Linfield Reports, 11/5/12


Research on medicinal plants in Peru will be the topic of a student presentation by Anna Sours ’13 and Susana Fajardo ’13.

“Traditional Medicinal Plant Use in Latin America” will be presented Monday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall.

Sours, a sociology major, and Fajardo, an anthropology major, will discuss their comparative study conducted in Peru last summer to determine if medicinal plants are still a local source of healing and under what circumstances they are used. During their initial research, the two were joined by Tom Love, Linfield professor of anthropology, and John Syring, Linfield associate professor of biology. The remainder of the summer, the two worked with Douglas Sharon, the former director of both the San Diego Museum of Man and the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley.

Sours and Fajardo will present their findings including a discussion of Peru’s rich history in medicinal plant use, the continued belief in medicinal healing and its relevance to local daily life. They will also discuss their work with EsSalud, a social security program in Peru that is unique for their inclusion of traditional medicinal healing along with Western-style medicine.

This event is sponsored by the International Programs Office.



A talk by video artist Daniel Heffernan will be Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 5 p.m. in the Linfield Gallery, focusing on the exhibit which runs through Nov. 17.

Heffernan is a visual and media artist based in New York City whose paintings and video art have been internationally exhibited. This is his first show in the Pacific Northwest.

Heffernan explores the meaning and manifestations of live performance in our media-saturated society. His art-making integrates various disciplines, including movement, video, music, writing and the visual arts, and draws inspiration from the rapidly evolving relationship between performance and technology.

His most recent design projects have been featured at HERE Theatre, which The New York Times credits as “one of the most unusual arts spaces in New York and possibly the model for the cutting-edge arts spaces of tomorrow.” His work has also been featured at the Soho Playhouse, where he collaborated with legendary film director Ken Russell, and the Clurman Theater, both in New York City.

Heffernan teaches film making at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and video design with the International Schools Theatre Association. He received a master of fine arts from New York University.

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 ext. 2804.



Poets Chris Anderson and Stephanie Lenox will introduce Oregon’s only cooperative publisher, Airlie Press, along with their latest work during a reading Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholson Library.

Lenox will discuss her newest work, Congress of Strange People, and Anderson will read from his newest title, The Next Thing Always Belongs. Both authors will share their work, reflect on what it is like to be part of a nonprofit press and talk about their writing lives.

As a cooperative press, Airlie’s authors, including Anderson and Lenox, form an editorial board, work on each other’s books, and determine new authors and titles. The press highlights the work of Northwest Oregon poets and produces one to two full-length volumes of poems a year.

Lenox’s desire to write started at a young age, encouraged by her parents. She developed her writing in the academic world and earned her bachelor’s in creative writing and literature from Whitworth University, and her master’s in creative writing from the University of Idaho. Lenox teaches poetry at Willamette University and edits the online literary journal Blood Orange Review.

Anderson discovered his passion for writing and poetry in high school. He earned his bachelor’s in English at the University of Washington and later his master’s and Ph.D. in English at the University of Washington as well. He also earned a master’s in theology from Mount Angel Seminary. Anderson is a professor of English at Oregon State University and has won honors and awards for both his teaching and writing.

The reading is sponsored by the Linfield English Department and Nicholson Library. For information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, ext. 2517,



A unique two-year project by Linfield College students and faculty chronicling the Pacific City dory community will culminate in a world premiere theatre production this fall.

Kickin’ Sand and Tellin’ Lies, written by Professor Jackson Miller and theatre major Chris Forrer ’13, is a fictional tale inspired by stories from the project “Launching through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City.” In the project, students and faculty are preserving the stories, voices and images of dory fishermen for a collection in DigitalCommons@Linfield. Results will also be showcased in a photography exhibit, traveling poster and scholarly papers. The project will be featured in a segment on Oregon Field Guide, produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting.

The play will be performed Nov. 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall. An additional showing will be presented Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Kiawanda Community Center in Pacific City, sponsored by the Pacific City Arts Association and Pacific City Dorymen’s Association. The play is supported in part by an Arts Build Communities grant from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Directed by Janet Gupton, professor of theatre arts, Kickin’ Sand and Tellin’ Lies is the story of a young fisherman as he learns respect for the ocean, the dory fleet and fellow anglers. The play opens with the Blessing of the Fleet, an annual Pacific City event to kick off the fishing season, and it references local landmarks such as Haystack Rock and the former Sunset West Restaurant and Bar. The production touches on environmental regulations, fishery management practices, gender issues, and tensions between loggers and anglers.

The stories and experiences of the characters in the play came from more than 80 interviews conducted with dory fishermen and women, so the words ring true to how people in the community talk about their experiences and how they relate to one another. Miller and Forrer kept a log of interesting phrases with dramatic quality, which they incorporated into the script.

“We got a sense of the community, speaking patterns, jargon, boat terms and how people communicate with each other,” Forrer said.

Miller said the process of gathering the material gave them a vivid and intimate picture of life in Pacific City and in the dory community.

“People have shared such wonderful stories with us,” he said. “As a playwright, it’s been a wonderful opportunity. The stories themselves have great drama.”

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 at, by phone or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. 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. 10 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. The box office is closed Mondays. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. For more information, call ext. 2292.



Undergraduate students from across the Northwest will compete in the 82nd annual R.D. Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament Nov. 9-11 at Linfield.

The tournament is one of the oldest intercollegiate tournaments in the region and honors Roy “Hap” Mahaffey for his pioneering efforts with forensics in the Northwest and throughout the nation. Linfield students will compete, as well as help to organize and host the event.

The tournament will offer individual events as well as novice, junior and open divisions for debate. Debate topics will focus on recent news events and will change for each round of the competition. Contestants will be judged on various aspects of speaking, including persuasion and dramatic interpretation. Awards will be presented to winners and finalists in all events.

The event is sponsored by the Linfield Forensics Program and the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts. For more information, or to volunteer to serve as a judge, contact Jackson Miller, ext. 2625,



The 2012 Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. in Ted Wilson Gymnasium. The event follows a 5 p.m. reception in the Paul Durham Foyer.

This year’s class represents six different sports. The eight individual inductees are: Drake Conti ’77, football; Grant Ebright ’01, basketball; Rod Ingram ’77, baseball; Amber Larsen ’01, track & field; Travis Olson ’98, football, basketball and track & field; Ben Sapp ’97, swimming; Leo Sloan ’80, football and track & field; and the late Russ Thurman ’59, wrestling.





The Office of Admission will host the annual Fall Open House on Monday, Nov. 12. Linfield is expected to welcome over 100 prospective students and their families to campus. For more information, contact the Office of Admission at ext. 2213 or visit Please help welcome these guests to campus.






Linfield faculty members Nicholas Buccola and Lissa Wadewitz will read from and discuss their recently published books Monday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of Nicholson Library.

Buccola, assistant professor of political science, will discuss his book, The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty. Wadewitz, assistant professor of history, will be speak on her book, The Nature of Borders: Salmon, Boundaries, and Bandits on the Salish Sea.

Buccola brings a new focus on American historical thought in his April 2012 book focusing on Frederick Douglass, one of the most prominent figures in African American and United States history. Douglass was born a slave, but escaped to the North and became a well-known anti-slavery activist, orator and author. Beyond Douglass’ role as an abolitionist, Buccola argues for the importance of understanding Douglass as a political thinker who provides deep insights into the immense challenge of achieving and maintaining the liberal promise of freedom.

Wadewitz’s book centers on the ecological impact of political borders on the life of salmon of the West Coast of the United States, documenting how fishing practices in the late 19th and early 20th centuries turned the boundary waters into a lawless Wild West. She discusses the implications borders have in relation to how resources are distributed, how laws concerning fishing and water treatment are formed and enforced, and how humans from different countries influence the environment for salmon.

Both authors will discuss how they researched the topics of their books, their writing process and other information.

Buccola teaches political theory and is the founding director of the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice. His essays have been published in several scholarly journals including The Review of Politics and the Journal of Social Philosophy as well as in popular journals such as Dissent and the Claremont Review of Books. He is at work on a new book tentatively called Prophets of Liberty: The Political Philosophy of American Abolitionists. He has a bachelor’s in philosophy from Santa Clara University, and a master’s and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Southern California.

Wadewitz, at Linfield since 2007, received her Ph.D. in history from UCLA in 2004. She then spent a year as a post-doctoral fellow in native and newcomer relations at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. In 2005 Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the Study of the North American West awarded Wadewitz a second post-doctoral fellow position. She teaches courses on U.S. environmental history, Native American history and the history of the American West. She received a bachelor’s in Asian studies from Pomona College and a master’s in history from UCLA.

The reading is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, ext. 2517,



The Linfield College Concert Band will be joined by the Linfield Concert Choir to present a fall concert Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

“Songs of America” will feature folk music, sacred music and popular music from when America was young through the sounds of Gershwin in the early 20th Century. The repertoire includes “Rhapsody on American Shaped Note Melodies” by James Curnow, “Cajun Folk Songs” by Frank Ticheli and “The Liberty Bell March” written for America’s Liberty Bell by John Philip Sousa.

The Linfield Concert Choir will join the band for William Silvester’s transcription of “Old American Songs” by Aaron Copland including the revivalist song “Zion’s Walls,” the hymn tune “At the River” and the Minstrel Song “Ching-a-Ring Chaw.” Both choir and band will also perform Joseph Turrin’s “Faith in Tomorrow.” The evening’s finale will feature the band playing music by George and Ira Gershwin in a medley arranged by Warren Barker, including “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Embraceable You” and others.

The Linfield Concert Band, directed by Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music and director of instrumental activities at Linfield, is a 37-member instrumental ensemble made up of woodwinds, brass and percussion. Student musicians include music majors, music minors and students from across disciplines. A number of local community members also play with the band.

The Linfield Concert Choir, directed by Anna Song, is the premier choral organization for the college. The select group of 40 voices was the first ensemble in the Pacific Northwest and has toured every year since its formation in 1930.

For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at ext. 2275.




All week: Exhibit by video artist Daniel Heffernan, Linfield Gallery

3 p.m.: “Traditional Medicinal Plant Use in Latin America,” Jonasson


Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

5 p.m.: Artist talk, Daniel Heffernan, Linfield Gallery


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

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Kickin’ Sand and Tellin’ Lies, Marshall Theatre

7:30 p.m.: Poetry reading, Chris Anderson and Stephanie Lenox, Nicholson


Today through Sunday: Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament

Noon: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

6 p.m.: Swimming vs. Pacific Lutheran

7:30 p.m.: Kickin’ Sand and Tellin’ Lies, Marshall Theatre


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

1 p.m.: Football vs. Pacific

1 p.m.: Swimming vs. Puget Sound

6 p.m.: Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame induction, Ted Wilson Gym

7:30 p.m.: Kickin’ Sand and Tellin’ Lies, Marshall Theatre