Linfield Reports, 4/9/12


The Office of Admission will host the first of two Spring Visit Days, Monday, April 9, during which Linfield will welcome 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 stayed overnight on Sunday, April 8. The next visit day will be Monday, April 16.





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



Students from Xi’an International Studies University and the Linfield College Forensics Team will face each other in a public debate Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the Pioneer Hall Reading Room at Linfield.

The event, which will be in English and follow the British Parliamentary Debate format, will feature a discussion of the Global Influence of U.S. Popular Culture. This marks the third year students from China will visit the Northwest to participate in debate activities.

“We are delighted to welcome the debaters from China to our campus,” said Jackson Miller, professor of communication arts and director of forensics. “Competitive debate is growing quickly in China and it is providing some wonderful opportunities for promoting dialogue, cooperation and cultural understanding.”

In addition to the public debate, the visiting students will attend classes in political science, communication arts, modern languages and business. The team is made up of two students, Zhou Zixi and Bihan Zhang, both from Xi’an International Studies University, and they will be accompanied by their sponsor, Yang Ge from Dalian Nationalities University. In addition to Linfield, the team will debate at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem and at Willamette University, where they will participate in the United States Universities Championships. Zixi and Zhang qualified for this opportunity by winning the 2011 China Open Debate Tournament sponsored by the International Debate Education Association (IDEA) and held at Northeast University of Qinghuandao.

The U.S. Northwest tour provides the Chinese students with opportunities to engage in free speech by discussing topics that are often censored in their home country. Over the years, throughout non-democratic societies, IDEA has learned how to help students debate censored topics safely. The tour also provides opportunities for U.S. students to debate with and learn from their international counterparts.

Interactions over the last three years with the Chinese debaters involved in the Northwest Debate Tour have provided some of the impetus for the formation of a China Debate Association. This initiative, spearheaded by Willamette University and five partner institutions, University of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran University, Regis University, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Linfield College, will bring the U.S. colleges and universities together with six counterparts in China to initiate intercollegiate debate tournaments in six Chinese provinces. These activities will be funded by a grant from IDEA.

The event is free and open to the public and a reception will follow. For more information, call 503-883-2802.



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.

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.



The Linfield College Science Colloquium will feature a presentation by Ethan Minot of Oregon State University, “Building electronics at the nanoscale to watch Nature at the nanoscale,” on Thursday, April 12, at 4 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall at Linfield.

Major technological breakthroughs in the last two decades have pushed the detection limits of microscopic techniques towards the dreams of many scientists: detection, manipulation and control of matter on the atomic and molecular scale. The application of these techniques to study the action of individual biomolecules has provided previously unknown details about how proteins fold and unfold, bind and unbind and perform conformational changes to enable catalytic reactions. To date, single molecule studies either rely on force based detection using atomic force microscopes and optical tweezers or on purely optical detection principles such as fluorescence. Minot will discuss progress towards establishing a third, fundamentally new, detection technology: electronic detection using carbon nanotube based field-effect transistors. Results include the fabrication of atomic sized sensors, electronic detection of individual chemical reactions, and new understanding of fundamental signal-to-noise limitations.

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



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.



Linfield College music faculty member Sherill Roberts will present a cello recital Sunday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center at Linfield.

Roberts will be joined by Linfield colleagues Natalie Gunn and Chris Engbretson, and five other professional musicians in a varied program of chamber music.

The concert will take place on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, which will be commemorated by the world premiere of a piece by contemporary composer Amelia Bierly. Roberts will be joined in the concert by Bierly on cello and Rosemary Roberts on Celtic harp, both of whom are Roberts’ daughters.

Also on the program will be two works by American composer Rick Sowash. “Bright April” for cello and soprano (Gunn), is based on poems of Sara Teasdale, and “Enchantement d’Avril” is for piano (Engbretson), clarinet (Theresa Schumacher) and cello. The concert will conclude with the Schubert C Major quintet, with violinists Casey Bozell and Lucia Atkinson, violist Bryan Fowler, and cellists Bierly and Roberts.

Roberts is the principal cellist of the Portland Opera Orchestra. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Roberts has performed in groups all over the world including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, Belgium, and Solistes de Catalunya of Spain. She currently teaches applied cello at Linfield.

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



Michael Barnett, university professor of international affairs and political science at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, will speak about his most recent book, Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism, on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

Barnett will argue that humanitarianism is not just an abstract ideal but rather a “creature of the world it aspires to civilize.” He has published widely on international relations theory, global governance, humanitarian action and the Middle East. His critically acclaimed book, Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism, was listed as one of the books of the year by Foreign Affairs magazine. An earlier book, Eyewitness to a Genocide, was based in part on his experience as a political officer at the U.S. mission to the United Nations from 1993 to 1994, during the Rwandan genocide.

“Barnett takes the reader on a fascinating intellectual journey through the rich and little known history of humanitarianism, its roots in religious tradition, and its ambiguous and conflict-ridden relationship with diplomacy and military power. ‘Empire of Humanity’ is a great read that explains much about why the humanitarian enterprise has ended up where it is now; it is thoughtful, well-written and nuanced,” said Andrew Natsios, Georgetown University, former head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Barnett is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has received many grants and awards for his research. He has previously taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, Macalester College, Wellesley College and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He most recently served as the Harold Stassen Chair of International Relations and professor of political science at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Patrick Cottrell, assistant professor of political science, at or 503-883-2477.



David Wolman, author, award-winning journalist and a contributing editor for Wired magazine, will speak on “Digital Dissidents: Inside Egypt’s Youth Movement, 2008-2012” Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium at Linfield.

Two and a half years before there was anything called the “Arab Spring,” Wolman traveled to Egypt to research and write about tech-savvy dissidents protesting against the Mubarak regime. Those same activists went on to play a central role in organizing the revolution that began on January 25, 2011. Wolman will share stories about his reporting, both from 2008 and during two trips in 2011, and discuss the roles of social media in recent uprisings from Cairo to California.

Wolman’s 2008 story was one of the earliest pieces of journalism about the conflict, before the movement came to be known as the “Arab Spring.” He followed that with his e-book, The Instigators, published May 2011.

Wolman, a graduate of Stanford University’s journalism program, is the author of three books, A Left-Hand Turn Around the World, Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to Email and his most recent, The End of Money, published in February 2012. He has written for a variety of publications including Outside, Mother Jones, Newsweek, Discover and Forbes, among others. Wolman’s work has appeared in Best American Science Writing 2009. Wolman’s many accomplishments include receiving a 2011 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship and serving as a Fulbright journalism fellow in Japan.

The event is sponsored by the Edith Green Lectureship and is free and open to the public. For more information, call Dawn Nowacki, 503-883-2276.



Poet Brittney Corrigan will present a reading from her book, Navigation, on Wednesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield. The presentation is part of the “Readings at the Nick” series.

Corrigan’s book, published by The Habit of Rainy Nights Press, is a collection of poems inspired by the guidance given to her by her grandfather. The poems reflect her journey of unchartered waters and unmapped lands where she must establish the way not only for herself, but for her child with autism. The book is a fluid narrative about generations and the act of generating one’s own life both inside and outside of the boundaries laid by family.

Corrigan is also the author of the chapbook 40 Weeks, scheduled to be published in July by Finishing Line Press. She has called Portland home since 1990, and is the poetry editor for the online journal Hyperlexia: poetry and prose about the autism spectrum. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She holds a degree from Reed College where she is currently the academic special events coordinator.

The reading is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517 or



Chris Kahle, simulation operations manager, joined the board of McKenzie River Gathering Foundation where he’s been a volunteer for several years. MRG Foundation raises funds from Oregon’s progressive community and distributes it back to grassroots groups via working on a variety of social justice issues. Kahle is engaged in MRG’s current strategic planning for development and fundraising and will continue to serve on their fundraising event committee.

A group of Linfield representatives presented “Networking in Japan, China, and Malaysia: Strategies to Enhance Teaching, Learning and Research” at the ASIANetwork Conference in March in Portland. The group was chaired by Shaik Ismail and included panelists Nancy Drickey, associate professor of education; Maylyn Foo ‘13; Tyler Laird Magee, assistant professor of business; and John Sagers, associate professor of history. Rob Gardner, associate professor of sociology, also presented “City and Countryside in Transition: Understanding Contemporary India through Service-learning.”

Six Linfield students accompanied four professors to the American Chemical Society meeting, where they gave professional presentations alongside their mentors. Student presenters included Joell Reyes ‘12, Amy Cunningham ‘13, Mitchell Edwards ‘12, Dara Namazi ‘14, Kathryn Corp ’14 and Sean Boedeker ‘12. Faculty members involved in student research presentations included chemistry Professors Elizabeth Atkinson, James Diamond and Brian Gilbert.




Today: Spring Visit Day

Today and tomorrow: Track and field at NWC Decathlon/hepathlon

3 p.m.: Cecilia Tang, “Biking on the Rooftop of the World,” Jonasson


7 p.m.: Debate, Pioneer Reading Room


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

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

Noon: ASL table, Dillin

7 p.m.: Patrick Cottrell, “Constructing the Peace: Nuclear Disarmament, Climate Change and the Politics of Zero,” 201 Riley


11:50 a.m.: Voices, Dillin

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin

Noon: Chinese language table, Dillin

4 p.m.: Ethan Minot, Science Colloquium, 105 Murdock

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

7:30 p.m.: “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” Marshall Theatre


10 a.m.: Women’s lacrosse at Pacific

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

Noon: French language table, Dillin

4 p.m.: Women’s tennis vs. Puget Sound

4 p.m.: Men’s tennis at Puget Sound

7 p.m.: Baseball at Chapman

7:30 p.m.: “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” Marshall Theatre


Today and tomorrow: Women’s golf at Willamette Valley Open

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

Noon: Men’s tennis at Pacific

Noon: Softball vs. Willamette

1 p.m.: Baseball at Chapman

7 p.m.: Jessica Goergen ’12 senior voice recital, Ice

7:30 p.m.: “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” Marshall Theatre


Noon: Baseball at Chapman

Noon: Softball at Willamette

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

2 p.m.: “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” Marshall Theatre

7:30 p.m.: Sherill Roberts faculty recital, Ice