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Linfield Reports, 4/4/11

ARTIST TO PRESENT FRAZEE LECTURE

Acclaimed artist Daniel Heyman, whose recent work includes portraits of former Abu Ghraib detainees, will present the Frazee Lecture “Social Justice and Spirituality: The Journey from Art to Action,” Tuesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium.

Traditionally, the Frazee Lecture has explored the interface of religion with other disciplines. This lecture will focus on art as spiritual endeavor and as a catalyst for change, according to David Massey, Linfield chaplain.

“Art has a long history of reflecting and defining our religious practices and can be a voice for social justice, calling us to see our common humanity,” he said.

The lecture is being held in conjunction with an exhibition of Heyman’s work. “Bearing Witness,” the first Pacific Northwest exhibition of Heyman’s portraits, runs through April 30 at the Linfield Gallery in the Miller Fine Arts Center. An extension of the exhibition will be hosted by the White Box Gallery at the University of Oregon in Portland from April 5 to May 14, with a First Thursday Opening Reception on April 7 from 6-8 p.m.

Heyman is a Philadelphia-based painter and printmaker, and a very good listener. He sat in on interviews between human rights lawyers and dozens of former Abu Ghraib Prison detainees, and while the men opened up about the atrocities they had suffered, Heyman drew their portraits and interwove excerpts of their testimony onto engraving plates or sheets of paper. Heyman’s art has been exhibited in major institutions across the nation and is housed in permanent collections at the New York Public Library, Yale University, Princeton University, the Library of Congress and elsewhere. He has received numerous awards including a 2010 Guggenheim Foundation Grant and a 2009 Pew Fellowship in the Arts. He teaches at Princeton University and Swarthmore College.

Following the lecture, three respondents will provide additional perspective. Responders include Brian Winkenweder, Linfield associate professor of art history and visual culture, who will provide historic background; Kanaan Kanaan, instructor at Portland State University, who will discuss art in the Muslim community; and Janet Elfers, director of member relations at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, who will offer a contemporary Christian perspective.

It is sponsored by the Frazee Lecture in Bible and Religion, established by friends and family in honor of Gordon G. Frazee, who served Linfield for 32 years as chaplain and professor of religion.

POET TO PRESENT READING

Clemens Starck, author of Journeyman’s Wages, which won the Oregon Book Award and the William Stafford Memorial Poetry Award, will present a reading with musical accompaniment Thursday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

Starck will be joined by poets Jon Broderick and Jay Speakman on various musical instruments. The musical accompaniment will provide an example of the integration between the spoken word and music. In addition to Journeyman’s Wages, Starck is the author of three other books of poems including Studying Russian on Company Time and China Basin, which were finalists for the Oregon Book Award, and Traveling Incognito. In 2010, he released a CD of his readings called Looking for Parts.

While at Linfield, Starck will hold a workshop for communication arts and creative writing students. His visit will introduce students to the work of a poet and performer and demonstrate how those talents can be integrated.

Starck, who lives outside Dallas, has made his living as a carpenter and construction foreman in California and the Northwest. He traveled to continue his education, riding freight trains and stopping when he found work. In addition to construction, he has been a ranch hand in Eastern Oregon, a newspaper reporter on Wall Street, a door-to-door salesman and a merchant seaman.

It is sponsored by Nicholson Library, the Linfield English Department and the Linfield Theatre and Communication Arts Department. For more information, call 503-883-2517.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS HOST SHOW

The annual Cultural Show featuring Linfield College international students will be presented Saturday, April 9, at 3 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

The program, sponsored by the Linfield International Club, is designed to promote cultural awareness and diversity. It will feature a variety of Linfield student clubs and individual students performing songs and dances from their native countries. A fashion show, with students wearing garments native to their homelands, will also be presented. A reception will follow with food from around the world prepared by students and local restaurants.

“This is a great opportunity to enjoy an afternoon watching a variety of cultures without having to travel around the world,” said Paoline Abulencia, president of the International Club and show coordinator.

Tickets for the program are $5 for one ticket or $6 for a pair of tickets. The program is free to Linfield students, faculty and staff who have a Linfield ID. Tickets will be sold at the door.

For more information contact Abulencia, 971-241-4801, pabulen@linfield.edu.

SCIENCE, SOCIETY TOPIC OF LECTURE

Nobel Prize winner Harold Kroto will speak at Linfield College on Thursday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m.

The celebrated scientist and lecturer will present “Science, Society and Education in the 21st Century” at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium. Kroto believes we stand at a watershed moment in human history. Science, he says, can provide the tools for humanitarian relief, and for our very survival, but science cannot advance within anti-libertarian, anti-democratic regimes where intellectual and personal freedoms are restricted. Progressive, democratic societies are a necessary requirement for the scientific creativity that provides sustainable solutions.

Kroto was a co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his shared discovery of buckminsterfullerene, a form of pure carbon better known as “buckyballs.” According to the Nobel committee, news of the discovery created a sensation, and for chemists, “the proposed structure was uniquely beautiful and satisfying.”

He was knighted for his contributions to chemistry and received the prestigious Michael Faraday Award in 2001 from the Royal Society, given annually to a scientist who has done the most to further public communication of science, engineering or technology in the United Kingdom.

Kroto is a passionate advocate for science education. In 1994 he teamed up with BBC producer Patrick Reams to found the Vega Science Trust, which produces science programs for television. The trust aims to create a broadcast platform for science, engineering and technology communities, enabling researchers to communicate technical expertise via TV and Internet.

Kroto is the Francis Eppes Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Florida State University and directs the Florida Center for Research in Science Technology and Math Education. He has developed a popular series of public lectures and visits schools to promote science education.

COMPOSER TO VISIT, PERFORM

Linfield Chamber Orchestra will feature the world premiere of “Moabit Sonnets,” written by one of the world’s most performed living composers, Libby Larsen.

A composer-in-residence at Linfield College in 1990, the Grammy Award–winning musician has since composed more than 400 works spanning virtually every genre.

As part of a week-long residency, Larsen will be in attendance at concerts on Friday, April 15, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 16, at 3 p.m. in Ice Auditorium at Linfield College. She will present a pre-concert lecture an hour before each concert.

Larsen will also join a panel discussion about classical music in the 21st century on Tuesday, April 12, at 4 p.m. Guests will include David Stabler, Oregonian music critic; Robert McBride, senior announcer for Portland’s All Classical FM; Ron Blessinger, violinist and artistic director of Third Angle; Huw Edwards, music director and conductor of Portland’s Columbia Symphony Orchestra; and Gilbert Seeley, artistic director and conductor of Oregon Repertory Singers.

Commissioned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Linfield Chamber Orchestra, “Moabit Sonnets” is adapted from poems written from prison by Albrecht Haushofer, a German Resistance activist during World War II. The composition combines Schoenberg’s 12-tone technique with Medieval-era church modes, and features baritone Matthew Hayward, who portrays Haushofer in his prison cell, tenor and 2009 Linfield College graduate Sam Dinsmore, and sopranos Kayla Wilkins and Chelsea Janzen, both juniors at Linfield.

Larsen’s numerous works range from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and operas. The composer is sought for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles and orchestras around the world, and more than 50 CDs of her work have been recorded. Larsen is a founding member of the American Composers Forum and has received one of two 2010 George Peabody Medals for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America.

The concert will also feature selections from Mozart, Brahms and Edward Elgar.

Concerts will be in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall on the Linfield College campus. Single reserved tickets are $30. General admission is $22 and $5 for students K-12.

Tickets for Linfield faculty and staff for the April 16 concert are $10 (balcony seats are $5) if purchased by April 15. Linfield students are admitted free at the door, although tickets may sell out; advance student tickets are $5.

The April 12 panel discussion will be in Ice Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Additional public events that week include a free performance of vocal and piano works by Larsen, featuring guest musicians and scheduled for April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium. A free student recital of Larsen works is April 14 at 4 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall.

For more information, call 503-833-2637 or visit LCO@linfield.edu.

COMMUNITY NEWS

JILL TIMMONS, professor of music, was a guest artist in the festival, Festillésime, in France. With French pianist Bernard Job, Timmons presented a two-piano concert featuring American repertoire. The concert was held in the town of Cour Cheverny in the city hall, dating back from Napoleon III.

CAMPUS CALENDAR

MONDAY, APRIL 4

Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

6 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse at Pacific

TUESDAY, APRIL 5

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

4 p.m.: Japanese conversation table, 201 Walker

7:30 p.m.: Daniel Heyman, “Social Justice and Spirituality: The Journey from Art to Action,” Frazee lecture, Ice

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6

11:20 a.m.: Voices SOAN, Dillin

Noon: American Sign Language table, Dillin

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

THURSDAY, APRIL 7

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Clem Starck reading, Nicholson

FRIDAY, APRIL 8

Noon: Free blood pressure clinic, Cook

3:30 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. Willamette

3:30 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Willamette

SATURDAY, APRIL 9

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

Noon: Softball at Willamette

Noon: Baseball at Lewis & Clark

1 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Puget Sound

3 p.m.: Cultural Show, Ice

SUNDAY, APRIL 10

Noon: Softball at Willamette

1 p.m.: Baseball at Lewis & Clark