Linfield Reports, 3/19/12


“Global Health: Challenges and Promises in Preventing Infectious Diseases” will be held Monday, March 19, at 5:30 p.m. at Mercy Corps International in Portland. The presentation will feature Julie McElrath, co-director of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and Ken Stuart, president and founder of Seattle Biomedical Research Institute. Learn more at or email



An opening reception for “Artifacts of Memory,” featuring a room-sized installation by Crystal Schenk, will be Saturday, April 7, from 3-5 p.m. at the Linfield Gallery. The show will run from April 2 through May 5.

Schenk is an emerging artist with a string of awards, residencies, and national and international exhibits behind her. She was selected as one of the nation’s top 100 artists by Artists Wanted, an arts organization based in New York City.

Her room-sized installation piece in the Linfield Gallery embodies the cloud of loss, and like fading memory, lacks defined edges or recognizable forms. The work contains 1,100 magnets covered in pods made from silk flower petals―half the magnets hung from the ceiling and the other half tethered to the floor using nearly invisible wire, with a one-inch gap at eye level. The delicate rising and falling elements create an elegant tension, and the result of the pairing is an ethereal cloud of objects hovering almost magically in space, with a plane of empty space lying between them.

Schenk’s work has been exhibited in cities across the U.S., including New York City and Chicago, and in Switzerland and Australia, and has been featured in sculpture and craft magazines. Her pieces are surprising and ambitious; in 2009, she collaborated with Portland artist Shelby Davis to create a life-size semi-truck made of drywall. Schenk was one of 19 artists represented in the Oregon biennial, “Portland 2010.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is located in the James Miller Fine Arts Center. For more information, call 503-883-2804 or visit the gallery online.



Members of the Linfield College Concert Choir will present a performance on Wednesday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The choir will perform a variety of music under the direction of Anna Song, assistant professor of music, and accompanied by pianist Christopher Engbretson. Featured works include pieces by Mozart, Powell, Gibbons and Byrd, among others.

The performance is the final show of a spring break tour by the choir. Students will perform concerts in Arizona and New Mexico before concluding with this final performance at Linfield. While on tour, they will also work with high school choirs and provide an opportunity for student demonstrations and interactions.

Tour performances include:

• Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m., Asbury United Methodist Church, Phoenix, Ariz.

• Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m., Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Flagstaff, Ariz.

• Saturday, March 24, 7 p.m., Church of the Red Rocks United Church of Christ, Sedona, Ariz.

• Sunday, March 25, 7 p.m., Chapel at St. Michael Indian School, St. Michaels, Ariz.

• Monday, March 26, 7 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, N.M.

The Linfield Concert Choir was organized in 1930 and is the oldest such group in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout its history, the choir has distinguished itself with concerts throughout the 10 western states and Canada. It has also performed extensively throughout the world in locations including Austria, Germany, Britain, New Zealand, Australia, China and Southeast Asia.

Song joined the Linfield music faculty in 2008. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in composition from the University of California and earned her master of music in conducting from the School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. In addition to teaching and conducting at Linfield, she is the co-founder and artistic director of In Mulieribus, a professional women’s ensemble that focuses on the performance of early music.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275.



Samuel Yamashita, the Henry E. Sheffield Professor of History at Pomona College, will present “Wartime Japan and its Discontents” Thursday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. The lecture is sponsored by the Jonas A. “Steine” Jonasson Endowed Lecture.

Yamashita will address the allegations made during World War II about the attitudes of Japanese citizens. American propaganda portrayed Japanese citizens as loyal and obedient supporters of their emperor who were willing to sacrifice their lives for their country. Yamashita’s reading of the wartime diaries and several dozen postwar memoirs written by ordinary Japanese citizens proves that this assertion was not true. He will discuss the varieties of resistance to the wartime government and its policies.

Yamashita will reveal important exceptions to the prevailing American stereotype of the Japanese by exploring first-hand accounts of Japanese citizens. They include a navy man who expressed his contempt for his superiors by shaking his dandruff into their rice; a teacher who condemned the Nazis in public lectures; the many thousands of urban Japanese who defied the prohibitions on buying food on the black market or from farmers; and evacuated school children who routinely stole food.

Yamashita has taught Asian history at Pomona College since 1983. He has been the chair of the history department and coordinator of the Asian studies program, the oldest college-level program of its kind in the United States. He received a Ph.D. in Japanese history at the University of Michigan in 1981 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University and a senior tutor in East Asian studies there before he moved to Pomona. Yamashita has been awarded the Pomona College’s Wig Distinguished Teaching Award six times since 1986. He was Pomona’s nominee for California Professor of the Year in 2004 and for the Robert Cherry Foster award for Great Teaching in 2005; and the Princeton Review recently named him one of the top 300 professors in the country.

A noted intellectual historian, Yamashita has written “Master Sorai’s Responsals: An Annotated Translation of Sorai sensei tōmonsho” (1995) and was co-translator of The Four-Seven Debate: An Annotated Translation of the Most Famous Controversy in Korean Neo-Confucian Thought (1993). In 2005 he published translations of eight wartime Japanese diaries in Leaves from an Autumn of Emergencies: Selections from the Wartime Diaries of Ordinary Japanese. And he is currently writing three food books: the first scholarly study of Hawai’i Regional Cuisine, a history of Japanese food and a history of Pacific Rim fusion cuisine.

The Jonas A. “Steine” Jonasson Endowed Lectureship at Linfield honors Jonasson, professor emeritus of history, who was associated with Linfield for more than 60 years before his death in 1997. The endowment is used to bring in distinguished scholars and speakers in the area of history. Jonasson held the unofficial title of Linfield historian and wrote Bricks Without Straw, a history of the college.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2479.



Patrick Cottrell, assistant professor of political science, will present “Constructing the Peace: Nuclear Disarmament, Climate Change and the Politics of Zero” on Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in Riley 201 at Linfield College.

Cottrell will discuss the Global Zero campaign, an effort that proponents hope will illuminate a path toward nuclear disarmament. He will analyze strategies of the Global Zero movement and its prospects for success. Success of the campaign relies on the “nuclear paradox,” the concept that the same technology used to create the destructive weapons also has the potential for the betterment of mankind. Cottrell asserts that unless the Global Zero campaign can confront this paradox, reaching the goal of nuclear disarmament will be highly unlikely. Cottrell will also address how confronting the paradox will affect greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

Cottrell received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. His research and teaching interests include global governance, arms control and international security, and American foreign policy. He has published in a wide range of journals including International Organization, the European Journal of International Affairs and Foreign Policy Analysis. Cottrell has also worked at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureaus of Political-Military Affairs and Nonproliferation.

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.



Michele Tomseth, assistant director of international programs and study abroad coordinator, served as a coach at the NAFSA Association of International Educators Academy Spring Training March 5-9 in Atlanta, Ga. As a coach, Tomseth works with a cohort of 85 trainees to develop learning plans and guide them with tips on navigating the world of international education. Recent training focused on comprehensive internationalization, advocacy in international education, education abroad, international student advising and US-international admissions. The group will meet again at the NAFSA annual conference May 28 in Houston, Texas.




5:30 p.m.: “Global Health: Challenges and Promises in Preventing Infectious Diseases,” Mercy Corps, Portland


Today through Saturday: Swimming at NCAA III Championships

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

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

Noon: ASL table, Dillin


11:50 a.m.: Voices, Dillin

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin

Noon: Chinese language table, Dillin

1 p.m.: Softball at Cal Lutheran

3 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Centenary

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


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

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

Noon: French language table, Dillin

1:30 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Texas-Tyler

4 p.m.: Softball at Chapman


9 a.m.: Men’s tennis at Trinity

Noon: Baseball vs. Whitworth


TBA: Women’s lacrosse at Fontbonne

Noon: Baseball vs. Whitworth

1 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Hardin-Simmons

1 p.m.: Softball at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps


Today and tomorrow: Track and field vs. Linfield Decathlon/Heptathlon

2 p.m.: Softball at La Verne

4 p.m.: Men’s tennis at LeTourneau

6 p.m.: Women’s Lacrosse at Missouri Baptist


2 p.m.: Softball at Redlands


1 p.m.: Baseball vs. Concordia


5 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Whittier


9 a.m.: Women’s tennis at Middlebury


Today and tomorrow: Men’s and women’s golf at NWC Spring Classic

9 a.m.: Women’s tennis at UC-Santa Cruz

Noon: Baseball at Puget Sound

Noon: Softball at Puget Sound

3:30 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Claremont-McKenna


Noon: Baseball at Puget Sound

Noon: Softball at Pacific Lutheran

1 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Lewis and Clark