Linfield Reports, 4/2/12


A Linfield College alumna, Heidi (Vanden Bos) Edmonds ’06, will present “What is Music Therapy?” Wednesday, April 4, at 3:30 p.m. in Delkin Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center.

Edmonds will discuss music therapy, what populations can benefit from music therapy and why it is so effective. She will also provide examples of how music therapy can be an important complement to medical and other therapy services. Audience members will be invited to participate in a live demonstration of music therapy.

Edmonds graduated from Linfield with a bachelor’s degree in music. She is currently studying music therapy at Marylhurst University. At Marylhurst, she has focused on learning how to adapt her performance skills on the piano to the field of music therapy and has also begun to develop her guitar skills. She plans to finish her coursework at Marylhurst this spring and hopes to begin an internship in a medical setting within the next year.

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



Members of the Linfield College Concert Choir will present a performance on Wednesday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The choir will perform a variety of music under the direction of Anna Song, assistant professor of music, and accompanied by pianist Christopher Engbretson. Featured works include pieces by Mozart, Powell, Gibbons and Byrd, among others.

The performance is the final show of a spring break tour by the choir. Students performed concerts in Arizona and New Mexico before concluding with this final performance at Linfield. They also worked with high school choirs and provided an opportunity for student demonstrations.

The Linfield Concert Choir was organized in 1930 and is the oldest such group in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout its history, the choir has distinguished itself with concerts throughout the 10 western states and Canada. It has also performed extensively throughout the world in locations including Austria, Germany, Britain, New Zealand, Australia, China and Southeast Asia.

Song joined the Linfield music faculty in 2008. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in composition from the University of California and earned her master of music in conducting from the School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. In addition to teaching and conducting at Linfield, she is the co-founder and artistic director of In Mulieribus, a professional women’s ensemble that focuses on the performance of early music.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275.



The Linfield College Science Colloquium will feature a presentation by Jeneva Foster ‘09, a microbiologist in the chemistry Ph.D. program at the University of Oregon, on Thursday, April 5, at 4 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall.

Foster’s research is focused on understanding the underlying mechanisms of how bacteria colonize in their hosts. The ability of bacteria to sense and respond to chemical cues in their environment has been shown to play an important role in colonization. In her work, Foster is examining how the human pathogen Helicobacter pylori colonizes the stomach. She looks at how Helicobacter sense and respond to acid and small molecules and what effects it has on the dispersal of bacteria in the stomach. Understanding how it colonizes in the stomach may lead to the development of new antibiotic therapies and would have a direct impact on human health.

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



Members of interACT, a California State University performance troupe, will present “Say What You Really Want To Say!” on Thursday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Reading Room at Linfield College.

The performance is an authentic and powerful presentation about students coming to terms with homosexuality and homophobia. The scripted portion of the show is verbatim from student journal entries and the proactive scenes encourage audience members to intervene when hate speech is used, stereotypes are perpetuated and bullying occurs. The production is a response to the various political debates and discrimination issues regarding homosexuality that are currently appearing in the news. These issues include the California vote on Proposition 8, which resulted in a ban of gay marriage across the state.

Students from California State University, Long Beach, along with executive director Marc Rich, professor of communication and performance studies, created the interACT Performance Troupe in 2000. Since then, the organization has gained institutional support and become a regular class on the university’s campus. It consists of 15 to 20 undergraduate students from a variety of majors, two graduate assistants, lead trainers and a managing director. The group’s sexual assault prevention program is nationally recognized and has been proven effective in multiple published studies. Each year, interACT reaches thousands of audience members with powerful performances.

Rich is a nationally recognized leader in proactive performance. He has served on the advisory board of the Los Angeles Theatre of the Oppressed, facilitated proactive performances throughout the United States and trained organization members in drama therapy and psychodrama. He has published 17 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

The performance is sponsored by the Linfield Department of Theatre and Communication Arts, Multicultural Programs, Fusion and the Office of Academic Affairs. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Brenda DeVore Marshall, Linfield professor of theatre and communication arts, at or 503-883-2290.



Samuel Yamashita, the Henry E. Sheffield Professor of History at Pomona College, will present “Wartime Japan and its Discontents” Thursday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall. The lecture is sponsored by the Jonas A. “Steine” Jonasson Endowed Lecture.

Yamashita will address the allegations made during World War II about the attitudes of Japanese citizens. American propaganda portrayed Japanese citizens as loyal and obedient supporters of their emperor who were willing to sacrifice their lives for their country. Yamashita’s reading of the wartime diaries and several dozen postwar memoirs written by ordinary Japanese citizens proves that this assertion was not true. He will discuss the varieties of resistance to the wartime government and its policies.

Yamashita will reveal important exceptions to the prevailing American stereotype of the Japanese by exploring first-hand accounts of Japanese citizens. They include a navy man who expressed his contempt for his superiors by shaking his dandruff into their rice; a teacher who condemned the Nazis in public lectures; the many thousands of urban Japanese who defied the prohibitions on buying food on the black market or from farmers; and evacuated school children who routinely stole food.

Yamashita has taught Asian history at Pomona College since 1983. He has been the chair of the history department and coordinator of the Asian studies program, the oldest college-level program of its kind in the United States. He received a Ph.D. in Japanese history at the University of Michigan in 1981 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University and a senior tutor in East Asian studies there before he moved to Pomona. Yamashita has been awarded the Pomona College’s Wig Distinguished Teaching Award six times since 1986. He was Pomona’s nominee for California Professor of the Year in 2004 and for the Robert Cherry Foster award for Great Teaching in 2005; and the “Princeton Review” recently named him one of the top 300 professors in the country.

A noted intellectual historian, Yamashita has written “Master Sorai’s Responsals: An Annotated Translation of Sorai sensei tōmonsho” (1995) and was co-translator of “The Four-Seven Debate: An Annotated Translation of the Most Famous Controversy in Korean Neo-Confucian Thought” (1993). In 2005 he published translations of eight wartime Japanese diaries in “Leaves from an Autumn of Emergencies: Selections from the Wartime Diaries of Ordinary Japanese.” And he is currently writing three food books: the first scholarly study of Hawai’i Regional Cuisine, a history of Japanese food and a history of Pacific Rim fusion cuisine.

The Jonas A. “Steine” Jonasson Endowed Lectureship at Linfield 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.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2479.



An opening reception for “Artifacts of Memory,” featuring a room-sized installation by Crystal Schenk, will be Saturday, April 7, from 3-5 p.m. at the Linfield Gallery. The show will run from April 2 through May 5.

Schenk is an emerging artist with a string of awards, residencies, and national and international exhibits behind her. She was selected as one of the nation’s top 100 artists by Artists Wanted, an arts organization based in New York City.

Her room-sized installation piece in the Linfield Gallery embodies the cloud of loss, and like fading memory, lacks defined edges or recognizable forms. The work contains 1,100 magnets covered in pods made from silk flower petals―half the magnets hung from the ceiling and the other half tethered to the floor using nearly invisible wire, with a one-inch gap at eye level. The delicate rising and falling elements create an elegant tension, and the result of the pairing is an ethereal cloud of objects hovering almost magically in space, with a plane of empty space lying between them.

Schenk’s work has been exhibited in cities across the U.S., including New York City and Chicago, and in Switzerland and Australia, and has been featured in sculpture and craft magazines. Her pieces are surprising and ambitious; in 2009, she collaborated with Portland artist Shelby Davis to create a life-size semi-truck made of drywall. Schenk was one of 19 artists represented in the Oregon biennial, “Portland 2010.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is located in the James Miller Fine Arts Center. For more information, call 503-883-2804 or visit the gallery online.



The Office of Admission will host two Spring Visit Days, Monday, April 9 and 16, during which Linfield is expected to welcome over 100 admitted students and their families to campus. The visit program will provide students and their parents an opportunity to decide if Linfield is the best college fit for them. Some students will stay overnight on Sunday, April 8 and 15.



Cecilia Tang, visiting professor of Chinese language at Linfield College, will present “Biking on the Rooftop of the World” Monday, April 9, at 3 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield.

Tang will share her adventures during the summer of 2011 biking through Tibet and Nepal. She will discuss bike travel in Tibet, great bike routes in China and how to prepare for a two-week bike trip.

Tang has taught Chinese language and culture classes at Linfield since August, 2010 and will continue to teach here through the next academic year. She previously taught at colleges in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and China. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Beijing Language and Culture University.

The program is free and open to the public and sponsored by the International Programs Office. For more information, contact Michele Tomseth, 503-883-2324, or email



Patrick Cottrell, assistant professor of political science, will present “Constructing the Peace: Nuclear Disarmament, Climate Change and the Politics of Zero” on Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in Riley 201 at Linfield College.

Cottrell will discuss the Global Zero campaign, an effort that proponents hope will illuminate a path toward nuclear disarmament. He will analyze strategies of the Global Zero movement and its prospects for success. Success of the campaign relies on the “nuclear paradox,” the concept that the same technology used to create the destructive weapons also has the potential for the betterment of mankind. Cottrell asserts that unless the Global Zero campaign can confront this paradox, reaching the goal of nuclear disarmament will be highly unlikely. Cottrell will also address how confronting the paradox will affect greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

Cottrell received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. His research and teaching interests include global governance, arms control and international security, and American foreign policy. He has published in a wide range of journals including International Organization, the European Journal of International Affairs and Foreign Policy Analysis. Cottrell has also worked at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureaus of Political-Military Affairs and Nonproliferation.

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.



Linfield College theatre students will take audience members on a rollercoaster ride of unforeseen encounters with death, relationships and technology in the upcoming production, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone.”

The production will be performed April 12-14 and 19-21 at 7:30 p.m., and April 15 at 2 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield.

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” written by Sarah Ruhl, is a thought-provoking comedy about the human capacity to connect. The story begins with a woman, Jean, sitting in a café when a cell phone rings. As the man across the way ignores his ringing phone, Jean grows quietly outraged and answers it. She soon finds out the man is dead and she has become the last link between him and the people in his life. Interacting with his overbearing mother, emotionally estranged wife, mysterious mistress, lonely brother and sinister career associate, Jean develops a desire to bring them comfort even when it means lying. Through her attempt to bring redemption to the man, Jean is forced to confront her own assumptions about morality and her need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

According to Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts who will direct the play, the production will explore the way technology touches everyday life.

“While it allows us to send instantaneous messages and connect to people all over the world in a matter of seconds, it also allows us to disconnect from the person sitting right in the next room,” she said.

The cast consists of 11 members in addition to several Linfield students participating in the design elements, including juniors Laura Haspel and Chris Forrer; and seniors Katie Grainey, Will Bailey and Ebonee Atkins.

Cast members include freshman Nicholas Granato; juniors Paige Keith, Jacob Priester and Daphne Dossett; and seniors Bailey Anne Maxwell and Grace Beckett. The dance ensemble includes freshmen Allison Halley and Daniel Bradley; sophomores Timothy Marl and Whitney Weber; and senior Kanon Havens. Scenic design is by Ty Marshall, professor of theatre arts. Stage management is by junior Meagan Gear. Costume design is by Alethia Moore-Del Monaco, instructional associate, costume designer and shop manager. Sound design and technical direction is by Rob Vaughn, instructional associate and theatre technical director.

“The chance to work behind the scenes always benefits the students,” said Gupton, “and the actors in the show get a chance to do a contemporary play that speaks to the ‘Gen Tech’ generation.

“I always enjoy working with students on shows because each student brings a different energy to the rehearsal process and the community we create over the rehearsal weeks lasts for the remainder of their college time,” she added.

Tickets for “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” go on sale Tuesday, April 3. 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 Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. The box office will also be open April 14 and 21 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 15, from noon to 2 p.m. The box office is closed on Mondays.

The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. For more information, call 503-883-2292.



Edna Kovacs, English language and culture program instructor, will facilitate a Journal to the Self workshop for cancer patients on Tuesday, April 4, at 10 a.m. for Legacy Health.




6 p.m.: Baseball at Concordia


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

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

Noon: ASL table, Dillin

3:30 p.m.: Heidi (Vanden Bos) Edmonds, “What is Music Therapy?” Delkin

7:30 p.m.: Choral concert, Ice


11:50 a.m.: Voices, Dillin

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin

Noon: Chinese language table, Dillin

4 p.m.: Science Colloquium, 105 Murdock

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

6:30 p.m.: interACT performance troupe, “Say What You Really Want To Say!” Pioneer Reading Room

7:30 p.m.: Samuel Yamashita, “Wartime Japan and its Discontents,” Ice


10 a.m.: Women’s tennis at Whitman

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

Noon: French language table, Dillin

Noon: Baseball vs. Pacific Lutheran

Noon: Softball vs. George Fox


10 a.m.: Track and field vs. Linfield Jenn Boyman Invitational

10 a.m.: Women’s tennis at Whitworth

11 a.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Whitworth

Noon: Baseball vs. Pacific Lutheran

Noon: Softball vs. George Fox

3 p.m.: “Artifacts of Memory,” opening reception, Linfield Gallery


10 a.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Whitman