Linfield Reports, 5/10/10


Michael Mann, a climatologist and a leading figure in research on climate change, will speak on “Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming” Tuesday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium. This lecture is sponsored by the Jane Claire Dirks Edmunds Fund.

Mann is the director of the Earth System Science Center at The Pennsylvania State University. His 1998 report in the journal Nature included a graph of temperature data and model predictions that came to be known as “The Hockey Stick Graph.” His recent research endeavors include understanding modern climate change and extreme weather events, climate modeling, and paleoclimate reconstruction. Mann’s lecture at Linfield will address the evidence that climate change is happening, and that human activity has a role in causing it.

Mann was a co-author on the third Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report in 2001. He is active in advancing the public understanding of climate change research as a member of the climate science blog www.RealClimate.Org.

Mann’s recent book is Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming (2008). Mann has served as director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State since 2005 and is also a professor in the Department of Meteorology.


This year’s MacReads selection, In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country, will be featured in a reading by author Kim Barnes Wednesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

Barnes will speak to some classes during her visit and sign books on Wednesday, May 12, from 3-4 p.m. at Third Street Books. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country, a memoir focusing on family, religion and the Idaho wilderness, was selected as a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize. Barnes is also the author of the novel Finding Caruso and Hungry for the World. Her essays, stories and poems have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, MORE magazine and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Her latest novel, A Country Called Home, has received the 2009 PEN USA Literary Award in Fiction and was the Barnes and Noble book-of-the-month club selection in December.

Barnes is currently working on a third novel set in Saudi Arabia as well as a collection of personal essays and a screenplay. She teaches creative writing at the University of Idaho.

MacReads is in its sixth year and is designed to create intergenerational conversations with a common book and discussion opportunities. It is sponsored by the English Department, Friends of Nicholson Library, Friends of McMinnville Public Library and Third Street Books. It is open to any person or group interested.

For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, 503-883-2517.


Kevin Terraciano, professor of history and chair of the Latin American Studies Program at UCLA, will present “The Unspeakable Cocoliztli of Colonial Mexico: How People Talked about Disease in the Age of American Epidemics” on Wednesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

The lecture is sponsored through the Jonas A. “Steine” Jonasson Endowed Lecture.

Using a variety of pictoral and alphabetic sources from the 16th century, Terraciano will discuss how indigenous populations in Mexico understood disease during the age of exploration and the Spanish conquest of the Americas. The impact of European diseases, such as smallpox, on Native American populations was grave, causing significant population decline in many areas of the New World. Yet, the traditional historical narrative of these events is dominated by Spanish sources, and gives a primarily European view of this element of conquest.

Terraciano received his Ph.D. from UCLA and joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1995. He is chair of the Latin American Studies Program and associate director of the Latin American Institute. He specializes in colonial Latin American history, especially Mexico and the indigenous cultures and languages of central and southern Mexico. He is the author of a variety of publications, six of which have been awarded prizes.

For more information, contact Sharon Bailey Glasco, 503-883-2306 or email


Kenneth Ericksen, professor of English for more than 45 years, will present a “last lecture” Thursday, May 13, at 7 p.m. in Jonasson Hall.

Ericksen has taught hundreds of Linfield students about Shakespeare, children’s literature and the great works by numerous authors. He’s led January Term classes to England and alumni groups to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. He’s given countless faculty lectures, organized lectures and visits by authors and poets, and played an active role in the life of Linfield College.

When asked what he would title his final lecture – if he only had one more lecture to give – he said: “Waiting for Godot or Obtain from the Brook or Jam Yesterday, Jam Tomorrow, but Never Jam Today.”

For more information, contact Debbie Harmon, 503-883-2607,


The Linfield Career and Community Services Office will recognize students who have made a meaningful impact through community engagement this year.

Linfield student volunteers, service learners and leaders who have made a difference in the community are invited to stop by the Fred Meyer Lounge on Wednesday, May 12, from 2-4 p.m. Treats and refreshments will be available as a token of appreciation for the impact they have made on the college campus, the city and the world.


Two Linfield jazz groups, the Linfield Jazz Band and Double Vision, the vocal jazz ensemble, will present Jazz Night Friday, May 14, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium.

Double Vision will present a variety of musical pieces as well as feature student soloists. The performance will include works such as “Songs are September,” “Un Baile del Corazon,” “Just Haven’t Met You Yet,” “Feels so Right,” “The Look of Love” and “Somehow Someway.”

The Jazz Band will also present a varied program featuring student performances. Works will include “Tenor Madness,” “Filthy McNasty,” “I Can’t Get Started” and “What is Hip,” among others.

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


Three choral groups will come together to perform in the spring choral concert Sunday, May 16, at 4 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium.

The concert is free and open to the public and will feature the Concert Choir, Women’s Vocal Ensemble and the Men’s Glee Club. The performance will include works by Brahms, Monteverdi, Whitacre and Fauré, along with folk songs, gospels and multi-cultural selections.

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


Linfield College theatre students have given a Shakespearean production a contemporary twist.

The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare and adapted by Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts at Linfield, will be performed May 13-15 at 8 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre.

The performance, evocative of today’s situation comedies, features a modern slant in setting, costumes and acting style. Set in the International Market Place of Waikiki in the present day in Honolulu, Hawaii, the production features two sets of twins who have been separated since birth and create confusion when they are mistaken for the other by their business associates and loved ones.

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors; and $5 for students, with a special $2 discount on opening night. For the matinee on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, mothers will get in for the special price of $5.

For more information, call 503-883-2292.


The Asian/American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA) is hosting the Asian Culture and Health Connection, Monday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Peterson Hall Photo Gallery.

The evening celebrates Asian culture and health awareness and is a fundraiser for Mercy Corps’ China Earthquake Fund.

Event highlights include a full Thai buffet dinner, raffle drawing and an evening of entertainment and education. Hear guest speakers from the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon and the Asian Health and Service Center. Be entertained by the Maharlika Dance Troupe as they perform traditional Filipino dances. Take in the colors and exotic styles of traditional Asian clothing.

Tickets are $5 students and $8 general admission. Contact AAPINA at for tickets.


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 challenged Linfield employees to see which team can log the most miles. Walkers can also log miles. Register for the Linfield team at

For more information, contact Jeff McNamee, 503-883-2604.



All week: Spring Cleaning – Reading for All collection bins in Melrose, Nicholson and Potter

5:30 p.m.: Asian Culture and Health Connection, Peterson Hall, Portland Campus


Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Michael Mann, “Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming,” Ice


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

Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

2 p.m.: Volunteer reception, Fred Meyer Lounge

7:30 p.m.: MacReads featuring Kim Barnes, Nicholson

7:30 p.m.: Kevin Terraciano, “The Unspeakable Cocoliztli of Colonial Mexico,” 201 Riley


Today through Sunday: Softball NCAA III regionals

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

7 p.m.: Ken Ericksen “Last Lecture,” Jonasson

8 p.m.: The Comedy of Errors, Marshall Theatre


Today through Sunday: Men’s and women’s tennis NCAA regionals

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

8 p.m.: The Comedy of Errors, Marshall Theatre

8 p.m.: Jazz Night, Ice


8 p.m.: The Comedy of Errors, Marshall Theatre


4 p.m.: Choral Concert, Ice