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Linfield Reports, 2/21/11

HISTORIAN HIGHLIGHTS U.S. PIONEERS

Historian and cultural critic Thaddeus Russell will present “A Renegade History of the United States” on Wednesday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored through the Jonas A. “Steine” Jonasson Endowed Lecture.

The talk will touch on American feminism, sexual liberation, civil rights and dancing to illuminate larger historical struggles between social control and freedom. According to Russell, a history professor at Occidental College, most Americans believe that the weekend, vacations and leisure are good things. Most believe that dancing and popular music are not evil. Nearly all think that women should be able to walk in public without a male chaperone, earn high wages and own property. Russell will introduce cultural ancestors who are the unacknowledged pioneers of American freedom: drunks, prostitutes, lazy workers, shiftless slaves, and what John Adams called the “vicious,” “vile” and “depraved” of early America.

Born and raised in Berkeley, Calif., Russell graduated from Antioch College and received a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. Russell is the author of A Renegade History of the United States. His first book, Out of the Jungle: Jimmy Hoffa and the Re-Making of the American Working Class, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2001. He has written for The Daily Beast, New York Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Salon and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as well as scholarly essays in American Quarterly and The Columbia History of Post-World War II America. Russell has also appeared on the History Channel and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In addition to teaching at Occidental College, he has also taught at Columbia University, Barnard College, the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College.

The Jonas A. “Steine” Jonasson Endowed Lectureship at Linfield honors Jonasson, professor emeritus of history who was associated with Linfield for more than 60 years before his death in 1997. The endowment is used to bring in distinguished scholars and speakers in the area of history. Jonasson held the unofficial title of Linfield historian and wrote “Bricks Without Straw,” a history of the college. For more information, contact Peter Buckingham, Linfield professor of history, 503-883-2479 or pbucking@linfield.edu.

FACULTY LEARNING COMMONS SET

Joelle Murray, associate professor of physics, and Brian Gilbert, associate professor of chemistry, will present “Integrating CHEM 210/211 and PHYS 210/211” at the Faculty Learning Commons Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 11:45 a.m. in the Dillin West Wing.

Science today is more interdisciplinary than ever before. Many cutting-edge research topics of interest to students reflect this change (climate change, biophysics, biochemistry and neuroscience). National science organizations are calling for reform of science education to a more interdisciplinary approach in order to prepare the scientists of tomorrow. Despite this, traditional science education continues to be mostly non-interdisciplinary.

Murray and Gilbert want to open up the disciplinary silos and encourage students to see science as a whole and not simply as separate parts, to make connections between the disciplines, and develop tools necessary for doing science today. To this end, they developed a series of interdisciplinary discussions for BIOL 210, CHEM 210 and PHYS 210 focusing on a particular, timely topic — protein folding. They will explain goals for the seminars, show sample activities and discussion questions used, discuss what was learned, and detail future plans for the seminar.

SCREENING, PANEL TO EXPLORE PLAY

A screening and panel discussion of Play Again, an award-winning documentary directed by Tonje Hessen Schei, will be held Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

What are the consequences of a childhood removed from nature? One generation from now most people in the U.S. will have spent more time in the virtual world than in nature. New media technologies have improved our lives in countless ways. But what are we missing when we are behind screens? And how will this impact our children, our society, and eventually, our planet?

At a time when children play more behind screens than outside, Play Again explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds. Is our connection to nature disappearing down the digital rabbit hole?

Following the film, there will be a panel discussion featuring professors including Jennifer Linder, psychology; Janet Peterson, health and human performance; Jeff McNamee, health and human performance; and Rob Gardner, sociology and anthropology, environmental studies.

A WIN-WIN-WIN OPPORTUNITY

Rachel Mills ’12 has been selected as one of 50 semifinalists for the National Students in Service Award. The award, sponsored by Washington Campus Compact and Inspireum, recognizes outstanding college students who are engaged in innovative partnerships and meaningful service projects that address critical community issues.

Mills submitted her application for the Linfield College Mentoring Program, which partners with the McMinnville School District to provide college mentors to at-risk elementary and middle school youth. Last year, Mills served as a mentor, and when she learned that the program would be eliminated following a reorganization of Yamhill County’s Prevention Program, she took the initiative to save what she saw as a meaningful program for mentor and mentee alike.

With the assistance of Linfield’s Office of Community Engagement & Service, Mills is now coordinating 21 Linfield mentors at Sue Buel and Newby Elementary Schools and Duniway Middle School.

“Rachel Mills has shown tremendous initiative and follow-through to save a vital youth development program in our community from being lost…Our mentors provide a positive role model, listening ear and encouragement to first through eighth-grade mentees,” said Jessica Wade, director of community engagement and service.

It’s a win-win-win situation should Mills’ application be selected as one of three national winners. In addition to Mills’ competing to win up to a $5,000 academic service scholarship, Linfield College and McMinnville School District have the opportunity to be awarded $2,500 each for the purpose of supporting civic engagement initiatives and the mentoring program.

Support Mills by voting online now through March 3 at www.serviceawards.org/applicant/211/Rachel_Mills.aspx

GILLEY KICKS OFF SPRING ART SHOWS

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

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 Artforum.com, 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.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Jim Diamond, professor of chemistry, has developed a number of publications as a result of his work at the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology in Beijing, China. Diamond spent 2008-09 collaborating with Jinsong Zhu ’93 at the center. Diamond published an article, “An accurate and precise polynomial model of angular interrogations surface plasmon resonance data,” in Sensors and Actuators. In addition, he and students made three poster presentations at the American Chemical Society meeting last year, and Diamond will present at the ACS meeting in March.

CAMPUS CALENDAR

TUESDAY, FEB. 22

11:45 a.m.: Faculty learning commons, Dillin

Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

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

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23

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

3:30 p.m.: Softball vs. Concordia

THURSDAY, FEB. 24

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

7 p.m.: Play Again, Ice

FRIDAY, FEB. 25

Today through Sunday: Swimming at NWC championships

SATURDAY, FEB. 26

9 a.m.: Women’s lacrosse at Forest Grove

10 a.m.: Track and field at George Fox Invitational

10 a.m.: Women’s tennis at George Fox

Noon: Softball vs. Whitworth

Noon: Baseball vs. Oregon Tech

4 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Whitman

SUNDAY, FEB. 27

10 a.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Whitman

Noon: Softball vs. Whitworth