Linfield Reports, 3/1/10


Alfred Habegger, a biographer and former professor of English, will speak on “Chasing Hidden Lives: Confessions of a Biographer” Thursday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

His biographies, both of which have won awards, are “The Father: A Life of Henry James, Sr.” (1994) and “My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson” (2001). At present he is completing a life of Anna Leonowens, who taught English at the Siamese Court in the 1860s and became the model for the governess in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical, “The King and I.”

Habegger did his graduate work at Stanford University, writing his dissertation on Henry James and receiving his Ph.D. in 1967. As a professor of English, he taught in the English Department at the University of Kansas for 30 years, and at the University of Bucharest in 1972-1973 as Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature. Research fellowships include four independent study fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His scholarly articles, essays and reviews have appeared in American Literature, New England Quarterly, PMLA, Novel, and other journals, and in various collections of essays. His book-length critical studies are “Gender, Fantasy, and Realism in American Literature” (1982) and “Henry James and the ‘Woman Business’” (1989).

Habegger writes that he first specialized in the fiction of Henry James and William Dean Howell and later became interested in 19th century women’s novels and certain social and political aspects of fiction. He became aware of gaps in previous biographies of Henry James Sr. and through further research he became “an investigative literary biographer: someone who tries to get at the seam between a writer’s life and work by undertaking an exhaustive quest for anything that offers to shed light on the subject.”

“As a biographer, I’m on the lookout for what seem to be telling details of family, economic, and religious history, and I travel to many kinds of archives and record depositories, also making use of the internet,” he said. “I search for school records, census records, passenger lists, tax assessments, surviving letters of neighbors and friends, contextual matters as preserved in local newspapers, and on and on. To be a biographer is to be overwhelmed by the scattered traces a writer leaves behind and then to try to assemble these materials into a coherent and truthful narrative. Having begun as a reader of discrete texts, I now find myself pursuing the messiest occupation imaginable.”

The lecture is sponsored by the Ken and Donna Ericksen Endowed English Department Fund and is free and open to the public. Ericksen, a professor of English at Linfield since 1965, created the endowment in memory of his wife, Donna, a Linfield alumna, who taught reading, writing and English in the Hillsboro School District for 25 years. The endowment allows the English Department to bring speakers to campus for several days to work with faculty and students and to present a public lecture. For more information, call 503-883-2583.


Alison Pate ‘12 of Langley, currently studying in Mexico, has received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Pate is majoring in art with a minor in Spanish. She is the daughter of David and Teresa Pate of Langley. She received the scholarship to be used in conjunction with her semester abroad in Mexico this spring. Pate is studying at the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca in Oaxaca, Mexico. In addition to attending classes, students participate in numerous excursions and take part in a community service project. They live with host families to benefit from full immersion into the Spanish language.

Pate said the Gilman Scholarship is helping bridge the financial gap for students with the desire to study abroad.

“I think this scholarship is extremely important; it keeps the study abroad trips from being exclusively for those with privileged upbringings,” she said. “It’s helping to make study abroad programs accessible for everyone.”

Pate was one of 850 students to win the scholarship this spring.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers a competition for awards for undergraduate study abroad students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding for a two-year or four-year college or university. It was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. The program encourages students to choose nontraditional study abroad programs outside the Western Europe and Australia. Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection processes and must use the award for study abroad costs such as program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.


The Career Center will host three presentations focusing on success in the job market.

• “Where the jobs are – In the federal government,” will be held Thursday, March 4, at 2:10 p.m. in 103 Renshaw Hall. Bernard Deazly, a member of the Annenberg Speakers Bureau which educates and promotes programs to encourage careers in the federal government, will talk about finding jobs in the federal government, opportunities and the application process.

• “Are you LinkdedIn?” will be held Thursday, March 4, at 4:30 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge. Amy Taylor of Alling Henning Associates will demonstrate how to use LinkedIn to establish a professional online network. She will also focus on using LinkedIn to find jobs, research companies and the do’s and don’ts of professional online etiquette. Bring a laptop and work along with the presenter.

• “Where the jobs are – Careers in sales” will be held Friday, March 5, at 10 a.m. in 105 Taylor Hall. Representatives from the Oregon Wine Press, First Investors Corporation and Sokol Blosser Winery will be on hand to talk about success in sales.


Mindy Legard Larson, assistant professor of education, made two presentations at the 20th West International Reading Association Conference. She and students Brittany Inman, Laurel Newberry and Andrea Duranleau presented “It doesn’t look like I write, but it looks like I write to me: Examining the writing identities of PreK-5th grade writers.” She also presented with a group of Oregon literacy teacher educators on a panel, “Engaging with preservice and inservice teachers in critical thinking and comprehension of literature and curriculum.”

The entire production team of last fall’s production of A Doll’s House was recognized by Region VII of The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) by receiving a Meritorious Achievement Award for their work. Honorees include Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts, directing; Alethia Moore-Del Monaco, Linfield costume designer, costume design; Rob Vaughn, Linfield technical director, technical direction; and Ty Marshall, professor of theatre arts, scenic design.



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

Noon: German conversation table, Dillin


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

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

2:10 p.m.: “Where the jobs are – In the federal government,” 103 Renshaw Hall

3 p.m.: Women’s tennis at George Fox

4:30 p.m.: “Are you LinkdedIn?” Fred Meyer Lounge


10 a.m.: “Where the jobs are – Careers in sales,” 105 Taylor Hall

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

3 p.m.: Men’s tennis at PLU

3:30 p.m.: Women’s tennis vs. PLU

7 p.m. and tomorrow: Track and field, vs. Linfield Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker


11 a.m.: Baseball at Pacific

Noon: Softball at George Fox

1 p.m.: Men’s tennis at George Fox


11 a.m.: Baseball at Pacific

Noon: Softball vs. Lewis and Clark

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