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Linfield Reports, 3/4/13

MACREADS SELECTS BOOK TITLE

Peter RockMy Abandonment by Peter Rock is this year’s selection for MacReads, a community-wide book reading and discussion that culminates in a presentation by the author.

The highlight of the MacReads program is a presentation by Rock on Thursday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library. Discussions on the book will be scheduled later this spring.

Based on a true story, My Abandonment focuses on a 13-year-old girl and her father who live secretly in Forest Park in Portland, until they are discovered by a hiker overturning their remote reality. The book has received the Alex Award and the Utah Book Award, and has been published in several countries including Turkey.

Rock is a professor teaching creative writing at Reed College. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University. He is also the author of The Bewildered, The Ambidextris, This is the Place and Carnival Wolves. Rock enjoys writing about characters that are found on the fringe of society.

Books will be available at Third Street Books in McMinnville. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, ext. 2517.

 

‘THE INVISIBLE WAR’ SCREENING SET

Pioneer HallA screening of the film The Invisible War, followed by a panel discussion, will be held on Tuesday, March 5, at 6 p.m. in the Ice Auditorium.

The film addresses the epidemic of sexual assault in the U.S. armed forces. A panel discussion, moderated by junior Breanna Ribeiro and sophomore Sofia Webster, co-founders of the Student Advocates for Gender Equality, will follow the screening.

Panelists include Patrick Cottrell, assistant professor of political science; Dawn Nowacki, professor of political science; David Sumner, associate professor of English; and Amy Miller; visiting assistant professor of sociology.

The event is sponsored by the Linfield College Gender Studies Program and Student Advocates of Gender Equality (SAGE). For more information, contact Amy J. Orr, ext. 2549, aorr@linfield.edu. Further information about the film can be found at http://invisiblewarmovie.com/.

 

KOREA FOCUS OF STUDENT LECTURE

Linfield CollegeDana Hellie ’14 will present “The Real Korea” Tuesday, March 5, at 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall.

Hellie, a political science major from Mountlake Terrace, Wash., will present her year-long experience studying abroad in Korea and her encounters with the social issues that haunt the Korean society. She will discuss topics such as the presence of bullying in educational settings, the culture of North Korea and the country’s high suicide rates.

It is sponsored by the International Programs Office. For more information, call ext. 2222.

 

 

TALK SET ON PHOTOGRAPHY AND WAR

Robert HarimanRobert Hariman, professor and chair of communication studies at Northwestern University, will present “Watching War Evolve: Photojournalism and New Forms of Violence” Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m., in Ice Auditorium.

Hariman will discuss how 21st-century warfare is changing in ways that may appear progressive, but that are actually dangerous and immoral. He will explain how contemporary photojournalism can expose important features of this violence. The lecture will also demonstrate how the changes in war and its representation can be understood by reflecting critically on photography.

Hariman earned his Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Minnesota. As the chair of the Communication Studies Department and as a communication professor, Hariman teaches courses in rhetorical theory and the critical study of public culture.

The event is sponsored by PLACE, the Department of Mass Communication and the Dean’s Office. For more information, contact Susan Currie Sivek, ext. 2521, ssivek@linfield.edu.

 

FOUR-NIGHT FILM FESTIVAL PLANNED

Environmental Film FestivalFour nights of award-winning environmental films followed by expert panel discussions will be held March 6-9 at 7 p.m. in the Pioneer Hall Reading Room.

White Water, Black Gold will be shown Wednesday, March 6. This film is an investigative documentary about a three-year journey across western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world’s thirstiest oil industry: the Tarsands. This film offers a sober look at the untold costs to water and people associated with developing the second largest deposit of “oil” in the world.

The Garden will be shown Thursday, March 7. This film explores the socioeconomic barriers in American society after the devastating 1992 Los Angeles riots. One South Central community started a community garden in one of the country’s most impoverished areas. They begin to recover by growing their own food, until a bulldozer threatens to take all of this away. This film has been nominated by the Academy Awards for Best Documentary.

Waste Land, winner of the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, will be shown Friday, March 8. The film follows artist Vik Muniz as he travels to the world’s largest dump in Brazil. Muniz befriends a band of “catadores,” pickers of recyclable materials, and together they re-create personal images out of garbage. This film explores personal identity and the influence of art as the catadores re-visualize their lives.

Surviving Progress will be shown Saturday, March 9. In a world run by technology, the film examines whether or not society’s progressive technological advancements are outweighing the mounting social and environmental costs. Ronald Wright, whose best seller, A Short History of Progress, inspired this film, reveals how civilizations are repeatedly destroyed by “progress traps” — alluring technologies that serve immediate needs, but ransom the future.

The Environmental Film Festival is sponsored by the Linfield Environmental Studies Program, the Yamhill Watershed Stewardship Fund and the Yamhill County Cultural Coalition. For more information, contact Lissa Wadewitz, ext. 2719, lwadewi@linfield.edu.

 

SERIES FEATURES TOPOLOGY TALK

Linfield CollegeMichael Hitchman, visiting assistant professor of mathematics, will present “Geometry, Topology and the Shape of Space” during the Linfield College Science Colloquium Thursday, March 7, at 4:10 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall.

The presentation is part of a five-lecture series focusing on different aspects of astronomy and cosmology.

What is the shape of the universe? Hitchman will investigate this question, consider its ties to geometry and topology, and discuss some strategies in cosmic topology for (possibly) answering it.

For more information, contact Jennifer Heath, ext. 2267, jheath@linfield.edu.

 

STUDENTS DISCUSS HUMAN TRAFFICKING

ThailandA group of Linfield College students will share experiences from summer research in Thailand when they present “How You Can End Human Trafficking (on a College Budget)” Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

The students, led by Pat Cottrell, assistant professor of political science, were awarded an ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation research grant and spent the summer researching the Thai-Burma border crisis, with a focus on refugees and vulnerable populations. Students include Leanne McCallum ’13, Bridget Grant ’13, Will McHenry ’13, Kole Kracaw ’13 and Morgan Christiansen ’13.

They will share their experiences, focusing on research about human trafficking in Southeast Asia and other human rights issues. Students will explain causes and common locations of human trafficking, and ways that citizens, including college students, can combat the issue. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

The event is sponsored by the Linfield Political Science Department and International Programs Office. For more information, call ext. 2222.

 

LINABARY VOCAL RECITAL PLANNED

Jenaveve Linabary '13Jenaveve Linabary ’13 will present a student recital Saturday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in Ice Auditorium.

Linabary, a music and elementary education major, will present a vocal performance designed around the juxtaposition of love and pain in music literature. The recital will feature compositions by Handel, Schumann, Debussy, Beach, Bolcom, Porter and others.

Linabary studies vocal performance with Natalie Gunn, professor of music at Linfield. Linabary has been active within the music community at Linfield, participating in numerous on-campus performances. She has been seen on stage as Cinderella in Gallery Theatre’s production of Into the Woods and as Diana in Linfield College Theatre’s Lend Me a Tenor. Linabary has also been featured with the Linfield Opera Theatre. She is an Oregon Music Teachers’ Association scholarship winner and a regional winner of the NATS Musical Theatre Auditions. Following her graduation in May, Linabary plans to pursue a career uniting her passions for performance and education.

For more information, call ext. 2275.

 

TUBACH TELLS HOLOCAUST STORY

Frederic “Fritz” TubachFrederic “Fritz” Tubach, professor emeritus of German at the University of California, Berkeley, will present “The Legacy of War: Story as Bridge, Liberation and Transformation” Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Tubach, along with Bernat Rosner, is the author of An Uncommon Friendship: From Opposite Sides of the Holocaust. The book tells the story of Tubach, the son of a Nazi officer, and Rosner, the only member of his family to survive Auschwitz. In 1944, 13-year-old Tubach was almost old enough to join the Hitler Youth in his German village of Kleinheubach. That same year in Hungary, 12-year-old Rosner was loaded onto a train with the rest of the village’s Jewish inhabitants and taken to Auschwitz, where his whole family was murdered. Many years later, after enjoying successful lives in California, they met, became friends, and decided to share their intimate story – that of two boys trapped in evil and destructive times, who became men with the freedom to construct their own future, with each other and the world.

Born to German parents in San Franciso in 1930, Tubach grew up from the age of three in the German village of Kleinheubach, not far from Frankfurt. His mother died young, and his father joined the Nazi party and went to war leaving Fritz with a grandmother and stepmother. Following World War II, at the age of 18, Fritz renounced his German citizenship and obtained an American passport (by virtue of his birth) and returned to San Francisco. He attended San Francisco City College and the University of California at Berkeley where he received his Ph.D. in German literature with specialties in medieval literature and religious history. He was a professor at U.C. Berkeley from 1959 to 1994 and directed the U.C. Education Abroad Programs in both Germany and France.

His major scholarly work was “Index Exemplorum,” a study of 5,400 medieval religious tales. His newest book is German Voices: Memories of Life During Hitler’s Third Reich.

The lecture is sponsored by the Frazee Lecture in Bible and Religion, which honors Gordon Frazee, who served Linfield for 32 years as chaplain and professor of religion. It is also part of the PLACE pilot project. For more information, call ext. 2259.

 

COMMUNITY MEDIA FOCUS OF LECTURE

Michael HuntsbergerMichael Huntsberger, assistant professor of mass communication, will present “Community Media in the 21st Century: Participatory Culture and the Revitalization of Democracy” Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Operating alongside for-profit commercial media companies such as NBC and Fox, and nonprofit public media organizations such as NPR and PBS, the “third sector” of community media provides a way for ordinary citizens to participate directly in the organization, production and distribution of radio, television and multimedia content. Huntsberger’s presentation explores how people around the world are democratizing human culture through community media projects and programs. Investigating the concept of public value in mass media, the research looks at cases from North America, Europe, Africa and the Pacific Rim, and examines the performance of community media based on missions, governance structures, content and mechanisms of public involvement. He will also discuss how community media build social capital through direct citizen engagement.

Huntsberger holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He has worked as a manager, producer, engineer and consultant in commercial, public and community media. For more information, call ext. 2409.

 

ANTHROPOLOGY LECTURE SET

Hugh GustersonHugh Gusterson, George Mason University professor of cultural studies and anthropology, will present “Can the Insurgent Speak?” on Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in the Pioneer Reading Room. His talk and various classroom visits with students are part of Linfield’s year-long project examining the “Legacies of War.”

The talk will examine the way the media represent Muslim and other insurgents, showing that media accounts often dehumanize and stereotype insurgents, while failing to help Americans understand the motives of insurgents. The talk will show striking continuities between American media portrayals of insurgents in the Vietnam War and in the contemporary Middle East. Who are the insurgents?

Gusterson’s approach is anchored in anthropology’s central concern with how “the cultural other” is represented and understood. Leaving unexamined such representations and assumptions about “the other” impoverishes national debate about how to most effectively deploy military power. Understanding the cultural other does not mean agreeing with their methods or goals, rather it means “be smart by knowing your enemy.”

Gusterson has been at the forefront of public engagement by anthropologists with the actions and policies of the U.S. defense establishment. He is best known as the author of Nuclear Rites, an ethnography of the nuclear weapons lab at Livermore, Calif.

Gusterson has a B.A. in history from Cambridge University, a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Stanford University. He has done fieldwork in the United States and Russia, where he studied the culture of nuclear weapons scientists and antinuclear activists. He also writes about militarism and about science more generally, and has a strong interest in professional ethics. He is the author of Nuclear Rites and People of the Bomb and is co-editor of Cultures of Insecurity, Why America’s Top Pundits Are Wrong and The Insecure American: How We Got Here and What We Should Do About It.

The lecture is sponsored by the Linfield Department of Sociology and Anthropology. For more information, contact Tom Love, tlove@linfield.edu, ext. 2504.

 

CABRERA TO SPEAK ON ETHNIC STUDIES

Nolan CabreraThe current struggle for Mexican American Studies in Arizona’s Tucson Unified School District will be the topic of a lecture by Nolan Cabrera, McMinnville native and assistant professor at the University of Arizona, Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

“The State v. Ethnic Studies: Race, Education and Resistance in the Old Pueblo” will provide an overview of the struggle, an analysis of the political climate, an overview of federal intervention and firsthand accounts of student resistance as they fight for their classes.

Cabrera earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is currently an assistant professor in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona. He specializes in researching diversity, affirmative action and racism in higher education. He is currently studying the impact the New Start Summer Program at the University of Arizona has on low-income, first-generation and racial minority students.

The lecture is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Programs, Mecha and Student Affairs. For more information, contact Jason Rodriquez, ext. 2574, jrodriqu@linfield.edu.

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Garry Killgore, professor of human performance, has given three recent presentations: “Intelligent Training: Just Add Water” at Oregon State University; “Innovative Rehab for Lower Limb Pathologies,” the keynote lecture at the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon Conference in Bend; and a presentation at the Aquatic Training Clinic for the Collegiate, Professional and Elite Athlete in Jackson, Tenn.

Anton Belov, baritone and assistant professor of music, has appeared this year with Portland Opera, Oregon Symphony, Tacoma Opera, the Newport Symphony, the Huntsville Symphony, the Detroit Symphony (Carnegie Hall), and Portland and Linfield Chamber Orchestras. In addition, Belov has presented recitals in Washington, D.C., Louisville, Ky.; Anchorage, Alaska; Guadalajara, Mexico; and New York City.

John-Martin Paddock ’16, bass trombonist, and Christian Santangelo ’15, timpanist, were selected for the Oregon Music Education Association’s 2013 Oregon Collegiate Winds & Percussion. The select group of 18 winds and percussion comprised of Oregon college students performed Beethoven’s 5th Symphony as the wind section Feb. 17 at the Oregon All-State Orchestra at the Northwest National Association for Music Education Convention in Portland.

 

CAMPUS CALENDAR

TUESDAY, MARCH 5

2 p.m.: Baseball vs. Montana State-Billings

3 p.m.: “The Real Korea,” Jonasson

6 p.m.: The Invisible War film screening, Ice

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

6 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Pacific

7 p.m.: Robert Hariman, “Watching War Evolve: Photojournalism and New Forms of Violence,” Ice

7 p.m.: Environmental film festival, White Water, Black Gold, Pioneer Reading Room

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

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

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

4:10 p.m.: Science Colloquium, “Geomentry, Topology and the Shape of Space,” 105 Murdock

7 p.m.: Environmental film festival, The Garden, Pioneer Reading Room

7 p.m.: “How You Can End Human Trafficking (on a College Budget),” 201 Riley

FRIDAY, MARCH 8

Today and tomorrow: Track and field at NCAA indoor championships

10 a.m.: Softball at NFCA Leadoff Classic vs. Ithaca

12:30 p.m.: Softball at NFCA Leadoff Classic vs. Gustavus Adolphus

1 p.m.: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

4 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Whitworth

7 p.m.: Environmental film festival, Waste Land, Pioneer Reading Room

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

All day: Men’s and women’s golf at Pacific Invitational

10 a.m.: Softball at NFCA Leadoff Classic vs. Fontbonne

10 a.m.: Track and field at George Fox Open

11 a.m.: Baseball at Willamette

3 p.m.: Women’s tennis at La Verne

7 p.m.: Environmental film festival, Surviving Progress, Pioneer Reading Room

7 p.m.: Jenaveve Linabary ’13 recital, Ice

SUNDAY, MARCH 10

All day: Men’s and women’s golf at Pacific Invitational

Today: Softball at NFCA Leadoff Classic, bracket play

10 a.m.: Women’s tennis at University of the South

Noon: Baseball at Willamette