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Linfield Reports, 3/10/14

DUTT-BALLERSTADT TO GIVE LECTURE

Reshmi Dutt-BallerstadReshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, associate professor of English, will present “The Anxious Canon: Post 9/11 Literatures” Wednesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Dutt-Ballerstadt will discuss the various modes of anxiety and repercussions produced by 9/11 and the “war on terror” on the lives of ordinary citizens, witnesses and bystanders. She will explain how these “presumed suspects” are being represented in the emerging genre called 9/11 literatures.

Dutt-Ballerstadt joined the Linfield faculty in 2004 and also co-coordinates the Gender Studies program. She is the author of a scholarly monograph “The Postcolonial Citizen: The Intellectual Migrant” and her articles and creative writings appear in journals such as The Asian American Renaissance, South Asian Review, Rocky Mountain Review, Saranac Review and others. Her current research investigates the numerous literary representations of 9/11 in a transnational framework.

For more information, call ext. 2409.

 

ALUMNUS TO LEAD SCIENCE TALK

Linfield CollegeKevin Kauweloa ‘08, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas Health Science Center, will discuss evaluation and optimization of radiation doses for liver cancer patients at the Linfield College Science Colloquium Thursday, March 13, at 4:10 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall.

In radiation therapy, it is complicated to destroy the whole tumor without damaging nearby healthy organs. Many radiation oncologists base their radiation-prescriptions on the patient’s unique circumstances (tumor location, size, type, etc.) and also dose tolerances for nearby healthy organs. Currently, most radiation oncologists use the physical dose (PD) instead of the biological effective dose (BED) within their prescriptions because the PD is used in dose tolerances tables. This complicates treatment plan evaluation of multi-phase liver treatments when there are two or more tumors at different locations. If the BED were used, the evaluation of the effectiveness of the treatment plan would be easier, even creating possible optimizations.

For more information, contact Jennifer Heath, ext. 2267, jheath@linfield.edu.

 

BACEVICH TO DISCUSS LIMITS OF POWER

Andrew BacevichAndrew Bacevich, a leading expert on American national security policy, former Army officer, bestselling author and professor of international relations and history at Boston University, will speak on “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism” Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in Ice Auditorium.

Bacevich is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, and served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, Germany and the Persian Gulf before retiring as a colonel. Time magazine called him “one of the most provocative – as in thought-provoking – national-security writers out there today.” In this lecture at Linfield, Bacevich will illustrate how previous administrations, dating back as far as the end of World War II, have led America on this increasingly unsustainable path and offer suggestions on how to reverse it.

His bestseller, “Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War,” is a critique of the country’s military industrial complex. In “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism,” he argues that America’s lust for empire and its sense of entitlement, coupled with its myth of indestructibility, has deluded and diminished the nation at home and in the eyes of the world. His book, “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country,” is a critique of the gulf between America’s soldiers and the society that sends them off to war.

Bacevich received his Ph.D. in American diplomatic history from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University, he taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins University. In 2004, Bacevich was a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He has also held fellowships at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Bacevich is also the author of “The Long War: A New History of U.S. National Security Policy Since World War II,” “The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War” and “American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy.” His essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of scholarly and general interest publications.

The lecture is sponsored by Linfield’s Edith Green Lectureship and Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE). For more information, contact Patrick Cottrell at pcottre@linfield.edu.

 

COMEDY INTEGRATES AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

Heath Goodall, ASL professorLinfield College will host “Deaf Puppy Dog Follow,” a performance incorporating American Sign Language, on Friday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium.

“Deaf Puppy Dog Follow” is a two-man comedy by Heath Goodall and Patrick Fischer. It integrates sketches, poetry, solo stories, comedy and folk tales in American Sign Language, which parody contemporary themes in deaf culture.

Goodall, adjunct professor of American Sign Language at Linfield, was made deaf shortly after his birth due to an antibiotic used during surgery and was introduced to ASL during his senior year of high school. In addition to Linfield, he teaches ASL courses at Portland Community College and Chemeketa Community College. He is an artist, storyteller, actor and poet. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of New Mexico and graduate work at Western Oregon University.

Fischer has been involved in various aspects of theatre and art, including producing, teaching and performing. In 2005, he launched a theatrical business that provides services to those who want to learn more about theatre through the experiences of those who are deaf. Fischer, an ASL professor at Portland Community College, earned the Stephen M. Ryan Teacher of the Year award for his contributions to the understanding of deaf culture and humor in deaf studies by the American Sign Language Teachers Association. Fischer is also a director of artistic sign language at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and owns a design business.

This production is free and sponsored by the Departments of Theatre and Communication Arts and Modern Languages, the Linfield Offices of Academic Affairs and Multicultural Programs and the English Language and Culture Program. For more information, call ext. 2802 or visit www.linfield.edu/arts.

 

FACULTY RECITAL FEATURES GUNN

Natalie GunnAcclaimed soprano Natalie Gunn, a Linfield College adjunct professor of music, will present a recital on Sunday, March 16, at 4 p.m. in Ice Auditorium.

Gunn will be joined onstage by fellow soprano Erin G. McCarthy, mezzo-soprano Sarah Maines and pianist Susan McDaniel ’97. The recital will be split into two parts, and will feature several duets and trios. The first half will be sung in Italian and will feature works by Gioachino Rossini, George Frideric Handel and Giuseppe Verdi. The second half will feature music from Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn, Richard Strauss and Gabriel Fauré. There will also be a surprise ending to the performance.

Gunn teaches vocal performance classes at Linfield and Willamette University, and is an active member of NATS and OMTA. She has been honored by several major artist competitions, including NATSAA, the National Opera Association, the Metropolitan Opera National Council and the Gerda Lissner Foundation in New York City.

McDaniel has appeared widely as a soloist and chamber musician, including recitals throughout Europe. McDaniel earned her master of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and is the principal staff accompanist for the Linfield Music Department. She has been a member of the music staff at Seattle Opera, Portland Opera and Utah Festival Opera, as well as music director and pianist for the San Diego Opera Ensemble, Off-Center Opera (Seattle) and Puget Sound Concert Opera.

McCarthy is a dynamic performer whose soaring voice has been heard throughout the United States and abroad. She has been honored by the Gibner King Vocal Competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council. An active member of NATS and a private instructor, Erin maintains a vocal studio in her Newberg home.

Maines, hailed as a “natural, most charming” performer, is also a practicing singing voice specialist who administers voice rehabilitation to injured singers referred by OHSU and laryngologist Dr. James P. Thomas. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from Shenandoah Conservatory, and is a published researcher who frequently lectures on vocal health, pathology and function.

For more information, contact ext. 2275, ssander@linfield.edu or visit www.linfield.edu/arts.

 

SCARRY TO PRESENT TWO TALKS

Elaine ScarryHarvard University English Professor Elaine Scarry will present two upcoming lectures.

Scarry will present “Beauty and Social Justice” on Monday, March 17, at 4:30 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day Hall, as well as “The Floor of the World” on Tuesday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library.

During the first evening’s lecture, Scarry, the author of “On Beauty and Being Just,” will discuss the call to justice in beautiful objects. For the second lecture, Scarry will draw on her new book “Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom,” and argue for the impossibility of democracy in a nuclear state.

Scarry, the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value at Harvard, is the author of numerous books. Drawing on literature, visual arts, philosophy and politics, her works pursue concerns with beauty, justice, suffering and consent. She received the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in 2000 for her book “Dreaming by the Book,” and was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2013. Other books include The Body in Pain (1985), Resisting Representation (1994) and Thinking in an Emergency (2011). She holds a bachelor’s degree from Chatham College and a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.

The lectures are co-sponsored by the Ken and Donna Ericksen Endowed English Department Fund, PLACE and the Department of English.

For more information, contact Daniel Pollack-Pelzner at dpollac@linfield.edu or ext. 2484.

 

BILAL TO PEN NAMES OF IRAQI CIVILIANS

Wafaa BilalAn exhibit by interactive artist Wafaa Bilal, “I Don’t Know Their Names,” will be on display April 1 through May 10 at the Linfield Gallery in the James Miller Fine Arts Center.

An artist talk and opening reception for Bilal will be held on Wednesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in the Gallery.

Bilal is known internationally for his interactive works provoking dialogue about world politics and internal dynamics. “I Don’t Know Their Names” is a durational performance in which the names of 100,000 Iraqi civilians who have died in the Iraq War are painted on the walls in Arabic in white semi-translucent paint. The subtle memorial is a nearly invisible testament to the humanity of those who lost their lives in the Iraq War conflict. The project utilizes the Linfield Gallery, taking advantage of its natural lighting and physical configuration. When visitors enter the space, the gallery appears to contain nothing. However, as sunlight travels across the gallery over the course of the day, it refracts against the reflective paint, revealing the hidden text.

“I Don’t Know Their Names” answers a common refrain in conflicts − that as casualties escalate, the personal stories of each tragedy are lost in the dehumanizing scale of modern warfare. Faces and stories denigrate to names; names denigrate to numbers. War memorials often name the soldiers whose lives are lost in combat, but rarely is equal attention given to the civilians of conflict. The exhibit responds to questions, such as what are the names behind the numbers? And who were they?

Bilal, an associate arts professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, fled Iraq in 1991 during the first Gulf War. After two years in refugee camps in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, he came to the U.S. where he graduated from the University of New Mexico and received an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

In 2008, City Lights published “Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun,” about Bilal’s life and the “Domestic Tension” project. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Calif.; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Ill.; MATHAF: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar; among others.

In 2010, Bilal had a camera surgically implanted on the back of his head to spontaneously transmit images to the web 24 hours a day – a statement on surveillance, the mundane and the things we leave behind. Bilal’s 2010 work “…And Counting” similarly used his own body as a medium. His back was tattooed with a map of Iraq and dots representing Iraqi and U.S. casualties – the Iraqis in invisible ink seen only under a black light. Bilal’s 2007 installation, Domestic Tension, also addressed the Iraq war. Bilal spent a month in a Chicago gallery with a paintball gun that people could shoot at him over the internet.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College, PLACE, Linfield Gallery and the Department of Art and Visual Culture. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call ext. 2804

 

LITWACK KICKS OFF LINCOLN EXHIBIT

Pioneer Hall, Linfield CollegeLeon Litwack, professor of American history emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, will speak at the opening ceremony of the exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” on Thursday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Litwack, who retired to emeritus status in 2007, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. His expertise is on slavery, the Reconstruction Era and the effects that it had on the 20th century. He won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and the Francis Parkman Prize for his book “Been in the Storm So Long,” and has written several books on African American history. In addition to UC Berkeley, Litwack has also taught at the University of Wisconsin, The University of South Carolina and Colorado College. He received his bachelor’s and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.

Linfield will host “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” from April 2 through May 16. The exhibit, which is organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, is a traveling exhibition for libraries. The exhibit explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront major crises of the Civil War, including the secession of southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by The American Library Association, the Linfield College Department of History and Nicholson Library. For more information, call Susan Barnes Whyte at ext. 2517 or email swhyte@linfield.edu.

STUDENTS NAMED TO HONOR BAND

Linfield College concert bandSeven Linfield College music students have been named to a national honor band.

The students have been selected to participate in the College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Honor Band at the University of Nevada in Reno, Nev., March 12-15.

All are Linfield Concert Band members and under the direction of Joan Haaland Paddock, Linfield professor of music. They will perform with approximately 75 other collegiate musicians from Western and Northwestern divisions of CBDNA. The honor band will be led by conductor Steve Peterson, director of bands from Ithaca College and the current CBDNA national president.

Students include Kathryn van Dyk ’16 of Roseburg, a flutist and environmental science major and music minor; Quillan Bourassa ’16 of Hillsboro, a clarinetist and music major and physics minor; Jasmine Libert ’16 of Lihue, Hawaii, a bassoonist and music major and psychology minor; Sasha Meyer ’15 of Arcadia, Calif., a hornist and elementary education major and music minor; Rachael Conway ’17 of Troutdale, a hornist and English major with education and French minors; Kelsey Garrett ’15 of Medford, a percussionist and studio art major and music minor; and Christian Santangelo ’16 of Mukilteo, Wash., a percussionist and music major.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Lex Runciman, professor of English, attended the Associated Writing Programs Conference in Seattle, Wash., where he presented a paper on Vern Rutsala’s poem “The Father” as part of a panel honoring Rutsala’s work in his 80th year. In addition, Salmon Poetry (County Clare, Ireland) has just published his fifth book of poems, “One Hour That Morning & Other Poems,” which he recently read from at Powell’s on Hawthorne with Ava Haymon, poet laureate of Louisiana.

Jackson Miller, professor of communication arts and director of forensics, will take part in a panel discussion about Oregon ballot initiatives for the City Club of Portland on Friday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at the Green Dragon Taproom in Portland. Other members of the panel include former legislator Kevin Mannix and political director Felisa Hagins.

Jesús Illundáin-Agurruza, associate professor of philosophy, presented a keynote and talk at the “1st International Conference in Sport Psychology and Embodied Cognition” Feb. 24-27 in the United Arab Emirates. The keynote was titled “From Clumsy Failure to Skillful Fluency: A Phenomenological Analysis and Eastern Solution to Sport’s Choking Effect” and the talk was called “Beyond Expert Failure.”

 

CAMPUS CALENDAR

MONDAY, MARCH 10

1 p.m.: Men’s tennis at George Fox, Indio, Calif.

TUESDAY, MARCH 11

Noon: ASL table, Dillin

4:30 p.m.: French table, Fred Meyer Lounge

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12

Noon: German language table, Dillin

4:30 p.m.: Japanese language table, Fred Meyer Lounge

7 p.m.: Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, “The Anxious Canon: Post 9/11 Literatures,” 201 Riley Hall

THURSDAY, MARCH 13

Today and tomorrow: Track and field at Pacific

4:10 p.m.: Science Colloquium, 105 Murdock

7 p.m.: Andrew Bacevich, “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism,” Ice

FRIDAY, MARCH 14

Today and tomorrow: NCAA indoor championships

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin NW Alcove

4 p.m.: Women’s tennis vs. George Fox

7 p.m.: “Deaf Puppy Dog Follow,” Ice

SATURDAY, MARCH 15

10 a.m.: Track and field at Mt. Hood Open

11 a.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Lewis & Clark

Noon: Softball at Pacific

Noon: Baseball at Whitman

1 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Southwestern

1 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Lewis & Clark

SUNDAY, MARCH 16

Noon: Baseball at Whitman

Noon: Softball vs. George Fox

4 p.m.: Natalie Gunn faculty recital, Ice