Linfield Reports, 3/7/11


The exhibit “Inspiration and Imagination: Art Intersecting Anthropology” will open Tuesday, March 8, at noon at the Linfield Anthropology Museum in Walker Hall.

The exhibit will feature objects from Linfield’s anthropology collection and works of art inspired by these objects and created by art and visual culture students last fall. The exhibit offers a unique opportunity for art students to interact with ethnographic objects to create something completely original. It also offers anthropology students this semester a chance to install their first exhibition.

Students were asked to reinterpret a previous artist’s vision of something, in this case, a vision expressed in the form of an ethnographic object. After viewing the object, the student is meant to grapple with the question of what they are going to do with it, how are they going to react and what they want to say. The class was made of mostly non-art majors.

The prospect was a collaborative effort on the part of Keni Sturgeon, faculty curator, and Totem Shriver, adjunct professor of art and visual culture. The exhibit highlights cross-cultural collaboration that occurs when faculty and students come together with a shared purpose, Sturgeon said.

“This is exactly the sort of project that the collections in the Linfield Anthropology Museum should be used for,” she added.

The exhibit will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until June. Light refreshments will be served at the opening which will also feature Professors Amy Orr and Brian Winkenweder, department chairs. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact, 503-883-2596.


Michael Huntsberger, assistant professor of mass communication, will present “Transforming the introductory mass communication course: Using mass media to teach mass media” at the Faculty Learning Commons Tuesday, March 8, at 11:45 a.m. in the Dillin West Wing.

In a culture supersaturated by mass media, it seems logical to use the tools of mass media to teach students about mass media and communication. The Fall 2010 Introduction to Mass Communication course, MSCM 150, offered an appropriate setting to test this logic, and an opportunity to experiment with several blended learning techniques, including online quizzes, asynchronous discussions, video podcasts, blogs, electronic text materials and online lessons. The presentation will provide an overview of these teaching experiences, and discuss some of the opportunities and challenges that emerge from blended learning.


Gudrun Hommel, Linfield College associate professor of German, will present “Globetrotters, Heirlooms and Heimat: Reflections on Teaching College,” as part of Linfield’s faculty lecture series on Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Hommel has been at Linfield since 1987, and began teaching a writing-intensive freshman inquiry at Linfield three years ago. Along with her students, she undertook a research and writing project of her own and investigated ways to successfully foster academic and personal growth in her freshmen students and herself. Hommel will talk about teaching strategies and how her experience with different cultures and languages is helpful in teaching college students.

“What interests me is to find out how my experience as a language educator, someone who has worked with study abroad programs and taught freshmen colloquium, someone who has negotiated different cultures and languages all her life, could be advantageous to teaching college freshmen,” Hommel said.

Hommel graduated from Gymnasium and received her Abitur, the German equivalent of a final exam, in Mainz, Germany. She earned her B.A. with an emphasis on German literature and education from Portland State University, an M.A. in German language and literature from Portland State University, and a Ph.D. in Germanic languages and literatures from the University of Oregon.

The lecture 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.


The Linfield College Music Department will present a trio concert Friday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Delkin Recital Hall in the Bull Music Center.

Sherill Roberts, cello instructor at Linfield, will be joined by Amy Natzke on violin and Anna Danese on piano. They will play Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Brahms.

Roberts is principal cellist of the Portland Opera orchestra and the Linfield Chamber Orchestra. She has a master’s in music from the University of Wisconsin, and has performed in the United States and Europe. She also teaches body mapping for musicians and gives music workshops.

Natzke is the associate concertmaster of the Portland Columbia Symphony and has performed with the Portland Chamber Orchestra and the Oregon Chamber Players. She teaches privately in Newberg and is a graduate from the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Michigan.

Danese teaches humanities and art history at Veritas Classical Christian School in Newberg. She received a bachelor’s in piano performance from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., and is finishing her master’s in classical Christian studies at New St. Andrew’s in Moscow, Idaho.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.


The Linfield College Music Department will present a lecture and demonstration of Ghanaian Ewe religious and ceremonial music and rituals Saturday, March 12, at 4 p.m. in Delkin Recital Hall in the Bull Music Center.

The program, “Ghanaian Ewe Music, Culture and Cosmology,” includes a tribute to Larry Marsh, professor emeritus of music. In addition to the lecture, the presenters will also perform music and show fieldwork footage.

Presenters include Barry Bilderback, assistant professor of music history and ethnomusicology at the University of Idaho. Bilderback graduated from the University of Idaho, Lionel Hampton School of Music. He served as adjunct professor at Linfield from 2001 to 2008, and he led a group of Linfield students to Ghana in January 2007.

In addition to Bilderback, other presenters include Hunor Gatukpe Dogah, Nii Ardey Attoleh and Alexander Agordoh. Dogah is high priest, healer and master-drummer from Kpeve Village, Volta Region, Ghana. Attoleh, founder and leader of “Kaagba Ohenaa,” owns and runs Anansi Beat, a Ghanaian music and culture shop located in Portland. Agordoh, author of “West African Music, an Introduction,” has taught at institutes of higher education throughout Ghana and Nigeria. He also served as a graduate fellow at the University of Ghana and was the chancellor of secondary education in Volta Region.

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


The public can learn about the male singing voice in a class taught by David Wakeham, British-based baritone, Monday, March 14, at 8 p.m. in Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian Bull Music Center.

Wakeham will instruct the master class on the male voice during which he will teach five baritones and tenors, emphasizing particular issues for the male singing voice. As a leading baritone in European opera houses, Wakeham has accumulated vast experience and knowledge. He has performed in places including La Scala Milano, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Theatre an der Wien, the Komische Oper Berlin, Oper Leipzig and Opera Australia with major roles in the Czech, German and Italian repertoire. Wakeham will be at Linfield for a ten-day residency March 8-16, during which time he will lead classes and lessons.

Master class pianist will be Linfield alumna Susan McDaniel. She has appeared widely as a soloist and chamber musician, including recitals in France, Germany, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. She studied piano with Jill Timmons at Linfield and Warren Jones at Manhattan School of Music. McDaniel has been a member of the music staff at Seattle Opera, Utah Festival Opera, the San Diego Opera Ensemble and Manhattan School of Music. McDaniel is an adjunct professor and collaborative pianist at Linfield.

The March 14 event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Fund and the Linfield Music Department. For more information, contact Gwen Leonard at 503-883-2233 or Donna Root at 503-883-2275.


Distinguished philosophy Professor Larry Hickman will present two lectures for the 40th annual Walter Powell Linfield College philosophy lectures on Monday, March 14, and Tuesday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall in the lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield.

On Monday, Hickman will present “Secularism, Secularization and John Dewey: Post-Modernism without Nihilism,” a lecture that offers suggestions for thinking about dogmatism and diversity, supernaturalism, anti-religious sentiment, humanist alternatives to supernaturalism, and what Hickman calls “bridge” supernaturalism. Hickman will argue that John Dewey’s philosophy of religion as articulated in his 1934 book “A Common Faith” provides important tools for plotting steady courses of action amid the complexities of the American religious landscape.

On Tuesday, Hickman will present “Genuine Concepts in John Dewey’s Educational Philosophy.” As a part of his work in logic and educational philosophy, Dewey described methods of inquiry that are capable of producing what he termed “genuine” concepts, which are distinguished from both nominal and analytic concepts. Some of the educational consequences of these distinctions are explored, and two examples are provided; one at length and in detail, the other more briefly. The first examines concepts that influence public policy regarding adoption of children by same-sex couples. The second addresses the difficulties of generating genuine concepts of democracy.

Hickman is director of the Center for Dewey Studies and professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. His work as director and ambassador for the Center for Dewey Studies has contributed to the global renaissance of Dewey-based scholarship and practices. Hickman is the author of “Modern Theories of Higher Level Predicates,” “John Dewey’s Pragmatic Technology,” “Philosophical Tools for Technological Culture” and “Pragmatism as Post-Postmodernism.” He is also the editor or co-editor of more than 15 volumes. He has written dozens of articles, appearing in nationally and internationally acclaimed venues.

The Walter Powell-Linfield College Annual Philosophy Lectureship is in recognition of a generous gift from Michael Powell in honor of his father.

The events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Kaarina Beam, Linfield assistant professor of philosophy, at or 503-883-2216.


Linfield College students will combine palm readers, engagements and murder for a comedic performance of West Moon Street.

The Linfield Theatre will present four shows March 15-18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

Elizabeth Rothan, a 1985 Linfield graduate, will direct the play. West Moon Street is based on a short story by Oscar Wilde, Lord Savile’s Crime. Linfield students will perform an adaptation of the story by Rob Urbinati, a playwright and director who resides in New York City.

Urbinati visited Linfield Feb. 23-26, during which time he gave a college-wide presentation on his work with “Immigrant Voices,” a program that develops new plays for Queens Theatre where he directs. He also led a workshop on playwriting and visited with classes in creative writing and theatre to discuss his experiences as a working professional.

“To have the playwright’s perspective on set is rare,” said Rothan. “To have his critique and have him guide us during the process is really something special.”

Rothan received a master of fine arts in acting from Rutgers University and has performed professionally in New York and regional theatres throughout the United States. In addition to Linfield, she also teaches at Chemeketa Community College and the National Theatre Institute in New London, Connecticut.

The play begins with Lord Arthur deliriously happy, newly down from Oxford and engaged to be married when a mysterious palm reader predicts that he will commit a murder. A proper English gentleman, Arthur believes it is his duty to get this killing over with before he marries. But his education has not provided him with the required skills, and a hilarious series of mishaps ensue as he sets about finding his victim.

Tickets will go on sale March 8. Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff; and $5 for students; with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Seating is reserved. Tickets will be available on the web at, by phone, or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. For more information, call 503-883-2292.


Aviation and history will come together in a reading by local author Laurel Adams Tuesday, March 15, at 4 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

The reading will highlight Adams, a 1959 Linfield graduate and local resident of McMinnville. Adams will read from his novel “Two Boys,” which is set in the 1930s and 1940s. In Adams’ book, readers will discover a range of themes from aviation to the State of Oregon and more. Copies of Adams’ book will be available for sale and a book signing will be held after the reading.

Adams was born in Minnesota in 1934. However, he is considered an Oregon native since his family moved to the state in 1936, where they lived on a farm on the Lafayette-Hopewell Highway. Adams’ Linfield education was briefly interrupted by his service in the Army. He later graduated and taught for 31 years in the education system, during which time he served as a principal for multiple schools. Adams’ various experiences, from his service in the Army to his more than three decades of work and his interest in aviation, fueled his inspiration for the book.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, director of Linfield Libraries, 503-883-2517.


The high-stakes realm of organized crime sets the foundation for author Peter Laufer’s reading Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

The reading will feature Laufer in a discussion of his two books The Dangerous World of Butterflies and Forbidden Creatures. After receiving an invitation to a butterfly preserve in Nicaragua, Laufer stumbled into a theater of intrigue and nefarious character, all of which were in pursuit of one of nature’s most delicate creatures. Laufer’s narrative delves into unpredictable turns of crime, ecological devastation and more in Nicaragua. In the book’s follow up, Forbidden Creatures, Laufer exposes the network of hunters, traders, breeders and customers who constitute this villainous business.

Laufer is the James Wallace Chair in Journalism at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. He also worked as a globe-trotting correspondent for NBC News, during which time he reported, wrote, and produced several documentaries and special event broadcasts. Laufer finished his undergraduate degree in English at the University of California in Berkeley. He earned his master’s in communications, journalism and public affairs from the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C., and his Ph.D. in cultural studies from Leeds Metropolitan University Faculty of Arts and Society in England. His post-graduate work includes media studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin; German language study at the Carl Duisberg Centren in Cologne; French culture and politics study at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris, and Spanish language study at the Academia Sonora lengua y cultura española in Macharviaya, Spain.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Linfield Nicholson Library and the Mass Communication Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517,



Noon: French conversation table, Dillin


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

11:45 a.m.: Michael Huntsberger, Faculty Learning Commons, Dillin

Noon: “Inspiration and Imagination: Art Intersecting Anthropology,” Anthropology Museum, Walker Hall

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


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

Noon: American Sign Language table, Dillin

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin


Today and tomorrow: Track and field at NCAA indoor championships, Columbus, Ohio

Noon: Free blood pressure clinic, Cook

3:30 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Whitworth

4 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Whitworth

7:30 p.m.: Trio concert, Delkin


9:30 a.m.: Women’s tennis at Gonzaga

10 a.m.: Track and field at Pacific Preview

Noon: Softball at Pacific Lutheran

Noon: Baseball at Willamette

12:30 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse at Pacific

4 p.m.: “Ghanaian Ewe Music, Culture and Cosmology,” Delkin


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

Noon: Softball at Puget Sound

1 p.m.: Baseball at Willamette