Linfield Reports, 2/18/13


Linfield CollegeThree Linfield College professors will discuss research in the areas of communication, nursing and psychology during “A Sampler of Faculty Research” Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Susan Currie Sivek, assistant professor of mass communication; Melissa Jones, assistant professor of nursing; and Yanna Weisberg, assistant professor of psychology, will each present information about their research.

Sivek will speak on “Packaging Inspiration: Al Qaeda’s Digital Magazine and Self-Radicalization.” Inspire magazine, a digital publication of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, seeks to motivate potential terrorists to carry out attacks in the West. The magazine has seemed to be effective, resulting in its connection to a number of recent plots. Sivek will discuss the magazine’s potential for aiding prospective terrorists through the self-radicalization process. Sivek, at Linfield since 2011, holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University, and a master’s and Ph.D. from University of Texas.

Jones will present “Influence of Generational Differences on Learning in the Online Classroom.” In response to increasing enrollment in RN-BSN programs, schools of nursing are developing online and distance curricula. As more experienced nurses return to higher education, knowledge development related to generational diversity is needed to address the unique needs of RN-BSN students in the online classroom. Jones’ study looks at the gap in nursing education research related to learning and the diversity of students from a generational perspective. Jones, a member of the Linfield faculty since 2009, holds a bachelor’s from Salish Kootenai College, and a master’s from Oregon Health & Science University, and she is currently completing doctoral studies at Capella University.

Weisberg will present “Becoming a Different Person: Personality Change Due to Self and Others.” Can people change their personalities to become more like how they want to be? In a study of young adults, Weisberg investigated how and why personality can change over four months. Results show that personality can and does change, and that this change is an effect of both what the individual wants and outside influences. Weisberg has been at Linfield since 2011, and holds two bachelor’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

For more information, call ext. 2409.



Roosevelt MontasRoosevelt Montás, director of the Center for the Core Curriculum and associate dean at Columbia University, will present “Education for Freedom: Access and the Promise of Democratic Citizenship” at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, in 201 Riley Hall.

Lunch, available on a first-come first-served basis, will be served at 11:45 a.m., and the lecture will begin at noon. Montás will discuss the relationship between liberal education and good citizenship. His research is focused on Antebellum American literature and culture, with a specific interest in citizenship and American national identity. His dissertation, “Rethinking America: Abolitionism and the Antebellum Transformation of the Discourse of National Identity,” won the 2004 Bancroft Award. Montás is currently writing on the interrelated biographies of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frederick Douglass and Charles Sumner. He also lectures and writes on the history and future of liberal arts education.

For more information, contact Nick Buccola, assistant professor of political science, ext. 2246,



Pioneer Hall on the McMinnville Campus“The Origins of Cosmology in Ancient Greece” will kick off this semester’s series of lectures for the Linfield College Science Colloquium. The presentation by Jason Jordan, visiting assistant professor of philosophy, will be Thursday, Feb. 21, at 4:10 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall. It begins a five-lecture series focusing on different aspects of astronomy and cosmology.

While astronomy is perhaps the oldest science, it wasn’t until the sixth century BC that a school of curious sages on the West coast of Asia Minor began to speculate on the structure and principles governing the universe as a whole. Remarkably, many of the theories advanced by this earliest group of Greek philosophers are more modern — both in content as well as methodology — than the later theories of Plato and Aristotle which came to dominate subsequent history. Nowhere is this shocking prescience more evident than in the thought of Anaximander and Democritus, both of whom developed the first scientific descriptions of the cosmos, from its grand scale to the smallest components of matter, in human history.

For more information, contact Jennifer Heath, ext. 2267,



Robert Michael PyleAcclaimed author Robert Michael Pyle will read from his new book, The Tangled Bank: Writings from Orion, on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library.

The Tangled Bank, published in October by Oregon State University Press, explores Pyle’s fascination with every aspect of his surroundings. He begins with Charles Darwin’s vision of “a tangled bank” as a window on the world, and goes on to show how every living thing is always changing and interesting, with new information to give. Pyle’s 52 essays, which appeared in Orion magazine over 10 years, concern themselves as much with our own species as with others.

Pyle is the author of 16 books and hundreds of papers and essays including Sky Time in Gray’s River: Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place and Chasing Monarchs: Migrating with the Butterflies of Passage. In 2010 he published Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year, chronicling his adventures across the continent in 2008 to view and document as many of the native American butterflies as possible.

Pyle lives across the Columbia from Astoria with his wife, Thea. A Guggenheim Fellow and founder of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, he loves to discuss butterflies, slugs and Big Foot. Pyle holds a Ph.D. from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University.

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



Music Professor Anna Song and Linfield Concert Choir The Linfield College Concert Choir will present the final concert from their Costa Rica tour Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium.

The choir took part in a 10-day concert tour to Costa Rica, Feb. 2-12, where they performed for and interacted with various communities along the way, sharing music, providing service and engaging in cultural exchange. A video of the tour will be shown at the concert.

Under the direction of Anna Song, assistant professor of music, the program will include pieces by Rheinberger, Mendelssohn, Sweelinck and Copland, as well as folk songs from Costa Rica, Aruba, New Zealand and America. The program will also include performances on trumpet by Joan Paddock, professor of music, and organ by Chris Engbretson, visiting assistant professor of music.

For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Pioneer Hall, Linfield CollegeAn award-winning film documenting human rights abuses in Burma will be presented Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in Ice Auditorium.

Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country is a 2008 Danish documentary film directed by Anders Østergaard. It follows the 2007 peaceful demonstrations against Burma’s totalitarian government, during which more than 1,000 people were killed.

The documentary was secretly filmed by one of the nation’s few remaining free journalists. The “VJ” in the title stands for “video journalists.” It received the 2009 World Cinema Documentary Film Editing Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary category in 2010.

It is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Linfield College Political Science Department, International Programs Office and Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement. For more information, contact Michele Tomseth, ext. 2434,



Corey RobinA debate examining the political, moral, social and economic factors necessary for freedom to be achieved will be held Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 4:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

The debate, “The Politics of Freedom,” will feature Corey Robin of Brooklyn College and Mark Blitz of Claremont McKenna College.

These two leading intellectuals of the left and right will offer their opinions on the source of American freedom and respond to key questions facing many Americans. What is freedom?

Robin, associate professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center, is currently working on a book about the political theory of the free market. His past works include The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin and Fear: The History of a Political Idea. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, the London Review of Books and other publications.

Blitz, Fletcher Jones professor of political philosophy at Claremont McKenna College and a fellow of the Claremont Institute, is co-editor of Educating the Prince: Essays in Honor of Harvey Mansfield. He is also the author of Conserving Liberty, Plato’s Political Philosophy, Duty Bound: Responsibility and American Public Life and Heidegger’s Being and Time and the Possibility of Political Philosophy.

The debate is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights and Justice. For more information, contact Nick Buccola, assistant professor of political science, ext. 2246,



Wine writer George TaberProminent wine writer George Taber will present “Adventures in Wine Writing: The Paris Tasting and Its Aftermath” on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall.

Taber spent 40 years as a reporter and editor, including stints as a business editor and national economics correspondent for Time magazine, before writing wine books.

In his journalistic career, Taber interviewed presidents, dictators, corporate tycoons and even the Beatles. But the most important event he ever covered was a wine tasting in Paris in 1976. In a blind tasting competition, eminent French wine experts picked unknown red and white California wines over world-famous French wines.

The event, referred to as the most talked-about wine tasting of the 20th century, overturned previous views about the superiority of French wines, revolutionized perceptions of California wine, and launched a globalized wine market. Taber’s four-paragraph story about the tasting has been called “the most significant news story ever written about wine.”

Taber published an account of the event in the bestselling book, Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine. It was selected as the wine book of the year by British wine magazine Decanter, and the movie Bottle Shock was loosely based on the story.

Three wine books later, Taber is one of the most recognized wine writers of our time.

Taber’s second book, To Cork or Not To Cork: Tradition, Romance, Science, and the Battle for the Wine Bottle, won the Jane Grigson Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the Andre Simon Award for best wine book. The book was a finalist for the James Beard Award for best book on wine and alcohol.

Taber also published In Search of Bacchus: Wanderings in the Wonderful World of Wine Tourism and A Toast to Bargain Wines: How Innovators, Iconoclasts, and Winemaking Revolutionaries Are Changing the Way the World Drinks.

For more information, call ext. 2202.



An Interactive InstallationAn artist talk featuring Modou Dieng and Devon A. VanHouten-Maldonado will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m. in 127 Nicholson Library.

Dieng has collaborated with VanHouten-Maldonado on “An Interactive Installation,” an exhibit that draws inspiration from a history of heroes and antiheroes in Mexico and Senegal. The exhibit examines the way history is represented in a contemporary context in the information age.

Viewers interact with the work using a provided lens, in order to investigate cultural history and ethnicity using contemporary

tools. A clash of digital and analog cultures determines a hybrid aesthetic of history and ethnicity, the artists say.

The exhibit will run through March 16. For more information, call ext. 2804.



Civil rights advocate Mark PotokCivil rights advocate Mark Potok will speak on hate groups and extremism, including in the Pacific Northwest, in Ice Auditorium on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Potok is a senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an organization dedicated to fighting hate groups and bigotry, and promoting tolerance and respect. More than a thousand hate groups operate in the country, including neo-Nazis, Klansmen, racist skinheads and border vigilantes. Potok is one of the country’s leading experts on this world of extremism, and exposes crimes and hate activities as editor of the award-winning journal, the Intelligence Report. He also produces investigative reports for the SPLC’s Hatewatch blog.

Potok has appeared on numerous television news programs and is regularly quoted by journalists and scholars in the U.S. and abroad. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights, as well as other venues.

Prior to joining the SPLC staff in 1997, Potok spent two decades as an award-winning journalist at major newspapers. At USA Today, he covered the 1993 Waco siege, the rise of militias, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the trial of domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh.

The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in Montgomery, Ala., to ensure that the promises of the civil rights movement became a reality. New laws enacted in the 1960s failed to bring fundamental changes in the South, and with few lawyers willing to test controversial cases, there were not many places the disenfranchised and poor could go for justice.

In response, Alabama lawyer Morris Dees began to take pro bono cases and eventually founded the SPLC. Today the organization carries forward its mission of seeking justice and equality for society’s most vulnerable citizens.

Potok will meet with Linfield College students and others during his day-long visit, which is sponsored by the Department of Mass Communication and the Office of Multicultural Programs. For more information contact Brad Thompson at ext. 2291,



Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, assistant professor of English, has been named the Scholar in Residence for the Portland Shakespeare Project. He has published and lectured widely on Shakespeare and British literature, including leading the summer Linfield alumni trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He also trained as an actor with Tygres Heart, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Yale Shakespeare Company, and helped edit the Norton edition of Shakespeare’s complete works.




6 p.m.: Women’s basketball vs. Willamette


7 p.m.: Faculty lecture, “A Sampler of Faculty Research,” 201 Riley


11:45 a.m.: Roosevelt Montas, “Education for Freedom: Access and the Promise of Democratic Citizenship,” 201 Riley

11:50 a.m.: SOAN Voices, Dillin

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

4:10 p.m.: Science Colloquium, Jason Jordan, 105 Murdock

7:30 p.m.: Robert Michael Pyle reading, “The Tangled Bank,” Nicholson Library


1 p.m.: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

2 p.m.: Baseball vs. Pacific Lutheran

4 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Whitman

7:30 p.m.: Choir concert, Ice Auditorium


Noon: Softball vs. Whitworth

Noon: Women’s tennis vs. George Fox

2 p.m.: Baseball vs. Corban

5 p.m.: Baseball vs. Pacific


11 a.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Whitworth

Noon: Softball vs. Whitworth

1 p.m.: Men’s tennis at George Fox

2 p.m.: Baseball vs. Oregon Tech