Linfield Reports, 3/5/12


Kathleen Kennedy Townsend will present “The College: Our Shining City on the Hill” Tuesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Townsend, the eldest child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, is an attorney who has written articles that connect faith to the push for a fairer society. She authored Failing America’s Faithful: How Today’s Churches are Mixing God with Politics and Losing their Way, a book about faith and contemporary politics that calls for spiritual renewal.

Townsend will be in residence on the Linfield College campus March 5-9, where she will attend classes and meet with students. Her visit is sponsored by the President’s Office and the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program, a program that supports small liberal arts colleges by bringing together people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives for the purpose of discussion and learning.

Townsend served as the first woman lieutenant governor of Maryland, from 1995-2003. Prior to that appointment she was the deputy assistant attorney general of the United States. She founded the Maryland Student Service Alliance to make Maryland the first, and still the only, state that requires young people to engage in community service as a condition of graduation. While serving as lieutenant governor, she helped institute the office of Character Education, to help youth become responsible, engaged citizens. Townsend also helped launch the nationally acclaimed Police Corps, a program that gives college scholarships to young people who pledge to work as police officers for four years after graduating.

Townsend is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served on a number of non-profit boards, including the Points of Light Foundation. As chairwoman of the board of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, she created the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. In 2010 she became the chair of American Bridge, a nonprofit organization that supports Democratic candidates and causes.

Townsend has appeared on Meet the Press, the Colbert Report, Larry King and Greta Van Susteran. She has taught at Georgetown University’s School of Public Policy and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, where she focused her efforts on faith and public life.

For more information, call 503-883-2202.



The Linfield College Science Colloquium will feature a presentation by Bill Breslin, a math professor at Pacific University, on Thursday, March 8, at 4 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall.

Breslin will present “What are those surfaces doing in my hyperbolic 3-manifold?” He will explain 3-manifolds and introduce basic ways of constructing them, discuss fiber surfaces and Heegaard surfaces which are topologically important surfaces that live in 3-manifolds and present results about the geometry of surfaces in hyperbolic 3-manifolds.

For more information, contact Jennifer Heath at 503-883-2267,




Amanda Summers ’12 will present a student recital Sunday, March 11, at 7 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center.

Summers, a music major, will perform works for the oboe and an American Sign Language interpretation of Ingrid Michaelson’s “Far Away,” “The Glendy Burk” by Stephen Foster, “Sonata for Oboe and Piano” by Francis Poulenc and “Solo Pour Hautbois” by Emile Paladilhe.

Summers, of Albuquerque, N.M., studies oboe with Karen Strand, adjunct instructor of music at Linfield. Summers has been active within the music community at Linfield, participating in numerous on-campus ensembles and directing the 2011-12 Linfield College Pep Band and Drumline. She has been featured as a soloist with the Linfield Chamber Orchestra and the Linfield Concert Band. Following her graduation in May, she will attend the University of New Mexico to pursue a degree in sign language interpreting.

The event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Linfield Department of Music. For more information, call 503-883-2275.



Dawn Nowacki, Linfield College professor of political science, will discuss the current politics, gender relations and unrest of Jordanian society during an upcoming lecture.

“Meetings with Remarkable Jordanians: Politics, Gender and Society in the Middle East” will be presented Tuesday, March 13, at 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

Nowacki will discuss political reform, Arab uprising, possible civil war in Syria, as well as the political unrest between Israel and the Palestinians. She will discuss gender relations and the position of women in Jordanian society. The lecture will also include reformist monarchy, corruption and the economic development of Jordan.

Nowacki, who serves as chair of the political science department, studies women and politics in comparative perspective. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian area studies and a master’s degree in communications from the University of Washington. She earned her Ph.D. in political science from Emory University.

This event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the International Programs Office. For more information, contact Michele Tomseth, assistant director of international programs, at 503-883-2409 or



Linfield College will host Reed College professor Pancho Savery for a discussion on the censorship of literature Tuesday, March 13, at 3:30 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day Hall.

“To Cut or Not to Cut: Censorship in Literature” is sponsored by the Conversation Project, a program through Oregon Humanities that offers free conversations to engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to daily life and the state’s future. The lecture will focus on the recent efforts to remove the “N” word in literature. For example, in a new edition of Mark Twain’s “Huck Finn,” the word is changed to “slave,” and a high school production of August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” was almost sidelined because of its offensive language. Savery poses the questions: “Is censorship ever a good thing? Should accommodations be made to make clear the differences between a character and an author?”

Savery is a professor of English, humanities and American studies at Reed. He also teaches in Reed’s freshman humanities program on the Ancient Mediterranean World focusing on Greece, Egypt, Persia and Rome. For the last 11 years, he has worked with Oregon Humanities on the Humanity in Perspective program. He has given theatre talks at both Portland Center Stage and Artist Repertory Theater, and directed Delve Reading Seminars through Portland Literary Arts. He has published essays on Robert Creeley, Ezra Pound, Saunders Redding and several others. His recent poems can be found in the current issue of “Hubbub.”

Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust. Its programs include the Conversation Project, Think and Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Happy Camp, Public Programs Grants, Responsive Program Grants and the “Oregon Humanities Magazine.”

The event is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by the Linfield English Department and Oregon Humanities. For more information, visit or contact Barbara Kitt Seidman, Linfield College professor of English, at 503-883-2210,



Jean Moule, Oregon State University professor emerita, will present “Understanding Unconscious Bias and Unintentional Racism” on Tuesday, March 13, at 6:15 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium located in Melrose Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. Certificates will be available for educators seeking CPU credit.

Moule will discuss microaggressions, “blink of an eye” incidents of racism which originate in unconscious bias and are unintentional in nature. Moule believes that recognizing one’s own biases is the first step toward improving interactions with others. The lecture will benefit all global citizens who wish to develop cultural competence.

Moule was an associate professor of early childhood and elementary education at Oregon State University. Her work has been published in many publications, including the Phi Delta Kappan, Teacher Education Quarterly and Skipping Stones, a multicultural children’s magazine. Her book, Cultural Competence: A Primer for Educators, is in its second edition. She is also past president of the Oregon chapter of the National Association of Multicultural Education.

“Dr. Moule’s work in the area of microaggressions is just what we need in the 21st Century United States, when most racism and other forms of bias occur in subtle ways,” said Gennie Harris, assistant professor of education. “Knowing how to confront such difficult-to-identify bias can be a struggle, yet Moule provides practical strategies for doing so.”

The event is sponsored by the Linfield Education Department and the Linfield Education Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi. For more information, contact Harris at or 503-883-2238.



Jan Selliken, associate professor of nursing, will present “Serving As Midwives to the Dying: Exploring the Parallels Between Birth and Death” on Wednesday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

In her interactive presentation, Selliken will compare what happens to the mind, body and spirit during birth and death. It is her belief that the process of dying is quite similar to the process of birth. Selliken will explore the parallels between these two processes.

Selliken’s research has been focused on the development of end-of-life programs in both the Oregon State Penitentiary and Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. She is currently developing a prenatal program for inmates at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

Selliken received her B.S.N. from the University of Portland and her N.D. from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. She has taught various courses in the areas of childbearing and chronic illness at the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing. She has served as a hospice nurse, naturopathic physician and midwife.

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.



Foreign policy scholar Christopher Preble will present, “Solving America’s Power Problem: Why a More Modest Foreign Policy and a Smaller Military Will Keep Us Safe and Free,” on Thursday, March 15, at 3 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Preble’s lecture will address the numerous polls that show that Americans want to reduce our military presence abroad in his lecture. He will explore the aims, costs and limitations of the use of this nation’s military power.

In Preble’s book, “The Power Problem,” he makes the case that the foreign policy experts who disdain the public’s perspectives are wrong. He will offer audience members a scholarly perspective on the issue.

Preble is the vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy and served onboard USS Ticonderoga from 1990 to 1993. Preble holds a Ph.D. in history from Temple University. In addition to “The Power Problem,” he is the author of John F. Kennedy and the Missile Gap and Exiting Iraq: How the U.S. Must End the Occupation and Renew the War against Al Qaeda.

The event is hosted by the Linfield Department of Political Science and the International Relations major. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nicholas Buccola, assistant professor of political science, at



Grant Miller, assistant professor of medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine, will present “Women’s Suffrage, Political Responsiveness and Child Survival in American History,” on Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Reading Room at Linfield College. The presentation, held during women’s history month, also marks the state-wide celebration of the centennial of women’s suffrage in Oregon.

Miller will discuss his research findings that the passage of women’s suffrage laws led to new legislation and large increases in public health funding. He concludes that these changes resulted in an 8 percent to 15 percent decline in child mortality.

In addition to his faculty appointment at the Stanford School of Medicine, Miller is a core faculty member at the Center for Health Policy, Primary Care and Outcome Research. He also serves as a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Stanford Center for International Development. His primary interests are in health and development economics and economic demography.

Miller’s work on women’s suffrage and child survival can be found in The Quarterly Journal of Economics. He will present a brown-bag lunch talk on the same topic on Friday, March 16, at noon at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland.

The event is sponsored by the Edith Green Endowed Lecture fund. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Debbie Olsen, instructor in history, at or 503-883-2759.



Don DeFrang ’12 was selected for an outstanding research award for the American College of Sports Medicine NW chapter. He will present his research, “Effects of a Climbing Education Program on Physical Fitness and Macronutrient Intake in Novice Mountaineers,” as an oral presentation at the March 2012 conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

David Sumner, associate professor of English, will present “Brother Against Brother: Pragmatism, Civility and the Civil War,” Tuesday, March 6, at the Bend Public Library. Sumner is featured with the Oregon Conversation Project, joining some of the state’s most respected humanities scholars to generate conversations across the state.

Jim Garaventa, an advisor for the Division of Continuing Education, was featured in a story in The Commuter, a weekly student-run newspaper at Linn-Benton Community College.

The Board of Trustees approved the following faculty for tenure: Michael Crosser, Gennie Harris, Greg Hill, Anna Keesey, Anne Kruchten, Jeannette O’Brien and John Syring. Professors Crosser, Harris, Keesey, Kruchten and Syring were promoted to the rank of associate professor. In addition, Martin Dwomoh-Tweneboah, Jackson Miller and Jennifer Nordstrom were promoted to the rank of full professor.

The Board also approved sabbatical leaves for the following faculty: Deborah Canepa, Effects of exercise on exam-related stress and anxiety; Jesus Ilundain-Agurruza, Skillful striving: reflective cultivation of excellence, active pursuits and embodied cognition; Kathy Kinderman, Manuscript preparation of dissertation research; Anne Kruchten, Understanding the role of protein modification in cancer cells; Mindy Larson, Writing workshop: assessment and instructional strategies; Sandra Lee, Intercultural communication on campus, course development and assessment; Jeff McNamee, The economic impact of mountain biking in Oregon; Patrice O’Donovan, Research on the feasibility of moving to an electronic library; Violeta Ramsey, Write a textbook describing the most relevant cultural phenomena of the Spanish World; Eric Schuck, Management practices of farms on the urban/rural fringe; Jana Taylor, Study to determine if Linfield can establish a dedicated educational organization with Vibra Specialty Hospital of Portland; and Brad Thompson, Cross-cultural journalism and teaching in Tanzania.




7:30 p.m.: Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, “The College: Our Shining City on the Hill,” Ice


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

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

Noon: ASL table, Dillin

5 p.m.: Wellness table, 124 Walker


11:50 a.m.: Voices, Dillin

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin

Noon: Chinese language table, Dillin

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

4 p.m.: Science Colloquium, Bill Breslin, “What are those surfaces doing in my hyperbolic 3-manifold?” 105 Murdock


Today and tomorrow: Track and field, NCAA III Indoor Championships at Grinnell, Iowa

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

Noon: French language table, Dillin


Today and tomorrow: Women’s golf at PLU Invitational

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

11 a.m.: Baseball vs. Willamette

11 a.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Puget Sound

Noon: Softball vs. Puget Sound

1 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Puget Sound

7 p.m.: Logan Freitas, tenor, senior voice recital, Ice


11 a.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Whitman

Noon: Baseball vs. Willamette

Noon: Softball vs. Pacific Lutheran

7 p.m.: Amanda Summers student recital, Delkin