Linfield Reports, 4/28/14


Linfield TheatreLinfield College will host a theatrical reading of the new play Broken Stones on Monday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

Written by Fin Kennedy to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, Broken Stones takes an alleged conspiracy surrounding the oldest relics in the world and weaves a tale that calls into question the very nature of reality. It is focused on priceless relic looting from the Baghdad Museum during the height of the Iraq War. Inspired by real events after the fall of Baghdad in 2003, the play is a disturbing existential thriller about truth, myth, nationhood and the responsibility of a writer to their subject. The play was supported by the Arts Council England and developed by Portland Center Stage as a part of the 2012 JAW Festival.

The reading will be directed by Stephanie Mulligan and feature Linfield alumni and current students.

Kennedy is an award-winning playwright from the United Kingdom, as well as a teacher, writer-in-residence at the Mulberry School for Girls and co-artistic director of the Tamasha theatre group based in London. He is a graduate of the MA Writing for Performance program at Goldsmiths College, London, and his plays are regularly produced in the UK and abroad. His play How to Disappear Completely & Never Be Found won the 38th Arts Council John Whiting Playwriting Award, the first time in 40 years that an unproduced play won the award, and has been produced in London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington and Portland.

Mulligan, a Linfield alumna who is currently teaching stage management at Linfield, is a stage director in both the professional and educational arenas. She has directed many productions, including The Wizard of Oz, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Laramie Project and The Comedy of Errors. Mulligan is a longtime associate of Portland’s Artists Repertory Theatre. She has also been a guest lecturer at universities in Oregon, as well as in New York City, Washington, D.C., Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

The reading is free and open to the public and seating is limited. It is sponsored by the Linfield Theatre Program and PLACE. For more information, call ext. 2802 or visit



Pioneer Hall, Linfield CollegePatti Duncan, associate professor and coordinator of women, gender and sexual studies at Oregon State University, will discuss her documentary film Finding Face on Tuesday, April 29, at 4:30 p.m. in 219 TJ Day Hall.

Finding Face was co-directed and produced by Duncan, who will lead a conversation about the film following the showing. Finding Face, released in 2009, documents and explores the effects of gendered violence in Cambodia. It won the Jury Award for best documentary feature at the San Diego Asian Film Festival in 2010.

Duncan has been at OSU since 2008. She specializes in transnational feminist theories and movements, women of color studies and feminist media studies. Duncan is the author of Tell This Silence: Asian American Women and the Politics of Speech, numerous articles about women of color, anti-racist feminist pedagogies and transnational feminisms, and co-editor of the forthcoming book East Asian Mothering: Politics and Practices. Her current research focuses on narratives of rescue, migration and illegitimate motherhood in representations of women in the global south. Duncan holds a bachelor’s from Vassar College and a master’s and Ph.D. from Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies.

This event is sponsored by the Linfield College Departments of English and Gender Studies, and PLACE. For more information, call ext. 2210 or email



Pioneer Hall at Linfield CollegeA panel of four Linfield faculty will discuss “The Ethics of Science: Using wartime innovations in a post-war setting” at the Linfield College Science Colloquium Thursday, May 1, at 4:10 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall.

Pat Cottrell (political science), Brian Gilbert (chemistry), Joelle Murray (physics) and Jeremy Weisz (biology) will discuss the ethics of wartime scientific innovations.

War often drives new scientific innovations, as the immediate need for both new weapons and new ways to protect ourselves, stimulates investment in scientific research. However, the legacy of these innovations can have both positive and negative impacts on society. For example, the Haber process for producing ammonia was instrumental in gunpowder production during World War I, and drove the significant agricultural improvements following the war. Yet, the input of fertilizer has had major ecological impacts.

The talk is sponsored by the Department of Physics. For more information, contact Jennifer Heath, ext. 2267,



Ismet Prcic, photo by Melissa PrcicAuthor Ismet Prcic will discuss his book, Shards, on Thursday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library. The reading is a part of this year’s MacReads program and PLACE initiative.

In its 10th year, MacReads is a community-wide book reading and discussion that culminates in a presentation by the author. Schools, book clubs and residents throughout Yamhill County are encouraged to participate. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, which is open to the public.

Shards describes the story of a young Bosnian, also named Ismet Prcic, who has recently fled the city of Tuzla during the Bosnian war. He escapes Tuzla with a theatre troupe on its way to Scotland, and ultimately finds his way into the U.S. Throughout the story, Ismet, also known as Izzy, battles the guilt he feels for leaving his family behind. To deal with this guilt and make peace with his past, Izzy writes down all of his memories, thoughts and feelings. One aspect of his writing includes a viewpoint of another young man, real or imagined, named Mustafa, who stayed in Bosnia to fight. The result of these conflicting viewpoints and experiences reveals a truthful description of one man’s journey to make sense of the life he left behind in Bosnia, while at the same time piecing his life together in the U.S.

Prcic was born in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 1977 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1996. He received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine. He is also a recipient of the 2010 National Endowment for the Arts and fellow for the 2011 Sundance Screenwriting Lab. He won the 2013 Oregon Book Awards’ Ken Kesey Award for Shards.

MacReads uses a common book to create community conversations that cross lines of generation and acquaintance. It is sponsored by Nicholson Library, McMinnville Public Library, Third Street Books and the Linfield English Department.

For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, ext. 2517.


AmazonLinfield College sophomore Maria Jose Vargas will present “Bolivia!” on Thursday, May 1, at noon in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

Jose Vargas, an international student from Bolivia, will provide a glimpse into her home country. She will share information on Bolivian culture, Carnival, must-see places and what it means to be a Bolivian.

This event is sponsored by the International Programs Office. For more information, call ext. 2434 or email




Linfield College campusThe Office of Admission will welcome some 200 guests during the Spring Open House for prospective junior students and transfer students on Friday, May 2. The visit program will provide students and their parents an opportunity to learn more about Linfield’s academic programs and student life. Faculty are invited to join guests for lunch in Dillin from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call ext. 2213.






Hawaiian Lu'au 2012Linfield College will host the 42nd annual lu’au celebration, “Keiki ‘O Ka ʻĀina,” with live music from Hawaiian duo Hema Pa‘a, on Saturday, May 3. A Hawaiian dinner at 5 p.m. will be followed by a live performance at 7:30 p.m.

For more than four decades, Linfield students have brought the aloha spirit to enthusiastic regional and campus crowds. More than 70 students will share dances and music from the Hawaiian Islands, New Zealand, Tahiti and Samoa. This year’s theme, “Keiki ‘O Ka ʻĀina,” translates to children of the land. The evening will include a fire knife dance performed by a Linfield student and other traditional dances, including a Samoan dance.

The dinner will be catered by Ohana Café and served by Linfield students, and will feature a number of traditional Hawaiian dishes. Dinner will be served from 5 and 7 p.m. in the Rutschman Field House, with dinner service ending at 6:45. The “Country Store” will open at 5:30 p.m., also in the Rutschman Field House. The store features foods, leis and gifts donated from Hawaiian companies, with proceeds helping cover event costs. There will also be a concession stand available during the performance. The live performance will be held in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event includes pre-show entertainment.

The event will also feature live Hawaiian music by Hema Pa‘a, featuring Baba Alimoot and Chris Kamaka. Kamaka is the father of Ihilani Kamaka ’15, who is co-chairing the lu’au along with junior Jonah Flores.

The annual lu’au has been organized by members of the Linfield Hawaiian Club, Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian alike, with students involved in all aspects of the production including choreography. New dances are created each year, and student performers began rehearsals in early February.

Linfield parents help with the event, buying Hawaiian fabric, sewing costumes and collecting donations from Hawaiian companies and the Linfield community. They also gather foliage and leis and coordinate shipments to McMinnville.

General admission tickets for the performance are $15. Tickets for both the show and dinner are $25 for general admission and $28 for reserved seats. Student and senior (60+) tickets are $18 and $20, and require I.D. Children’s tickets are $10 and $15. Children under age two, seated on their parents’ laps, are admitted free without a meal. Tickets can be purchased at

The event is sponsored by the Linfield College Hawaiian Club, and the Multicultural Programs and College Activities offices. Visit or call ext. 2435.



Music Professor Anna Song and Linfield Concert Choir The world premiere of a new choral work will highlight the Linfield College spring choral concert, “Sure on this Shining Night,” Sunday, May 4, at 4 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, located in Melrose Hall. A pre-concert talk with the composer will be held at 3 p.m., also in Ice Auditorium.

The choir will perform the world premiere of “Our Flags Are Wafting in Hope and Grief,” a new choral work by celebrated British composer Gabriel Jackson. This work was commissioned for the Linfield College Concert Choir with support from the Lacroute Arts Series, highlighting the powerful relationship between the arts and social change. The text is a poem by Estonian poet Doris Kareva that deals with the singing revolution in the Baltic States where choral singing and music played a key role in cementing national identity and served as a vehicle for resistance to the Soviet occupation.

Jackson will be in residence at Linfield for one week prior to the premiere. He will attend rehearsals, visit classes and work closely with music students and other students across campus. In addition to the new work, the Concert Choir, the Wildcat Men’s Glee Club and the Women’s Vocal Ensemble will present music by Morten Lauridsen, Sydney Guillaume and Veljo Tormis, as well as the world premiere of “Dirge in Woods,” a new work by Yucheng Zhang ’14. Linfield professors Anna Song and Chris Engbretson will conduct the choirs.

Born in Bermuda, British composer Jackson studied composition at the Royal College of Music and was awarded the R.O. Morris Prize for Composition, the Theodore Holland Award and an Arts Council Bursary. Particularly acclaimed for his choral works, Jackson’s liturgical pieces are in the repertoires of many of Britain’s leading cathedral and collegiate choirs. In 2003 he won the liturgical category at the inaugural British Composer Awards and won a second award, in the choral category, in 2009. Since 2010 Gabriel Jackson has been associate composer to the BBC Singers, resulting in a series of substantial commissions, including “In Nomine Domini” for the 2010 BBC Proms and “Airplane Cantata” for choir and pianola. Other recent commissions include “The Glory of the Lord,” written for the Papal visit to Westminster Abbey in September 2010, a new work to mark the Tallis Scholars’ 40th anniversary, and, for Easter 2013, a full-length Passion for the Choir of Merton College, Oxford.

The Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College is made possible by the generosity of Ronni Lacroute, Linfield College trustee and arts benefactor.  For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Aimee PhanAcclaimed author Aimee Phan will discuss her book, The Reeducation of Cherry Truong, on Monday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Nicholson Library.

The Reeducation of Cherry Truong is the story of two refugee families − the Truongs and the Vos − and their yearning for reconciliation, redemption and a place to call home in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Cherry Truong’s parents have exiled her wayward older brother from their Southern California home, sending him to Vietnam to live with distant relatives. Determined to bring him back, 21-year-old Cherry travels to her parents’ native country and finds herself uncovering decades-old secrets − hidden loves, desperate choices and lives ripped apart by the march of war and the currents of history.

Phan grew up in Orange County, Calif., and now teaches in the MFA Writing Program and Writing and Literature Program at California College of the Arts. A 2010 National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, she received her MFA from the University of Iowa, where she won a Maytag Fellowship. Her first book, We Should Never Meet, was named a Notable Book by the Kiryama Prize in fiction and a finalist for the 2005 Asian American Literary Awards. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Arts Colony and Hedgebrook. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, Guernica, The Rumpus and The Oregonian, among others.

The reading is sponsored by the Linfield English Department, Friends of Nicholson Library, the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts, and PLACE. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, ext. 2517, or Barbara Seidman, ext. 2210.



Kelly Lytle HernandezKelly Lytle Hernandez will present “Caged Birds: The Rebirth of Mexican Imprisonment in the United States” on Wednesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. in the Pioneer Reading Room.

Hernandez, associate professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, researches 20th-century U.S. history with a concentration upon race, migration and police in prison systems in the American West and U.S.-Mexico borderlands. She will present her research on the criminalization of unlawful entry into the U.S. and the boom of Mexican imprisonment along the U.S.-Mexico border during the 1920s and 1930s.

Hernandez is also the director of the UCLA Department of History’s Public History Initiative. Her book, MIGRA! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol, is the first book to tell how and why the U.S. Border Patrol concentrates its resources upon policing unsanctioned Mexican immigration despite the possible targets and strategies of U.S. migration control. Her current research focuses on exploring the social world of incarceration in Los Angeles between 1876 and 1965. Hernandez holds a bachelor’s in ethnic studies from the University of California, San Diego and a Ph.D. in history from UCLA.

This event is sponsored by the Jonas A. “Steine” Jonasson Endowed Lecture. For more information, call ext. 2306 or email


Abraham LincolnSeven of the top Lincoln scholars in the country will present lectures during the conference “The Political Thought of Abraham Lincoln” May 8-10 in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

Linfield has been selected to host the conference and the traveling exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” which will be on display through May 16. The exhibit explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war − the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. Conference lectures will focus on Lincoln, the Civil War and the political thought of that era. Conference schedule in Nicholson Library:

Thursday, May 8

4-5:30 p.m.  − Opening Reception

5:30-7 p.m. − “Four Roads to Emancipation,” Allen Guelzo (Gettysburg College)

Friday, May 9

9-10:30 a.m. – “Prosperity and Tyranny in Lincoln’s Lyceum Address,” John Burt (Brandeis University)

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – “Abraham Lincoln’s Competing Political Ideals: The Union, Constitution, and Antislavery,” Manisha Sinha (University of Massachusetts-Amherst)

2-3:30 p.m. – “Lincoln, Sumner, and Shakespeare,” John Stauffer (Harvard University)

4-5:30 p.m. – “Lincoln and the American Amalgam,” Michael Zuckert (University of Notre Dame)

Saturday, May 10

9-10:30 a.m. – “To Preserve and Defend: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation,” William B. Allen (Michigan State University)

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – “Abraham Lincoln and the Ethics of Emancipation,” Dorothy Ross (Johns Hopkins University)

The exhibit was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office and made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War” is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center. The conference is sponsored by Linfield College Nicholson Library and the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights and Justice.

For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, director of Linfield Libraries, 503-883-2517.




7:30 p.m.: Broken Stones, Marshall Theatre


Noon: ASL table, Dillin

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

4:30 p.m.: Patti Duncan, “Finding Face,” 219 TJ Day Hall


Noon: German language table, Dillin

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


Noon: Maria Jose Vargas, “Bolivia!” Jonasson

4:10 p.m.: Science Colloquium, “The Ethics of Science: Using wartime innovations in a post-war setting,” 105 Murdock

7:30 p.m.: MacReads featuring Ismet Prcic, Shards, Nicholson Library


All day: Spring Open House

Today and tomorrow: Track and field at Oregon Twilight

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

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin NW Alcove

5 p.m.: Baseball vs. George Fox


Noon: Baseball vs. Lewis-Clark State

5 p.m.: Lu’au, HHPA


4 p.m.: Spring choral concert, Ice

3:30 p.m.: Baseball at George Fox