Linfield Reports, 2/13/17

Portland mixed-media artist featured at Linfield Gallery

Laura HughesThe Linfield College Gallery will showcase “Almost Perfect,” a mixed-media installation created by Portland artist Laura Hughes Feb. 15 through March 11 in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center at Linfield.

An artist talk will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall located in the Vivian Bull Music Center, followed by an opening reception at 6 p.m. in the gallery.

“Almost Perfect” studies potential singularities and collectivities experienced in the façade of surfaces. Populated by a variety of reflective material exposed to shifting conditions of light, the gallery interior is treated as a receptacle for unstable moments. Suspended transparent mirrored surfaces contain and redirect varying degrees of illumination unfolding throughout the day, and are subjected to forms of activation through the movement of viewers. As light shifts, appearances project, refract, retreat and reposition.

Hughes is a visual artist who creates site-specific installations that investigate how light, form and space surround and shape one another in our perception. Her work has been featured at Fortune Gallery in Portland, the de Menil Gallery in Massachusetts, the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington, among many others. She was a finalist for the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards from the Portland Art Museum, received a 2012 Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission and has been nominated for the Brink Award at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle. Hughes received a masters of fine arts in visual studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and a bachelor of fine arts in drawing with distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design.

All exhibitions 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. For more information, call 503-883-2804 or visit Linfield Gallery.


Wadewitz talk to focus on ‘whale of a tale’

Lissa Wadewitz, professor of historyLissa Wadewitz, associate professor of history at Linfield College, will present “A Whale of a Story: Sex, Lies, and Testimony in the Nineteenth-Century Pacific World” on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

Wadewitz will discuss the 1860 Enos v. Sowle case in which two islander cabin boys, Manuel Enos and Manuel Vierra, charged Captain Nathaniel Sowle of the American whaleship, the Montreal, with repeated counts of sodomy. The court found Captain Sowle guilty, but Sowle proclaimed it was simply a conspiracy by his crew. Wadewitz will explore what historians do when archival evidence equally supports completely different version of past events and how they decipher the worst handwriting from sources that may reveal the truth.

Wadewitz has been on the faculty at Linfield College since 2006. She received a bachelor of arts in Asian studies from Pomona College, a master of arts and Ph.D. in history from the University of California and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University. Her book, “The Nature of Borders: Salmon and Boundaries in the Salish Sea,” was published in 2012 and received the Albert B. Core Prize in 2014.

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


January Term applications due

Linfield College entryThe International Programs Office is accepting applications for January Term off-campus courses.

An information table will be offered Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 5 p.m. in Dillin Hall. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 17, in the International Programs Office in 120 Walker Hall. Full course descriptions, program fees, estimated airfare and applications are available online.

For more information, email, call 503-883-2222 or visit 120 Walker Hall.


Campus hosts Competitive Scholarship Day

Linfield College snowThe Office of Admission will host the annual Competitive Scholarship program Feb. 17-20. A full day of activities is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 19, with nearly 300 prospective students and 800 total guests expected. Many prospective students will stay in residence halls Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, dining in Dillin Hall throughout the weekend and visiting classes Monday.

A full agenda of events, and additional details can be found online at For more information, contact Patrick Wilson in the Office of Admission at or 503-883-2373.


Linfield choir to perform final concert of tour

Linfield College ChoirThe Linfield College Concert Choir will present its final performance of the spring choir tour on Sunday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, Melrose Hall.

The choir performed in Austin, Texas, and surrounding communities during the tour, Jan. 31-Feb. 5.

The program, centered on themes of social justice and peace, will feature “When Justice Reigns” by Andrea Reinkemeyer, assistant professor of music. The composition was commissioned by the Lacroute Arts Series and had its premiere performance by the Concert Choir in October.

The choir, directed by Anna Song, associate professor of music, will also perform choral works by Josquin, Byrd, Parry, Pärt, Mendelssohn and others. Additionally, two piano works by Ravel and Ginastera will be performed by Albert Kim, assistant professor of music.

The performance is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Linfield College Department of Music. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit


Linfield welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts

Leonard Pitts, Jr.Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. will speak on the current political environment on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College. His talk is titled “Where Do We Go From Here?”

Pitts’ column tackles issues related to current events, pop culture, social issues and family life. Syndicated nationally, the column reaches millions of newspaper readers around the country.

Of his six fiction and non-fiction books Pitts’ most recent is the historical novel “Grant Park.” It explores issues of race and events around the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the presidential election of Barack Obama. His first novel, “Before I Forget,” was published in 2009 to critical praises. In 2012 he wrote “Freeman,” a novel set during the Civil War.

Pitts wrote a memoir/social study, “Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood,” in 1999. A collection of his columns, “Forward From This Moment,” was published in 2009. And in 1983 he wrote his first book, “Papa Joe’s Boys, about Michael Jackson and his brothers.

Pitts’ work has appeared in such publications as Musician, Spin, Reader’s Digest and Parenting. He wrote, produced and syndicated “Who We Are,” an award-winning 1988 radio documentary about the history of Black America, and has written and produced numerous other radio programs on subjects as diverse as Madonna and Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 2004, Pitts was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. In 2009 and 2002, GLAAD Media awarded Pitts the Outstanding Newspaper Columnist award. In 2002, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists awarded Pitts its inaugural Columnist of the Year award. Other recognitions include the prestigious ASNE Award for Commentary Writing from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Feature of the Year-Columnist award from Editor and Publisher magazine, both in 2001.

Millions of readers were initially introduced to Pitts through a column he penned in response to the 9/11 attacks. His defiant, open letter to the terrorists circulated the globe, generating 30,000 emails, and has since been set to music, reprinted in poster form, and quoted on television and radio.

The lecture honors Black History Month. It is free, open to the public and sponsored by the President’s Office, Diversity Grants Committee, Nicholson Library, Office of Student Affairs, the departments of English, Mass Communication, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, Theatre and Communication Arts, and the Writing Center.

For more information, contact Brad Thompson, 503-883-2291,


Community news

Josephine Zarkovich, Linfield Gallery curator, secured a grant of $605 from the Yamhill County Cultural Coalition in support of an exhibit and catalog of Oregon artist Tannaz Farsi. This award supplements a $15,000 grant from The Ford Family Foundation in support of the same project, which will take place in March and April of spring semester.


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