert, associate professor of art, has an exhibit, “latitude longitude,” at WallSpace Gallery in Seattle, Wash. The show will run through Saturday, Dec. 3, with an opening reception Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. at the gallery. For more information about Obert and the exhibit, go to




12:30 p.m.: Sandra Evans-Falconer book reading, 103 Peterson Hall

3 p.m.: “The Kabul I have Come to Love,” Rachel Mills, Jonasson


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

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


11:20 a.m.: Voices SOAN, Dillin

12:30 p.m.: “A Republic, If You Can Keep It,” Bruce Fein, Pioneer Reading Room

5 p.m.: Wellness table, 124 Walker

7:30 p.m.: “A Patriot Protects His Country from his Government,” Bruce Fein, Austin Reading Room, Nicholson


11:30 a.m.: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

11:50 a.m.: VOICES Soan table, Dillin

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin


4-7 p.m.: Trick-or-treat tour, Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley

6 p.m.: Swimming at NWC Sprint Meet (Spokane)

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Lewis and Clark


10 a.m.: Cross Country at NWC Championships

11 a.m.: Swimming at NWC Pentathlon

Noon: Football at Menlo

Noon: Women’s soccer at Whitworth

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Whitworth

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Pacific


Noon: Women’s soccer at Whitman

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Whitman