Linfield Reports, 5/16/11


Reading Obama: Dreams, Hopes, & the American Political Tradition will be the topic of discussion when the book’s author meets a critic of his work Monday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

James T. Kloppenberg of Harvard University, the author of Reading Obama, and Peter Berkowitz of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution will have the opportunity to comment on the book, followed by a discussion.

Derided by the Right as dangerous and by the Left as spineless, Obama does not fit contemporary partisan categories. Instead, his writings and speeches reflect a principled aversion to absolutes that derives from sustained engagement with American democratic thought. In Reading Obama, Kloppenberg covers the sources of Obama’s commitment to democratic deliberation: the books he has read, the visionaries who have inspired him, the social movements and personal struggles that have shaped his thinking. Kloppenberg says that Obama’s positions on social justice, religion, race, family and America’s role in the world do not stem from a desire to please everyone but from deeply rooted – although currently unfashionable – convictions about how a democracy must deal with difference and conflict.

Following Kloppenberg’s remarks, Berkowitz will offer some critical comments on those arguments. Once each has offered their prepared remarks, there will be time for them to engage in conversation with one another and with the audience.

Kloppenberg is the Charles Warren Professor of American History and chair of the History Department at Harvard University. His books include Uncertain Victory: Social Democracy and Progressivism in European and American Thought, 1870-1920 (Oxford University Press); The Virtues of Liberalism (Oxford University Press); and A Companion to American Thought (Wiley-Blackwell).

Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism (Princeton University Press, 1999) and Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist (Harvard University Press, 1995). He worked as a senior foreign policy advisor to the Giuliani 2008 campaign and served as a senior consultant to the President George W. Bush’s Council on Bioethics.

The program, which is free and open to the public, is supported by the Edith Green Endowed Lecture Fund and Dean’s Speakers Fund at Linfield and the Charles G. Koch Foundation. For more information, contact Nick Buccola, assistant professor of political science, 503-883-2246,


Janet Peterson, associate professor of health and human performance, will present “Advising as Teaching” at the Faculty Learning Commons Tuesday, May 17, at 11:45 a.m. in Dillin West Wing.

During the session, Peterson will explore the advising as teaching theory and discuss the role of the academic advising office in the advising process at Linfield. Advising is more than simply making an academic plan or an administrative function. Crookston (1972) indicates that advising facilitates the student’s rational processes, environmental and interpersonal interactions, behavioral awareness, problem-solving, decision-making and evaluation skills. Linfield utilizes a faculty advising model through which students collaborate with a faculty advisor from within their chosen field of study. The faculty handbook includes advising under teaching effectiveness as part of the promotion and tenure process. This faculty learning commons is intended to stimulate the conversation about advising as teaching at Linfield.

For more information, call 503-883-2308.


Linfield College music students will be featured in a spring chamber music recital Tuesday, May 17, at 4 p.m. in the Vivian Bull Music Center Delkin Recital Hall at Linfield.

The chamber music recital will include the flute trio under the direction of Denise Westby, adjunct instructor of music; the clarinet trio and saxophone quartet, both under the direction of Steve Kravitz, adjunct instructor of music; a string ensemble and strings with piano under the direction of Faun Tiedge, professor of music; and piano duos, a flute duo with piano, and a piano trio with clarinet, cello and piano, all under the direction of Jill Timmons, professor of music. Music by Beethoven, Bach, Telemann, Mozart, Schumann, Gershwin, Bruch and others will be performed. The saxophone quartet will play a work arranged by one of its members, senior Ryan Dickman.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275.


Linfield College will present an Opera Theatre Gala featuring scenes from opera and Broadway musical theatre Saturday, May 21, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

This year’s Opera Theatre Gala will include a tribute to Gwen Leonard, Linfield music professor and creator of the Opera Workshop, who will retire at the end of the academic year. Following the performance, the Department of Music will honor Leonard for 27 years of service to students, the music department and the Linfield community. Family, friends and former students are invited to a reception in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall, to recognize Leonard’s achievements and contribution.

For the gala performance, Leonard will be assisted by two professional musicians, Susan McDaniel, pianist and 1997 Linfield graduate, and David Howell, stage director and former opera singer. Excerpts will be performed from “La Traviata,” “Die Fledermaus,” “La Boheme,” “La Cenerentola,” “Madama Butterfly,” “The Magic Flute,” “Der Rosenkavalier,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Wicked” and “Treemonisha.” Performers include 18 students, graduates of the music program and a faculty member, chemistry Professor Jim Diamond.

The Linfield College Opera Workshop gives students an opportunity to combine singing and acting ability in the context of studying repertoire from the best of musical theatre. The workshop was established in 1993 when student singers collaborated with the Linfield Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Pergolesi’s “la Serva Padrona.”

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


Linfield College will hand out 494 diplomas at this year’s Spring Commencement Ceremony. Graduates come from 20 states and seven countries, including China, Vietnam, Nepal, Iran, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Seventy percent are female and 30 percent are male. The most popular majors are business, education, nursing, exercise science and psychology. The greater McMinnville community is invited to the commencement and baccalaureate events. For more information, call 503-883-2202 or go to

Commencement activities include:

Friday, May 20

An Almost-Alumni Coffee Reception and a Community Celebration Picnic will be held on the Portland Campus, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Friday, May 27

In an annual tradition, graduating seniors will take on faculty and staff in a softball match at 3 p.m. on the softball field. While handicapped by age, faculty and staff players often use creative tactics to gain an advantage. For more information or to participate, contact Dan Fergueson, director of college activities, 503-883-2435,

Saturday, May 28

The baccalaureate service will be held at 5 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium, in the HHPA Building on the McMinnville Campus. Retiring religious studies Professor William Apel will give the address. Please note time change from previous years.

At 6 p.m., following baccalaureate exercises, graduating seniors and their families are invited to join the Grad Finale/Senior Celebration in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library. Register online at

Sunday, May 29

The commencement ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. in the Oak Grove on the McMinnville Campus. Dave Hansen, Linfield professor and former dean and vice president, will give the commencement address. The ceremony will be followed by refreshments and departmental receptions.

The nursing closing convocation will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium. Health educator Patrick Rodén ’85 will give the convocation address.


Jill Timmons, professor of music, and collaborator Sylvain Frémaux have received a grant of $1,000 from the Nathan Family Charitable Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation to support the English translation of Joseph Lewinski’s four-volume biography on eminent 20th century composer, Ernest Bloch. Their efforts will result in the one-volume Journey to America: The Biography of Composer Ernest Bloch, Composer and Humanist, published by the University Press of New England (Dartmouth). Ancillary reference materials (discography, photos, letters and more) will be stored on a website hosted by Linfield.



Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: James Kloppenberg, “Reading Obama: Dreams, Hopes & the American Political Tradition,” Ice


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

11:45 a.m.: Janet Peterson, Faculty Learning Commons, Dillin West Wing

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

4 p.m.: Chamber music recital, Delkin


Today through Sunday: Baseball at NCAA III regionals

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

Noon: American Sign Language table, Dillin

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin


Today through Monday: Softball at NCAA nationals

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin


10 a.m.: Track and field at George Fox Last Chance

10:30 a.m.: Almost-alumni coffee reception, Portland campus

Noon: Free blood pressure clinic, Cook


8 p.m.: Opera Theatre Gala, Ice


Today through Saturday: Track and field at NCAA outdoor championships


Today through Tuesday: Baseball at NCAA III finals

3 p.m.: Seniors vs. faculty/staff softball game, softball field


5 p.m.: Baccalaureate, Ted Wilson Gym

6 p.m.: Grad finale/senior celebration, Nicholson


10 a.m.: Commencement, Oak Grove

2:30 p.m.: Nursing convocation, Ted Wilson Gym