Linfield Reports, 4/3/17

Linfield alumna to discuss African American literature

Leslie Larkin '97Lesley Larkin, associate professor of English at Northern Michigan University, will present “What’s Race Got To Do With It? African American Literature and the Ethics of Reading,” on Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in the Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Larkin, a 1997 Linfield graduate, will focus on her book, “Race and the Literary Encounter,” which addresses how black literature has challenged the notion that reading is a race-neutral act by modelling interventionist strategies to create anti-racist readers.

Larkin teaches courses in American literature, African American literature, women’s literature and literary theory at Northern Michigan University. Her first book, “Race and the Literary Encounter: Black Literature from James Weldon Johnson to Percival Everett,” published in 2015, traces the strategies developed by modern and contemporary Black writers to challenge, model and theorize modes of reading race. Her essays, on topics from prenatal ultrasound imaging and gender formation to reader ethics in “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” have been published in “LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory,” “MELUS: Multiethnic Literature of the United States,” “Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy,” and “The Canadian Review of American Studies.” Larkin is currently working on a second book, tentatively titled “Reading in the Postgenomic Age,” which explores how United States and Canadian authors engage the overlapping of contemporary literary and scientific practice.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Barbara Seidman at 503-883-2210 or


Reinkemeyer to discuss compositional process

Professor Andrea ReinkemeyerAndrea Reinkemeyer, assistant professor of music composition and theory at Linfield College, will present “Gesture, Imagery, Noise: Transforming Imagination to Music” on Wednesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, at Linfield.

Reinkemeyer will give a deep analysis of her work with insights into the compositional process. She will discuss and demonstrate recent pieces including, “Wild Silk” for baritone saxophone, percussion and piano, and “The Thaw” for soprano, tenor, mixed choir and wind ensemble.

Reinkemeyer joined the Linfield faculty in 2014. Her music has been performed both nationally and internationally, by the Albany (NY) Symphony, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, University of Oregon Wind Ensemble and University Singers, American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings and others.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month. For more information, call 503-883-2409.


Keaveney to read from collection of poems

Professor Chris KeaveneyChris Keaveney, professor of Japanese at Linfield College, will read from his collection of poems, “Your Eureka not Mined,” on Thursday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield.

It has been a long journey for Keaveney to write this book of poems. The poems in “Your Eureka not Mined” began to appear in literary journals three years ago, but the journey of perseverance that led to this eureka moment started 30 years ago.

Keaveney received a bachelor’s degree in English from Manhattan College, a master’s degree in Japanese language and literature and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Washington University. He also pursued graduate studies in Tsukuba University in Ibaraki, Japan and at Fudan University in Shanghai. He has taught abroad in American Samoa, Japan and China. Keaveney has been at Linfield since 1997, where he teaches Japanese language and East Asian literature and film courses. He has co-taught several January Term courses in China and Japan and regularly offers an Inquiry Seminar course about East Asian culture. He is also the author of three books about Japanese culture and Sino-Japanese literary relations.

Keaveney’s poetry has appeared in Columbia Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Minetta Review, Stolen Island, Faultline, Wilderness House Literary Review and elsewhere.

This reading is a part of the Readings at the Nick series. The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield Nicholson Library and the Linfield English department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517 or concert


Education majors hosts school supply collection drive

Beyond BackpacksLinfield College education majors are collecting school supplies to fill the backpacks for Yamhill County youth this month.

Linfield’s Sigma Delta chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international education honor society, will hold a school supply and stuffed animal drive for the Beyond Backpacks campaign, which provides supplies to low income youth (K-12) in Yamhill County.

Throughout April, supplies can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Potter Hall at Linfield. Items needed include stuffed animals, children’s socks, pencils, colored pencils, crayons, markers, spiral notebooks, folder, pencil boxes and other school supplies.

Alyssa Kaplan, co-president of KDP, has volunteered with Beyond Backpacks for the last three years but took a more active role this year after seeing the benefits of the program first-hand as a student-teacher.

“I jumped on the opportunity to be involved, excited to help such an awesome organizations that I have personally seen benefit students in the classroom,” she said.

The supplies will be distributed at an event in August, where youth can choose from a wide selection of backpacks, notebooks, pens, scissors and other goods. Stuffed animals will also be provided for younger siblings. After students choose their supplies, they can enjoy a “fun zone” complete with temporary tattoos, popcorn, snow cones, carnival-style games and a guest appearance by Mack the Wildcat.

In addition to providing the necessary items for school, the pickup event creates excitement as youth prepare for school.

“It’s a fun experience for everyone involved,” said Kaplan.

KDP’s mission is to advance quality education by inspiring teachers to prepare learners for future challenges. It is open to education majors or minors and provides professional development and volunteer opportunities.

For more information, contact Kaplan at


Admission hosts upcoming visit days

Linfield CampusThe Office of Admission will host two upcoming visit days April 14 and May 15.

  • Spring Visit Day will be held Friday, April 14, for admitted high school seniors and transfer students and their families.
  • Explore Linfield will be held Monday, May 15. The half-day event is offered three times in the fall and once in the spring.

Thank you for helping to welcome our guests and future students to Linfield on these two upcoming days and throughout the rest of the spring semester. For more information, contact the Office of Admission at 503-883-2213.



Community news

Gerardo Ochoa, assistant dean for diversity and community partnerships at Linfield, has been named a Newsmaker of the Year by the Royal Rosarians for his work in access to higher education. Ochoa’s story was included on KUNP, the Univision affiliate for the Portland area. The Portland group annually honors members of the community who have performed exceptional acts of heroism and/or outstanding humanitarian work without regard for personal safety, public recognition or personal gain. Members of Portland area media newsrooms select Newsmaker honorees.

Chris Keaveney, professor of Japanese, was featured on 1080AM The Fan for a discussion of Japanese baseball. He is the author of the forthcoming Contesting the Myths of Samurai Baseball, that looks at the over 100-year-history of baseball in Japan.

Joe Wilkins, associate professor of English, has an agreement with Little, Brown to publish two upcoming books – a debut novel, “And Ever These Bull Mountains,” and a second untitled novel chronicling a murder that tears apart a boom-and-bust town in 1920s Montana,

Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, professor of English and co-coordinator of the Gender Studies Program, published a piece, “On Being the ‘Right Kind of Brown,’” on the Counter Punch website March 21.

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