Linfield Reports, 4/14/14


Herb MaschnerHerbert Maschner, research professor of anthropology at Idaho State University, will present “Why Men Kill: The Evolution of Violence and the Origins of War” Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

Maschner is Linfield’s 10th annual anthropology lecturer in a series that showcases diverse perspectives from all four subfields of anthropology.

In this lecture, Maschner will discuss the ultimate foundations of group conflict in human history, taking an approach that integrates social anthropology, history, archaeology, primatology and evolutionary biology and psychology. Using historical, anthropological and archaeological examples, Maschner will look at the history of warfare at every scale of society and review the propensity of warfare and violence under different kinds of social structures.

Maschner also serves as the director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History. His research interests include human biocomplexity and the environment, resource and community sustainability, long-term human impact and interactions with marine ecosystems, fisheries, ocean modeling and human ecosystem engineering. He holds a bachelor’s in anthropology from the University of New Mexico, a master’s in archaeology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The lecture is sponsored by the Linfield College Department of Sociology/Anthropology and PLACE. For more information, call ext. 2504 or email


Ron WhiteHistorian Ronald White, Jr., author of the biography A. Lincoln: A Biography, will speak during the exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” on Tuesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library.

White is an American historian, bestselling author and scholar of Abraham Lincoln. His 2009 biography on Lincoln was a New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times bestseller, honored as one of the best books of the year by several other publications and received the Christopher Award, awarded to books affirming the highest values of the human spirit. He has written eight books including Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural and The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words. He has lectured at the White House and has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, Whitworth University, Colorado College and Rider University. White is a UCLA and Princeton University graduate with a Ph.D. in religion and history.

Linfield is hosting “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” through May 16. The exhibit, 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. The traveling exhibit has been made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This event is sponsored by The American Library Association, the Linfield College Department of Political Science and Nicholson Library. For more information, call Susan Barnes Whyte at ext. 2517 or email



Jim TankersleyWashington Post economic policy correspondent Jim Tankersley will explain the newspaper’s plans for a new model of journalism combining rich data analysis and storytelling in “Tell me a story (with numbers, too)” Wednesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Tankersley, an award-winning journalist who was born and raised in McMinnville, is leading the Washington Post’s new effort to use narrative journalism as a way to tell complex, policy-oriented stories that will grab readers. He will explain the newspaper’s plans for a new model of journalism that combines rich data analysis and storytelling.

“America’s problems are growing more and more complex,” Tankersley said. “It’s hard to tell why the economy isn’t creating nearly as many middle-class jobs as it used to, or why health care costs so much, or whether the growing reach of government helps more than it hurts.

“The great challenge in American journalism today is helping news consumers − readers and viewers and listeners − understand those puzzles, so the country can solve the big problems,” he continued. “To do that, journalists need to put a ‘Big Data’ twist on an old standby: rich, human storytelling.”

“We are thrilled that Jim is going to be visiting Linfield to talk about journalism,” said Brad Thompson, associate professor and chair of the Mass Communication Department. “This will be a great opportunity for our students to interact with one of the finest journalists working at the forefront of the intersection of new media and journalism.”

The new, yet-to-be-named data and storytelling blog at the Post joins an existing effort called Wonkblog, which was founded and led by Ezra Klein, who recently left the newspaper for another venture. In announcing the new blog, the newspaper said it “will combine top-shelf writing, razor-sharp data analysis and rich human drama to explain and illuminate complicated public policy topics for our audience.

Tankersley got his start in journalism as an intern at the McMinnville News-Register while in ninth grade. He worked four summers at the paper, graduated from McMinnville High School and left for Stanford University. There he earned a political science degree and was editor in chief of the Stanford Daily.

He covered education at The Oregonian; politics at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver and the Toledo Blade in Ohio; politics and environmental issues for the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau; and economics at National Journal magazine. He joined the Washington Post as economic policy correspondent in late 2012. He won the 2007 Livingston Award for Young Journalists and the 1996 “Most Inspirational” award for the McMinnville High School boys’ basketball team. He and his wife, Marci Prenger, have a 7-year-old son, Max.

The lecture is sponsored by the mass communication department. For more information, contact Thompson at ext. 2291.


The Importance of Being EarnestLinfield College theatre students will don corsets and English accents for the upcoming spring production of the Oscar Wilde comedy The Importance of Being Earnest. The production will run April 16-18 and 23-26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

The Importance of Being Earnest, which originally premiered in the 1890s, is a farcical comedy in which the main characters maintain fake personas in order to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play confronts serious institutions such as marriage with witty dialogue and a satiric take on London’s high society.

Under the direction of Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts, the comedy is a change of pace following two dramatic productions by the theatre department this season – Legacies of War Onstage and Ajax in Iraq.

“We wanted a classic that would allow our students to work with sophisticated language and a heightened sense of reality,” said Gupton. “The show also provides wonderful costume and scenery opportunities.”

The Importance of Being Earnest features a 13-member cast including junior Nicholas Granato as Algernon, freshman Heidie Ambrose as Cecily and freshman Murphy Jackson as Jack. It will be performed in arena style, also known as “in the round,” which features the audience surrounding the stage. According to Gupton, the intimate setup requires extra attention to detail for stage design, lighting and acting. For example, Set Designer Kristeen Crosser looked for low backs on the settees and other furniture to keep sight lines open.

One challenging aspect of the play for cast members has been learning the British dialect and inflection patterns, Gupton said. But the challenge is balanced by entertaining rehearsals and the playful nature of the production.

“Working on a comedy always makes rehearsals fun and a bit crazy,” said Gupton, referring to the mood of the rehearsals. “Add to that corsets, fans, cucumber sandwiches, tea etiquette and the British dialect, which the majority of the cast is required to learn, and you have quite a circus of events unfolding.”

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, April 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 are available at, by phone or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Located in the lobby of Ford Hall, the box office is open Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days.

Due to Easter, performance times differ from the usual Marshall Theatre schedule. There will be two additional Wednesday performances and no Saturday or Sunday performances during Easter Weekend, April 19-20.

For more information, call ext. 2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.



Pioneer Hall, Linfield CollegeThe Office of Admission will host a Spring Visit Day for admitted seniors on Friday, April 18. The visit will provide students and their parents an opportunity to decide if Linfield is the best college fit for them. Many students will stay overnight before the visit day, on Thursday, April 17. Guests will have lunch with students and faculty in Dillin from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Friday. Faculty members are invited to join guests for lunch. For more information, call ext. 2213 or visit





Linfield College bandThe Linfield College Concert Band will present its spring concert, “Linfield Concert Band Goes to the Movies!” on Tuesday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium.

Under the direction of Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music and director of instrumental activities, and four student conductors, the concert band will perform a variety of pieces from well-known films and composers. Student conductors include seniors Zach Davis and Joe Komarek and juniors Amanda Pierce and Christian Santangelo. The concert will feature pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Camille Saint-Saëns, John Williams, Harry Alford, John Philip Sousa and Ennio Morricone, among others, and will feature music from Looney Toons, The Bridge On the River Kwai, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, Nightmare Before Christmas and others. The concert will also feature the first movement of “First Piano Concerto,” which was written and will also be conducted by Davis.

Davis studies piano performance and composition. He has been featured as a concerto soloist, chamber musician and solo performer, and has performed at the Portland International Piano Festival and Oregon Bach Festival as a pianist. His compositions have won the American Federation of Music Club’s competition for chamber music and one was featured at the 2013 Oregon Bach Festival.

Komarek studies composition. This is his first year in concert band and his first time conducting a large ensemble. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in music and start an independent music publishing service after graduation.

Pierce, who is also a first-time conductor, is a music and religious studies double major. She plays both the trumpet and French horn, and was selected to play trumpet with the College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Honor Band in 2012.

Santangelo studies percussion performance. He played lead guitar for Linfield’s spring 2013 production of “Spring Awakening,” was featured as a soloist with the Linfield Chamber Orchestra, and performed with the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps and the Oregon Crusaders Indoor percussion ensemble. Santangelo has also performed with the CBDNA Collegiate Honor Band.

For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Today and tomorrow: Track and field at NWC Multievents

4:30 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Loras


Noon: ASL table, Dillin

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

7 p.m.: Herbert Maschner, “Why Men Kill: The Evolution of Violence and the Origins of War,” Jonasson Hall

7:30 p.m.: Ronald White, Jr., “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” Nicholson Library


Noon: German language table, Dillin

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

7:30 p.m.: The Importance of Being Earnest, Marshall Theatre

7:30 p.m.: Jim Tankersley, “Tell me a story (with numbers, too)” 201 Riley Hall


4 p.m.: Alternative Spring Break Presentations, Jonasson Hall

7:30 p.m.: The Importance of Being Earnest, Marshall Theatre


All day: Spring visit day

Today and tomorrow: Softball vs. NWC Tournament

Today and tomorrow: Track and field at Lewis & Clark Invitational

Today: Men’s golf at Willamette Cup

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin NW Alcove

Noon: Baseball at George Fox

3 p.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Whitman

4 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Whitman

7:30 p.m.: The Importance of Being Earnest, Marshall Theatre


10 a.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Whitworth

11 a.m.: Men’s tennis at Whitworth

1 p.m.: Baseball at George Fox