Linfield Reports, 5/17/10


Edward Slingerland, associate professor of Asian studies and Canada research chair in Chinese thought and embodied cognition, will present the 39th annual Walter Powell-Linfield College Philosophy Lectures Monday and Tuesday, May 17 and 18.

Slingerland will speak on “What Science Offers the Humanities: Taking the Humanities Beyond Dualism” on Monday, May 17. On Tuesday, May 18, he will speak on “What the Humanities Offer Science: Toward a ‘Second Wave’ of Consilience.” Both lectures will be at 7:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall with receptions following.

Monday’s talk, “What Science Offers the Humanities: Taking the Humanities Beyond Dualism,” will argue that, for the humanities to progress, they need to move beyond the mind-body dualism that underlies the current strict separation between the humanities and natural sciences. It will conclude with two concrete case examples, taken from ethics and Chinese thought, to illustrate how adopting a consilient framework would impact the work of humanists.

Tuesday’s presentation, “What the Humanities Offer Science: Toward a ‘Second Wave’ of Consilience,” will focus on the integration of the humanities into the sciences.

Slingerland is co-founder and co-director of UBC’s Centre for the Study of Human Evolution, Cognition and Culture (HECC). His research specialties and teaching interests include Warring States (5th-3rd c. B.C.E.) Chinese thought, religious studies (comparative religion, cognitive science and evolution of religion), cognitive linguistics (blending and conceptual metaphor theory), ethics (virtue ethics, moral psychology), evolutionary psychology, the relationship between the humanities and the natural sciences, and the classical Chinese language.

His first book, Effortless Action: Wu-wei as Conceptual Metaphor and Spiritual Ideal in Early China, won the American Academy of Religion’s award for the Best First Book in the History of Religions, and his translation of the “Analects” of Confucius has received wide acclaim. The Linfield presentations will be based on his most recent monograph, What Science Offers the Humanities: Integrating Body & Culture, in which he argues for the relevance of the natural sciences to the humanities and presents an outline for a new, embodied approach to the study of culture.

For more information, call or email Kaarina Beam at 503-883-2216 or


The Linfield Bike Co-op (LBC), a student lead campus organization, is hosting a Walk+Bike Challenge May 21, national Bike to Work Day. May is “bike month.”

Linfield students have organized, created their own Walk+Bike team and have challenged Linfield employees to see which team can log the most miles. Walkers can also log miles. Register for the Linfield College team at Choose “join an existing team” and “Linfield College.” Be sure not to choose the “Linfield College Students” team.

Get your bike ready for the challenge by visiting the LBC, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon-3 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday from 4-7 p.m. For more information, contact Jeff McNamee, 503-883-2604.


A reception celebrating the service of Dave Hansen, dean of students and vice president for student services, will be held Monday, May 24, at 4 p.m. in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall. Hansen, who came to Linfield in 1969 as professor of economics, has served as dean of students since 1988. He will step down from the dean’s position at the end of the academic year. He will remain at Linfield as a part-time professor of economics. The campus and community are welcome. For more information, call 503-883-2217.


The Linfield College Department of Music will present a Chamber Music Recital Tuesday, May 18, at 4 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center.

The recital will feature a number of musical groups including the Women’s Vocal Ensemble and the Wildcat Men’s Glee Club, directed by Anna Song, assistant professor of music and choral director. The afternoon will also include a trumpet and trombone duo and a violin and piano duo.

Other groups to perform are the TAB Trio and the Kool KATS, coached by Susan McDaniel, adjunct instructor in music. The Linfield Low Brass Choir and Wind Symphony will perform under the direction of Jay Chen, adjunct instructor in music. Also featured will be Mello Cellos, coached by Sherill Roberts, adjunct instructor in music.

For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.


Four Linfield graduating seniors have been selected for Fulbright grants, with two students selected for Udall and Boren scholarships. Twenty Linfield students have been named Fulbright scholars since 1999, and Linfield was named the top producer of Fulbright scholars for bachelor’s institutions in 2006.


Ashley Ann Bennett ’10 has been selected for a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Mainz, Germany. The economics and German major will work at a high school geared toward students interested in careers in business and economics.

Krista Foltz ’10 will conduct math research at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile, analyzing the effect that stereotypes have on female math students in secondary classrooms. The math and education major will administer a survey and conduct interviews, with a goal of helping to address underachievement and gender disparity in mathematics.

Lily Niland ’10 will conduct original linguistics research in Peru. She will analyze how Japanese residents in Peru use Spanish and how the two languages intersect. Niland, who majored in intercultural communication and minored in Spanish and Japanese, will study at a site where people speak both languages.

Brett Tolman ’10 will teach English in Sri Lanka for a year. He hopes to inspire students to think critically about issues such as educational development and environmental protection, and hopes to eventually work as a community organizer, promoting social and economic policies that place human dignity — starting with the alleviation of poverty — at the forefront.

The Fulbright Program funds study, research and teaching abroad in an effort to increase mutual understanding and empathy between nations. Scholars are selected based on academic merit and leadership potential.


David Kellner-Rode ’11 is the first Linfield student to receive one of 80 Udall Foundation scholarships in the U.S. The scholarship is given to students who demonstrate a commitment to careers focused on promoting environmental sustainability.


Leah Sedy ’12 has been selected for a Boren scholarship to study in Kyoto, Japan, at the Center for Japanese Language and Culture at Doshisha University. The international student program offers courses in Japanese language, history, culture and international studies, and Sedy will study in Japanese.


Ragged pieces of cardboard line the walls of the Linfield College Anthropology Museum, a backdrop for the latest exhibit, “Runaways and Throwaways: Homeless Youth in Yamhill County.”

The exhibit, presented by the Linfield Sociology and Anthropology Departments, is the work of anthropology major and student curator Shannon Merrick ‘10. It features photographs, quotes and displays to capture the experiences and struggles of Yamhill County’s homeless youth.

The process of creating the exhibit was one that began early in the year for Merrick during an internship with Yamhill County Prevention Programs where she took part in youth outreach.“With my experiences there, I was inspired to raise awareness about the homeless youth issue in our own community, something that is primarily unseen and often denied,” Merrick said.

There are currently 380 homeless youth within Yamhill County. Merrick hopes the exhibit will shed light on this prominent issue affecting the community.

“The most important part of this entire thing, and what I want to highlight most, is the impact I’m hoping to have on the community,” said Merrick, who worked with Keni Sturgeon professor of anthropology, to develop the exhibit. “Teenagers need a safe, supportive, stable place where they can eat, sleep, hang out, be themselves and find acceptance. Both a drop-in center and emergency shelter are desperately needed.”

The display is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday through August in the museum, located in 121 Walker Hall. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Merrick at or 971-221-9656.


Two Linfield College art shows celebrate the work of 2010 thesis students and 2010 portfolio students. Both shows are on display now through May 28 in the James F. Miller Fine Art Center. “Face to Face” features work by thesis students in the Linfield Gallery. Students include Anthony Kordosky ’10, Meghan Meehan ’10, Joy Nelson ’10, Dominic Rieniets ’10 and Matthew Statz ’10.

A Portfolio Exhibition is on display in the Linfield Studio Gallery. Students featured include Burt Bonk ’10, Rachel Burand ’10, Tarie Caouette ’12, Gabriel Stallings ’11, Keeley Thurman ’10, Jennifer Worcester ’12 and Catherine Wyckoff ’10.


Lily Niland ’10 and Leah Sedy ‘12 earned awards in the annual Toyama Cup Speech Contest held at the World Trade Center in Portland April 18. The Toyama Cup Speech Contest is a Japanese speech contest held annually and is co-sponsored by the Japanese American Society of Oregon and PGE, and supported by the Japanese Consulate of Portland. Niland, an intercultural communications major with minors in Spanish and Japanese, placed first in her division. Sedy, a Japanese major, placed second in her division. Niland also won the contest’s grand prize which included a one-week, all expense paid trip to Japan to serve as a cultural ambassador in Toyama Prefecture.

The Linfield Society of Undergraduate Chemists (LSUC) was presented with a third consecutive Commendable Award and a Green Chemistry Student Chapter Award at the American Chemical Society national conference in San Francisco, Calif., March 21-25. Michelle Wong ’11, Yuhong Cao ’11, Chris Jennes ’11 and Dylan Sorber ’10 attended the conference with chemistry professors Brian Gilbert, Jim Diamond and Liz Atkinson.



7:30 p.m.: Edward Slingerland, “What Science Offers the Humanities: Taking the Humanities Beyond Dualism,” Jonasson


Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

4 p.m.: Chamber music recital, Delkin

7:30 p.m.: Edward Slingerland, “What the Humanities Offer Science: Toward a ‘Second Wave’ of Consilience,” Jonasson


Today through Sunday: Baseball hosts NCAA III regionals

11:20 a.m.: Voices SoAn table, Dillin

Noon: German conversation table, Dillin


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

4 p.m.: Track and field at Willamette


Today through Sunday: Softball NCAA III finals

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin