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Linfield Reports, 3/28/11

LECTURE ON FRANKENSTEIN SET

“’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.

CHOIR HOME CONCERT IS FRIDAY

The Linfield College Concert Choir will perform a concert on Friday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium.

Under the direction of Anna Song, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, the choir will perform a wide range of styles, including spiritual and multicultural selections, and feature works by Bruckner, Parry, Byrd, Gretchaninoff and Kodaly. The Women’s Vocal Ensemble and the Wildcats Men’s Glee Club will also perform.

The performance is the final show of a spring break tour by the choir. Students will perform five concerts throughout Idaho and Montana before concluding with a final performance at Linfield. This year’s tour will focus on service and will include performances and visits to various schools and nursing facilities.

ARTIST TO PRESENT FRAZEE LECTURE

Acclaimed artist Daniel Heyman, whose recent work includes portraits of former Abu Ghraib detainees, will present the Frazee Lecture “Social Justice and Spirituality: The Journey from Art to Action,” Tuesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium.

Traditionally, the Frazee Lecture has explored the interface of religion with other disciplines. This lecture will focus on art as spiritual endeavor and as a catalyst for change, according to David Massey, Linfield chaplain.

“Art has a long history of reflecting and defining our religious practices and can be a voice for social justice, calling us to see our common humanity,” he said.

The lecture is being held in conjunction with an exhibition of Heyman’s work. An opening reception for “Bearing Witness,” the first Pacific Northwest exhibition of Heyman’s portraits, will be Saturday, April 2, from 3-5 p.m. The show opens March 28 at the Linfield Gallery in the Miller Fine Arts Center and runs through April 30. An extension of the exhibition will be hosted by the White Box Gallery at the University of Oregon in Portland from April 5 to May 14, with a First Thursday Opening Reception on April 7 from 6-8 p.m.

Heyman is a Philadelphia-based painter and printmaker, and a very good listener. He sat in on interviews between human rights lawyers and dozens of former Abu Ghraib Prison detainees, and while the men opened up about the atrocities they had suffered, Heyman drew their portraits and interwove excerpts of their testimony onto engraving plates or sheets of paper. He had the artistic sensitivity to convey their horrific experiences with great respect. Other gouaches and prints in the exhibition explore the Iraqi war and the U.S. war on terrorism from different perspectives.

Heyman’s art has been exhibited in major institutions across the nation and is housed in permanent collections at the New York Public Library, Yale University, Princeton University, the Library of Congress and elsewhere. He has received numerous awards including a 2010 Guggenheim Foundation Grant and a 2009 Pew Fellowship in the Arts. He teaches at Princeton University and Swarthmore College.

Following the lecture, three respondents will provide additional perspective. Responders include Brian Winkenweder, Linfield associate professor of art history and visual culture, who will provide historic background; Kanaan Kanaan, instructor at Portland State University, who will discuss art in the Muslim community; and Janet Elfers, director of member relations at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, who will offer a contemporary Christian perspective.

It is sponsored by the Frazee Lecture in Bible and Religion, established by friends and family in honor of Gordon G. Frazee, who served Linfield for 32 years as chaplain and professor of religion.

POET TO PRESENT READING

Clemens Starck, author of Journeyman’s Wages, which won the Oregon Book Award and the William Stafford Memorial Poetry Award, will present a reading with musical accompaniment Thursday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

Starck will be joined by poets Jon Broderick and Jay Speakman on various musical instruments. The musical accompaniment will provide an example of the integration between the spoken word and music. In addition to Journeyman’s Wages, Starck is the author of three other books of poems including Studying Russian on Company Time and China Basin, which were finalists for the Oregon Book Award, and Traveling Incognito. In 2010, he released a CD of his readings called Looking for Parts.

While at Linfield, Starck will hold a workshop for communication arts and creative writing students. His visit will introduce students to the work of a poet and performer and demonstrate how those talents can be integrated.

Starck, who lives outside Dallas, has made his living as a carpenter and construction foreman in California and the Northwest. He traveled to continue his education, riding freight trains and stopping when he found work. In addition to construction, he has been a ranch hand in Eastern Oregon, a newspaper reporter on Wall Street, a door-to-door salesman and a merchant seaman.

It is sponsored by Nicholson Library, the Linfield English Department and the Linfield Theatre and Communication Arts Department.

SCIENCE, SOCIETY TOPIC OF LECTURE

Nobel Prize winner Harold Kroto will speak at Linfield College on Thursday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m..

The celebrated scientist and lecturer will present “Science, Society and Education in the 21st Century” at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium. Kroto believes we stand at a watershed moment in human history. Science, he says, can provide the tools for humanitarian relief, and for our very survival, but science cannot advance within anti-libertarian, anti-democratic regimes where intellectual and personal freedoms are restricted. Progressive, democratic societies are a necessary requirement for the scientific creativity that provides sustainable solutions.

Kroto was a co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his shared discovery of buckminsterfullerene, a form of pure carbon better known as “buckyballs.” According to the Nobel committee, news of the discovery created a sensation, and for chemists, “the proposed structure was uniquely beautiful and satisfying.”

He was knighted for his contributions to chemistry and received the prestigious Michael Faraday Award in 2001 from the Royal Society, given annually to a scientist who has done the most to further public communication of science, engineering or technology in the United Kingdom.

Kroto is a passionate advocate for science education. In 1994 he teamed up with BBC producer Patrick Reams to found the Vega Science Trust, which produces science programs for television. The trust aims to create a broadcast platform for science, engineering and technology communities, enabling researchers to communicate technical expertise via TV and Internet.

Kroto currently serves as the Francis Eppes Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Florida State University and directs the Florida Center for Research in Science Technology and Math Education. He has developed a highly popular series of public lectures and visits schools to promote science education.

COMPOSER TO VISIT, PERFORM

Linfield Chamber Orchestra will feature the world premiere of “Moabit Sonnets,” written by one of the world’s most performed living composers, Libby Larsen.

A composer-in-residence at Linfield College in 1990, the Grammy Award–winning musician has since composed more than 400 works spanning virtually every genre.

As part of a week-long residency, Larsen will be in attendance at concerts on Friday, April 15, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 16, at 3 p.m. in Ice Auditorium at Linfield College. She will present a pre-concert lecture an hour before each concert.

Larsen will also join a panel discussion about classical music in the 21st century on Tuesday, April 12, at 4 p.m. Guests will include David Stabler, Oregonian music critic; Robert McBride, host and producer for KQAC All Classical radio; Ron Blessinger, violinist and artistic director of Third Angle; Huw Edwards, music director and conductor of Portland’s Columbia Symphony Orchestra; and Gilbert Seeley, artistic director and conductor of Oregon Repertory Singers.

Commissioned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Linfield Chamber Orchestra, “Moabit Sonnets” is adapted from poems written from prison by Albrecht Haushofer, a German Resistance activist who opposed Adolph Hitler. The composition combines Schoenberg’s 12-tone technique with Medieval-era church modes, and features baritone Matthew Hayward, who portrays Haushofer in his prison cell, tenor and 2009 Linfield College graduate Sam Dinsmore, and sopranos Kayla Wilkins and Chelsea Janzen, both juniors at Linfield.

Larsen’s numerous works range from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and operas. The composer is sought for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles and orchestras around the world, and more than 50 CDs of her work have been recorded. Larsen is a founding member of the American Composers Forum and has received one of two 2010 George Peabody Medals for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America.

The concert will also feature selections from Mozart, Brahms and Edward Elgar.

Concerts will be in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall on the Linfield College campus. Single reserved tickets are $30. General admission is $22 and $5 for students K-12.

The April 12 panel discussion will be in Ice Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Additional public events that week include a free performance of vocal and piano works by Larsen, featuring guest musicians and scheduled for April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium. A free student recital of Larsen works is April 14 at 4 p.m. in the Delkin Recital

For more information visit Linfield Chamber Orchestra or contact the orchestra at 503- 833-2637 or LCO@linfield.edu.

COMMUNITY NEWS

KRISTI MACKAY, career services program coordinator, was named Outstanding Junior Citizen by the McMinnville Jaycees during the organization’s Distinguished Service Awards banquet. She was honored for her volunteer work in the community including Habitat for Humanity, the Mayor’s Charity Ball, and through the Kiwanis Club. She also serves as adviser to the Circle K Club at Linfield.

TARA LEPP, professor of health and human performance, was inducted into the Oregon Athletic Trainers’ Society Hall of Fame. This is the highest peer honor that can be given by athletic training professionals in the state of Oregon.

The Linfield Magazine was honored with a silver award in the CASE District VIII awards competition. The award was presented for periodical improvement for the updated design implemented with the new design standards last spring. The award was presented to Mardi Mileham, editor; Laura Davis, assistant editor; and Candido Salinas, graphic design. CASE is the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and District VIII covers Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. This is the third award Linfield Magazine has received since 2008.

CAMPUS CALENDAR

MONDAY, MARCH 28

Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

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

TUESDAY, MARCH 29

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

3:30 p.m.: Men’s tennis at George Fox

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

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30

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

Noon: American Sign Language table, Dillin

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

THURSDAY, MARCH 31

4 p.m.: Fulbright information meeting, Dillin west wing

7:30 p.m.: “’It’s Alive’: The Monster and Manuscript of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” Charles Robinson Lecture, Nicholson Library

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

FRIDAY, APRIL 1

Noon: Free blood pressure clinic, Cook

1 p.m.: Lacrosse at UPS

3 p.m.: Track and field at Willamette Invitational

3:30 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Lewis & Clark

5 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Lewis & Clark

7:30 p.m.: Choir concert, Ice Auditorium

SATURDAY, APRIL 2

10 a.m.: Track and field hosts the Jenn Boyman Memorial Invitational

Noon: Softball vs. PLU

Noon: Baseball vs. UPS

Today and tomorrow: Men’s and Women’s golf at NWC spring classic, the Links at Hawks Prairie

SUNDAY, APRIL 3

Noon: Softball vs. UPS

Noon: Baseball vs. UPS