Linfield Reports, 3/31/14


Artist Wafaa BilalAn 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.

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.

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



Linfield CollegeKathryn Higley, professor of nuclear engineering and radiation physics, Oregon State University, will present “Radioactive Releases from Fukushima: Human Health and Environmental Impacts in Japan and Beyond” at the Linfield College Science Colloquium Thursday, April 3, at 4:10 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall.

It has been three years since an earthquake and tsunami caused the accident at the Fukushima Diiachi nuclear plants. The media has presented widely varying estimates of human health and ecologic impact. This talk will provide an overview of the accident, the magnitude of radioactivity released into the environment, how radiation doses are determined, and the tools used by health physicists, radioecologists and epidemiologists to assess impact.

The talk is sponsored by the Department of Physics and PLACE. For more information, contact Jennifer Heath, ext. 2267,



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.

Linfield will host “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” 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 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



İzgi Gülfem (Rose) Torunlar '14İzgi Gülfem (Rose) Torunlar ’14 will present a senior vocal recital on Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Torunlar, a music major and mezzo-soprano, will present a unique and varied program. The first half of the recital will include selections of French mélodie, Johannes Brahms, Gian Carlo Menotti and Fernando Obradors. The second half will feature numbers from the jazz, musical theatre and cabaret traditions. Torunlar will be accompanied on stage by pianist Susan McDaniel, staff accompanist and Linfield graduate, junior Tabby Gholi on viola and junior theatre major Jeremy Odden.

Torunlar is an international student from Istanbul, Turkey. She has participated extensively in ensembles on campus, including the Linfield Concert Choir, Women’s Ensemble, Musical Theatre Ensemble and Opera Theatre. Torunlar was a cast member in the Linfield musical production of “Spring Awakening” and was featured as a soloist with the Linfield Jazz Band in spring 2013. She has also been featured in CAT Cabs and the fall 2013 event “Liederabend: An Evening of Art Song.” Torunlar was recently honored as the upper-college level winner in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Cascade Musical Theatre Festival.

For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



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



Pioneer Hall, Linfield CollegeThree Linfield College professors will discuss research in the areas of molecular genetics, anthropology and health during a faculty lecture Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Catherine Reinke, assistant professor of biology; William Bestor, associate professor of humanities; and Janet Peterson, associate professor of health and human performance, will each discuss recent research in short “TED Talk” style segments.

Reinke will present “Methods of Interpretation: How Organisms Read the Genome.” Drawing on current research with Linfield students in molecular genetics, Reinke will discuss how the genome can be selectively regulated at the molecular level, and how undergraduate researchers and fruit flies are an important part of this work. With the recent discovery of gene silencing by microRNAs, the understanding of genes and gene regulation has changed dramatically. Reinke will talk about approaches to deciphering microRNA activity and the influence of microRNAs on gene expression.

Bestor will present “Old Witches and New Saints: The Supernatural in Modern Mexico.” Bestor will discuss three perceived kinds of witches, including healers from medical anthropology studies, invisible witches from research in a psychological anthropology field study and witches who function as social control of behavior in small face-to-face communities. The new saints, which are currently at the heart of a major controversy in the Mexican Catholic Church, are perceived as the most powerful of all forces. Bestor will bring artifacts from his research.

Peterson will present “Live Low, Work High: The Plight of the Lowland Porter in Nepal,” focused on high-altitude porters who face a number of preventable health risks ranging from frostbite to potentially fatal high-altitude pulmonary and cerebral edema. Porters are often recruited from impoverished low-lying areas, poorly equipped with protective clothing, and tasked with carrying loads that equal or exceed their body mass to high elevations. Peterson and colleagues are evaluating the knowledge, attitudes and practices of lowland porters who are working in the high-altitude regions of the Solo-Khumbu in Nepal. She will discuss how this research is important for planning a public health education program to reduce the morbidity and mortality from acute mountain sickness in porters. For more information, call ext. 2409.


Linfield College, McMinnville, OregonLinfield is participating in the National Survey of Student Engagement through mid-April. All first-year students on the McMinnville Campus and many seniors in McMinnville, Portland and the Adult Degree Program are receiving final invitations and reminders to their Linfield e-mail accounts this week and next week. Students are asked to describe their level of involvement in activities that are known to support learning. If you are involved with groups of first-year students or seniors in classes, sports or other areas, encourage them to participate in the survey. Participation is voluntary and all individual responses are confidential.

The college participates in this survey to help understand what Linfield is doing well and should keep doing; to understand where Linfield is not doing as well and should direct attention or resources; and to understand how Linfield is changing over time.

For more information contact Jennifer Ballard x2509 or



Albert Kim, assistant professor of music, on piano, and Sherill Roberts, adjunct professor of music, on cello, will present a chamber music concert Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m. at the McMinnville First Baptist Church. The event will feature the music of Brazilian composer Walter Burle Marx (1902-1990). Other musicians performing include Amelia (Roberts) Bierly, cello; Kelly Gronli, oboe; and Erin Adair, flute. The performance is sponsored by Ronni Lacroute.




Noon: ASL table, Dillin

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


Noon: German language table, Dillin

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

6 p.m.: Wafaa Bilal opening reception, Linfield Gallery

7:30 p.m.: Trio con Brio Copenhagen, Ice


4:10 p.m.: Kathryn Higley, “Radioactive Releases from Fukushima,” 105 Murdock

7:30 p.m.: Leon Litwack, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” Nicholson Library


Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin NW Alcove

4 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Puget Sound

4 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Puget Sound

7 p.m.: Izgi Gulfem “Rose” Torunlar senior recital, Ice


Today and tomorrow: Men’s golf at Northwest Conference Spring Classic

Today and tomorrow: Women’s golf at NWC Spring Classic

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

Noon: Baseball vs. Pacific Lutheran

Noon: Softball at Whitworth

1 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Pacific

2 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Pacific