Linfield Reports, 4/7/14


Pioneer Hall, Linfield CollegeThe Office of Admission will host two Spring Visit Days for admitted seniors on Monday, April 7, and Friday, April 18. These visits 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 days, on Sunday, April 6, and Thursday, April 17. Guests will have lunch with students and faculty 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





Jules BoykoffJules Boykoff, chair of the Pacific University Department of Politics and Government, will present “On Celebration Capitalism” Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library.

Boykoff, the author of Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games, will examine the history of the Olympic Games and a shift in ideology that has occurred. The Games were founded to promote peace through sport while toughening up young men for war, but have shifted to the political-economic model of today.

Boykoff offers a theory of “celebration capitalism,” a modern form of political economy that occurs in an exuberant “state of exception.” It is marked by mass-media-trumpeted political spectacle, festive commercialism, lopsided public-private partnerships, the feel-good claims of environmental sustainability and a boon for local police response for preventing terrorism and safeguarding the Games. Examining the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, 2012 London Summer Olympics and 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, he demonstrates how “celebration capitalism” takes on a distinct shape depending on national context.

Boykoff is also the author of the forthcoming book Activism and the Olympics: Dissent at the Games in Vancouver and London. His work about Olympic politics has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian and Dissent Magazine. Boykoff represented the United States Olympic soccer team in international competition in the early 1990s. He holds a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Portland, a master’s in teaching from Lewis & Clark College and a Ph.D. in political science from American University.

This event is sponsored by Nicholson Library and PLACE. For more information, call ext. 2759 or email



Linfield CollegeThree Linfield College professors will discuss research in the areas of molecular genetics, anthropology and health during a faculty lecture Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Catherine Reinke, assistant professor of biology; William Bestor, associate professor of humanities; and Janet Peterson, associate professor of health and human performance, will each discuss recent research in short “TED Talk” style segments.

Reinke will present “Methods of Interpretation: How Organisms Read the Genome.” Drawing on current research with Linfield students in molecular genetics, Reinke will discuss how the genome can be selectively regulated at the molecular level, and how undergraduate researchers and fruit flies are an important part of this work. With the recent discovery of gene silencing by microRNAs, the understanding of genes and gene regulation has changed dramatically. Reinke will talk about approaches to deciphering microRNA activity and the influence of microRNAs on gene expression.

Bestor will present “Old Witches and New Saints: The Supernatural in Modern Mexico.” Bestor will discuss three perceived kinds of witches, including healers from medical anthropology studies, invisible witches from research in a psychological anthropology field study and witches who function as social control of behavior in small face-to-face communities. The new saints, which are currently at the heart of a major controversy in the Mexican Catholic Church, are perceived as the most powerful of all forces. Bestor will bring artifacts from his research.

Peterson will present “Live Low, Work High: The Plight of the Lowland Porter in Nepal,” focused on high-altitude porters who face a number of preventable health risks ranging from frostbite to potentially fatal high-altitude pulmonary and cerebral edema. Porters are often recruited from impoverished low-lying areas, poorly equipped with protective clothing, and tasked with carrying loads that equal or exceed their body mass to high elevations. Peterson and colleagues are evaluating the knowledge, attitudes and practices of lowland porters who are working in the high-altitude regions of the Solo-Khumbu in Nepal. She will discuss how this research is important for planning a public health education program to reduce the morbidity and mortality from acute mountain sickness in porters. For more information, call ext. 2409.



Pioneer Hall at Linfield CollegeGlen Warren, a nuclear physicist in the radiation detection and nuclear sciences group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, will present “Nuclear Weapon Dismantlement Verification” at the Linfield College Science Colloquium Thursday, April 10, at 4:10 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall.

Warren will discuss the challenges presented by nuclear weapon dismantlement verification, and share his experience working on a project to design a system that is capable of verifying nuclear weapon dismantlement. He will explain to the audience that the successful design is less focused on the technologies of the measurements and more focused on satisfying the security and verification challenges.

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



Yucheng (Alex) Zhang '14Linfield College senior Yucheng (Alex) Zhang will present a senior recital Sunday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Zhang, a music major from Chengdu, China, will sing classical art songs and arias in different languages. He will also perform original compositions that he has worked on over the past few years.

Zhang studies vocal performance with Anton Belov, assistant professor of music at Linfield, and composition with Richard Bourassa, professor of music at Linfield. As a vocalist, Zhang has been featured as a soloist in the Linfield Choir several times, is currently the bass section leader, performed the role of Papageno during the spring 2012 Opera Theatre concert production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and won the classical vocal solo component of the Cascade Chapter of the International Association of Teachers of Singing competition last spring. As a composer, he has arranged pieces that have been performed by the Linfield Jazz Band, and his piece “Dirge in Woods” will be premiered by the Linfield Concert Choir this spring.

Zhang plans to pursue a master’s degree in composition upon graduation. In addition to music, Zhang is also interested in photography and is currently the senior photographer for the Linfield Review.

For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Ron WhiteHistorian Ronald White, Jr., author of the biography A. Lincoln: A Biography, will speak during the exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” on Tuesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library.

White is an American historian, bestselling author and scholar of Abraham Lincoln. His 2009 biography on Lincoln was a New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times bestseller, honored as one of the best books of the year by several other publications and received the Christopher Award, awarded to books affirming the highest values of the human spirit. He has written eight books including Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural and The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words. He has lectured at the White House and has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, Whitworth University, Colorado College and Rider University. White is a UCLA and Princeton University graduate with a Ph.D. in religion and history.

Linfield is hosting “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” through May 16. The exhibit, organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, is a traveling exhibition for libraries. The exhibit explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront major crises of the Civil War, including the secession of southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. The traveling exhibit has been made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This event is sponsored by The American Library Association, the Linfield College Department of Political Science, and Nicholson Library. For more information, call Susan Barnes Whyte at ext. 2517 or email


Herb MaschnerHerbert Maschner, research professor of anthropology at Idaho State University, will present “Why Men Kill: The Evolution of Violence and the Origins of War” Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

Maschner is Linfield’s 10th annual anthropology lecturer in a series that showcases diverse perspectives from all four subfields of anthropology.

In this lecture, Maschner will discuss the ultimate foundations of group conflict in human history, taking an approach that integrates social anthropology, history, archaeology, primatology and evolutionary biology and psychology. Using historical, anthropological and archaeological examples, Maschner will look at the history of warfare at every scale of society and review the propensity of warfare and violence under different kinds of social structures.

Maschner also serves as the director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History. His research interests include human biocomplexity and the environment, resource and community sustainability, long-term human impact and interactions with marine ecosystems, fisheries, ocean modeling and human ecosystem engineering. He holds a bachelor’s in anthropology from the University of New Mexico, a master’s in archaeology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The lecture is sponsored by the Linfield College Department of Sociology/Anthropology and PLACE. For more information, call ext. 2504 or email



The Importance of Being EarnestLinfield College theatre students will don corsets and English accents for the upcoming spring production of the Oscar Wilde comedy The Importance of Being Earnest. The production will run April 16-18 and 23-26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

The Importance of Being Earnest, which originally premiered in the 1890s, is a farcical comedy in which the main characters maintain fake personas in order to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play confronts serious institutions such as marriage with witty dialogue and a satiric take on London’s high society.

Under the direction of Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts, the comedy is a change of pace following two dramatic productions by the theatre department this season – Legacies of War Onstage and Ajax in Iraq.

“We wanted a classic that would allow our students to work with sophisticated language and a heightened sense of reality,” said Gupton. “The show also provides wonderful costume and scenery opportunities.”

The Importance of Being Earnest features a 13-member cast including junior Nicholas Granato as Algernon, freshman Heidie Ambrose as Cecily and freshman Murphy Jackson as Jack. It will be performed in arena style, also known as “in the round,” which features the audience surrounding the stage. According to Gupton, the intimate setup requires extra attention to detail for stage design, lighting and acting. For example, Set Designer Kristeen Crosser looked for low backs on the settees and other furniture to keep sight lines open.

One challenging aspect of the play for cast members has been learning the British dialect and inflection patterns, Gupton said. But the challenge is balanced by entertaining rehearsals and the playful nature of the production.

“Working on a comedy always makes rehearsals fun and a bit crazy,” said Gupton, referring to the mood of the rehearsals. “Add to that corsets, fans, cucumber sandwiches, tea etiquette and the British dialect, which the majority of the cast is required to learn, and you have quite a circus of events unfolding.”

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, April 8. 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 Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days.

Due to Easter, performance times differ from the usual Marshall Theatre schedule. There will be two additional Wednesday performances and no Saturday or Sunday performances during Easter Weekend, April 19-20.

For more information, call ext. 2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.



Jim TankersleyWashington Post economic policy correspondent Jim Tankersley will explain the newspaper’s plans for a new model of journalism combining rich data analysis and storytelling in “Tell me a story (with numbers, too)” Wednesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Tankersley, an award-winning journalist who was born and raised in McMinnville, is leading the Washington Post’s new effort to use narrative journalism as a way to tell complex, policy-oriented stories that will grab readers. He will explain the newspaper’s plans for a new model of journalism that combines rich data analysis and storytelling.

“America’s problems are growing more and more complex,” Tankersley said. “It’s hard to tell why the economy isn’t creating nearly as many middle-class jobs as it used to, or why health care costs so much, or whether the growing reach of government helps more than it hurts.

“The great challenge in American journalism today is helping news consumers − readers and viewers and listeners − understand those puzzles, so the country can solve the big problems,” he continued. “To do that, journalists need to put a ‘Big Data’ twist on an old standby: rich, human storytelling.”

“We are thrilled that Jim is going to be visiting Linfield to talk about journalism,” said Brad Thompson, associate professor and chair of the Mass Communication Department. “This will be a great opportunity for our students to interact with one of the finest journalists working at the forefront of the intersection of new media and journalism.”

The new, yet-to-be-named data and storytelling blog at the Post joins an existing effort called Wonkblog, which was founded and led by Ezra Klein, who recently left the newspaper for another venture. In announcing the new blog, the newspaper said it “will combine top-shelf writing, razor-sharp data analysis and rich human drama to explain and illuminate complicated public policy topics for our audience.

Tankersley got his start in journalism as an intern at the McMinnville News-Register while in ninth grade. He worked four summers at the paper, graduated from McMinnville High School and left for Stanford University. There he earned a political science degree and was editor in chief of the Stanford Daily.

He covered education at The Oregonian; politics at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver and the Toledo Blade in Ohio; politics and environmental issues for the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau; and economics at National Journal magazine. He joined the Washington Post as economic policy correspondent in late 2012. He won the 2007 Livingston Award for Young Journalists and the 1996 “Most Inspirational” award for the McMinnville High School boys’ basketball team. He and his wife, Marci Prenger, have a 7-year-old son, Max.

The lecture is sponsored by the mass communication department. For more information, contact Thompson at ext. 2291.


Kevin Curry ’92, director of integrated media relations, joined the Linfield community March 24. Curry will provide press relations and assist faculty, staff and students with telling their Linfield stories through traditional media, social media and online. Curry, a Linfield graduate and former adjunct professor, has more than 20 years of experience in the communication field, most recently working in political communication at the Oregon Legislature and as a partner in Lyon Films. If you have questions, story ideas or would like assistance with the media, contact Curry at ext. 2321,

Susan Hopp, vice president of student affairs and athletics, earned the Elizabeth A. Greenleaf Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University. The award is presented annually to the graduate of the master’s degree program in Higher Education and Student Affairs who exemplifies “the sincere commitment, professional leadership and personal warmth” of Betty Greenleaf, for whom the award is named. Hopp served as an intern for Greenleaf as a student in the IU master’s program.




All day: Spring visit day


Noon: ASL table, Dillin

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

5 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse at George Fox

7 p.m.: Jules Boykoff, “On Celebration Capitalism,” Nicholson


Noon: German language table, Dillin

4 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Willamette

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

7 p.m.: Faculty lecture, 201 Riley


4:10 p.m.: Science colloquium, Glen Warren, “Nuclear Weapon Dismantlement Verification,” 105 Murdock


Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin NW Alcove

4 p.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Pacific

4 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Pacific

6 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse at Pacific


Today and tomorrow: Men’s and women’s golf at Willamette Invitational

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

Noon: Softball vs. Willamette

Noon: Baseball vs. Pomona

1 p.m.: Women’s tennis at Pacific Lutheran

1 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Pacific Lutheran


Noon: Softball at Willamette

Noon: Baseball vs. Pomona

7 p.m.: Yucheng (Alex) Zhang senior recital, Ice