Linfield Reports, 3/18/13


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.

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.

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



UMW by 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.

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

The play is under the direction of Michelle Seaton ’94. The design team includes Ty Marshall, set and lighting; Rebecca Meredith, costumes; Rob Vaughn, sound; and Jasmine Cobb ’16, hair and makeup.

Urbinati’s residence was commissioned by the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College and the Linfield Theatre Program.

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, 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. For more information, call ext. 2292.



Pioneer Hall on the McMinnville CampusA 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?

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



Russell FrankJournalist 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.

For more information, contact Brad Thompson, ext. 2291,



City of TomorrowThe Department of Music will present “Meet the Musicians: The City of Tomorrow” Thursday, March 21, at 4 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall.

The City of Tomorrow woodwind quintet has toured the United States Midwest twice and is currently touring the West Coast. Performance highlights include the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago, the Mayo Clinic, the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, and the Ashland (WI) Chamber Music Society on the scenic shore of Lake Superior.

For more information, call ext. 2275.



Linfield Easter Egg HuntAll alumni, faculty, staff and local residents are welcome to bring their children and grandchildren to campus for the annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 30, at 10 a.m.

Children line up at 9:45 a.m. The hunt will begin on the tenth stroke of the Pioneer bells. Bring your own basket. The event is sponsored by the Student Alumni Association. For more information, contact Debbie Harmon Ferry, ext. 2607,




Jill TimmonsJill Timmons, Linfield College professor emerita of music, will share insights on crafting a successful music career Tuesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

Timmons will talk about her new book, The Musician’s Journey: Crafting Your Career Vision and Plan, which will be released March 19. The book focuses on building a career as a music artist by combining philosophical questions with practical advice and training. She will share personal insights about her processes writing the book and how she built her own career.

Timmons served as a professor at Linfield for more than three decades, from 1981 to 2012. She remains actively involved in mentoring students and recording her own music. A leading consultant in arts management, Timmons’ firm, Artsmentor LLC, has helped countless music organizations and individual artists meet the challenges of today’s market. She has performed as a pianist under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts and the United States Information Agency, and has been heard on National Public Radio. She has toured in concerts throughout the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, Australia, France, Spain and Chile.

The reading is sponsored by the Linfield Music Department and Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, ext. 2517,



Crow's Shadow Institute of the ArtsThe Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) will be the focus of an exhibit and lecture as part of the Lacroute Art Series at Linfield College.

Printmaker Frank Janzen will speak on “Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts: History and Artistic Endeavors” Wednesday, April 3, at 5 p.m. in 127 Nicholson Library. In addition, Crow’s Shadow Selected Print Exhibition will be held April 2-27 in the Linfield Studio Gallery. This exhibition will include artists Pat Boas, James Lavadour, and Wendy Red Star. It was curated by Cris Moss, Linfield gallery director.

Janzen became CSIA’s first full-time resident master printer in 2001. He is an artist, working mainly in printmaking and painting, and has collaborated with numerous artists in the U.S., Canada and South Africa in the creation of limited edition lithographs. At CSIA, Janzen has collaborated with a growing list of emerging and established Native American artists, including Edgar Heap of Birds, Kay WalkingStick, Truman Lowe and others. Renowned artist James Lavadour and friends incorporated CSIA on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in 1992, with the idea of using art as a transformative tool within the Native American community.

The Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College is made possible by the generosity of Ronni Lacroute, Linfield College trustee and arts benefactor. The series, sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Fund at Linfield College, is dedicated to helping the college present art events and activities for the campus and community.

For more information, call ext. 2802 or go to



Katherine KernbergerThe journal and art of Marie Bashkirtseff, European artist and writer, will be the focus of a reading, “Marie and Her Passions,” by Katherine Kernberger on Thursday, April 4, at 4:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

Kernberger, professor of English, will read selected passages from The Journal of Marie Bashkirtseff, and show examples of Bashkirtseff’s art. Kernberger has worked with Bashkirtseff’s journal since 1991, taking over the project from her mother after she died. Additionally, Kernberger’s translation of selections from Bashkirtseff’s 106 notebooks is now an e-book available online from Amazon and other sources.

Bashkirtseff began keeping her journal at age 14. When her hope for fame as a singer faded as the symptoms of tuberculosis appeared, she turned to art and achieved a degree of success in the annual Salons before she died of the disease at age 25. All earlier versions of the journal, based on Marie’s mother’s bowdlerized excerpts, deliver a falsified portrait of Marie, that of a young woman who appears to reflect the Victorian ideal. Kernberger’s new translation corrects this view, presenting a more assertive, self-centered and modern figure, troubled and angry about the restrictions girls and women faced, who would be more at home in today’s world than she was in her own.

The reading is sponsored by the Linfield English Department and Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, ext. 2517, or Kernberger at ext. 2289,



Evan DavisLinfield will host a film screening of It’s A Girl with a follow-up discussion with film director Evan Davis Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in 110 Peterson Hall on the Portland Campus.

The film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and of other mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context and advocate different paths towards change, while collectively lamenting the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice.

The screening is free and sponsored by Portland Student Life Department. For more information, call ext. 7561.



Brian SchmidtLinfield College will host Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt on Monday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. Schmidt, a co-recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, will speak about “The Accelerating Universe.”

Schmidt was awarded the Nobel Prize for his shared discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe. In 1998 two teams traced back the expansion of the universe over billions of years. The scientists discovered that it was accelerating, a startling discovery contrary to the then-current theory that the universe’s expansion should be slowing down. This new understanding, named Science magazine’s “Breakthrough of the Year,” suggests that more than 70 percent of the cosmos is contained in a previously unknown form of matter, called Dark Energy. As the leader of the High-Redshift Supernova Search Team, Schmidt will describe this historic development and explain how astronomers have used observations to trace our universe back more than 13 billion years, leading them to ponder the ultimate fate of the cosmos.

For more information, call John McKeegan, ext. 2408.



The Department of Modern Languages has received a $36,000 three-year sub-grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to promote language and culture among schools in the McMinnville area. This program, called Language in Motion (LiM), originated at Juniata College (Huntington, PA). Linfield College joins Willamette University, the lead grant applicant and project leader, Pacific University and Lewis and Clark College as part of Northwest Consortium for LiM. Co-directors of Linfield’s program are Masa Itomitsu, assistant professor of Japanese, and Violeta Ramsay, associate professor of Spanish.

Nick Buccola, assistant professor of political science, has secured a second grant of $25,000 from the Apgar Foundation, Inc. in support of 2013-14 activities of the Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice. The forum supports the Law, Rights, and Justice minor at Linfield College. The first grant has funded debate and lecture activities throughout the current academic year, including the recent debate on “The Politics of Freedom” featuring Professor Corey Robin (Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center) and Professor Mark Blitz (Claremont McKenna College).

The Linfield Center for the Northwest (LCN), in partnership with the Office of Career Development, has secured a two-year grant of $48,000 from the James S. Kemper Foundation to launch the Business of Wine Program at Linfield College. Selected undergraduates will participate in a summer wine institute, learning about the various aspects of the wine industry, followed by a fall harvest experience and spring internship designed by the student in coordination with a winery and/or vineyard. LCN director Jeff Peterson, associate professor of sociology, will work with Michael Hampton, director of career development, to implement this program.

Christopher Gaiser, professor of biology, and Anne Kruchten, associate professor of biology, are co-principal investigators for an NSF-funded project led by Stasinos Stavrianeas, professor of exercise science at Willamette University. Over five years, they will work with peers across the state to develop the Northwest Biosciences Consortium, an effort to implement effective pedagogical practices in the biological sciences for all students as outlined in report, Vision and Change: A Call to Action. As part of the consortium, Linfield will receive a sub-grant of $57,400.

Dave Hecox, director of Portland campus operations, and Joyce Betita, director of the experiential learning center, have received a grant of $25,000 from the Ann and Bill Swindells Charitable Trust for the renovation of a health sciences laboratory to low-mid fidelity simulation lab to meet the additional simulation requirements for nursing majors under the revised curriculum.

Edna Kovacs, English language and culture program instructor, will facilitate free poetry and nature writing workshops at the Hillsdale public library, Hopewell House, Marquam Nature Park and Portland State University from April through September.




6 p.m.: Women’s Lacrosse vs. Allegheny

7 p.m.: Jeff Victoroff, “Why We War,” Ice


11:45 a.m.: Gun control panel, 201 Riley

3 p.m.: Women’s tennis at George Fox

5:30 p.m.: Russell Frank, “News as Multimedia Experience,” 201 Riley

6 p.m.: Women’s Lacrosse vs. North Central

6:30 p.m.: UMW meet the playwright, Ford

7:30 p.m.: UMW, Marshall Theatre

After UMW: Post-show discussion


2 p.m.: Softball at La Verne

7:30 p.m.: UMW, Marshall Theatre


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

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

1 p.m.: Softball at Cal Lutheran

4 p.m.: Meet the Musicians: The City of Tomorrow, Delkin

7:30 p.m.: UMW, Marshall Theatre

After UMW: Post-show discussion


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

1 p.m.: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

2 p.m.: Softball at Chapman

4 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Lewis & Clark

7:30 p.m.: UMW, Marshall Theatre


Noon: Baseball at Whitworth

1 p.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Cal Lutheran


Noon: Baseball at Whitworth


Today and tomorrow: Men’s golf at West Cup

Noon: Women’s lacrosse at Chapman


Today: Women’s lacrosse at Whittier


Noon: Baseball vs. Puget Sound

Noon: Softball vs. Puget Sound


9:45 a.m.: Easter egg hunt, Oak Grove

Noon: Baseball vs. Puget Sound

Noon: Softball vs. Pacific Lutheran