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Linfield Reports, 3/11/13

TUBACH TELLS HOLOCAUST STORY

Frederic "Fritz" TubachFrederic “Fritz” Tubach, professor emeritus of German at the University of California, Berkeley, will present “The Legacy of War: Story as Bridge, Liberation and Transformation” Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Tubach, along with Bernat Rosner, is the author of An Uncommon Friendship: From Opposite Sides of the Holocaust. The book tells the story of Tubach, the son of a Nazi officer, and Rosner, the only member of his family to survive Auschwitz. In 1944, 13-year-old Tubach was almost old enough to join the Hitler Youth in his German village of Kleinheubach. That same year in Hungary, 12-year-old Rosner was loaded onto a train with the rest of the village’s Jewish inhabitants and taken to Auschwitz, where his whole family was murdered. Many years later, after enjoying successful lives in California, they met, became friends, and decided to share their intimate story – that of two boys trapped in evil and destructive times, who became men with the freedom to construct their own future, with each other and the world.

Born to German parents in San Francisco in 1930, Tubach grew up from the age of three in the German village of Kleinheubach, not far from Frankfurt. His mother died young, and his father joined the Nazi party and went to war leaving Fritz with a grandmother and stepmother. Following World War II, at the age of 18, Fritz renounced his German citizenship and obtained an American passport (by virtue of his birth) and returned to San Francisco. He attended San Francisco City College and the University of California at Berkeley where he received his Ph.D. in German literature with specialties in medieval literature and religious history. He was a professor at U.C. Berkeley from 1959 to 1994 and directed the U.C. Education Abroad Programs in both Germany and France.

His major scholarly work was “Index Exemplorum,” a study of 5,400 medieval religious tales. His newest book is German Voices: Memories of Life During Hitler’s Third Reich.

The lecture is sponsored by the Frazee Lecture in Bible and Religion, which honors Gordon Frazee, who served Linfield for 32 years as chaplain and professor of religion. It is also part of the PLACE pilot project. For more information, call ext. 2259.

 

DARCY FOCUS OF ENGLISH DEPT. TALK

darcyPeter Graham, professor of English at Virginia Tech, will present “Childe Harold and Fitzwilliam Darcy: A Tale of Two 200-Year-Old Heroes” Tuesday, March 12, at 4:30 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day Hall.

Graham teaches and writes about 19th-century British literature and culture. He’s particularly interested in Austen and Byron, the two Romantics with a sense of humor. His publications on these two writers include Byron’s Bulldog, Don Juan and Regency England, Jane Austen & Charles Darwin: Naturalists and Novelists, and numerous articles. With the biologist Duncan Porter, he’s currently working on an intellectual biography of Charles Darwin.

The talk is sponsored by the Linfield English Department. For more information, call Katherine Kernberger, ext. 2289.

 

HUNTSBERGER TO SPEAK ON COMMUNITY MEDIA

Michael HuntsbergerMichael Huntsberger, assistant professor of mass communication, will present “Community Media in the 21st Century: Participatory Culture and the Revitalization of Democracy” Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Operating alongside for-profit commercial media companies such as NBC and Fox, and nonprofit public media organizations such as NPR and PBS, the “third sector” of community media provides a way for ordinary citizens to participate directly in the organization, production and distribution of radio, television and multimedia content. Huntsberger’s presentation explores how people around the world are democratizing human culture through community media projects and programs. Investigating the concept of public value in mass media, the research looks at cases from North America, Europe, Africa and the Pacific Rim, and examines the performance of community media based on missions, governance structures, content and mechanisms of public involvement. He will also discuss how community media build social capital through direct citizen engagement.

Huntsberger holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He has worked as a manager, producer, engineer and consultant in commercial, public and community media. For more information, call ext. 2409.

 

PI DAY RUN/WALK PLANNED AT LINFIELD

Linfield College Pi DayA Pi Day Fun Run/Walk will be held Thursday, March 14, at 3:59 p.m. beginning at Walker Hall. Check in at 3:30 p.m.

Run or walk the 3.14 mile course and celebrate with free pie, giveaways and more at the finish line. Tour the newly renovated Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center.

The event is co-sponsored by the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center, Math Club and Pi Mu Epsilon.

To register, email Allison Brosius, abrosius@linfield.edu, with first and last name, phone number, email, major/department and class year.

 

ANTHROPOLOGY LECTURE SET

Hugh GustersonHugh Gusterson, George Mason University professor of cultural studies and anthropology, will present “Can the Insurgent Speak?” on Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in the Pioneer Reading Room. His talk and various classroom visits with students are part of Linfield’s year-long project examining the “Legacies of War.”

The talk will examine the way the media represent Muslim and other insurgents, showing that media accounts often dehumanize and stereotype insurgents, while failing to help Americans understand the motives of insurgents. The talk will show striking continuities between American media portrayals of insurgents in the Vietnam War and in the contemporary Middle East. Who are the insurgents?

Gusterson’s approach is anchored in anthropology’s central concern with how “the cultural other” is represented and understood. Leaving unexamined such representations and assumptions about “the other” impoverishes national debate about how to most effectively deploy military power. Understanding the cultural other does not mean agreeing with their methods or goals, rather it means “be smart by knowing your enemy.”

Gusterson has been at the forefront of public engagement by anthropologists with the actions and policies of the U.S. defense establishment. He is best known as the author of Nuclear Rites, an ethnography of the nuclear weapons lab at Livermore, Calif.

Gusterson has a B.A. in history from Cambridge University, a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Stanford University. He has done fieldwork in the United States and Russia, studying the culture of nuclear weapons scientists and antinuclear activists. He is the author of People of the Bomb and is co-editor of Cultures of Insecurity, Why America’s Top Pundits Are Wrong and The Insecure American: How We Got Here and What We Should Do About It.

The lecture is sponsored by the Linfield Department of Sociology and Anthropology. For more information, contact Tom Love, tlove@linfield.edu, ext. 2504.

 

CABRERA TO SPEAK ON ETHNIC STUDIES

Nolan CabreraThe current struggle for Mexican American Studies in Arizona’s Tucson Unified School District will be the topic of a lecture by Nolan Cabrera, McMinnville native and assistant professor at the University of Arizona, Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

“The State v. Ethnic Studies: Race, Education and Resistance in the Old Pueblo” will provide an overview of the struggle, an analysis of the political climate, an overview of federal intervention and firsthand accounts of student resistance as they fight for their classes.

Cabrera earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is currently an assistant professor in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona. He specializes in researching diversity, affirmative action and racism in higher education. He is currently studying the impact the New Start Summer Program at the University of Arizona has on low-income, first-generation and racial minority students.

The lecture is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Programs, Mecha and Student Affairs. For more information, contact Jason Rodriquez, ext. 2574, jrodriqu@linfield.edu.

 

STUDENT SOLOISTS PERFORM WITH LCO

Linfield Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition WinnersThe Linfield Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Gesme, will perform its final concert on Friday, March 15, at 8 p.m., in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The concert will feature five Linfield student soloists − winners of the Linfield Department of Music concerto competition − performing an eclectic set of works with the orchestra. Student soloists include Tabitha Gholi ’15, Kelsey Garrett ’15, Christian Santangelo ’15, Jaimie McDonald ’14 and Zach Gulaboff Davis ’14.

Santangelo will begin the concert with French composer Darius Milhaud’s “Concerto for Percussion and Small Orchestra,” which highlights a single percussionist working with more than 20 different percussion instruments. The second movement of Mozart’s “Piano Concerto in D Minor, K. 466” will follow, featuring Davis on piano. Next, Garrett will be featured on marimba for the fourth movement of “Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra” by contemporary composer Ney Rosauro, and McDonald will sing “Je dis, que rien ne m’épouvante” from Georges Bizet’s opera “Carmen.” To conclude the first half of the concert, Gholi will perform one of the great showpieces of the violinist’s repertoire, Vittorio Monti’s “Csárdás.”

During the second half of the program, the Linfield Chamber Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 2 in D Major.” Often considered one of his happiest, energetic and outgoing symphonic compositions, the piece was penned during one of the most difficult times of Beethoven’s life − when he was coming to terms with his increasing and incurable deafness.

Tickets will be offered at the special price of $10, available at the door. Cash or checks are accepted. Linfield students are admitted free with student ID.

For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit www.linfield.edu/arts.

 

VICTOROFF TO EXAMINE TERRORISM

Jeff VictoroffJeff Victoroff, an expert on human aggression and the psychology of terrorists and suicide bombers, will speak on the causes and consequences of terrorism Monday, March 18, at 7 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Victoroff, an associate professor of clinical neurology and psychiatry at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, will present “Why We War, or How a Suicide Bomber is Very Like a Green-bearded Amoeba.”

He is involved with a number of organizations dealing with terrorism. He is a director of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Social and Psychological Factors in the Genesis of Terrorism; a principal investigator on Psychological Correlates of Aggression among Children of the Intifada (Gaza); a member of the U.N. Roster of Terrorism Experts; and a member of the Organizing Committee for the Madrid Summit on Terrorism.

Victoroff began his career in academic medicine. After training in neurology and psychiatry at Harvard and completing a fellowship in neurobehavior at UCLA, he joined the faculty of the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

His research is divided between behavioral neurology and political psychology. He studies the neurobehavioral bases of human aggression and behavioral complications of traumatic brain injury.

Victoroff also studies psychological factors and evolutionary imperatives underlying violent extremism. He has edited two books on this subject: Tangled Roots: Social and Psychological Factors in the Genesis of Terrorism and Psychology of Terrorism: Classic and Contemporary Insights with Arie Kruglanski. His latest counterterrorism work for the U.S. Government was titled “Applied Evolutionary Neurobehavior to Reduce Participation in al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula.”

The event is sponsored by the Edith Green Lectureship. For more information, call Dawn Nowacki, ext. 2276.

 

‘UMW’ WORLD PREMIERE TAKES STAGE

Rob UrbinatiLinfield College theatre students will confront issues of race, bigotry and stereotyping in the upcoming production, UMW.

The play, a world premiere by New York playwright Rob Urbinati, will be performed Tuesday through Friday, March 19-22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

A reception to meet the playwright will be held Tuesday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Ford Hall lobby. Two post-show discussions will also be held following the performance in the Marshall Theatre – “Reactions to the Play: A Discussion with the Director, Playwright, Actors and Production Team” on Tuesday, March 19, and “Diversity, Social Media and Perception: Life on a Small College Campus” on Thursday, March 21.

UMW was written by Urbinati, a freelance director and playwright and Linfield artist-in-residence. The play is set at a small, mostly white university, far from the nearest city. When a racist video is posted by a student, hidden bigotry comes to the surface. In an effort to increase diversity, the school recruits minorities from across the globe. Despite the best intentions, the challenges of a forced melting pot come to a boil in this sharp, social satire about cultural tensions and college life.

According to Urbinati, the production was written to explore contemporary issues relevant to the growth of diversity on college campuses nationwide. His research progressed to include the experiences of Linfield students.

“I met with students so they could speak openly about their encounters with racism,” said Urbinati. “Gradually, step-by-step, the play became about the dynamics of a small school with mostly white students and the complications that creates for minority students.”

The play includes a cast of 12 characters, with more than half representing minority students.

The play is under the direction of Michelle Seaton, guest director and a 1994 Linfield graduate. UMW has been a collaborative effort between Seaton, Urbinati and cast members.

“The students have been able to give continuous feedback with questions of language and generation-specific culture,” said Urbinati. “It empowers them and helps me. If the dialogue sounds authentic, it’s due almost entirely to their input.”

The design team includes Ty Marshall, scenic and lighting designer; Rebecca Meredith, costume designer; Rob Vaughn, sound designer; and Jasmine Cobb ’16, hair and makeup designer.

Urbinati’s residence was commissioned by the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College and the Linfield Theatre Program. Through public lectures, class visits and an in-process reading, he has shared insights with students, faculty and community members about the process of guiding UMW from idea to page to stage. Urbinati has directed more than 40 plays at theatres across the country. His play, West Moon Street, has been produced by theatres both in the U.S. and England and was performed at Linfield in 2011. Urbinati is currently the director of new play development at Queen’s Theatre in the Park in New York, where he curates the Immigrant’s Voices Project.

Tickets for UMW go on sale Tuesday, March 12. Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff; and $5 for students, with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available at www.linfield.edu/culture, by phone or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Located in the lobby of Ford Hall, the box office is open Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. This play contains mature language and subject matter and may not be suitable for all audiences.

The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. Assisted listening devices are available at each performance. For more information, call ext. 2292.

 

GUN CONTROL FOCUS OF PANEL TALK

Linfield CollegeA panel discussion analyzing gun crime in America will be held Tuesday, March 19, at 11:45 a.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

“What Should Oregon do about Gun Violence?” will feature James Huffman, dean emeritus of Lewis & Clark Law School; Penny Okamoto, executive director of Ceasefire Oregon; and Chris Bouneff, executive director of The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Oregon. They will offer their opinions on the source of gun violence and answer the question Congress is still debating − what should America do about gun violence?

Huffman is the author of more than 100 articles and chapters on constitutional law, natural resources law and jurisprudence. In 2010, he was a Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate.

Okamoto directs Ceasefire Oregon, an organization with the mission to prevent gun violence by advocating effective gun laws. The organization works to inform the public and legislators about gun violence.

Bouneff heads The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Oregon, an organization that uses education, support and advocacy to improve the quality of life of individuals living with mental illness.

The debate is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights and Justice. For more information, contact Nick Buccola, ext. 2246, nbuccol@linfield.edu.

 

MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM LECTURE SET

Linfield CollegeJournalist Russell Frank will present “News as Multimedia Experience: From ‘Black Hawk Down’ to ‘Snow Fall’” Tuesday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Readers raved about a December 2012 story in the New York Times about an avalanche that killed three out-of-bounds skiers in Washington State. They loved the photos, the audio interviews, the video clips, the graphics and the way all those elements were woven into a seamless whole. But as some readers pointed out, without good reporting and writing, the multimedia elements of the story are meaningless. This talk will try to extract some lessons for 21st-century journalists and non-fiction writers from Snow Fall and gauge the progress of multimedia journalism since the 1997 publication of Black Hawk Down in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Frank is a folklorist by training and a journalist by trade. He worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers in California and Pennsylvania for 13 years before joining the journalism faculty at Pennsylvania State University, where he has been teaching since 1998. In addition to his scholarly writing on journalism ethics, literary journalism and Internet folklore, he has maintained his connection to the journalism world by writing weekly columns for local news organizations. He spent the fall 2012 semester teaching journalism in Lviv, Ukraine, on a Fulbright fellowship.

For more information, contact Brad Thompson, ext. 2291, bthomps@linfield.edu.

 

CAMPUS CALENDAR

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

4:30 p.m.: Peter Graham, “Lock Up Your Daughters – Darcy’s Back in Town,” 219 T.J. Day

7 p.m.: Frederic “Fritz” Tubach, “The Legacy of War: Story as Bridge, Liberation and Transformation,” Ice

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

7 p.m.: Michael Huntsberger, “Community Media in the 21st Century: Participatory Culture and the Revitalization of Democracy,” 201 Riley

7 p.m.: Hugh Gusterson, “Can the Insurgent Speak?” Pioneer Reading Room

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

Today and tomorrow: Track and field at Pacific Multi-Event

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

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

3:30 p.m.: Pi Day Fun Run/Walk, Walker

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

7 p.m.: Nolan Cabrera, “The State v. Ethnic Studies: Race, Education and Resistance in the Old Pueblo,” 201 Riley

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

1 p.m.: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

4 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Puget Sound

4 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Puget Sound

8 p.m.: Linfield Chamber Orchestra, Ice

SATURDAY, MARCH 16

10 a.m.: Track and field vs. Wildcat Open

10 a.m.: Track and field at Oregon Preview

Noon: Softball vs. Lewis & Clark

Noon: Baseball vs. Whitman

1 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. George Fox

SUNDAY, MARCH 17

Noon: Softball at Pacific

Noon: Baseball vs. Whitman

1 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Smith