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Linfield Reports, 11/7/11

‘THE NICK’ TO HOST ALUMNI AUTHOR

Molly JohnsonMolly Johnson ’04, whose first book was released in October by RainTown Press, will present a reading Monday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

Johnson will read from her book, Spartacus and the Circus of Shadows. Aimed at young readers, this novel features 13-year-old Spartacus Zander, a boy who believes his human-cannonball mother has been kidnapped by the circus and only he can rescue her. Johnson will also discuss writing her manuscript, the challenges and pleasures of writing for tweens, and how she traveled the distance from finished manuscript to publication.

Johnson began writing for her hometown newspaper in Sisters. A creative writing major while at Linfield, she also wrote movie, restaurant and art reviews for the Linfield Review. She received a master’s from Portland State University and spent a year teaching English in China. She lives in Portland and works as a copywriter.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Nicholson Library and Linfield English department. For more information, call Susan Barnes Whyte, 503-883-2517, swhyte@linfield.edu.

 

BANDS TO PERFORM FALL CONCERT

Amanda SummersThe Linfield College Music Department will present a fall band concert, “Songs of Sea, Air, Storms, Love and Friendship,” featuring the Linfield concert band and percussion octet Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Under the direction of Joan Haaland Paddock, the performance features works written specifically for the concert band and percussion octet as well as one transcription. Repertoire includes “Tall Ships” by British film composer Ron Goodwin, “In Heaven’s Air” by Samuel R. Hazo, “Suite on Greek Love Songs” by Dutch composer Henk van Lijnschooten, “Stormbreak” for percussion ensemble by Portland composer Jim Casella, “Arabian Dances” by Brian Balmages and “Golden Friendships” by Henry Fillmore.

Amanda Summers ’12, a music major, will be a featured oboe soloist with the band in Dan L. Willett’s transcription of “Concertante” for solo oboe by Émile Paladilhe. Summers studies oboe with adjunct instructor and Linfield Chamber Orchestra (LCO) principal oboist Karen Strand. Summers is a member of the LCO as well as the Linfield Concert Band, and the director of the Linfield Pep Band and Drumline.

The Linfield Concert Band is a 40-member instrumental ensemble made up of woodwinds, brass and percussion. Student musicians include music majors, music minors and students from across disciplines. Currently, there are five local community members who play with the band.

Paddock is professor of music and director of instrumental activities at Linfield. She is the first woman to receive a doctorate in trumpet performance from Indiana University, where she studied trumpet and conducting and received the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Norway, and studied at the Norwegian State Academy of Music. Paddock has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. She is a trumpeter with Halcyon Trio Oregon, a classical trio comprised of trumpet, soprano and keyboard which performed 10 concerts in Norway in 2007. Paddock received an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences for original music written and performed by her for a television documentary in 1992. She holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, Oregon Band Directors Association, Oregon Music Educators Association, International Association of Jazz Educators and the International Trumpet Guild. An active adjudicator, guest clinician, soloist and conductor, Paddock conducted the Southeast Alaska Honor Band in October 2007 and appeared as guest cornet soloist at the Oregon Music Educators Conference in January 2008. Paddock is a Fulbright senior specialist candidate for the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275.

 

SALMON, BORDERS TOPIC OF LECTURE

Lissa WadewitzLissa Wadewitz, assistant professor of history and environmental studies, will present “The Nature of Borders: Salmon, Boundaries and Bandits in the Salish Sea” Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Wadewitz will discuss her new book, to be released next spring, which explores how the border between British Columbia and Washington state led to the decline of the salmon runs – from fish so abundant they filled the region’s rivers from bank to bank to today’s status as an endangered species. The book has also been accepted into the prestigious Emil and Kathleen Sick Series, which specializes in publications about the U.S. West and will be co-published in Canada by the UBC Press.

Border-drawing has been critical to how the Salish Sea salmon fisheries between Washington State and British Columbia have been managed over time. Native peoples drew specific types of access borders around their fishery that worked to conserve salmon. The later Anglo-American border, in contrast, ignored salmon geographies and created a bifurcated, messy fishery that defied easy regulation. The international border fostered infighting between Canadians and Americans, created conditions ripe for salmon smuggling and fish pirating and ultimately thwarted transnational conservation policies.

Wadewitz has been at Linfield since 2007. She has a bachelor’s in Asian studies from Pomona College and a master’s and Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Los Angeles. Her academic interests include U.S. environmental history (and related topics), history of the U.S. West, Native American history and U.S. women’s history.

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

 

TURKISH MUSIC, LECTURE SET

Latif BolatA singer, composer and scholar of Turkish music and folklore will present a lecture and concert at Linfield.

Latif Bolat will present “Healing Sounds of Ancient Turkey,” an evening of Turkish Sufi mystic music, poetry and images on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield. A pre-concert lecture, “One thousand years of Turkish mystic Sufi poetry, philosophy, music and rituals,” will be held at 7 p.m. in Ice.

Bolat will present music, poetry, Sufi mystic stories and images from the ancient land of Turkey. He will perform Turkish folk music and devotional Sufi songs, known as Ilahi and Nefes, from the Anatolian peninsula. The lyrics are taken largely from mystic poets including Yunus Emre, Niyazi Misri and others. Throughout the program, which also includes sacred ballads composed by Bolat, devotional poetry will be recited from 13th Century Sufi poets Yunus Emre and Rumi, and images of Turkish people and scenery will be reflected on a screen.

In addition to presenting the lecture and performance, Bolat will also meet with music, religious studies, sociology and anthropology students while on campus.

Bolat possesses a vast repertoire, ranging from Sufi devotional songs and Turkish folk music to classical pieces. His performances draw on ancient texts and employ traditional instrumentation such as the baglama (long necked lute), and he is often accompanied by other Turkish traditional instruments such as oud, bendir and ney flute. He has performed at festivals and concerts around the world. In addition to Carnegie Hall concerts and lectures, he has recorded four CDs, appeared numerous times on TV and radio and composed music for the PBS documentary “Mohammed: Legacy of a Prophet” and George Lucas’s TV series “Young Indiana Jones.” He is also the co-author of a Turkish Sufi poetry book, “Quarreling with God.” For the past 10 years, he has led educational cultural tours to Turkey.

Bolat is a native of the Turkish Mediterranean town of Mersin. After receiving his degree in folklore and music at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey, he taught traditional music throughout the country. He went on to manage Ankara Halk Tiyatrosu, a musical theater company, which performed traditional musical plays. Bolat also received further degrees in Turkish history and Middle East religion and politics from Ankara University and an MBA from San Francisco State University.

The program is sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, the Chaplain’s Office and the Frazee Lecture in Bible and Religion, established by friends and family in honor of Gordon G. Frazee, who served Linfield for 32 years as chaplain and professor of religion. The Frazee fund is used to underwrite an annual lecture under the auspices of the Linfield Religious Studies Department.

The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, call David Massey, Linfield chaplain and assistant professor of religious studies, 503-883-2259, dmassey@linfield.edu.

 

‘FIFTH OF JULY’ HONORS VETERANS

Linfield TheatreThe Linfield College theatre program invites the public to a special Veterans Day benefit performance of “Fifth of July” on Friday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m., at the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield.

All proceeds from ticket sales for this performance will be donated to the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary of Yamhill County.

A post-show discussion, “Veterans’ Perspectives on War,” will follow the performance. Veterans from several wars will share their perspectives on their war experiences and the challenges of returning to civilian life. The panel will include: Jim Ragsdale, World War II veteran; Bob Ferguson ’65, Vietnam War veteran; Professor Michael Jones, Vietnam War veteran; Daniel Belderrain ’73, Vietnam War veteran; Professor Eric Schuck, Gulf War II veteran; and James Duckworth ’07, Gulf War II veteran.

The play features eight student cast members directed by Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts at Linfield. “Fifth of July” is the last play in the late Landford Wilson’s trilogy about the Talley Family. 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.

The production will also be performed Nov. 10 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre. 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 www.linfield.edu/culture, 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 is closed Mondays.

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

 

LINFIELD TO HOST MAHAFFEY TOURNEY

Historic Pioneer HallUndergraduate students from across the Northwest will compete in the 81st annual R.D. Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament Nov. 11-13.

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. The debate topics will be about 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, director of forensics and associate professor of communication arts, at 503-883-2625 or jmiller@linfield.edu.

 

SPEAKER TO LOOK AT FINANCE REFORM

Janice ThompsonJanice Thompson of Common Cause Oregon will speak on “Options for Campaign Finance Reform in the Wake of Citizens United,” Monday, Nov. 14, at 12:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Reading Room.

Johnson, the executive director of Common Cause Oregon, will discuss the state of campaign finance issues and possibilities for reform. Her work in Oregon ranges from building coalitions and lobbying for democracy reforms in Salem, to “following the money” in Oregon politics, and answering the phones and talking with members from all across the 10th largest state in the country. She joined Common Cause in August 2009 after having led the Money in Politics Research Action Project and Democracy Reform Oregon since 1998. She has bachelor degrees in biology from Carleton College and in education from the University of Minnesota.

Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest.

Pizza and soft drinks will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Edith Green Endowed Lecture Fund. For more information, contact Nick Buccola, assistant professor of political science, 503-883-2246, nbuccol@linfield.edu.

 

PINOT NOIR AUTHORITY TO GIVE TALK

John Winthrop HagerAn author and historian who is also an authority on pinot noir will describe what it’s like to be a wine historian on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall.

Characterized as a conversation rather than a lecture, “Solving Mysteries: Evidence in Wine History” will feature John Winthrop Haeger, special projects director at the Stanford University Libraries.

Haeger is the author of North American Pinot Noir, named the Louis Roederer International Wine Book of the Year for 2005. In 2008, he published Pacific Pinot Noir: A Comprehensive Winery Guide for Consumers and Connoisseurs, an expanded and updated companion volume to his first book. It has been called the “best single source of information on world-renowned pinot noirs from California and Oregon.” He focuses exclusively on what he calls the Pacific Pinot Zone, stretching from the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon to Santa Barbara in California and extending up to 30 miles inland.

Haeger’s interest in wine began in graduate school and his articles about wine have appeared in publications such as Connoisseur, Wine & Spirits, Sunset, Los Angeles and Saveur.

Haeger is a Princeton University graduate with a doctorate in Chinese history from the University of California, Berkeley, where he developed a specialty in the history of the Sung Dynasty. He has taught at Pomona College, Linfield and the University of California, San Diego, and worked for The Asia

Foundation, the Research Libraries Group and the American Council of Learned Societies. He is also a Fellow of the American Association of Wine Economists.

The program is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Renshaw Endowment and the President’s office. For more information, call 503-883-2498.

 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Martin Dwomoh-Tweneboah and Graca Machel MandelaMartin Dwomoh-Tweneboah, associate professor of computer science, (pictured left) worked to help improve higher education standards and distance learning in Africa during his sabbatical spring 2011. He participated in a conference on distance education in Africa and was congratulated for his contribution to helping improve the standards of education in Africa by Graca Machel Mandela, the wife of Nelson Mandela.

“Laura Rodgers, professor of nursing, and Barbara Limandri, professor of nursing, presented a paper, “PTSD Related Sleep Disturbances: Non-pharmacologic and Pharmacologic Interventions” at the 25th American Psychiatric Nurses Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 22. In clinical practices, the two treat patients with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and many of these clients experience severe sleep disturbances including terrifying nightmares which greatly impacts their ability to function. Their paper focused on how clinicians treat patients with PTSD who have these sleep disturbances.

CAMPUS CALENDAR

MONDAY, NOV. 7

7:30 p.m.: Molly Johnson reading, Nicholson

TUESDAY, NOV. 8

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

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

7:30 p.m.: Fall band concert, “Songs of Sea, Air, Storms, Love and Friendship,” Ice

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9

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

5 p.m.: Wellness table, 124 Walker

7:30 p.m.: Lissa Wadewitz faculty lecture, “The Nature of Borders: Salmon, Boundaries and Bandits in the Salish Sea,” 201 Riley

THURSDAY, NOV. 10

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

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

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: “Fifth of July,” Marshall Theatre

7 p.m.: Latif Bolat lecture, “One thousand years of Turkish mystic Sufi poetry, philosophy, music and rituals,” Ice

8 p.m.: Latif Bolat concert, “Healing Sounds of Ancient Turkey,” Ice

FRIDAY, NOV. 11

Today through Sunday: R.D. Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament

6 p.m.: Swimming at Pacific Lutheran

7:30 p.m.: “Fifth of July,” Marshall Theatre

SATURDAY, NOV. 12

9 a.m.: Cross country NCAA regionals at Claremont, Calif.

1 p.m.: Football vs. Lewis & Clark

1 p.m.: Swimming at Puget Sound

6 p.m.: Hall of Fame banquet

7:30 p.m.: “Fifth of July,” Marshall Theatre