Linfield Reports, 2/28/11


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


A screening and panel discussion of Play Again, an award-winning documentary directed by Tonje Hessen Schei, will be held Thursday, March 3, 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?

The film’s producer, Meg Merrill, will attend the showing. 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.


Revisit the Renaissance at Linfield College. In Mulieribus, a professional female vocal ensemble, will perform works from the Medieval and Renaissance periods Sunday, March 6, at 4 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield. The performance will feature composers such as Palestrina, Landini, Machaut, Dufay and Josquin.

In Mulieribus is dedicated to the promotion and enrichment of community through the art of music with a focus on works written primarily before 1750. The ensemble has appeared as guest artists at the Portland Art Museum, the University of San Diego, the Multnomah County Library and has recently been invited to perform at the Abbey Bach Festival in July of 2011. In Mulieribus was recently awarded a project grant for 2011 by the Regional Arts and Cultural Council, and will present a program of music composed by women throughout the ages.

The ensemble features Linfield choral director Anna Song as artistic director and conductor. Song earned a bachelor’s of music in composition from UCLA and a master’s of music in conducting from Yale University. She co-founded the group in 2004.

The concert is part of the Linfield Lively Arts series. Admission cost is $5. For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.


Gudrun Hommel, Linfield College associate professor of German, will reflect on learning as a teacher during an upcoming faculty lecture at Linfield.

Hommel will present “Globetrotters, Heirlooms and Heimat: Reflections on Teaching College,” as part of Linfield’s faculty lecture series on Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Hommel has been at Linfield since 1987, and began teaching a writing-intensive freshman inquiry at Linfield three years ago. Along with her students, she undertook a research and writing project of her own and investigated ways to successfully foster academic and personal growth in her freshmen students and herself. Hommel will talk about teaching strategies and how her experience with different cultures and languages is helpful in teaching college students.

“What interests me is to find out how my experience as a language educator, someone who has worked with study abroad programs and taught freshmen colloquium, someone who has negotiated different cultures and languages all her life, could be advantageous to teaching college freshmen,” Hommel said.

Hommel graduated from Gymnasium and received her Abitur, the German equivalent of a final exam, in 1975 in Mainz, Germany. She earned her B.A. with an emphasis on German literature and education from Portland State University in 1986. She earned her M.A. in German Language and Literature from Portland State University in 1989, and her Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Oregon in 1999.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by a member of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.


The Linfield College Music Department will present a lecture and demonstration of Ghanaian Ewe religious and ceremonial music and rituals Saturday, March 12, at 4 p.m. in Delkin Recital Hall in the Bull Music Center at Linfield.

The program, “Ghanaian Ewe Music, Culture and Cosmology,” includes a tribute to Larry Marsh, professor emeritus of music. In addition to the lecture, the presenters will also perform music and show fieldwork footage.

Presenters include Barry Bilderback, assistant professor of music history and ethnomusicology at the University of Idaho. Bilderback graduated from the University of Idaho, Lionel Hampton School of Music. He served as adjunct professor at Linfield from 2001 to 2008, and he led a group of Linfield students to Ghana in January 2007.

In addition to Bilderback, other presenters include Hunor Gatukpe Dogah, Nii Ardey Attoleh and Alexander Agordoh. Dogah is high priest, healer and master-drummer from Kpeve Village, Volta Region, Ghana. Attoleh, founder and leader of “Kaagba Ohenaa,” owns and runs Anansi Beat, a Ghanaian music and culture shop located in Portland. Agordoh, author of “West African Music, an Introduction,” has taught at institutes of higher education throughout Ghana and Nigeria. He also served as a graduate fellow at the University of Ghana and was the chancellor of secondary education in Volta Region.

The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Music Department and the Department of International Programs. For more information call 503-883-2275 or email



All day: Women’s golf at Willamette Invitational


11:30 a.m.: German conversation table, Dillin


French conversation table, Dillin

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

3:30 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. George Fox


11:20 a.m.: Voices SOAN, Dillin

Noon: American Sign Language table, Dillin

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Thaddeus Russell, “A Renegade History of the United States,” Ice


Today and tomorrow: Men’s golf at Puget Sound Invitational

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

7 p.m.: Play Again, Ice


Today and tomorrow: Track and Field, Linfield Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker

Noon: Free blood pressure clinic, Cook

3:30 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Pacific

3:30 p.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Pacific


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

10 a.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Willamette

11 a.m.: Baseball vs. Pacific

Noon: Softball vs. George Fox

Noon: Men’s tennis at Willamette


11 a.m.: Baseball vs. Pacific

Noon: Softball at Lewis and Clark

4 p.m.: In Mulieribus, Ice