Linfield Reports, 11/7/16

Linfield Theatre presents ‘The Madwoman of Chaillot’

Madwoman of ChaillotLinfield College theatre students will tackle emotions of power, greed and rebellion when they present “The Madwoman of Chaillot” in the Marshall Theatre. Performances are Nov. 10-12 at 7:30 p.m.

“The Madwoman of Chaillot,” written by Jean Giraudoux and adapted by Maurice Valency, is a poetic and comic fable, set in The Café Chez Francis in the posh section of Chaillot, Paris, in the 1940s. When businesspeople plan to dig up Paris for the oil they believe lies beneath, their plan comes to the attention of the Madwoman of Chaillot, an eccentric woman who appears to have lost her marbles. Together with other eccentrics who frequent Café Chez Francis, the Madwoman plots against those who would strip the world of its natural resources, replace workers with robots and hoard all of the money for themselves.

Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts, will direct the production, with scenic design by Ty Marshall, sound design by Rob Vaughn and costume design by Laurel Peterson. Rachel Kiefer, senior theatre arts major, is lighting designer.

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff (two tickets per ID); and $5 for students (any age, any school, one ticket per ID). Seating is reserved. Online ticket sales are available at and at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Located in Ford Hall, the box office is open Tuesday through Friday from 3-5 p.m., and until performance time on performance days. The box office will also be open Nov. 12 from 3-7:30 p.m. and closed Mondays. The production is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., New York.

For more information, call 503-883-2292.


Politics and media choices topic of faculty lecture

Dimitri Kelly, assistant professor of political scienceDimitri Kelly, assistant professor of political science at Linfield College, will present “Red News, Blue News: Political Learning and Media Choice” on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Speaking the day after the 2016 presidential election, Kelly will discuss how people learn about candidates in today’s media-driven society. In a fragmented media market, the availability of news with a partisan slant changes what and how the public learns. Evidence points to a preference for information that reinforces existing beliefs, yet research also demonstrates people want unbiased and objective news.

“This presents an interesting puzzle, that people may sincerely prefer objective news in the abstract, yet choose to consume biased news in practice,” explained Kelly, who will discuss some of the potential consequences for elections and democracy, as well as his recommendations.

Kelly joined the Linfield faculty in 2013. His academic interests lie in American politics with a focus on political behavior, media and politics, political psychology and elections. Kelly has received funding from the National Science Foundation for ongoing research exploring cognitive responses to biased news and the effects of partisan news media on political polarization. He received his bachelor of arts at the University of California, Davis and received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The talk is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, call 503-883-2409.

Montreal string band to present Linfield Lively Arts concert

collectif9, image by Danylö Böbyk PhotographyLinfield College will host a concert featuring Montreal-based classical string band, collectif9, on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Earlier that day, a “Meet the Musicians” event will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center.

The program will feature selections from collectif9’s recent album, “Volksmobiles.” The album was released in February 2016 and features folk-inspired music by Brahms, Bartók, Schnittke and André Gagnon. It also presents the world premiere recording of Canadian composer Geof Holbrook’s “Volksmobile,” written for the ensemble.

Collectif9 is known for its energized, innovative arrangements of classical repertoire. The ensemble combines the power of an orchestra with the crispness of a chamber ensemble for a rare musical experience.

The musicians met as students at Université de Montréal and McGill University.

Tickets for the performance are available at the door for $10. The concert is free for Linfield students with current ID and K-12 students. This event is sponsored by the Linfield Lively Arts, in collaboration with Friends of Chamber Music. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit


NSA mathematician to speak on the WWII Enigma

Pioneer HallDavid Perry, a cryptologic mathematician at the National Security Agency, will present a pair of talks about WWII-era Enigma code-writing machines in November at Linfield College.

Perry will present the first talk, “Coming of Enigma,” on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 4:30 p.m., and the second, “Cracking of Enigma,” on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 4:30 p.m. Both will be held in 201 Riley Hall, and both will be streamed and archived on the Linfield Live Facebook page.

The Enigma, a code-writing machine used by the Germans before and during World War II, was initially thought by analysts to be unbreakable. In his first talk, Perry will address how the machine worked and why it was thought to be so secure. He will also discuss the history of code making and breaking, which informed the machine’s design.

In his second talk, Perry will discuss how the Polish cipher bureau eventually cracked the Enigma by employing mathematics in a way that had no precedent at the time. Shortly after, cryptology moved into the purview of mathematicians, which remains true today.

Perry received degrees at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He taught at Ripon College for two years before joining the National Security Agency, and taught at the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth program for 20 summers, where he was co-architect of their cryptology classes. He is working on the second novel of a trilogy, a work of historical fantasy purporting to tell the true story of David and Goliath.

Both talks are free, open to the public and sponsored by the Linfield Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE) and the Linfield Department of Mathematics. For more information, contact Christian Millichap at 503-883-2428 or


Philosophy talk to focus on resilience

Linfield CampusJohn Russell, philosophy professor at Langara College in Vancouver, B.C., will present “Resilience” on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall, at Linfield College.

Resilience is a capacity to overcome adversity. Yet, research shows that it is declining among college students. Russell argues that resilience is a key virtue in sports and life, and can extend our understanding of virtue and success. He believes that analyzing the nature and role of resilience in athletics helps us understand the contributions of sports to culture and wellbeing.

Russell is past chair of the Langara College Philosophy Department. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1994. In reaction to a bad call in a softball game he played, he wrote “The Concept of a Call in Baseball,” a paper which led him to discover a long established journal and scholarly society devoted to the philosophy of sport. For the past 20 years, he has published extensively in sport philosophy. He was editor of the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport from 2006 to 2015. The International Association for the Philosophy of Sport awarded him the Warren P. Fraleigh Distinguished Scholar Award in 2014 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2012.

The talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the departments of Business, Economics, HHPA and Philosophy. For information, contact Jesús Ilundáin, or 503-883-2362.


Alumna to read from prize-winning book

Melissa YancyCalifornia author Melissa Yancy, a 1999 Linfield alumna, will read from her book, “Dog Years,” on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

“Dog Years” explores Yancy’s personal experiences, from everyday frustrations to deeper experiences with hospitals and medicine. It was selected as the 2016 Drue Heinz Literature Prize winner and will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in October.

Yancy is a fiction writer whose work has appeared in “Glimmer Train,” “One Story,” “Prairie Schooner, “Zyzzyva,” “The Missouri Review” and others. “Dog Years” and another one of her works, “Consider this Case,” received Special Mention in the 2016 Pushcart Prize XL. She is the recipient of the 2016 NEA Literature Fellowship and earned her M.P.W. from the professional writing program at the University of Southern California.

Author Anthony Doerr said “Dog Years” is cause for celebration.

“Melissa Yancy’s stories make me swoon with recognition,” he writes on the book’s back cover. “They’re funny and sad in the same breath; they’re incredibly well executed; they’re about the endlessly fascinating machinery of relationships, about the weird intersections of medical technology and human dignity, and about the ways time catches up with everyone in the end. I’ve been waiting a long time for her stories to be collected in a book.”

This reading is a part of the “Readings at the Nick” series. The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield Nicholson Library and the Linfield English department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517 or


Open house planned to ‘Explore Linfield’

Fall at Linfield CollegeThe Office of Admission will welcome approximately 100 perspective students and their families during “Explore Linfield,” an open house on Friday, Nov. 11. Students will check in and learn about academic and co-curricular resources in Fred Meyer Lounge, learn about academic programs and the admission process, tour campus and enjoy lunch in Dillin Hall. Please join us in welcoming prospective Wildcats and their families to campus.

For more information, go to



Medal of Heroism recipient to give talk at Linfield

Kael WestonJ. Kael Weston, recipient of the Secretary of State’s Medal of Heroism, will present “Iraq and Afghanistan: America’s Longest Wars… What’s Ahead?” on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

Weston, who spent more time in Iraq and Afghanistan than any other American diplomat, will discuss the seven years he served as a political advisor to Marine Corps units in some of the most dangerous areas of both countries, as well as the future of U.S. foreign policy.

Weston is the author of “The Mirror Test: America at War in Iraq and Afghanistan,” a New York Times Book Review editors’ pick. The frame for the book, from which the title is taken, centers on soldiers who have received a disfiguring wound to the face. The mirror test is the moment during recovery when patients look upon their reconstructed appearance for the first time. From an intricate tapestry of voices and stories – Iraqi, Afghan and American – Weston delivers a larger mirror test for the nation in its global role.

Weston served in the U.S. State Department for more than a decade, including seven years in Iraq and Afghanistan focusing on political-military issues. The federal government awarded him the Secretary of State’s Medal of Heroism for his multi-year work with Marines in Fallujah between 2004 and 2007. Weston was also a Fulbright Scholar in the Netherlands.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Shaik Ismail at 503-883-2228 or


Linfield to host 86th annual Mahaffey Tournament

Roy "Hap" MahaffeyUndergraduate students from across the nation will compete in the 86th annual R.D. Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament Nov. 18-20 at Linfield College.

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

The tournament will offer individual events as well as novice, junior and open divisions. 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 public is invited to observe all competitions. Check schedules and event information in the lobby of Riley Hall.

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 professor of communication arts, at 503-883-2625 or


Linfield exhibit to showcase student art work

Student art workArtwork by Linfield College students will be on display at the Annual Juried Student Exhibition Nov. 30 through Dec. 16 in the Linfield Gallery, located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center on campus.

An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 5 p.m. in the gallery.

This year’s juror is Wendy Red Star, an artist who explores the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures through her work. Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Red Star’s work is informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression, including photography, sculpture, video, fibers arts and performance. Red Star has exhibited in the Unites States and abroad at venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fondation Carier l’Art Contemporain, Domaine de Kerguéhennec and the Portland Art Museum. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Montana State University, Bozeman and a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from University of California, Los Angeles.

All exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center on the Linfield College campus.

For more information, call 503-883-2804 or visit Linfield Gallery online at


Linfield students plan and host nonprofit 5K race

Jingle All The Way 5KLinfield College students will host a Jingle All The Way 5K and children’s mile fun run on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 9 a.m. at Discovery Meadow Park in McMinnville.

Students in the Economics of Running class, taught by Professor Randy Grant, have spent the semester volunteering at local runs. They are learning about things that worked and things that didn’t work while planning their own run for the Linfield and McMinnville communities.

“The biggest thing I have learned from the class is how races are structured and planned,” said junior Angela Leingang, a business major.

Cost is $30 and increases to $35 on Wednesday, Nov. 26. Students get a $10 discount if they use the promo code “Wildcat.” The children’s fun run is $10. All proceeds go to the Parker Archie Moore Scholarship Fund. Runners will receive a long-sleeved shirt, hot chocolate and cookies, and can take part in a costume contest.

For more information, visit or event pages on Facebook and Twitter (@LCJingle5k).


Community news

Chuck Dunn, professor of mathematics, appeared on Jeopardy, the popular trivia show. The show aired Friday, Nov. 4, on KATU, channel 2.

Anton Belov, associate professor of music, performed with the Pacific NW Opera.

Research by Yanna Weisberg, assistant professor of psychology, was mentioned in an article on, “Do Men and Women Really Have Different Personalities?”


Campus calendar


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

5:15 p.m.: Wildcat Workout, Fieldhouse


Noon: German table, Walnut Room, Dillin Hall

1:30 p.m.: Meet the Musicians, collectif9, Delkin Recital Hall

4:30 p.m.: David Parry, “Cracking of Enigma,” 201 Riley Hall

7 p.m.: Dimitri Kelly, “Red News, Blue News: Political Learning and Media Choice,” 7 p.m., 201 Riley Hall

7 p.m.: Linfield Lively Arts, collectif9, Ice Auditorium


4:30 p.m.: David Parry, “Coming of Enigma,” 201 Riley Hall

5:15 p.m.: Wildcat Workout, Fieldhouse

6:30 p.m.: John Russell, “Resilience,” Jonasson Hall

7:30 p.m.: “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” Marshall Theatre

7:30 p.m.: Melissa Yancy reading, Nicholson Library


Today: Explore Linfield, admission event

Noon: Men’s basketball at Eastern Washington

6 p.m.: Swimming vs. Puget Sound

7:30 p.m.: “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” Marshall Theatre


9 a.m.: Cross country at NCAA DIII west regional

1 p.m.: Football vs. Pacific Lutheran

1 p.m.: Swimming vs. Pacific Lutheran

6 p.m.: Pacific Office Automation Hall of Fame Banquet, Fieldhouse

7:30 p.m.: “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” Marshall Theatre