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Linfield Reports, 2/22/10

ASLAN TO SPEAK ON WAR ON TERROR

Linfield College will host Reza Aslan on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium. The lecture, “How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization and the End of the War on Terror,” is free and the public is invited.

Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and religious scholar who is a contributing editor at the Daily Beast (thedailybeast.com) and a regular news commentator. His first book, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, is a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 13 languages.

Aslan’s most recent book, How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization and the End of the War on Terror, examines the ideology that fuels al-Qa‘ida, the Taliban and like-minded militants throughout the Muslim world, and explores religious violence in Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

“Aslan makes the case that the War on Terror is an unwinnable one exactly because it is the wrong war to fight,” writes Jim Wallis, author of The Great Awakening. “A battle between good and evil fails to address the underlying social and political roots of conflict and terror.”

Aslan serves as editorial executive of Mecca.com and is cofounder and chief creative officer of BoomGen Studios, the first motion picture company focused entirely on entertainment about the Greater Middle East and its Diaspora communities. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Born in Iran, Aslan is the first young Muslim intellectual to come on the scene in years. He brings a new, passionate and much-needed perspective to the national discussion about the War on Terror, and presents Islam as an ever-evolving faith and culture that is in the midst of a cataclysmic internal battle for reform and modernization.

The lecture is sponsored by the Edith Green and Gordon Frazee Lecture Funds. The endowed lectures honor Edith Green, a Linfield College trustee who served in Congress for two decades, and Gordon Frazee, who served Linfield for 32 years as chaplain and professor of religion.

For more information visit rezaaslan.com or myspace.com/rezaaslan, or contact Dawn Nowacki at 503- 883-2276 or dnowacki@linfield.edu.

CHINESE DEBATERS COME TO LINFIELD

A public debate featuring the Linfield College debate team and student debaters from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China will be held Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The debate will be in English and follow British Parliamentary Debate style. The topic will feature environmental issues. During their visit to Linfield, the Chinese students will also attend classes and meet with local students.

The students’ visit to Linfield is part of the annual Northwest Debate Tour coordinated by the International Debate Education Association (IDEA). The month-long tour includes visits to six Oregon and Washington universities and will give these Chinese students the opportunity to engage in democratic free speech by discussing topics that are often censored in their home country.

Four students from Xi’an Jiaotong University qualified for this opportunity last May at a debate tournament in Xi’an, China. The debate tour is an extension of IDEA’s recent efforts to encourage discussion in Asia through several tournaments and events, where IDEA has encouraged the discussion of prohibited issues about Tibet, Taiwan, Tiananmen Square and Internet censorship.

Over the years, IDEA has learned how to debate censored topics safely, but that doesn’t mean the topics have been toned down. In fact, these debaters qualified for the tour by debating the topic, “The People’s Republic of China should forswear military force in Taiwan.” Here, debaters will be able to discuss topics that are normally taboo, with other students their age.

“We are so delighted to welcome the debaters from China to our campus,” said Jackson Miller, associate professor of communication arts and director of forensics. “The Linfield forensics program received a warm welcome when we participated in a debate tournament in Xi’an China in 2006, and it is nice to have the opportunity to return the hospitality. Competitive debate is growing quickly in China and it is providing some wonderful opportunities for promoting dialogue, cooperation and cultural understanding.”

The students participated in activities at the University of Puget Sound, Western Washington University, Northwest University, Pacific Lutheran University and Willamette University.

The debate, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Linfield Departments of Theatre and Communication Arts, Modern Languages and Political Science, the Office of Academic Affairs/Dean’s Speakers Fund and the International Programs Office through a grant from the Freeman Foundation.

HELLIE TO CHAIR NAICU COMMITTEE

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) named Linfield College President Thomas Hellie to chair the NAICU Committee on Student Financial Aid. He will also serve on the executive committee of the association, which represents nearly 1,000 private American colleges with political advocacy, research, policy analysis and government relations.

The work of the financial aid committee is central to the mission of the NAICU, which has spearheaded the Student Aid Alliance, an ambitious public initiative that supports students across the country.

“The Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance reports that, in this decade, between 1.7 million and 3.2 million academically qualified — even gifted — students will not have the means to go to college,” Hellie said. “Public school reform will be meaningless unless we ensure access to every capable student, regardless of economic background or family need.

“Our goal at NAICU is to ensure that Pell Grants and other student scholarships and loans do not fall victim to the current recession,” said Hellie, who also serves as chair of the Oregon Independent Colleges Association.

“I believe fiercely in the transformational power of undergraduate college education, and it’s heartening to see that all sectors of Oregon’s higher-education community — including private, public and community colleges — are taking on the challenge of ensuring access. We share a goal of keeping our doors open to every student who desires a college education and is willing to work hard.”

Hellie became the 19th president of Linfield College in 2006 after serving seven years as president and executive director of the James S. Kemper Foundation in Chicago, Ill. He previously served as vice president for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, a consortium of 14 leading liberal arts colleges.

KID FIT SIGNUPS ON NOW

Elementary, middle and high school students are invited to attend Kid Fit, a health education program March 2 through April 23 with sessions from 3:45-5:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.

Kid Fit teaches children the value of eating healthy and exercising regularly. Activities include swimming, Linfield sports, P.E. games, yoga, karate and nutrition. Registration is $20 and scholarships are available. For more information, contact Zach Bowman, zbowman@linfield.edu, 503-930-5120.

CAMPUS CALENDAR

TUESDAY, FEB. 23

7:30 p.m.: Student debate vs. Xi’an Jiaotong University, Jonasson Hall

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24

11:20 a.m.: Voices SoAn table, Dillin

Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Reza Aslan, “How to Win a Cosmic War,” Ice Auditorium

THURSDAY, FEB. 25

TBA: Men’s and women’s basketball NWC playoffs

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

6 p.m.: Baseball at Jim Doran Classic, vs. Corban

FRIDAY, FEB. 26

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

6 p.m.: Baseball at Jim Doran Classic, vs. Puget Sound

SATURDAY, FEB. 27

TBA: Men’s and women’s basketball NWC championships

Today and tomorrow: Men’s and women’s golf at Pacific Invitational

All day: Track and field at George Fox three-way

9 a.m.: Women’s lacrosse at Pacific Play Day

9 a.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Whitworth

10 a.m.: Women’s tennis at Whitworth

Noon: Softball vs. Corban

2 p.m.: Baseball at Jim Doran Classic, vs. Pacific Lutheran

SUNDAY, FEB. 28

10 a.m.: Baseball at Jim Doran Classic, vs. Whitman

10 a.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Whitman