Linfield Reports, 2/7/11


The Linfield College Communication Arts and Forensics Programs will present a public debate featuring the Linfield debate team and university debaters from China on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Ford Hall.

The debate will be in English and follow British Parliamentary Debate style. The resolution, “China should place an arms embargo on the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea,” will serve as the focus of the debate.

The students’ visit to Linfield is part of the annual Northwest Debate Tour coordinated by the International Debate Education Association (IDEA). The three students, Zeng Qingxi from Sichuan University, Zhang Xinyi from Xi’an International Studies University and Tang Xiaojiao from Fudan University, have toured colleges and universities in Oregon and Washington since mid-January. Yang Ge from Dalian Nationalities University again serves as the team’s sponsor. The tour provides the Chinese students with opportunities to engage in democratic free speech by discussing topics that are often censored in their home country. Over the years, throughout non-democratic societies, IDEA has learned how to help students debate censored topics safely. The tour also provides opportunities for U.S. students to debate with and learn from their international counterparts.


“Finding Your Voice: The Keys to Your Greatest Potential” will be presented by Charles Holt Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium.

“Finding Your Voice” is designed to help guide participants in discovering who they are as individuals and human beings. The lecture and workshop builds on principles such as excellence, community, self respect and service to help individuals find the key to their greatest potential.

Holt originally dreamed of a career in professional football, but after a disappointing end to his athletic career, he moved into the business world where he enjoyed some success before an abrupt exit. He returned to his love of music and acting and has since starred in some of the most celebrated and acclaimed productions in American theatre. After moving to Los Angeles, Holt founded Charles Holt productions. Through music, stage productions, film, books and short stories, he demonstrates how to empower individuals to discover their abilities and passions.

Holt has performed around the world, including the John F. Kennedy Center and the Turkish-American Association in Ankara, Turkey.

The program is free, open to the public and is part of the Black History Month activities. For more information, call 503-883-2435.


Two actors will portray African-Americans and their contributions to American history during “Portraits of Courage: African-Americans You Wish You Had Known” on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The presentation is a theatrical piece that portrays six historical figures: Ida B. Well, a journalist and activist; Langston Hughes, originator of jazz poetry during the Harlem Renaissance; Colonel Young, the third black graduate from Westpoint and architect of America’s National Park system; Madame CJ Walker, first female millionaire; Bass Reeves, deputy marshall of Indian Territory; and Biddy Mason, a plantation nurse and midwife.

The cast is made up of two actors, one male and one female. The presentation is written from historical facts, accurately portraying the lives and experiences of the characters.

“Portraits of Courage” is presented by Will and Company, a theatre company based in Los Angeles, Calif., that tours the nation with classical theatre and new works that deal with contemporary issues of acceptance. Will and Company seeks to represent the country by promoting and presenting artists of diverse ethnicities, genders, orientations and abilities.

The event is free, open to the public and part of Black History Month celebration at Linfield. For more information, call 503-883-2435.


Nicholas Buccola, assistant professor of political science, will present “In Pursuit of Liberty: The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass” on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

The lecture will reflect Buccola’s book, “In Pursuit of Liberty: The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass,” which will be published by New York University Press later this year.

Douglass (1817-1895) was the leading African-American statesman during one of the most tumultuous periods in the history of the United States. After escaping from slavery at age 20, Douglass devoted nearly 60 years in public life to progressive campaigns for abolition, universal suffrage and equal rights for all. “In Pursuit of Liberty” is about the political philosophy that animated this lifetime of agitation.

Through an analysis of Douglass’s speeches, letters, editorials and autobiographies, Buccola reconstructs his views of fundamental matters such as individual rights, democracy, toleration, community, virtue and the role of government in a free society. In only the second book-length study of Douglass by a political theorist, Buccola argues that Douglass’ combined a classical liberal commitment to the idea of universal self-ownership with a robust conception of social responsibility. The experience of slavery and the challenge of abolition, he contends, led Douglass to believe that the liberal promise of freedom can only be realized if individuals feel a strong sense of obligation to stand up for the rights of their neighbors. The book touches on the legacy of Douglass’ ideas, and the relationship between liberty and responsibility in political life.

Buccola, a member of the Linfield faculty since 2007, has published research on a number of topics in political theory in several journals, including The Review of Politics and The Journal of Social Philosophy.


Called the “rock stars of chamber music” by the New York Times, the energetic husband-wife team of cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han will perform Friday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. at Linfield College.

The Finckel-Han appearance, one of only two stops the team has scheduled in the Pacific Northwest, marks the 20th anniversary season of the Linfield Chamber Orchestra.

The New York City-based musicians will present “Great Expectations: Brahms As the Next Beethoven,” a program that features “Sonata No. 2, Op. 5 No. 2” by Ludwig van Beethoven; “Cello Sonata No. 1, Op. 38” by Johannes Brahms; “12 Variations on ‘See the Conqu’ring Hero Comes’ from Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45” by Beethoven and “Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 Op. 99” by Brahms.

The pair currently serves as artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of New York’s Lincoln Center. They are founders and artistic directors of Music@Menlo, a nationally-acclaimed chamber music festival and institute in California.

Finckel also performs as cellist with the Emerson String Quartet, which has won eight Grammy Awards, including two for best classical album, three Gramophone Magazine honors and the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, which was awarded in 2004 for the first time to a chamber ensemble.

Finckel-Han have been favorably reviewed by American newspapers (Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Sun-Times, NewYork Times) and major newspapers in Europe and Asia. Broadcast appearances have included the NBC Nightly News, American Public Media’s Performance Today and others.

In addition to performance, the couple has nurtured the musical careers of young artists around the world with a series of residences, concerts, workshops and “Chamber Music Immersions.”

The concert will be in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium. Single reserved tickets are $25. General admission cost is $18 and $5 for students K-12.

For ticket and concert information, contact the orchestra at 503-833-2637 or


Masterplexed, a new installation by Damien Gilley, will run Feb. 7 through March 12 at the Linfield College Fine Art Gallery.

The Linfield Gallery will host a public conversation with Damien Gilley on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m. An artist’s reception will follow the talk at 3 p.m.

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, 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.


Mike Leahy, visiting associate professor of health sciences, was appointed to the Community Health Council by the Clackamas Board of County Commissioners. He will chair the Quality Improvement Committee, charged with identifying ways to improve the quality and accessibility of health care.



Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

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

7 p.m.: Linfield and Chinese debate, Ford

7:30 p.m.: Charles Holt, “Finding Your Voice: The Keys to Your Greatest Potential,” Ice


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


10 a.m.: Baseball at La Verne (Arizona tourney)

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin


2 p.m.: Baseball at Concordia, Texas (Arizona tourney)

6 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Puget Sound

8 p.m.: Men’s basketball at Puget Sound


9 a.m.: Women’s tennis at Portland

10 a.m.: Baseball at Cal Lutheran (Arizona tourney)

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

8 p.m.: Men’s basketball vs. Pacific


9 a.m.: Track and field at Washington Open

2 p.m.: Baseball at Texas-Dallas (Arizona tourney)