Linfield Reports, 2/25/13


Pete HatemiPete Hatemi, associate professor of political science, microbiology and biochemistry at Pennsylvania State University, will give two upcoming talks.

The first, “The Neurobiology of Political Violence: New Tools to Understand and Deter Violent Actors,” will be Monday, Feb. 25, at 4:30 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day Hall. The second, “The Differences between Donkeys and Elephants: Where Genes and Politics Meet,” will be Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

During the presentations, Hatemi will explore various neurobiological aspects affecting politics, helping to bridge the gap between scientists, policy makers and the public to gain a better understanding of human behavior and improve public policy. What incites the desire to aggress, as opposed to seeking more conciliatory mechanisms of negotiation? Why and how are liberals and conservatives different, and what do these differences mean for human society?

In addition to his work at Penn State, Hatemi is a research fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He was trained in political science at the University of Nebraska, and in genetic epidemiology at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR). He continued his postdoctoral study in human genetics, psychology and psychiatry at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics (VIPBG) in the Medical College of Virginia. He is primarily interested in advancing the study of the neurobiological mechanisms of social and political behaviors and using advanced methods in genetics, physiology, endocrinology and neurology to better understand human decision making in complex political environments. He is also an active member of the Institut for Statskundskab at Syddansk Universitet, VIPBG and the genetic epidemiology lab at QIMR.

For more information, contact Yanna Weisberg, ext. 2724,



Mark BlitzA 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 sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights and Justice. For more information, contact Nick Buccola, 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.

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,



Happy Birthday LinfieldThe Linfield Student Alumni Association (SAA) is hosting a celebration in honor of Linfield’s chartering of the Baptist College of McMinnville in 1858.

The campus community is invited to Fred Meyer Lounge on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. for cake, games and presents. With the help of the Linfield Libraries archives team, take a digital scavenger hunt using HistoryPin, view some of Linfield’s history and take a photo with the Wildcat.

For more information, contact Travis McGuire, at or ext. 2387.



Michael CrosserMichael Crosser, associate professor of physics, will present “Introduction to the Big Bang Theory” during the Linfield College Science Colloquium Thursday, Feb. 28, at 4:10 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall.

The presentation is the second in a five-lecture series focusing on different aspects of astronomy and cosmology.

It has been less than a century since we learned that the universe is constantly expanding. Prior to that, it was assumed to be in a static structure. In this talk, intended for non-scientists and scientists alike, Crosser will explore the fundamental measurements that led astronomers to understand the nature of the universe and to agree on its origins − a model commonly called the Big Bang Theory.

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



Casey BozellThe Linfield College Music Department will present a violin recital featuring violinist Casey Bozell and pianist Chris Engbretson ’12.

The performance, “American Characters,” will be held Saturday, March 2, at 3 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall. The program will consist of old and new American music, such as Copland, Kroll, Barber and O’Connor. Bozell will also present two world premieres and one West Coast premiere of pieces she commissioned for this occasion. She will be joined by Engbretson, visiting professor of music, on piano.

Bozell earned her bachelor of music performance degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and her master of music performance degree from Northwestern University. She is an active solo, chamber and orchestral player, holding positions with the Portland Opera Orchestra, Oregon Ballet Theater, Linfield Chamber Orchestra and Eugene Symphony. Bozell has performed as a chamber musician with the Portland-based TARDIS Ensemble, of which she is a core member. She has performed as a soloist with both the Linfield Chamber Orchestra and the Central Oregon Chamber Orchestra. Bozell has been a featured chamber player in the Oregon Coast Music Festival and serves on the faculty at the Young Musicians and Artists Camp in Salem. She is an instructor at Concordia University in Portland and Corban University in Salem.

Engbretson earned his bachelor of arts degree in music from Linfield and his master of music degree in choral conducting from Northern Arizona University. Over the past decade, he has worked extensively as a pianist, chorister, vocal coach and conductor both locally and abroad. He recently appeared alongside Susan McDaniel, adjunct professor of music at Linfield, at Musique à Beaumont, a summer institute for two pianos in the Loire Valley, France.

Admission is free. For more information, contact the Linfield Music Department at ext. 2275,



Linfield CollegeA screening of the film The Invisible War, followed by a panel discussion, will be held on Tuesday, March 5, at 6 p.m. in the Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The film addresses the epidemic of sexual assault in the U.S. armed forces. A panel discussion, moderated by junior Breanna Ribeiro and sophomore Sofia Webster, co-founders of the Student Advocates for Gender Equality, will follow the screening.

Panelists include Patrick Cottrell, assistant professor of political science; Dawn Nowacki, professor of political science; David Sumner, associate professor of English; and Amy Miller; visiting assistant professor of sociology.

The event is sponsored by the Linfield College Gender Studies Program and Student Advocates of Gender Equality (SAGE). For more information, contact Amy J. Orr, ext. 2549, Further information about the film can be found at



Three Linfield students have been elected to the Oregon Student Nurses Association Board of Directors including Jennifer Rosales, legislative education director; Jody Peterson, community outreach director; and Liza Matsumoto, nominations and elections director.




4:30 p.m.: Pete Hatemi, “The Neurobiology of Political Violence: New Tools to Understand and Deter Violent Actors,” 219 T.J. Day


4:30 p.m.: “The Politics of Freedom” debate featuring Corey Robin Mark Blitz, 201 Riley

7 p.m.: Pete Hatemi, “The Differences between Donkeys and Elephants: Where Genes and Politics Meet,” 201 Riley

7:30 p.m.: George Taber, “Adventures in Wine Writing: The Paris Tasting and Its Aftermath,” 222 T.J. Day


5 p.m.: Artist talk, Modou Dieng and Devon A. VanHouten-Maldonado, 127 Nicholson

7:30 p.m.: Mark Potok lecture, Ice


11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Happy Birthday Linfield, Fred Meyer Lounge

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

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

4:10 p.m.: Science Colloquium, “Introduction to the Big Bang Theory,” 105 Murdock


9 a.m.: Track and field at UW Last Chance Meet

Today and tomorrow: Track and field vs. Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker

1 p.m.: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

3:30 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Forest Grove

4 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Pacific


Today and tomorrow: Men’s golf at Berry Invitational

Today and tomorrow: Women’s golf at PLU Invitational

11 a.m.: Baseball vs. Pacific

Noon: Softball vs. Pacific

1 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Willamette

1 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Willamette


Noon: Baseball vs. Pacific

Noon: Softball at Lewis & Clark

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