Linfield Reports, 2/17/14


Heather ReidHeather Reid, associate professor of philosophy at Morningside College, will present “Olympic Sport and its Lessons for Peace,” Monday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall.

Reid will discuss the differences between the ancient Olympic Games, in which victory was imagined as a visit from the goddess Nike, and the modern Olympics, where victory typically means endorsement deals from the company Nike. According to Reid, modern society can learn from the ancient association between Olympic Games and peace because that association derives not only from mythology and rhetoric, but also from particular, and perhaps unexpected, effects of athletic competition itself. Olympic sport taught the ancient Hellenes about peace by incorporating philosophical aspects of peace as setting aside conflict, treating others as equals and developing community spirit.

Reid has taught philosophy at Morningside since 1996, and received the college’s Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Award in 2005. An expert on the philosophical foundations of the Olympic Games, she was elected president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport in 2005. She holds a bachelor’s in philosophy, English and literature from the University of Virginia and a master’s and doctorate from the University of Massachusetts.

The lecture is sponsored by PLACE. For more information, Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza,, ext. 2362.



Nils LouA celebration of life for Nils Lou, professor of ceramics and sculpture since 1984, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. in Ice Auditorium of Melrose Hall. A reception will follow in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose, at 7 p.m.

Lou, who passed away Dec. 25, has been described as an artist, teacher, golf coach, and beloved and playful spirit. He devoted over 30 years of creativity, passion and brilliance to Linfield. He remained an engaged professor, publishing and exhibiting his work, having shown in more than 200 exhibitions during his career. He received numerous awards and recognitions including two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an Oregon Odyssey of the Mind Creativity Award. He was one of the founders of the East Creek Anagama kiln and the author of several books, videos and articles including The Art of Firing and The Art of Play. His works are featured in collections throughout the world including the Moscow Kremlin in Russia, Kanto Gakuin University in Japan and the National Museum of Art in Costa Rica.

For more information, contact Brian Winkenweder, ext. 2284,



Elena PassarelloElena Passarello, author and assistant professor of English at Oregon State University, will read from and discuss her latest book, Let Me Clear My Throat, Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library.

Let Me Clear My Throat, which was published by Sarabande Books in 2012, is a collection of essays written by Passarello. According to her website, the essays in Let Me Clear My Throat are about unforgettable moments in the history of the human voice.

Passarello has won several awards for Let Me Clear My Throat, including the gold medal at the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards, and she was named a finalist for a 2014 Oregon Book Award. Her essays have been published by Oxford American, Slate, the Iowa Review, Creative Nonfiction, and in the music writing anthology, Pop When the World Falls Apart. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s from the University of Iowa.

The event, part of the Readings at the Nick series, is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Linfield College English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, director of Linfield libraries, ext. 2517.



Jesus IIIundainJesús Ilundáin-Agurruza, associate professor of philosophy, will present “From Clumsy Failure to Skillful Fluency: An East-West Analysis and Solution to Sport’s Choking Effect” Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Underperformance under stress is common in many activities such as the arts and academic performance, but examples are particularly evident in sport’s “choking” effect – a failure to perform to levels already achieved when the person tries to be at his or her best.

Rory McIlroy “disintegrated” at the 2011 U.S. Masters, while Greg Norman epically lost in 1996. On the other end of the spectrum, Mark Spitz and Michael Phelps thrived under media pressure to deliver record-breaking performances at the Olympics. The first set of scenarios showcases athletes failing under pressure. The second presents superb performers who excel when “on the spot.”

As a way to supplement current psychological and cognitive theoretical research, Ilundáin-Agurruza will discuss an alternative philosophical account to combat choking. It diagnoses the process, and contrasts it with cases of superior performances analyzed under “skillful fluency.” The solution is derived from Japanese do — arts of self-cultivation, such as the way of archery or the way of tea — which encourage an integration of body-mind and intellect-emotion that indirectly achieves skillful fluency and avoids choking.

Ilundáin-Agurruza holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, an M.S. in sociology of sport from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a B.S. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

For more information, call ext. 2409.


Mark JuergensmeyerMark Juergensmeyer, one of the world’s leading experts on religion, violence and conflict resolution, will present the annual Frazee Lecture in Bible and Religion.

Juergensmeyer, professor of sociology and religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present “The Global Rise of Religious Violence” on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in Ice Auditorium.

Juergensmeyer, who is also the director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at UCSB, is the author of Terror in the Mind of God, originally published in 2000 and revised in 2003 in the aftermath of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Juergensmeyer has published more than 200 articles and 20 books on the role of religion in various social movements in South Asia, religion and politics in the modern world, Gandhi’s approach to conflict resolution and other topics. His recent book is Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State. Among his awards and honors, Juergensmeyer was elected as president of the American Academy of Religion.

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

For more information, contact David Fiordalis, ext. 2569,



45th ParallelTwo acclaimed Northwest chamber groups – 45th Parallel and 3 Leg Torso – will present “To Hungary and Beyond” Friday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m. in Ice Auditorium.

The concert, sponsored by the Linfield Lively Arts Series, will open with the Sextet in C Major, Op. 37 by Hungarian composer Ernő Dohnányi (1877-1960). This work will be performed by 45th Parallel musicians Janet Coleman, piano; Sean Osborn, clarinet; Joseph Berger, horn; Gregory Ewer, violin and artistic director; Adam LaMotte, viola; and Justin Kagan, cello. Following an intermission, 3 Leg Torso will present their own version of elegant and daring modern chamber pop music arranged for their lively instrumentation.

45th Parallel, founded in 2009, produces and presents chamber music concerts featuring musicians of the Pacific Northwest with occasional guest artists. Creative programming and intimate concert experiences are hallmarks of 45th Parallel, which brings the Northwest’s rich chamber music culture out of the living room and onto the stage.

3 Leg Torso, formed in 1996, is a quintet that performs original compositions based on an eclectic synthesis of chamber music, tango, klezmer, Latin and Roma music. As principal composers, founding members Béla Balogh, violin and trumpet, and Courtney Von Drehle, accordion, provide the core of 3 Leg Torso’s cinematic sound. They are joined by Gary Irvine, mallets and percussion; T.J. Arko, mallets and percussion; and Mike Murphy, bass.

The concert is sponsored by the Linfield Lively Arts Series. Tickets are $10 at the door and free for Linfield students with current ID. For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Linfield CollegeLinfield College students will reach out to Yamhill County youth and seniors for a day of service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Saturday, Feb. 22, at Linfield.

The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning in the HHPA building at Linfield, and feature two main activities: an educational component with local elementary students and a service project in local senior centers and retirement communities.

Under the mentorship of Linfield students, 150 Yamhill County elementary students are expected to take part in the day, which includes sessions on sustainability, education and wellness. In addition, Linfield students will serve at four retirement centers in McMinnville including Vineyard Heights Assisted Living, Hillside Manor Retirement Center, Oakwood Country Place Nursing Home and Parkland Village.

The day of service is meant to integrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and teachings into community service, said senior Shelby Hollenbeck, director of Day of Service and Change Corps special events.

“Linfield’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is about bringing together multiple generations and being in community together,” said Hollenbeck.

Rather than being held on MLK Day in January, the Linfield service event is held in February, during Black History Month, when students are back on campus for spring semester, according to junior Brie Battle, Black Student Union president.

“We want to make sure all Linfield students have a chance to celebrate MLK Day together,” she said. “As a campus, it’s important to reflect and this way we all get to participate. We’re students of all different backgrounds, uniting and reaching out to the community. That’s the importance of this day.”

Students are invited to register for MLK Day activities through Feb. 20. The day is sponsored by Multicultural Programs, Community Engagement and Service, Black Student Union and the Unity Team.

For more information, call Hollenbeck at 503-467-1918,, or Jason Rodriquez, ext. 2574.



Ezgi Tanriver '14Linfield College senior Ezgi Tanriver will present “Turkey: The Bridge Between Asia and Europe” Monday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. in Jonasson Hall.

Tanriver, an international student from Turkey, will share insights about her country during the presentation including historical background, culture, dance and food. She will also discuss specific points of interest, and locations to visit while there.

The event is sponsored by the International Programs Office. For more information, contact Michele Tomseth, ext. 2434,



Chris BallardChris Ballard, senior writer for Sports Illustrated, will present “The Power of Storytelling” on Monday, Feb. 24, at 5:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Ballard will discuss the power of narrative to sway the hearts and minds of readers. Using examples from the literary world and his own career, Ballard will deconstruct the architecture of successful nonfiction stories and explain how they can be utilized to introduce and advance ideas. He will explain how to think cinematically, develop characters, identify flash points and create rising action. Ballard will also discuss how to apply storytelling tools to create a compelling narrative.

Since joining Sports Illustrated in 2000, Ballard has covered the NBA and the NFL, written more than 20 cover stories, penned the back page “Point After” column and produced features on a wide range of topics. In 2012, Ballard was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in profile writing for a piece on a Jehovah’s Witness struggling to choose between religion, his family and basketball. His work has won a National Headliner Award, the Joanie Award and the Henry Luce Award for outstanding story, the highest annual honor at Time Inc.

Ballard’s work has also appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and New York Times Magazine. He is the author of “One Shot at Forever,” “Hoops Nation,” “The Butterfly Hunter” and “The Art of a Beautiful Game.” In addition to “One Shot at Forever,” four of his magazine stories have been optioned for film, including one that is currently in production at Lionsgate Studios. Ballard is currently working as a consultant on two of the films. He holds degrees from Pomona College and Columbia University.

The lecture is sponsored by the Linfield College Departments of Mass Communication, English and Political Science, as well as the sport management major and Linfield Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Pat Cottrell at



Sarah MirkSarah Mirk, a journalist and editor for Bitch Media, will present “Five Bright Ideas in Feminist Media” on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 5:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Mirk will discuss five ideas in current feminist media and illustrate the ideas using powerful art and projects that activist groups have created over the past year in the United States. She will also talk about how journalism and feminism are both dynamic and alive, despite discussions about their decline.

Mirk is a multimedia journalist who focuses on gender, politics and history. Besides working as the online editor for Bitch Media, she writes daily pop culture articles, hosts the podcast Popaganda and runs the magazine’s social media. Previously, Mirk has worked as a staff reporter for The Portland Mercury and The Stranger. She is the author of Sex from Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules, due for release this summer. Mirk graduated from Grinnell College in 2008.

The lecture is sponsored by the Linfield College Mass Communication Department and Linfield College Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, contact Susan Currie Sivek, ext. 2521 or


Abraham LincolnLinfield College has been selected to host the conference, “The Political Thought of Abraham Lincoln,” and the traveling exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.”

The exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” will be featured in Jereld R. Nicholson Library April 2-May 16. The exhibit explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war — the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. In addition to the opening of the exhibit, Leon Litwack, professor of American history emeritus at University of California, Berkeley, will speak at the opening ceremony for the exhibit on Thursday, April 3. Ron White, author of “A. Lincoln: A Biography,” will be the second speaker in conjunction with the Lincoln Exhibit on Tuesday, April 15.

The conference will be held in conjunction with the exhibit May 8-10 in Jereld R. Nicholson Library. Seven of the top Lincoln scholars in the country will present lectures on Lincoln, the Civil War and the political thought of that era.

  • William B. Allen, professor of political science at Michigan State University and editor of “The Essential Antifederalist,” will present “To Preserve, Protect and Defend: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.”
  • John Burt, professor of English at Brandeis University and author of “Lincoln’s Tragic Pragmatism,” will present “Prosperity and Tyranny in Lincoln’s Lyceum Address.”
  • Allen Guelzo, professor of history at Gettysburg College and author of Gettysburg, will present “Four Roads to Emancipation.”
  • Dorothy Ross, professor of history at Johns Hopkins University and author of The Origins of American Social Science, will present “Lincoln and the Ethics of Emancipation.”
  • Manisha Sinha, professor of Afro-American studies at University of Massachusetts and author of To Live and Die in the Holy Cause: Abolition and the Origins of America’s Interracial Democracy, will present “Lincoln’s Competing Political Ideals: The Union, Constitution, and Antislavery.”
  • John Stauffer, professor of English and American literature and Afro-American studies at Harvard University and author of Giants: The Parallel Lives of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, will present “Lincoln, Sumner and Shakespeare.”
  • Michael Zuckert, professor of political science at University of Notre Dame and author of Completing the Constitution: The Post Civil War Amendments, will present “Lincoln and the American Amalgam.”

In preparation for the conference, the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights and Justice will sponsor an undergraduate reading group on Lincoln’s speeches and a persuasive speaking competition related to the themes of the exhibit and the conference.

The exhibit was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office and made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War” is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center. The conference is sponsored by Linfield College Nicholson Library and the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights and Justice.

More information on specific dates and times of each lecture will be available soon. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, ext. 2517.



Edna Kovacs, English language and culture program instructor, is facilitating Journal to the Self workshops for cancer patients at Compass Oncology in Portland.

Tim Cheney of Dickinson, N.D., professor of business at Linfield from 1984-99, passed away Feb. 9.




7:30 p.m.: Heather Reid, “Olympic Sport and its Lessons for Peace,” Jonasson


6 p.m.: Nils Lou celebration of life, Ice

7:30 p.m.: Elena Passarello reading, Nicholson


7 p.m.: Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza, “From Clumsy Failure to Skillful Fluency,” 201 Riley


7 p.m.: Mark Juergensmeyer, “The Global Rise of Religious Violence,” Ice


3:30 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Whitman

4 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Whitman

5 p.m.: Baseball vs. Corban

6 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Pacific

8 p.m.: Men’s basketball at Pacific

8 p.m.: Linfield Lively Arts, “To Hungary and Beyond,” Ice


All Day: Swimming at Northwest Invitational

8:30 a.m.: MLK Day of Service, HHPA

11 a.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Whitworth

Noon: Softball vs. Lewis & Clark

1 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Puget Sound

2 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Whitworth

5 p.m.: Baseball vs. St. Martin’s

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

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


Noon: Softball vs. Lewis & Clark

2 p.m.: Baseball vs. OIT