Linfield Reports, 3/12/12


Dawn Nowacki, Linfield College professor of political science, will discuss the current politics, gender relations and unrest of Jordanian society during an upcoming lecture.

“Meetings with Remarkable Jordanians: Politics, Gender and Society in the Middle East” will be presented Tuesday, March 13, at 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

Nowacki will discuss political reform, Arab uprising, possible civil war in Syria, as well as the political unrest between Israel and the Palestinians. She will discuss gender relations and the position of women in Jordanian society. The lecture will also include reformist monarchy, corruption and the economic development of Jordan.

Nowacki, who serves as chair of the political science department, studies women and politics in comparative perspective. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian area studies and a master’s degree in communications from the University of Washington. She earned her Ph.D. in political science from Emory University.

This event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the International Programs Office. For more information, contact Michele Tomseth, assistant director of international programs, at 503-883-2409 or



Linfield College will host Reed College professor Pancho Savery for a discussion on the censorship of literature Tuesday, March 13, at 3:30 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day Hall.

“To Cut or Not to Cut: Censorship in Literature” is sponsored by the Conversation Project, a program through Oregon Humanities that offers free conversations to engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to daily life and the state’s future. The lecture will focus on the recent efforts to remove the “N” word in literature. For example, in a new edition of Mark Twain’s Huck Finn, the word is changed to “slave,” and a high school production of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone was almost sidelined because of its offensive language. Savery poses the questions: “Is censorship ever a good thing? Should accommodations be made to make clear the differences between a character and an author?”

Savery is a professor of English, humanities and American studies at Reed. He also teaches in Reed’s freshman humanities program on the Ancient Mediterranean World focusing on Greece, Egypt, Persia and Rome. For the last 11 years, he has worked with Oregon Humanities on the Humanity in Perspective program. He has given theatre talks at both Portland Center Stage and Artist Repertory Theater, and directed Delve Reading Seminars through Portland Literary Arts. He has published essays on Robert Creeley, Ezra Pound, Saunders Redding and several others. His recent poems can be found in the current issue of Hubbub.

Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust. Its programs include the Conversation Project, Think and Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Happy Camp, Public Programs Grants, Responsive Program Grants and the Oregon Humanities Magazine.

The event is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by the Linfield English Department and Oregon Humanities. For more information, visit or contact Barbara Kitt Seidman, Linfield College professor of English, at 503-883-2210,



Jean Moule, Oregon State University professor emerita, will present “Understanding Unconscious Bias and Unintentional Racism” on Tuesday, March 13, at 6:15 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium located in Melrose Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. Certificates will be available for educators seeking CPU credit.

Moule will discuss microaggressions, “blink of an eye” incidents of racism which originate in unconscious bias and are unintentional in nature. Moule believes that recognizing one’s own biases is the first step toward improving interactions with others. The lecture will benefit all global citizens who wish to develop cultural competence.

Moule was an associate professor of early childhood and elementary education at Oregon State University. Her work has been published in many publications, including the Phi Delta Kappan, Teacher Education Quarterly and Skipping Stones, a multicultural children’s magazine. Her book, Cultural Competence: A Primer for Educators, is in its second edition. She is also past president of the Oregon chapter of the National Association of Multicultural Education.

“Dr. Moule’s work in the area of microaggressions is just what we need in the 21st Century United States, when most racism and other forms of bias occur in subtle ways,” said Gennie Harris, assistant professor of education. “Knowing how to confront such difficult-to-identify bias can be a struggle, yet Moule provides practical strategies for doing so.”

The event is sponsored by the Linfield Education Department and the Linfield Education Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi. For more information, contact Harris at or 503-883-2238.



Jan Selliken, associate professor of nursing, will present “Serving As Midwives to the Dying: Exploring the Parallels Between Birth and Death” on Wednesday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

In her interactive presentation, Selliken will compare what happens to the mind, body and spirit during birth and death. It is her belief that the process of dying is quite similar to the process of birth. Selliken will explore the parallels between these two processes.

Selliken’s research has been focused on the development of end-of-life programs in both the Oregon State Penitentiary and Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. She is currently developing a prenatal program for inmates at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

Selliken received her B.S.N. from the University of Portland and her N.D. from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. She has taught various courses in the areas of childbearing and chronic illness at the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing. She has served as a hospice nurse, naturopathic physician and midwife.

The event 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 Exercise Science Program is hosting a free blood glucose screening on Thursday, March 15, from 7 to 9 a.m. in the Cook Hall Lab. This is a fasting blood glucose test, so participants should not eat or drink for a minimum of eight hours prior to the test (12 hours is preferable). Walk-ins are welcome and there will be a free consultation afterwards to discuss results. For more information, contact Emilee Lepp ’12 at



Foreign policy scholar Christopher Preble will present “Solving America’s Power Problem: Why a More Modest Foreign Policy and a Smaller Military Will Keep Us Safe and Free” on Thursday, March 15, at 3 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Preble’s lecture will address the numerous polls that show that Americans want to reduce our military presence abroad. He will explore the aims, costs and limitations of the use of this nation’s military power.

In Preble’s book, The Power Problem, he makes the case that the foreign policy experts who disdain the public’s perspectives are wrong. He will offer audience members a scholarly perspective on the issue.

Preble is the vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy and served onboard USS Ticonderoga from 1990 to 1993. Preble holds a Ph.D. in history from Temple University. In addition to “The Power Problem,” he is the author of John F. Kennedy and the Missile Gap and Exiting Iraq: How the U.S. Must End the Occupation and Renew the War against Al Qaeda.

The event is hosted by the Linfield Department of Political Science and the International Relations major. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nicholas Buccola, assistant professor of political science, at



The Linfield College Science Colloquium will feature a presentation by Richard Watkins, physics professor at Willamette University, on Thursday, March 15, at 4 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall.

Watkins will present “New Perspectives on the Expansion of the Universe.” The Doppler shift of light from a distant galaxy is caused by both the relative motion of the galaxy and by the expansion of the space through which the light has been traveling. In disentangling these two effects, it is usually assumed that space expands at the same rate at all locations. However, since the gravitation of matter leads to a deceleration of the expansion, local variations in the density should lead to different expansion rates at different locations.

After giving an overview of the Big Bang theory, Watkins will describe recent work which reexamines galaxy redshift and distance data in a framework that doesn’t assume a uniform expansion.

For more information, contact Jennifer Heath at 503-883-2267,



Grant Miller, assistant professor of medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine, will present “Women’s Suffrage, Political Responsiveness and Child Survival in American History,” on Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Reading Room at Linfield College. The presentation, held during women’s history month, also marks the state-wide celebration of the centennial of women’s suffrage in Oregon.

Miller will discuss his research findings that the passage of women’s suffrage laws led to new legislation and large increases in public health funding. He concludes that these changes resulted in an 8 percent to 15 percent decline in child mortality.

In addition to his faculty appointment at the Stanford School of Medicine, Miller is a core faculty member at the Center for Health Policy, Primary Care and Outcome Research. He also serves as a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Stanford Center for International Development. His primary interests are in health and development economics and economic demography.

Miller’s work on women’s suffrage and child survival can be found in The Quarterly Journal of Economics. He will present a brown-bag lunch talk on the same topic on Friday, March 16, at noon at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland.

The event is sponsored by the Edith Green Endowed Lecture fund. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Debbie Olsen, instructor in history, at or 503-883-2759.



Jeremy Moll ’12 will present a senior performance project reflecting his abilities as a singer, pianist, guitarist and composer Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield. The project will consist of classical voice performance, an original classical piano composition, vocal jazz with piano and original pop music for voice and guitar. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275.




Today and tomorrow: Men’s golf at Texas Lutheran Invitational


3 p.m.: Dawn Nowacki, “Meetings with Remarkable Jordanians: Politics, Gender and Society in the Middle East,” Jonasson

3:30 p.m.: Pancho Savery, “To Cut or Not to Cut: Censorship in Literature,” 219 T.J. Day

6:15 p.m.: Jean Moule, “Understanding Unconscious Bias and Unintentional Racism,” Ice


11:30 a.m.: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

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

Noon: ASL table, Dillin

5 p.m.: Wellness table, 124 Walker

6 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Pacific

7 p.m.: Jan Selliken, “Serving As Midwives to the Dying: Exploring the Parallels Between Birth and Death,” 201 Riley


7 a.m.: Free blood glucose screening, Cook Lab

11:50 a.m.: Voices, Dillin

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin

Noon: Chinese language table, Dillin

3 p.m.: Christopher Preble, “Solving America’s Power Problem,” 201 Riley

4 p.m.: Science Colloquium, Richard Watkins, “New Perspectives on the Expansion of the Universe,” 105 Murdock

4 p.m.: Japanese language table, 304 Walker

7:30 p.m.: Grant Miller, “Women’s Suffrage, Political Responsiveness and Child Survival in American History,” Pioneer Reading Room


11:30 a.m.: Japanese language table, Dillin

Noon: French language table, Dillin

3 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Pacific

4 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Pacific

7:30 p.m.: Jeremy Moll, senior performance project, Ice


Today and tomorrow: Men’s and women’s golf at Pacific Invitational

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

Noon: Baseball at Whitman

Noon: Softball at Pacific

1 p.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Whitworth

5 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Whitworth


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

Noon: Baseball at Whitman

Noon: Softball vs. Lewis and Clark

Noon: Women’s tennis at Portland State