Linfield Reports, 3/14/11


The public can learn about the male singing voice in a class taught by David Wakeham, British-based baritone, Monday, March 14, at 8 p.m. in Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian Bull Music Center at Linfield.

Wakeham will instruct a master class on the male voice, during which he will teach five baritones and tenors, emphasizing particular issues for the male singing voice. As a leading baritone in European opera houses, Wakeham has accumulated vast experience and knowledge. He has performed in places including La Scala Milano, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Theatre an der Wien, the Komische Oper Berlin, Oper Leipzig and Opera Australia with major roles in the Czech, German and Italian repertoire. Wakeham will be at Linfield for a ten-day residency March 8-16, during which time he will lead classes and lessons.

Master class pianist is Linfield alumna Susan McDaniel, adjunct professor and collaborative pianist at Linfield. She has appeared widely as a soloist and chamber musician, including recitals in France, Germany, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. She studied piano with Jill Timmons at Linfield and Warren Jones at Manhattan School of Music. McDaniel has been a member of the music staff at Seattle Opera, Utah Festival Opera, the San Diego Opera Ensemble, and Manhattan School of Music.

The March 14 event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Fund and the Linfield Music Department. For more information, contact Gwen Leonard at 503-883-2233 or Donna Root at 503-883-2275.


Distinguished philosophy Professor Larry Hickman will present two lectures for the 40th annual Walter Powell Linfield College philosophy lectures on Monday, March 14, and Tuesday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall in the lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield.

On Monday, Hickman will present “Secularism, Secularization and John Dewey: Post-Modernism without Nihilism,” a lecture that offers suggestions for thinking about dogmatism and diversity, supernaturalism, anti-religious sentiment, humanist alternatives to supernaturalism, and what Hickman calls “bridge” supernaturalism. Hickman will argue that John Dewey’s philosophy of religion as articulated in his 1934 book “A Common Faith” provides important tools for plotting steady courses of action amid the complexities of the American religious landscape.

On Tuesday, Hickman will present “Genuine Concepts in John Dewey’s Educational Philosophy.” As a part of his work in logic and educational philosophy, Dewey described methods of inquiry that are capable of producing what he termed “genuine” concepts, which are distinguished from both nominal and analytic concepts. Some of the educational consequences of these distinctions are explored, and two examples are provided; one at length and in detail, the other more briefly. The first examines concepts that influence public policy regarding adoption of children by same-sex couples. The second addresses the difficulties of generating genuine concepts of democracy.

Hickman is director of the Center for Dewey Studies and professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. His work as director and ambassador for the Center for Dewey Studies has contributed to the global renaissance of Dewey-based scholarship and practices. Hickman is the author of “Modern Theories of Higher Level Predicates,” “John Dewey’s Pragmatic Technology,” “Philosophical Tools for Technological Culture” and “Pragmatism as Post-Postmodernism.” He is also the editor or co-editor of more than 15 volumes. He has written dozens of articles, appearing in nationally and internationally acclaimed venues. In addition, Hickman has given numerous presentations around the world. He is the recipient of over a dozen honors and awards and has received more than 50 grants over the course of his career.

The Walter Powell-Linfield College Annual Philosophy Lectureship is in recognition of a generous gift from Michael Powell in honor of his father. Walter Powell founded Powell’s Bookstore in Portland, the largest private bookstore in the United States with over one million volumes.

The events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Kaarina Beam, Linfield assistant professor of philosophy, at or 503-883-2216.


Linfield College students will combine palm readers, engagements and murder for a comedic performance of West Moon Street. The Linfield Theatre will present four shows March 15-18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

Elizabeth Rothan, a 1985 Linfield graduate, will direct the play. West Moon Street is based on a short story by Oscar Wilde, Lord Savile’s Crime. Linfield students will perform an adaptation of the story by Rob Urbinati, a playwright and director who resides in New York City.

Urbinati visited Linfield Feb. 23-26, during which time he gave a college-wide presentation on his work with “Immigrant Voices,” a program that develops new plays for Queens Theatre where he directs. He also led a workshop on playwriting and visited with classes in creative writing and theatre to discuss his experiences as a working professional.

“To have the playwright’s perspective on set is rare,” said Rothan. “To have his critique and have him guide us during the process is really something special.”

Rothan received a master of fine arts in acting from Rutgers University and has performed professionally in New York and regional theatres throughout the United States. In addition to Linfield, she also teaches at Chemeketa Community College and the National Theatre Institute in New London, Connecticut.

“It’s an honor to work with a playwright I know and to be able to come back to where my theatre career got started,” said Rothan. “The Theater Program has grown so much over the years, it’s incredibly different.

“From this play, my hope is the community will get a better understanding of a period piece, of what a comedy of manners looks like and a better sense for humor foreign from our own,” said Rothan.

The play begins with Lord Arthur deliriously happy, newly down from Oxford and engaged to be married when a mysterious palm reader predicts that he will commit a murder. A proper English gentleman, Arthur believes it is his duty to get this killing over with before he marries. But his education has not provided him with the required skills, and a hilarious series of mishaps ensue as he sets about finding his victim.

“In this play the characters are not just caricatures but characters you can relate to,” said Rothan. “They are real people put into extraordinary situations with real purpose.”

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, March 8. 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 will be available on the web at, by phone, or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. For more information, call 503-883-2292.


David Sumner, associate professor of English, will present “Field Work in the Humanities: Lessons in Experiential Learning While Sailing Around the World” on Tuesday, March 15 at 11:45 a.m. in the Dillin West Wing. The brown bag discussion is part of the Faculty Learning Commons.


Aviation and history will come together in a reading by local author Laurel Adams Tuesday, March 15, at 4 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

The reading will highlight Adams, a 1959 Linfield graduate and local resident of McMinnville. Adams will read from his novel “Two Boys,” which is set in the 1930s and 1940s. In Adams’ book, readers will discover a range of themes from aviation to the State of Oregon and more. Copies of Adams’ book will be available for sale and a book signing will be held after the reading.

Adams was born in Minnesota in 1934. However, he is considered an Oregon native since his family moved to the state in 1936, where they lived on a farm on the Lafayette-Hopewell Highway. Adams’ Linfield education was briefly interrupted by his service in the Army. He later graduated and taught for 31 years in the education system, during which time he served as a principal for multiple schools. Adams’ various experiences, from his service in the Army to his more than three decades of work and his interest in aviation, fueled his inspiration for the book. In his free time, Adams plays golf, travels, enjoys plays at the Gallery Theater and volunteers at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, director of Linfield Libraries, 503-883-2517.


The high-stakes realm of organized crime sets the foundation for author Peter Laufer’s reading Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

The reading will feature Laufer in a discussion of his two books The Dangerous World of Butterflies and Forbidden Creatures. After receiving an invitation to a butterfly preserve in Nicaragua, Laufer stumbled into a theater of intrigue and nefarious character, all of which were in pursuit of one of nature’s most delicate creatures. Laufer’s narrative delves into unpredictable turns of crime, ecological devastation and more in Nicaragua. In the book’s follow up, Forbidden Creatures, Laufer exposes the network of hunters, traders, breeders and customers who constitute this villainous business.

Laufer is the James Wallace Chair in Journalism at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. He also worked as a globe-trotting correspondent for NBC News, during which time he reported, wrote, and produced several documentaries and special event broadcasts. Laufer finished his undergraduate degree in English at the University of California in Berkeley. He earned his master’s in communications, journalism and public affairs from the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C., and his Ph.D. in cultural studies from Leeds Metropolitan University Faculty of Arts and Society in England. His post-graduate work includes media studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin; German language study at the Carl Duisberg Centren in Cologne; French culture and politics study at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris, and Spanish language study at the Academia Sonora lengua y cultura española in Macharviaya, Spain.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Linfield Nicholson Library and the Mass Communication Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517,


“’It’s Alive’: The Monster and Manuscript of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” will be the topic of a lecture by Charles E. Robinson, professor of English romanticism at the University of Delaware, Thursday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

The lecture will focus on the “birth” of Mary Shelley’s novel: from its original conception in 1816 through its first edition in 1818 and then through later editions and stage and film versions. Having edited at least five versions of the novel, Robinson will explain how these various “texts” of the novel affect its theme about the dangerous consequences of the pursuit of knowledge.

Robinson is the author of Byron and Shelley: The Snake and Eagle Wreathed in Fight and the editor of Mary Shelley: Collected Tales and Stories. He is also the editor of Lord Byron and His Contemporaries: Essays from the Sixth International Byron Seminar, editor of William Hazlitt to His Publishers, Friends, and Creditors: Twenty-seven New Holograph Letters, co-editor of The Mary Shelley Reader and editor of Mary Shelley’s Proserpine and Midas. He has also published the two-volume diplomatic edition of the manuscripts of The Frankenstein Notebooks and he is currently working on an edition of the letters of Charles Ollier, the publisher of the Shelleys, Keats, Hazlitt, Lamb, and other Romantic and Victorian writers.

Robinson has published essays on the Romantic writers in such journals as The Byron Journal, English Language Notes, Keats-Shelley Journal and Keats-Shelley Memorial Bulletin, as well as in a number of collections of essays. He offers courses on the romantics, especially Byron and the two Shelleys. He is the executive director of The Byron Society of America and has served as director of Graduate Studies and co-chair of the Byron Society Collection at the University of Delaware. He is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s College and received his Ph.D. from Temple University.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Ken and Donna Ericksen Endowed English Department Fund. Ericksen, professor emeritus of English at Linfield, 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.


Janet Gifford, director of marketing, DCE, was a speaker at the annual Marketing Seminar of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association, Feb 8-10, in San Antonio, Texas. Gifford and the directors of marketing from University of Kansas and Georgia Tech presented “Marketing 101” for those new to higher education marketing.

An abstract by Sue Butell, professor of nursing, has been accepted for presentation at the upcoming Sigma Theta Tau International’s 22nd International Nursing Research Congress in Cancun, Mexico, July 11-14. Her oral presentation is entitled “The Impact of a Senior Seminar Book Group Assignment on Graduates’ Reading Practices.”



All day: Men’s and women’s golf at Pacific Lutheran Invitational

Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Larry Hickman, “Secularism, Secularization and John Dewey: Post-Modernism without Nihilism,” Jonasson

8 p.m.: David Wakeham master class, Delkin


9 a.m.: Men’s and women’s tennis vs. Hardin-Simmons

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

11:45 a.m.: David Sumner, Faculty Learning Commons, “Field Work in the Humanities,” Dillin

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

4 p.m.: Laurel Adams reading, Nicholson

7:30 p.m.: Larry Hickman, “Genuine Concepts in John Dewey’s Educational Philosophy,” Jonasson

7:30 p.m.: “West Moon Street,” Marshall Theatre


11:20 a.m.: Voices SOAN, Dillin

Noon: American Sign Language table, Dillin

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: “West Moon Street,” Marshall Theatre


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

Noon: Softball at Pomona-Pitzer

4:30 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Cathage

7:30 p.m.: “West Moon Street,” Marshall Theatre

7:30 p.m.: Peter Laufer reading, Nicholson


Today and tomorrow: Track and field at Lewis & Clark Spring Break Open

Noon: Free blood pressure clinic, Cook

1 p.m.: Softball at Claremont

2 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Redlands

4 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Whitworth

7:30 p.m.: “West Moon Street,” Marshall Theatre


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

10 a.m.: Women’s tennis at La Verne

Noon: Softball at Chapman

Noon: Baseball vs. Whitman

2 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Redlands


Noon: Softball at Redlands

Noon: Baseball vs. Whitman


Today and tomorrow: Track and field at Linfield Multi-Events

10 a.m.: Men’s tennis at Salisbury

11 a.m.: Women’s lacrosse at North Central


1 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Plymouth State

1 p.m.: Softball at Cal Lutheran


Today through Saturday: Swimming at NCAA III championships


7 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse at Redlands


4 p.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Puget Sound

4 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Puget Sound

7 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse at Pomona-Pitzer


Today and tomorrow: Women’s golf at Linfield Invitational

10 a.m.: Women’s tennis vs. George Fox

10 a.m.: Men’s tennis at Pacific Lutheran

Noon: Softball at George Fox

Noon: Baseball at Whitworth

1 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse at Occidental


11 a.m.: Women’s lacrosse at Whittier

Noon: Softball vs. Lewis & Clark

Noon: Baseball at Whitworth

Noon: Women’s tennis vs. Pacific Lutheran


April 2: “Bearing Witness,” Daniel Heyman art exhibit opening reception, 3 p.m., Miller Gallery

April 5: Daniel Heyman, Frazee lecture, “Social Justice and Spirituality: The Journey from Art to Action,” 7:30 p.m., Ice

April 7: Clem Starck reading, 7:30 p.m., Nicholson Library

April 14: Sir Harold W. Kroto, Nobel Laureate Symposium, “Science, Society and Education in the 21st Century,” 7:30 p.m., Ice

April 15-16: LCO premieres “Moabit Sonnets” by American composer Libby Larsen, Ice