Linfield Reports, 4/15/13


Pricilla YaminPriscilla Yamin, assistant professor of political science at the University of Oregon, will present “Marriage: A Political Institution,” Monday, April 15, at 11:45 a.m. in the Pioneer Reading Room.

Yamin will examine marriage as a political institution as well as a religious and cultural one. In its political dimension, marriage delineates both the meaning and the concrete terms of citizenship. It represents communal duty, moral education and social and civic status. At the same time, it represents individual choice, contract, liberty, and independence from the state. According to Yamin, these opposing but interrelated characteristics generate a tension between a politics of obligations and a politics of rights.

Yamin will talk about how the current debate over same-sex marriage is only the most recent manifestation of the debate shrouding marriage in the United States. She will discuss what is at stake for those who want to restrict marriage and for those who seek to extend it. She will also cover it from the perspective that those questions can only be answered by viewing marriage as a political institution as well as a religious and cultural one. Yamin is a faculty affiliate at the Center for the Study of Women in Society and the author of American Marriage: A Political Institution.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights and Justice. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. and the lecture will begin at noon. For more information, call ext. 2246,



Linfield CollegeThe Office of Admission will host a Spring Visit Day for admitted seniors Monday, April 15. 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 Sunday, April 14. Guests will lunch in Dillin from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Monday. Faculty members are invited to join guests for lunch. For more information, call ext. 2213 or visit the admission website.






It's a GirlA film screening of It’s a Girl will be shown Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in 101 Graf Hall.

Shot on location in India and China, It’s a Girl tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and mothers who would kill for a son. Global experts and grassroots activists put the stories in context, collectively lament the lack of any truly effective action against this injustice, and advocate a path towards change.

Director Evan Davis has traveled the globe with camera in hand for 16 years, advocating for social justice through writing and directing short documentaries and educational videos that champion the cause of the poor and exploited. It’s a Girl is his first feature-length documentary.

The screening is free. It is sponsored by the Student Advocates for Gender Equality Club (SAGE). For more information, email or



Joan Haaland PaddockThe Linfield College Music Department will present a trumpet duo recital featuring John Harbaugh and Joan Paddock on Thursday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The program will feature compositions from the baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary eras with composers including Jean-Philippe Rameau, Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Hermann Bellstedt and others. Styles of music to be performed include a turn-of-the-century cornet solo, baroque trumpet, commercial jazz and art music from five centuries. The duo will be accompanied by Teresa Harbaugh, collaborative accompanist, who will perform both on piano and the cassavant organ.

Harbaugh, associate professor of trumpet at Central Washington University, has over 25 years of college teaching experience. His professional experience includes international tours, three Grammy-nominated albums and a recording as a jazz soloist with the London Symphony. He is principal trumpet in the Yakima Symphony.

Paddock, professor of music and director of instrumental activities at Linfield, received a doctorate in trumpet performance from Indiana University, where she earned a performer’s certificate in addition to master’s and bachelor’s degrees in trumpet performance and music education.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 2275,



C.A. (Chet) BowersC.A. (Chet) Bowers, professor emeritus at Portland State University and courtesy professor of environmental studies at the University of Oregon, will present two lectures on educational reforms that address the ecology of war, as part of the annual Walter Powell-Linfield College Philosophy Lectures April 21-22.

The lectures, based on the theme “Educational Reforms that Address the Ecology of War,” will explore ideological, technological and economic forces that have created a state of conflict that can be identified as an “ecology of war.” These conflicts exist today in the form of cyber attacks, in the use of drones to kill people perceived to be enemies, in efforts to colonize other cultures, in the exploitation and destruction of habitats and species, and in the conflict between ideologies that reduce political decisions to that of avoiding compromising with the enemy.

Bowers will speak on “How Language Undermines the Revitalization of the Cultural Commons” on Sunday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall. He will discuss the cultural commons, which are the intergenerational knowledge, skills and mentoring relationships that exist in every community. According to Bowers, modernization undermines awareness of the traditional forms of knowledge that enable people to be self-sufficient rather than being dependent on consumerism.

Bowers will present “Technologies that Undermine the Exercise of Ecological Intelligence” on Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the Pioneer Reading Room. This lecture will focus on the relationship all forms of life share with one another. Human existence involves responding to relationships. Bowers will discuss how print-based thinking promotes abstract thinking, which contributes to deepening social and global conflicts. Bowers will also explain how classroom teachers and university professors need to understand their role as mediators in helping students recognize the ecological differences between their cultural commons and consumer-based experiences.

Bowers received his Ph.D. in educational studies at the University of California. A speaker at more than 41 universities in the U.S. and 40 universities abroad, he is the author of 21 books and more than 103 articles, published in a variety of disciplinary journals. He co-founded an international online journal, “The Ecojustice Review: Educating for the Commons.”

The Walter Powell-Linfield College Annual Philosophy Lectureship is in recognition of a generous gift from Michael Powell in honor of his father. Walter Powell founded Powell’s Bookstore in Portland, the largest private bookstore in the United States with over one million volumes.

For more information, contact Kaarina Beam at ext. 2216 or



Tim DurocheThe Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College will host a jazz performance, “Jazz: Community-Building and Social Change,” Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall.

The performance will feature jazz pieces performed by musicians Tim DuRoche, Darrell Grant and Jon Shaw, along with an interactive discussion and reception.

DuRoche is a Portland-based cultural advocate, writer, jazz musician and artist who’s worked with the visual, performing, literary and media arts for 20 years. He serves as director of programs for the World Affairs Council of Oregon, and has previously developed initiatives and programs connecting sustainability, civic engagement, historic preservation and the arts at Portland Center Stage. His writing about visual culture, jazz and performance, planning, urban history and cultural policy has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including IDEA Magazine, Oregon Humanities, Willamette Week, the Oregonian, Portland Spaces and Metroscape. DuRoche is a frequent public speaker, interviewer and moderator for cultural organizations including Wordstock, the City of Portland, Pacific Northwest College of Art, the Portland Jazz Festival and LiveWire Radio.

Grant, a professor at Portland State University, is a performer and composer who has built an international reputation as a pianist and versatile musician. He has appeared on major concert stages from the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall to the Monterey, Telluride and San Francisco Jazz Festivals. He has been a guest on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” on NPR and toured internationally with many jazz legends.

Shaw is a contrabassist who performs frequently with DuRoche and other jazz musicians and groups in Portland.

The performance is sponsored by the Linfield Music Department and the Lacroute Arts Series. For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Kristy KingKristy King, visiting assistant professor of politics at Whitman College, will present “Why John Locke Still Matters,” Thursday, April 25, at 11:45 a.m. in the Pioneer Reading Room.

King will discuss John Locke’s ideas on rights, property and the proper role of the state, which permeate our political discussion. As one of the great political thinkers of the Western tradition, John Locke still plays an influential role in today’s political discourse.

King received her Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University in 2009. Her current research focuses on seventeenth century political thought, with an emphasis on the natural law tradition and the evolution of liberalism. Her work has been published in Political Theory, The Encyclopedia of Political Theory and The International Encyclopedia of Political Science.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights and Justice. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. and the lecture will begin at noon. For more information, contact Nick Buccola, ext. 2246,



Linfield CollegeA “Take Back the Night” rally and march will be held Tuesday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m., beginning at Walker Hall.

The one-mile march and rally, including a series of short speeches and readings, is planned to educate the community and raise awareness of sexual assault. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

“Sexual assault affects people’s daily lives and is something that people deal with in the McMinnville community,” said Adria Godon-Bynum, wellness coordinator at Linfield. “The rally and march is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to raise awareness about sexual assault, to demonstrate community solidarity and show support for survivors.”

This event is sponsored by the Linfield Health, Wellness and Counseling Center. For more information, contact Godon-Bynum at ext. 2806,



Linfield College students serve communityThe President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll has recognized Linfield College for leadership in civic engagement and service-learning. This is the sixth consecutive year Linfield has been recognized by the national organization.

Last year, nearly 900 students volunteered almost 50,000 hours of service. The primary areas of focus included conservation and environmental sustainability, literacy and mentorship of disadvantaged youth, and outreach to those who are impoverished, homeless or hungry.

Students collaborate with the McMinnville School District and others to provide tutoring and after-school programming for children and teens. They serve at soup kitchens and in local shelters, and assist with Yamhill County’s 10-Year Ending Homelessness Plan. Many spend their spring break building homes with Habitat for Humanity, volunteering with youth or focusing on environmental conservation.

“Our hope is to empower students to become active citizens and life-long learners by providing experiential service-learning opportunities,” says Alexis Powell, program coordinator for the Community Engagement and Service Office at Linfield.



Sherill Roberts, adjunct professor of music, performed three concerts in Vancouver, B.C., in March as a guest of the Vancouver Chamber Players. The concerts were for cello quartets, and her colleagues included the principal cellist of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Vancouver, B.C., and the principal cellist of the Victoria Symphony. Sherill is the principal cellist of the Portland Opera Orchestra. She also gave a body-mapping presentation, “What Every Cellist Needs to Know About the Body,” to the Vancouver Cello Club.

Amy Orr, the George A. Westcott III distinguished professor of sociology, has been elected to the Council of Alpha Kappa Delta (International Sociology Honor Society) as the Region X representative. She has also been nominated and approved to serve as a member of the editorial board for Sociology of Education, a journal of the American Sociological Association, and she will serve as the program chair for the 85th annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, which will be held in Portland in 2014.




All day: Spring Visit Day

11:45 a.m.: Priscilla Yamin, “Marriage: A Political Institution,” Pioneer Reading Room


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

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

7 p.m.: It’s a Girl screening, 101 Graf

7:30 p.m.: Trumpet duo recital, Ice


Today and tomorrow: Men’s tennis at NWC championships

1 p.m.: Blood pressure clinic, Cook


Today and tomorrow: Men’s and women’s golf at NWC championships

Today and tomorrow: Softball at NWC tournament

Today and tomorrow: Women’s tennis at NWC tournament

10 a.m.: Track and field at Lewis & Clark Invitational

Noon: Baseball vs. George Fox


Noon: Baseball vs. George Fox

7 p.m.: Chet Bowers, “How Language Undermines the Revitalization of the Cultural Commons,” Jonasson