Linfield Reports, 2/14/11


Two actors will portray African-Americans and their contributions to American history during “Portraits of Courage: African-Americans You Wish You Had Known” on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The presentation is a theatrical piece that portrays six historical figures: Ida B. Well, a journalist and activist; Langston Hughes, originator of jazz poetry during the Harlem Renaissance; Colonel Young, the third black graduate from Westpoint and architect of America’s National Park system; Madame CJ Walker, first female millionaire; Bass Reeves, deputy marshall of Indian Territory; and Biddy Mason, a plantation nurse and midwife.

The cast is made up of two actors, one male and one female. The presentation is written from historical facts, accurately portraying the lives and experiences of the characters.

“Portraits of Courage” is presented by Will and Company, a theatre company based in Los Angeles, Calif., that tours the nation with classical theatre and new works that deal with contemporary issues of acceptance. Will and Company seeks to represent the country by promoting and presenting artists of diverse ethnicities, genders, orientations and abilities.

The event is free, open to the public and part of Black History Month celebration at Linfield. For more information, call 503-883-2435.


Nicholas Buccola, assistant professor of political science, will present “In Pursuit of Liberty: The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass” on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

The lecture will reflect Buccola’s book, “In Pursuit of Liberty: The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass,” which will be published by New York University Press later this year.

Douglass (1817-1895) was the leading African-American statesman during one of the most tumultuous periods in the history of the United States. After escaping from slavery at age 20, Douglass devoted nearly 60 years in public life to progressive campaigns for abolition, universal suffrage and equal rights for all. “In Pursuit of Liberty” is about the political philosophy that animated this lifetime of agitation.

Through an analysis of Douglass’s speeches, letters, editorials and autobiographies, Buccola reconstructs his views of fundamental matters such as individual rights, democracy, toleration, community, virtue and the role of government in a free society. In only the second book-length study of Douglass by a political theorist, Buccola argues that Douglass’ combined a classical liberal commitment to the idea of universal self-ownership with a robust conception of social responsibility. The experience of slavery and the challenge of abolition, he contends, led Douglass to believe that the liberal promise of freedom can only be realized if individuals feel a strong sense of obligation to stand up for the rights of their neighbors. The book touches on the legacy of Douglass’ ideas, and the relationship between liberty and responsibility in political life.

Buccola, a member of the Linfield faculty since 2007, has published research on a number of topics in political theory in several journals, including The Review of Politics and The Journal of Social Philosophy.


Called the “rock stars of chamber music” by the New York Times, the energetic husband-wife team of cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han will perform Friday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. at Linfield College.

The Finckel-Han appearance, one of only two stops the team has scheduled in the Pacific Northwest, marks the 20th anniversary season of the Linfield Chamber Orchestra.

The New York City-based musicians will present “Great Expectations: Brahms As the Next Beethoven,” a program that features “Sonata No. 2, Op. 5 No. 2” by Ludwig van Beethoven; “Cello Sonata No. 1, Op. 38” by Johannes Brahms; “12 Variations on ‘See the Conqu’ring Hero Comes’ from Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45” by Beethoven and “Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 Op. 99” by Brahms.

The pair currently serves as artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of New York’s Lincoln Center. They are founders and artistic directors of Music@Menlo, a nationally-acclaimed chamber music festival and institute in California.

Finckel also performs as cellist with the Emerson String Quartet, which has won eight Grammy Awards, including two for best classical album, three Gramophone Magazine honors and the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, which was awarded in 2004 for the first time to a chamber ensemble.

Finckel-Han have been favorably reviewed by American newspapers (Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Sun-Times, NewYork Times) and major newspapers in Europe and Asia. Broadcast appearances have included the NBC Nightly News, American Public Media’s Performance Today and others.

In addition to performance, the couple has nurtured the musical careers of young artists around the world with a series of residences, concerts, workshops and “Chamber Music Immersions.”

The concert will be in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium. Single reserved tickets are $25. General admission cost is $18 and $5 for students K-12.

For ticket and concert information, contact the orchestra at 503-833-2637 or


Masterplexed, a new installation by Damien Gilley, will run now through March 12 at the Linfield College Fine Art Gallery.

The Linfield Gallery will host a public conversation with Damien Gilley on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m. An artist’s reception will follow the talk at 3 p.m.

Masterplexed is an immersive installation questioning the limits of perceived, actual and speculative spaces. The gallery is dissected with temporary walls in a non-periodic grid, creating a labyrinthine space that employs the visual tropes of transparency and reflection. The work presents a playful, multivariate experience for the viewer through the use of multiple perspectives and ambiguous spatial relationships. The ordered system of the grid is compromised by the visual manipulation of the façades, reinforcing the potential for perceptual structures to expand understanding of dimensional environments.

Damien Gilley works with installation, drawing and sculpture to reconfigure the built environment and provide alternative viewing experiences that complicate rational space. Gilley’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, Las Vegas Museum of Art, Arthouse in Austin, Texas, EastWestProject in Berlin and in the Portland 2010 Biennial. His work has been reviewed by, The Oregonian, Willamette Week, Portland Mercury and the Las Vegas Review Journal. He has received multiple grants from the Regional Arts & Culture Council and was awarded an artist fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission in 2010.


Brian Winkenweder, chair and associate professor of art and visual culture, co-edited Dialectical Conversions: Donald Kuspit’s Art Criticism, which has just been released by Liverpool University Press. On Feb. 11 in New York, he signed books at the Allan Stone Gallery and also presented “Richard Hamilton’s ‘Healthy Vigor’: Thanatopic Tumescence as Erotic Detumescence” at the College Art Association’s annual conference. Winkenweder was recently was awarded a J. Paul Getty Library Research Grant to work with their archives—specifically to study the personal papers of the Clement Greenberg, Harold Rosenberg and Barbara Rose (three of the most significant U.S. critics of 20th century art) in preparation for writing a book manuscript. The grant enables him to study at Getty Research Institute for three weeks this summer.

Jana Taylor, professor of nursing, presented a poster at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare in New Orleans, reporting the initial results of validity and reliability testing of a rubric that can be used to assess nursing students’ clinical skill development in the high fidelity simulation laboratory. Taylor was recently appointed to a second term on the Governing Council of the Oregon Simulation Alliance. As one of the founding members of this statewide network, she served on the council from 2004-06.



Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

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

7:30 p.m.: “Portraits of Courage: African-Americans You Wish You Had Known,” Ice


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.: Nick Buccola faculty lecture, “In Pursuit of Liberty: The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass,” 201 Riley


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin


2:30 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Pacific Lutheran

3 p.m.: Baseball at Western Oregon (Lewiston, Idaho)

4 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Pacific Lutheran

6 p.m.: Women’s basketball vs. George Fox

8 p.m.: David Finckel and Wu Han, “Great Expectations: Brahms As the Next Beethoven,” Ice

8 p.m.: Men’s basketball vs. George Fox


9 a.m.: Track and field at Washington State Indoor Open II

10 a.m.: Baseball at St. Martins (Lewiston, Idaho)

1 p.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Lewis & Clark

2 p.m.: Damien Gilley artist’s talk and reception, “Masterplexed,” Fine Art Gallery

2 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Lewis & Clark

6 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Pacific Lutheran

8 p.m.: Men’s basketball at Pacific Lutheran


12:30 p.m.: Baseball at Lewis-Clark State (Lewiston, Idaho)