Linfield Reports, 11/8/10


Ambassador David Mack will present “Arab/Israeli Peace and Why it is Important to U.S. National Security” on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

Mack has been at the forefront of events in the Middle East and helped to shape U.S. policy in the region for more than 30 years. He has expertise in Iraq, Libya, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey and U.S. foreign policy. He is the former deputy assistant secretary of state for Near East Affairs, where he provided political support for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and promoted U.S. business interests in the Middle East. During his career in the U.S. Foreign Service, he was also the U.S. ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. His diplomatic assignments have included Iraq, Jordan, Jerusalem, Lebanon, Libya and Tunisia.

After leaving government service, Mack was senior counselor at C&O Resources, a Washington, D.C., consulting firm. Currently, he is chairman of the U.S. Libya Business Association. In addition to presenting the lecture, Mack will participate in class discussions with Linfield students.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Departments of History and Political Science and the President’s Office. For more information, call 503-883-2202.


Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza, assistant professor of philosophy, will present “Philosophy Goes to Hollywood: Film and the Ultimate Questions” at the Faculty Learning Commons Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 12:30 p.m. in the Dillin West Wing.

Ilundáin’s presentation will detail the content, projects and other ideas for a course under development where film and philosophy are jointly used as privileged “narratives” to engage central themes in the Ultimate Questions (and even the penultimate). Three main components include applied, where films and philosophical essays are paired up to discuss the themes; theoretical, a philosophical analysis of issues in the philosophy of film; and integrative learning, with discussion of possible audio-visual project/s the students will engage.


Novelist Robin Oliveira will present her debut novel, “My Name is Mary Sutter,” Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield.

In Oliveira’s historical novel, published by Viking, Mary Sutter is a brilliant, headstrong midwife from Albany, N.Y., who dreams of becoming a surgeon. She leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C., to tend to soldiers wounded in the Civil War, determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine and eager to run away from recent heartbreak. Under the guidance of William Stipp and James Blevens, two surgeons who fall in love with Sutter’s courage, and resisting her mother’s pleas to return home to help with the birth of her twin sister’s baby, Sutter continues to pursue her medical career.

Oliveira received her B.A. in Russian and studied at the Pushkin Language Institute in Moscow, U.S.S.R. She is a registered nurse and received her MFA in writing in 2006 from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and won the James Jones First Novel Fellowship in 2007. Oliveira is the parent of Linfield junior creative writing major, Miles Oliveira.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Linfield English Department. For more information contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517 or


Ken Ludwig’s comedy Lend Me a Tenor gives new meaning to double lives and provides a way for Linfield students to showcase their talent.

The Linfield Theatre, now in its 91st season, will present this award-winning play Nov. 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

“The play is well-written and very clever,” said Janet Gupton, director and associate professor of theatre.

Lend Me a Tenor, a 2010 Tony Award nominee for best revival of a play, previously won three Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards.

The play is set in 1934 when Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Max, Saunders’ assistant, fools the audience into thinking he’s Il Stupendo, but Morelli comes to and is ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo.

“Audiences want to come to the theatre to laugh and enjoy a respite from their own hectic schedules,” Gupton said. “It is a very fast-moving humorous farce that is fun to direct. While light-hearted in content, it challenges the comedic timing of the actors.”

Large responsibilities for the production of the play have been given to students. Alessa Karlin ’11, a theatre major, is the set designer, and Steven Stewart ’11, a theatre and history major, is the costume designer. Katie Grainey ’13, is assistant lighting designer.

“I have never designed a set before so it’s continually a learning experience,” said Karlin. “Opening night is the biggest reward. It’s like my ‘baby.’ It’s exciting to think that my design has helped the production become a reality.”

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff; and $5 for students. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available on the web at, by phone, or in person at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Located just inside the lobby of Ford Hall, the box office is open Tuesday through Friday from 3-5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. The box office will also be open Nov. 13 from 3-7:30 p.m. The box office is closed Mondays.

The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. Contact the box office directly if you require accessible seating. Assisted listening devices are available at each performance. For more information, call 503-883-2292.


Linfield College students, faculty and staff are recognizing national Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week with a series of events Nov. 15-20.

In January 2010, 936 people were homeless in Yamhill County. One in 17 families in Oregon is hungry, the highest rate in America. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is nationally recognized as an opportunity for college students to educate and advocate for these hunger and homelessness issues. Linfield’s activities are sponsored by Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Linfield Alternative Spring Break, the Chaplain’s Team, and ASLC with the Office of Community Engagement and Service.

The series of events will kick off Monday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. with an educational panel in Fred Meyer Lounge, Riley Hall. The panel will include four community partners discussing the issues’ impact on Yamhill County. Partners include Yamhill County Housing Authority, Regional Food Bank and others. Light refreshments will be served.

Later that evening, students will take part in “One Night Without a Home,” an attempt to simulate the experience of homelessness. A movie focusing on the issue of homelessness will be shown at 7 p.m. followed by a food challenge. Participants will sleep out until 7 a.m.

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, a Hunger Banquet will be held at 5:15 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall. The banquet is designed to simulate global wealth disparity. In 2009, 10 percent of the global population owned 85 percent of the global wealth. Participants will be assigned to an income bracket and will eat only the food that can be afforded on that wage. Discussion afterward will focus on global poverty.

Throughout November, in conjunction with Sodexo, Linfield’s food service provider, a food drive will also take place on campus. All donations will go to the Regional Food Bank in Yamhill County to help feed families during the holiday season. Donations can be made in Dillin Hall.

Other events throughout the week include tables at Walker and Withnell Halls, a 20-hour famine experience, volunteer opportunities and an Alternative Spring Break fundraiser.

“We hope that the Linfield and McMinnville community gain a greater awareness of the complexity and depth of the issues of hunger and homelessness both locally and globally,” Jessica Wade, director of community engagement and service, said.

All events are open to the public. For more information, contact Lizzie Martinez, student engagement coordinator, at 503-883-2326 or


Enjoy the sounds of the Linfield College Concert Band and Wind Symphony, with guest conductor Jay Chen, as they come together to create music Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 125 SE Cowls St., McMinnville.

An ensemble of Linfield students as well as members of the McMinnville community will perform a combination of fall and winter pieces. The concert, “Autumn Leaves,” will showcase pieces such as “Russian Christmas Music,” “Petite Symphonie in B-flat Major” and “Suite of Old American Dances,” including “Wallflower Waltz,” “Western One-Step” and “Cake Walk.”

Chen earned his bachelor’s degree from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China, and his master’s degree from Oregon State University, where he teaches trumpet. Chen also directs the OSU Trumpet Choir and has conducted the Willamette University Band for the last five years. He is conducting the Linfield College Band and Brass Ensemble in 2010 as a sabbatical replacement. Chen is the principal trumpet player for the Portland and Eugene Operas, and has performed with the Oregon Symphony, Eugene Symphony and the Oregon Bloch Festival, among others.

The concert is sponsored by the Linfield Music Department and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275.


Barbara Limandri and Laura Rodgers, both psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners, gave a four-hour pre-conference workshop at the 24th Annual American Psychiatric Nurses Association in Louisville, Ky., in October. Their presentation focused on providing an overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy with persons with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), examining the pharmacological complexities of treating a person with BPD, and integrating these concepts with prototypical case studies including the trauma and substance abusing client.



Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

12:30 p.m.: Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza, Faculty Learning Commons, Dillin West Wing

3 p.m.: Japanese conversation table, 201 Walker

4 p.m.: Student recital, Delkin

7:30 p.m.: David Mack, “Arab/Israeli Peace and Why it is Important to U.S. National Security,” Ice Auditorium


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

Noon: Free blood pressure clinic, Cook

Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

Noon: American Sign Language table, Dillin

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Robin Oliveira reading, Nicholson


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Lend Me a Tenor, Marshall Theatre


6 p.m.: Swimming vs. Pacific Lutheran

7:30 p.m.: Lend Me a Tenor, Marshall Theatre


9 a.m.: Cross country at NCAA III regionals

1 p.m.: Football at Lewis & Clark

1 p.m.: Swimming vs. Puget Sound

7:30 p.m.: Lend Me a Tenor, Marshall Theatre