Linfield Reports, 10/7/13


Amy OrrAmy Orr, George A. Westcott III Distinguished Professor of Sociology, will present “Academic Tenure: Needed Protection or Outdated Tradition?” on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

The principles of academic tenure for college professors were established a century ago, in 1915. Orr, who is also the chair for the Linfield College Sociology and Anthropology Department, will discuss the sociohistorical context in which tenure for college professors was established and whether or not the system is still relevant in contemporary society. She will also discuss common criticisms of and misperceptions about academic tenure, as well as proposed alternatives.

Orr, who joined the Linfield faculty in 2001, teaches a wide variety of classes in the SOAN department and has served as the senior thesis coordinator for the department since 2003. She has a master’s of arts and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s of science in sociology – anthropology/psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

For more information, call ext. 2409.



Pioneer Hall, Linfield CollegeLightning presentations by Yamhill County authors Stephen Long, Frank Lisciandro, Richard Cheverton, Mark Pederson and Ellie Gunn will be presented Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Nicholson Library. The event is co-sponsored by Third Street Books, the McMinnville Public Library and the Linfield Nicholson Library. For more information, call ext. 2517.






Author Tom PeekAuthor Tom Peek will discuss his latest novel, Daughters of Fire, Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library.

Daughters of Fire, published by Koa Books in 2012, is a murder mystery romance novel that takes place on the big island in Hawaii. The novel explores the interaction of two cultures in Hawaii and delves into the unique history of the islands.

Peek grew up in Mississippi and traveled throughout Polynesia before settling in Hawaii, where he lives with his wife. He writes novels, magazine and newspaper articles and creates award-winning videos. Outside of his literary and video work, he works as a mountain and astronomy guide and also is involved with firefighters around the volcanoes in Hawaii.

The event, part of the Readings at the Nick series, is sponsored by Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, director of Linfield libraries, ext. 2517.



LINF-121205-064-ChoirsLinfield College will host a fall choir concert “Lift Every Voice,” Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium.

The Linfield Concert Choir, Wildcat Men’s Glee Club and Women’s Vocal Ensemble will perform a musical program focused on the varied faces of loss and hope. It will include American and Indonesian folk songs, as well as works by Carlo Gesualdo, U2 and selections from Johannes Brahms’ “Neue Liebeslieder.” The choir is directed by Anna Song, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Linfield.

Song earned her bachelor’s in composition at UCLA and her master’s in conducting from the School of Music and the Institution of Sacred Music at Yale University. She has conducted the Portland Symphonic Choir and Yale University Chapel Choir, and also taught at DePaul University. She has been teaching music and conducting choirs in the Portland area since 2001 and performs regularly with In Mulieribus.

For more information, call ext. 2275, or go to



Pacifica QuartetPacifica Quartet, a Grammy award-winning string quartet, will perform Sunday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, located in Melrose Hall.

The performance, part of the Linfield Lively Arts series, will feature works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Benjamin Britten and Maurice Ravel.

Students are invited to observe the quartet during an open rehearsal at noon in Ice Auditorium. Following the performance, there will be a question and answer session with the group, moderated by Faun Tiedge, professor of music.

Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-daring repertory choices, the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. The group tours extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia, performing regularly in the world’s major concert halls. Named the quartet-in-residence at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica Quartet was also the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009–2012) and received the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance.

Formed in 1994, the Pacifica Quartet quickly won chamber music’s top competitions, including the 1998 Naumburg Chamber Music Award. In 2002 the ensemble was honored with Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award and the appointment to Lincoln Center’s CMS Two, and in 2006 was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, becoming only the second chamber ensemble so honored in the grant’s long history. In 2009, the Quartet was named “Ensemble of the Year” by Musical America.

An ardent advocate of contemporary music, the Pacifica Quartet commissions and performs many new works, including those by Keeril Makan and Shulamit Ran to be premiered during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. In 2012, Cedille Records released the second of three volumes comprising the entire Shostakovich cycle, along with other contemporary Soviet works, to rave reviews.

The members of the Pacifica Quartet live in Bloomington, Ind., where they serve as quartet-in-residence and full-time faculty members at the Jacobs School of Music. Prior to their appointment, the quartet was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2003 to 2012. The Pacifica Quartet also serves as resident performing artist at the University of Chicago.

The concert is sponsored by the Linfield Lively Arts Series and presented in partnership with Friends of Chamber Music. The Linfield Lively Arts music series features guest artists in concerts and in outreach activities, including master classes, open rehearsals and “Meet the Musicians” events with students and local audiences.

Tickets are $10 at the door and free for Linfield students with current ID. For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Gary MachlisGary Machlis, science advisor to the director of the National Park Service and professor of conservation at the University of Idaho, will speak on “The Ecology of Hope and Devastation,” Monday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Machlis will discuss the effects of war on the ecology of impacted communities and how ecological principles can be used to help restore ecosystems that have been destroyed by natural and human disasters. The lecture is sponsored by the Jane Claire Dirks-Edmunds Lectureship and PLACE (Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement).

Machlis is the first scientist appointed as the science advisor of the NPS. He advises the director on a range of science policy issues and programs. He has served as interim associate vice president for research at UI and has been a visiting professor at Nanjing Technological College in China and at Yale University.

Machlis received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Washington and his Ph.D. in human ecology from Yale. He has written numerous books and scientific papers on issues of conservation, including The State of the World’s Parks (1985), the first systematic study of threats to protected areas around the world. He is currently at work on his next co-authored book, The Structure and Dynamics of Human Ecosystems. His research has been published in journals as varied as Bioscience, Climatic Change, Conservation Biology, Society and Natural Resources, and Science.

The Jane Claire Dirks-Edmunds Lecture series honors Dr. Dirks-Edmunds, a professor of biology at Linfield from 1941 to 1974. The endowment is used to bring speakers to campus to address critical environmental concerns and biological issues, and to support student-faculty collaborative research.

For more information, contact Jeremy Weisz, assistant professor of biology, ext. 2704,



LiederabendLinfield students will perform a traditional musical Liederabend on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall.

A Liederabend is a gathering of friends to enjoy an evening full of music. The event is more intimate in comparison to the traditional concert hall. Liederabends began in Vienna, Austria, in the 19th century, where the genre was brought to new heights by Franz Schubert and later perfected by Johannes Brahms, Hugo Wolf and Richard Strauss.

Linfield classical voice students taught by professors Anton Belov and Natalie Gunn will present art songs in German, French, Spanish and English. They will be accompanied by pianist Susan McDaniel.

For more information, call ext. 2275, or go to



Natalie BoreroNatalie Boero, associate professor of sociology at San Jose State University and Linfield College graduate, will discuss her book, Killer Fat: Media, Medicine, and Morals in the American ‘Obesity Epidemic,’ Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library.

Killer Fat, which was published by Rutgers University Press in 2012, examines how and why obesity has become such a problem in the United States. Boero interviews people struggling with their weight to determine the body image expectations that the average American faces.

Boero, a 1996 alumna of Linfield, has also written several articles on the subject of obesity for publications such as Working Moms and The Fat Studies Reader.

The event, part of the Readings at the Nick series, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Linfield College Sociology and Anthropology Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, director of Linfield libraries, 503-883-2517.



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 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.



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.




Noon: French table, Dillin


Noon: American sign language table, Dillin


Noon: German language table, Dillin

7 p.m.: Amy Orr, “Academic Tenure: Needed Protection or Outdated Tradition?” 201 Riley


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

Noon: Japanese language table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Yamhill County authors, Nicholson


7:30 p.m.: Tom Peek reading, Nicholson

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Whitworth

7:30 p.m.: Choir concert, “Lift Every Voice,” Ice


10 a.m.: Cross country at George Fox

Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Pacific Lutheran

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Willamette

6 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Whitman


Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Lewis & Clark

3 p.m.: Pacifica Quartet, Ice