Linfield Reports, 10/3/16

Students to share experiences abroad

Queensland, New ZealandLewis Faller ’17 and Emma Keyes ’17 will share experiences from a semester abroad in New Zealand during a talk on Monday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Faller and Keyes will present “45 Degrees North – 45 Degrees South: From Oregon to Otago.” They studied at the University of Otago in Dunedin last spring.

The talk is sponsored by the International Program Office. For more information, call 503-883-2222.


Artists explore gender and society at Linfield Gallery

Wendy Red StarThe art of Wendy Red Star and Kaj-anne Pepper will be featured in “Alterations,” an upcoming exhibit at Linfield Gallery.

The exhibit will be on display Oct. 5 through Nov. 19 in the Linfield Gallery in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center at Linfield College. An artists’ reception will be held Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. in the gallery.

Through textiles, video, performance and installation, the exhibition explores how identity is performed. While very different, the work of Red Star and Pepper each address the ways in which costume and ritual can create, reinforce or subvert cultural identity.

Red Star’s costumes are inspired by traditional men’s “hot dance” outfits of the Crow tribe, but are re-imaged as women’s fashion. Pepper’s work as a performance artist in the drag community exposes the trauma and artifice of gender. Shown together for the first time, these two artists each illuminate different aspects of how cultural identity is performed intentionally and unintentionally.

Red Star works across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonist structures, both historically and in today’s society. Red Star creates a forum for the expression of Native women’s voices in contemporary art. Red Star holds a BFA from Montana State University, Bozeman, and an MFA in sculpture from University of California, Los Angeles. She has exhibited in the United States and abroad at venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Domaine de Kerguéhennec and St. Louis Art Museum, among others. She was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation in 2015. In 2016, she participated in Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy at the Portland Art Museum, and recently mounted a solo exhibition as part of the museum’s APEX series.

Pepper is a Portland-based performance and theatre artist, educator and choreographer. Pepper’s drag persona, “Pepper Pepper,” is a humorous and thoughtful gender bending MC and entertainer, through which Pepper explores vulnerability, artifice and identity. Pepper was a member of the gender terrorist drag troupe, Sissyboy, and has toured the United States with The Genderfluids. Pepper currently MC’s Dark Night of the Soul, an evening of stand-up tragedy, and drag extravaganza Critical Mascara which occurs annually at PICA’s T:BA festival. Pepper also pursues contemporary dance, performing with Linda Austin, Tahni Holt and Mizu Desierto.

All exhibits are free and open to the public. This exhibit is sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Series and the Department of Art and Visual Culture. Additional support comes from the Yamhill County Cultural Coalition, which includes funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Oregon Community Foundation.

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 or visit Linfield Gallery online at


Finkelman explains what’s in a dinosaur name

Professor Leonard Finkelman, philosophyRemember all of the hard work you put into memorizing the dinosaurs’ names when you were five? Well, you’re not finished yet, says Leonard Finkelman, a Linfield College assistant professor of philosophy.

Finkelman will address the topic in “What, If Anything, is a Tyrannosaurus Rex?” on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

He will discuss how, even though the fossils of dinosaurs have been named, the animals themselves are still nameless. Finkelman gives the example of a Tyrannosaurus Rex – it’s the name of rocks, but not the name of the animal whose bones became those rocks.

Finkelman received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2013. He specializes in the emerging field of the philosophy of paleontology, working on conceptual issues in extinction and the metaphysical background of dinosaur research. In addition to this research, he has written a number of outreach essays on a variety of topics including ethics, possible-world semantics and human nature.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month. For more information, call 503-883-2409.


Holistic admissions focus of community workshop

Linfield College Portland CampusKupiri Ackerman-Barger, assistant adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, University of California-Davis, will present a School of Nursing community workshop on Monday, Oct. 17, from 8-11 a.m. in 201 Peterson Hall on the Portland Campus.

Holistic admission and creating a campus climate of inclusivity are among the discussion topics. Students, faculty and staff are welcome.

Ackerman-Barger teaches methodology in health sciences, social determinants of health, collaborative practice and organizational change. She also provides faculty development on nursing pedagogy, interprofessional education and education equity through the Interprofessional Teaching Scholars Program at UC Davis Health System.

The workshop is sponsored by the Xi Mu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and a Linfield diversity grant. RSVP to


Community News

Andrea Reinkemeyer, assistant professor of music composition and theory, will have a performance of her piece, “Dos Danzas” for Concert Band, performed on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. by the South Dakota State University Wind Symphony; Jacob Wallace, conductor.


Campus calendar


This week: Graduate School Information Week, Career Center

4 p.m.: “45 Degrees North – 45 Degrees South: From Oregon to Otago,” 201 Riley Hall


12:30-1:30 p.m.: Blood pressure clinic, 106 HHPA


Noon: German table, Walnut Room, Dillin Hall

5 p.m.: “Alterations” artists’ reception, Linfield Gallery


8 a.m.: Manufacturing Day tour, Career Center

Noon: Spanish Table, Walnut Room, Dillin Hall

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Pacific Lutheran


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

Noon: Women’s soccer at Whitman

1 p.m.: Football at Pacific

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Willamette

5 p.m.: Volleyball at George Fox


Noon: Women’s soccer at Whitworth