Linfield Reports, 3/17/14


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 or ext. 2484.



Artist Wafaa BillalAn 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.



Trio con Brio CopenhagenAward-winning classical musicians Trio con Brio Copenhagen will perform Wednesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium.

The concert is sponsored by the Linfield Lively Arts Series and presented in partnership with Friends of Chamber Music. The trio features Natalia Prishepenko, violin; Soo-Kyung Hong, cello; and Jens Elvekjaer, piano; performing Piano Trio in E major, K. 542 by W.A. Mozart, Piano Trio in C major by Gaspar Cassadó, and Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66 by Felix Mendelssohn.

Trio con Brio Copenhagen first commanded international attention with a performance that took the highest prize at Germany’s prestigious ARD-Munich Competition in 2002. The group is one of only four recipients of the coveted Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award, which resulted in appearances in 20 major concert series across the U.S., including at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. They have earned top honors in numerous chamber music competitions, such as Italy’s Premio Vittorio Gui, Norway’s Trondheim Chamber Music Competition, the Danish Radio Competition and more. The performers have each also won top prizes in international solo competitions and appeared as soloists with orchestras and festivals around the world.

The trio has been heard on the BBC, Korean Broadcasting Systems, European Broadcasting Union, Danish Radio, Norwegian Radio, Swedish Radio, Radiotelevisione Italiana and major German networks. Additionally, Soo-Kyung Hong, Elvekjaer and Soo-Jin Hong are the co-founders and artistic directors of the Copenhagen Chamber Music Festival, which they launched in 2011.

Prishepenko, who is substituting for Soo-Jin Hong on this tour, is the leader of Germany’s Artemis Quartet and plays a violin by Joseph Guarneri. Soo-Kyung Hong plays a Giovanni Grancino cello from 1672. Pianist Jens Elvekjaer is Denmark’s first and only Steinway artist.

The Linfield Lively Arts Series features guest artists in concerts and in outreach activities, including master classes, open rehearsals and “Meet the Musicians” events with students and local audiences.

A reception will follow the performance. Tickets are $10 at the door and free for Linfield students with current ID. For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Abraham LincolnLeon 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.

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



Jules BoykoffJules Boykoff, chair of the Pacific University Department of Politics and Government, will present “On Celebration Capitalism” Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library.

Boykoff, the author of “Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games,” will examine the history of the Olympic Games and a shift in ideology that has occurred. The Games were founded to promote peace through sport while toughening up young men for war, but have shifted to the political-economic model of today.

Boykoff offers a theory of “celebration capitalism,” a modern form of political economy that occurs in an exuberant “state of exception.” It is marked by mass-media-trumpeted political spectacle, festive commercialism, lopsided public-private partnerships, the feel-good claims of environmental sustainability and a boon for local police response for preventing terrorism and safeguarding the Games. Examining the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, 2012 London Summer Olympics and 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, he demonstrates how “celebration capitalism” takes on a distinct shape depending on national context.

Boykoff is also the author of the forthcoming book “Activism and the Olympics: Dissent at the Games in Vancouver and London.” His work about Olympic politics has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian and Dissent Magazine. Boykoff represented the United States Olympic soccer team in international competition in the early 1990s. He holds a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Portland, a master’s in teaching from Lewis & Clark College and a Ph.D. in political science from American University.

This event is sponsored by Nicholson Library and PLACE. For more information, call ext. 2759 or email



Ajax in Iraq, Marshall TheatreThree Linfield College theatre students have been recognized for outstanding work by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).

Jenny Layton ’14 of Corbett received first runner-up in the dramaturgy competition for her work on “Beyond Therapy.” Lindsey Hall ’17 of McCall, Idaho, was one of six finalists for her 10-minute play “The Lobby.” Hall’s play, along with five others, was chosen from among 75 entries. Madilyn Bechtel ’17 of Kirkland, Wash., received a certificate of merit for her work as the stage manager of “Ajax in Iraq.” Bechtel also won a summer institute trip to Las Vegas, Nev., this summer for additional stage management training.

“This festival allows our students to see the broad range of opportunities available to them once they finish college and to make connections with professionals working in theatre,” said Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts. “Our theatre program and educational process is strong enough to compete with schools that have bigger programs, more students and greater resources. The recognition of our students attests to this.”

KCACTF is an annual drama conference that provides Northwest theatre students with the opportunity to attend workshops, performances and seminars on a variety of theatrical topics including directing, acting and design.



Linfield CollegeLinfield continues to make strides forward on the 2012-18 Strategic Plan. Learn about recent developments in the March update, including enhancements to the Division of Continuing Education, faculty teaching and scholarship, the first-year experience and other areas. Our strategic plan sets a course for the future at Linfield College. Hundreds from our college community – faculty, administrators, students, staff, trustees, alumni, parents and friends – contributed their insights and perspectives to formulate the plan. Learn more at





Alternative Spring BreakA group of Linfield College students, faculty and staff are trading their spring break vacations for a life-changing week of service and learning along the West Coast.

Each year, Linfield organizes Alternative Spring Break trips during which students fan out across the country to address issues of poverty, homelessness, sustainability and early childhood education and youth development through service learning projects.

This year, Linfield will host teams in three locations – McMinnville, Salem and Oakland, Calif. In Oakland, Linfield volunteers will help underprivileged children and teens by assisting with educational and recreational opportunities while learning about the need for positive youth development. A second team will head to Salem to volunteer with four organizations while learning about ways to alleviate hunger and homelessness in the state capital. And a third team will stay in McMinnville, learning about sustainability and stewardship through service with community partners.

Alternative Spring Break is in its tenth year at Linfield. Past trips have included New Orleans, La., to help restore wetlands and post-Hurricane Katrina native environments, as well as volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Honduras and Guatemala. For more information, contact Joni Tonn, ext. 2636,



Consuelo Christianson, community liaison, won the Ruby Award, given by Soroptimist International of McMinnville to a woman who is making “an extraordinary difference in the lives of women and girls” and in the community. The honor comes with a $500 donation to a charity of the winner’s choice — in this case, to the Honor Flight program that sends veterans to Washington, D.C.

Art work by faculty members of the Department of Art and Visual Culture was included in a Friday Night Flights exhibit on March 14 at the Arlington Club in Portland. Cris Moss, gallery director, presented an overview of the exhibit and discussed the individual pieces on display. President Thomas Hellie was also on hand to welcome attendees.

The Board of Trustees approved the following faculty for tenure and promotion to associate professor: Patrick Cottrell, Michael Huntsberger, and Lisa Weidman. In addition, the Board also promoted four individuals to full professor: Nancy Drickey, Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, David Sumner and Brian Winkenweder.

The Board also approved sabbatical leaves for the following faculty: Kaarina Beam, Dawn Nowacki, Gudrun Hommel, Jackson Miller, Mike Crosser, Sonia Ticas, John Syring, Liz Obert, Patrick Cottrell, John Sagers, Laura Rodgers, Barbara Limandri, Michelle Nelson and Randy Grant.




4:30 p.m.: Elaine Scarry, “Beauty and Social Justice,” 219 T.J. Day


Noon: ASL table, Dillin

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

5 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Pacific

7:30 p.m.: Elaine Scarry, “The Floor of the World,” Nicholson


Noon: German language table, Dillin

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


2 p.m. (4 p.m. CDT): Softball at LeTourneau

6 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps


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

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin NW Alcove

2 p.m. (4 p.m. CDT): Softball at Texas-Tyler

3 p.m.: Men’s and women’s tennis vs. Spokane C.C.


Today and tomorrow: Women’s golf at Warner Pacific Spring Shootout

Noon (2 p.m. CDT): Softball at East Texas Baptist

Noon: Baseball vs. Whitworth

12:45 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Bellevue C.C.

1 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Treasure Valley C.C.


Noon: Baseball vs. Whitworth


Today and tomorrow: Men’s golf at West Cup

11 a.m. (1 p.m. CDT): Women’s lacrosse vs. Colorado-Mesa

1 p.m. (3 p.m. CDT): Softball at Mary Hardin-Baylor


3 p.m. (5 p.m. CDT): Softball at Trinity


10 a.m. (noon CDT): Softball at Texas Lutheran


2 p.m. (4 p.m. CDT): Women’s lacrosse at Aurora


5 p.m. (7 p.m. CDT): Women’s lacrosse at Benedictine


Noon: Softball at Puget Sound

Noon: Baseball at Puget Sound

11 a.m. (1 p.m. CDT): Women’s lacrosse at North Central


Noon: Softball at Pacific Lutheran

Noon: Baseball at Puget Sound