Linfield Reports, 3/6/17

Mary Sully’s artwork focus of Jonasson lecture

Phil DeloriaPhilip Deloria, a Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan, will present “Towards an American Indian Abstract: The Art and Politics of Mary Sully” on Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in the Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Between the late 1920s and mid 1940s, Dakota Sioux artist Mary Sully created a unique portfolio of art, completely unknown to contemporary American or American Indian art history.  Deeply engaged with modernist art and design, and with indigenous women’s traditions of the Northern Plains, Sully’s work is both aesthetically pleasing and conceptually challenging. In this talk, Deloria will offer close readings of several images in order to make the case that Sully’s art both belongs in, and alters, the canon of American and American Indian arts of the twentieth century, and that its engagement with ‘culture and personality’ anthropology helped produce a politics visible in both form and content.

Deloria received a Ph.D. in American Studies at Yale University in 1994. His research focuses on the social, cultural and political histories of the relations between American Indians and the United States. His 1998 prize-winning book “Playing India,” traced ‘Indian play’ from the Boston Tea Party to the New Age movement, while his 2004 book “Indians in Unexpected Places,” examined the ideologies surrounding Indian people in the early twentieth century and the ways Native Americans challenged them through sports, travel, auto-mobility, film and musical performance. Deloria is a former president of the American Studies Association, a past trustee of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Jonas A. “Steine” Jonasson Endowed Lecture that 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.

For more information contact Lissa Wadewitz at 503-883-2719 or


Linfield faculty, students to present chamber music

Carnival of the animalsLinfield College will present “The Carnival of the Animals: An Evening of Saint-Saens,” featuring the Linfield Faculty-Student Chamber Ensemble, Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

Camille Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” will be performed in its original chamber version by the Linfield Faculty-Student Chamber Ensemble with guest narrators, Ronni Lacroute and John McKeegan. The ensemble will also perform Saint-Saens’ “Septet for Trumpet, Strings and Piano,” featuring Linfield faculty Joan Paddock, trumpet; Victoria Gunn, viola; and Albert Kim, piano. Kim also serves as director of the Faculty-Student Chamber Ensemble series.

Now entering its second season, the Faculty-Student Chamber Ensemble provides advanced Linfield music students with the opportunity to perform chamber repertory alongside professional mentor musicians.  It is made possible by the generous support of our music community.  Student performers are recommended by the music faculty on the basis of outstanding performance juries. Mentor musicians represent Linfield College, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Willamette University, Concordia University, the Portland Opera Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Chintimini Chamber Festival, TableTop Opera and Universidad Juan N. Corpas.

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


International wine marketing talk set

Alex GambalBurgundy vineyard owner Alex Gambal will share his experience and global perspective of international wine marketing during a lecture on Tuesday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall at Linfield College.

Gambal is the owner of Maison Alex Gambal in Burgundy, France. After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill in 1979, Gambal quickly began a career in real estate in Washington, D.C. Because of his passion for Burgundy, he left the world of real estate to explore the Cote D’Or. During his exploration he attended viticulture school in Beaune, and in 1997 founded Maison Alex Gambal, an estate-based, biodynamic producer in Burgundy. Following the creation of his winery, he continued to acquire vineyard land in Burgundy and became the first foreigner to purchase vineyards in the Grand Crus of Puligny and Chassagne.

Currently, Maison Alex Gambal produces approximately 6,000 cases of wine a year, 55 percent of which is white. The range of his appellations extends from Bourgogne Pinot Noir and Bourgogne Chardonnay, Village, Premier Crus and Grand Crus; such as his Batard-Montrachet, Corton- Charlemagne Clos Vougeot and Latricieres-Chambertin. Maison Alex Gambal now exports to 20 countries around the world.

The talk, part of the Linfield College Wine Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2766.


Linfield Lively Arts to host Trio con Brio Copenhagen

Trio con Brio CopenhagenAward-winning classical musicians Trio con Brio Copenhagen will perform Wednesday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, located in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The concert is sponsored by the Linfield Lively Arts Series and presented in partnership with Friends of Chamber Music. The trio features Soo-Jin Hong, violin, Soo-Kyung Hong, cello and Jens Elvekjaer, piano performing “Piano Trio No.1 in C minor, Opus 8” by Dmitri Shostakovich, “Piano Trio in E-flat major, Opus 70, No. 2” by Ludwig van Beethoven and “Trio in B-flat Major, Opus 99, D. 898” by Franz Schubert.

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.

Soo-Jin Hong plays a violin built by Andrea Guarneri from the 17th century. Soo-Kyung Hong plays a Giovanni Grancino cello from 1672. Pianist Jens Elvekjaer is Denmark’s first and only Steinway artist.

The concert is sponsored by the Linfield Lively Arts Series, which 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 K-12 students and Linfield students with current ID. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit

Weisz to share marine sponge research

Jeremy Weisz, professor of biologyJeremy Weisz, associate professor of biology at Linfield College, will present “Symbiosis in the Sea: Studying Relationships between Marine Sponges and Marine Microbes” on Wednesday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

Weisz will share his recent work on Florida sponges, especially the bioeroding sponge Cliona varians, and their unique symbioses with microbes. He will discuss how sponges enter into mutualistic interactions with bacteria and algae to reduce their need to filter feed.  Weisz will share how Cliona sponges use these symbiotic interactions to erode the coral reef, in ways that are both harmful and beneficial to the reef.

Weisz, a Linfield professor since 2010, received a bachelor of science degree in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in marine sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received the 2016 Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award given at Linfield. He also received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund research with Linfield students and has also worked to bring to Linfield the Small World Initiative, a national program which engages students with real-world microbial research.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month. For more information, call 503-883-2409.


Linfield Theatre to perform ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’

Circle Mirror Transformation“Circle Mirror Transformation,” Annie Baker’s 2009 Obie award–winning play, will be presented March 15-18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield College.

When four lost New Englanders enroll in Marty’s community center drama class and begin to experiment with harmless theatre games, hearts are quietly torn apart and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. The eclectic assortment of characters include Marty, the teacher, her husband James, a recently divorced carpenter, a reticent high schooler and a former actress. This is a beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.

Stephanie Mulligan, a 2013 Linfield graduate, is the guest director. She is a stage director in both the professional and educational arenas. Based in the Pacific Northwest, she has been a frequent participant in international programming, through which she has collaborated with theatre artists in India, Vietnam and Australia. She returns to Vietnam this summer as an Arts Envoy of the U.S. Department of State.

Cast members include Ben Bartu, Joella Cordell, Antoine Johnson, Bailey Sipila and Arianna Strong, with scenic and lighting design by Ty Marshall, costume design by Laurel Peterson and sound design by Rob Vaughn. Alyssa Lawrence is stage manager.

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors and Linfield faculty and staff; and $5 for students; with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available at Tickets will be available at the Marshall Theatre Box Office beginning Tuesday, March 7. Located in Ford Hall, the box office is open Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and from 3 to 7:30 p.m. on performance days.

For more information, call 503-883-2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. It is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., New York.


Linfield to offer music workshop for K-12 educators

Linfield College Music DepartmentA workshop aimed at providing new and innovative approaches to teaching music is open to local elementary educators and Linfield College students.

Little Kids Rock will partner with Linfield to share popular music education techniques with K-12 students on Saturday, March 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Woolley Hall in the Vivian Bull Music Center at Linfield.

Dozens of music students and elementary education majors from Linfield, along with local elementary educators, will gather to widen the door to music participation for all students and rock out with their peers. This workshop prepares educators to reach and connect with their students through the program, which teaches students the popular musical styles of the past 60 years, from rock and reggae to Latin and R&B, among other genres. The program complements existing music electives such as jazz band, choral ensembles, marching band and orchestra.

The workshop is created by Little Kids Rock, a provider of free instruments and music instruction to U.S. Public Schools, and hosted by Linfield Professor Anna Song. Attendees will receive professional development from Bryan Powell, director of higher education at Little Kids Rock.

The workshop is free to attend. Participants are asked to bring guitars, if possible. Registration deadline is Monday, March 13. For more information, contact Song at 503-883-2406 or


Copperman reading highlights teaching in Mississippi Delta

Michael CoppermanAuthor Mike Copperman will present a reading on Tuesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Copperman, senior instructor of English at the University of Oregon, will read from and talk about his memoir, Teacher: Two Years in the Mississippi Delta, which captures what it’s like to teach in America’s poorest and most troubled public schools. Of the memoir, Joe Wilkins, associate professor of English at Linfield, writes, “I was knocked out by the pure hard honesty of Copperman’s story.”

Teacher captures both the disorientation of living in the divided world of the Mississippi Delta and the heartbreaking struggles of too many of our nation’s young people.

Copperman has taught writing to low-income, first-generation students of diverse backgrounds at the University of Oregon for the last decade. His prose has appeared in The Oxford American, The Sun, Creative Nonfiction, Salon, Gulf Coast, Guernica, Waxwing and Copper Nickel, among other magazines. Copperman has won awards and garnered fellowships from the Munster Literature Center, Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, Oregon Literary Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission.

This reading is a part of the “Readings at the Nick” series. The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield Nicholson Library and the Linfield English department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517,


Community news

Chris Keaveney, professor of Japanese, published a book of poetry, “Your Eureka Not Mined.”

Anna Song, associate professor of music and director of choral activities, was featured in the Oregonian, “Music for women’s voices: Portland’s In Mulieribus choir celebrates its 10th.”

Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, professor of English and co-coordinator of the Gender Studies Program, published a critical review of “Diasporas, Cultures of Mobilities, ‘Race’” in the journal ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature. Vol. 48.1, January 2017, John Hopkins University Press.


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