Linfield Reports, 5/2/11


The seventh annual MacReads program will feature award-winning author Nicholas D. Kristof with this year’s selection Half the Sky.

Kristof will present a reading Monday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the McMinnville Community Center, 600 N.E. Evans St. Admission is one can of food to benefit YCAP. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, which is open to the public.

Half the Sky, written by Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, uses personal accounts from women around the world to focus on the three main abuses that women face: sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality.

Kristof, who was raised in Yamhill, and his wife have also published two previous books, Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia and China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power. Kristof and WuDunn won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of the Tiananmen Square Democracy Movement. He won a second Pulitzer in 2006 for his commentary in the New York Times. He has received numerous other awards for his work.

MacReads uses a common book to create community conversations that cross lines of generation and acquaintance. It is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library, Friends of McMinnville Public Library, Third Street Books and the Linfield English Department and is open to all interested persons or groups.

For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, director of Linfield Libraries, 503-883-2517.


Dawn Nowacki, professor of political science, will present “Politics and Religion” at the Faculty Learning Commons Tuesday, May 3, at 11:45 a.m. in Dillin West Wing. She will explore the development of assessment for a new interdisciplinary course.

For more information, call 503-883-2308.


Jim Diamond, professor of chemistry, will present “Analysis of 45 Years of Satellite-Measured Snow Cover Extent and Climate Data — Where Are We Going?” at the Linfield College Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division Colloquium Thursday, May 5, at 4 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall.

The Rutgers University Global Snow Lab is the repository for the Rutgers Snow Extent Climate Data Record, a collection of satellite data of Northern hemisphere snow cover dating back to 1966, with continuous annual data from 1972 to the present. These data were collected and analyzed by David Robinson, State Climatologist of New Jersey, with a focus on their climatological continuity. It has been claimed that “The Rutgers University Global Snow Lab Northern Hemisphere Snow Cover Anomalies plot through January 2007, however, shows that the areal coverage in the Northern Hemisphere has actually slightly increased since the later 1980s.” In this seminar, a statistical analysis of these data is presented, addressing this particular issue, and examining monthly trends in North American, Eurasian, and total Northern hemisphere snow cover extent since 1972. Long-term trends are identified, and comparison with both ocean heat content and sea level data are made.

For more information, call 503-883-2471.


The Linfield College theatre will present Emily Mann’s docudrama “Execution of Justice,” taking audience members to a divided San Francisco in the 1970s as the city transitions from conservative to a more liberal climate.

The production will be performed May 5-7 and 12-14 at 7:30 p.m., and May 8 at 2 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield. Post-show discussions will be held May 6 and May 12 in the theatre.

“Execution of Justice” focuses on the trial of Dan White, who shot and killed George Moscone, the mayor of San Francisco, and Harvey Milk, the first openly-gay elected city supervisor of San Francisco, in 1978. White, a fellow supervisor who resigned his position on the board of supervisors but then attempted to get reappointed, was tried for first-degree murder on two counts in 1979.

The play will use court transcripts, video footage and interviews to present what happened at the trial and afterwards, leading to the “White Night” riots. It puts the American justice system on trial for what has now become known as the infamous “Twinkie” defense. More recently, the Academy Award-winning film “Milk,” starring Sean Penn, sparked new interest in the figure of Harvey Milk and what his election to office meant to the gay and lesbian movement.

“It raises questions about the criminal defense system,” said Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts who will direct the play.

In addition to the production, there will be two post-show discussions for the play. The first, “San Francisco 1979: An Identity Crisis?” will be held Friday, May 6. A second discussion, “Theatre and Politics: A Theatrical Indictment of the Trial of Dan White,” will be held Thursday, May 12, featuring Nick Buccola, assistant professor of political science. Both discussions will be held in the theatre and are free and open to the public.

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. On Mother’s Day, May 8, tickets are just $5 for all moms. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available on the web 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 May 7 and 14 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. and from noon to 2 p.m. on May 8. The box office is closed on Mondays.

The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. Contact the box office if you require information on accessible seating. Assisted listening devices are available at each performance. For more information, call 503-883-2292.


The debate behind the moral duty to vote will be featured in a lecture and commentary Thursday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

The discussion, part of the “Author Meets Critic” series, will be based on the book The Ethics of Voting by Jason Brennan, assistant professor of philosophy, research at Brown University. The event will include comments from Brennan about the arguments in his book followed by critical commentary from Tamara Metz, assistant professor of political science at Reed College, and John Holzwarth, assistant professor of political science at Lewis & Clark College.

In his book, Brennan challenges fundamental assumptions about voting, revealing it may not be a duty for most citizens; in fact, he argues many people owe it to other citizens not to vote. Bad choices at the polls can result in unjust laws, needless wars and calamitous economic policies. Brennan earned his Ph.D. in 2007 from the University of Arizona. He is a member of the Political Theory Project, an interdisciplinary research center at Brown, and specializes in political philosophy, ethics and metaethics. Together with David Schmidtz, he is the author of A Brief History of Liberty, published in 2010.

Metz earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University. She is the author of, Untying the Knot: Marriage, the State and the Case for Their Divorce. Holzwarth earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University and currently teaches political theory.

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


A presentation on China will be held Friday, May 6, at noon in Dillin West Wing. Nancy Drickey, associate professor of education, and Emily Urness ’11 and Maylyn Foo ’13 will share experiences from observing middle school math classes in China during a trip to Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai March 16-31. Funding was provided by the Freeman Foundation and Linfield Education Department. For more information, call 503-883-2222.


Members of the Linfield College Dance Ensemble will present a dance showcase, “Electrify your Movement!,” Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, located in Melrose Hall.

The ensemble class is led by Emily Crocker, Linfield adjunct professor of dance and dance ensemble director. Student participants in the class range from freshmen to seniors, and all dancers have had some sort of dance experience before coming to Linfield. The show will be staffed and produced by all members of the dance ensemble class and will feature student choreographed dances. Featured styles of dance include jazz, ballet, modern, hip-hop and tap.

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


Student artwork will be on display in the Linfield College Fine Art Gallery in May.

The Senior Thesis exhibit will be held May 10-29, in the gallery located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center at Linfield. Individual artist talks will be held Wednesday, May 11, from 4-7 p.m. in the Linfield Withnell Commons. Following the talks, an artist reception will be held from 7-9 p.m. at the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center.

The exhibit will showcase Linfield student talent in a variety of mediums including sculpture, video and performance art, painting, ceramics and photography.

The Linfield exhibit is free and open to the public. The Linfield Fine Arts Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 503-883-2804.


Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, associate professor of English, presented “Home and Belonging: An Im(migrants) Journey” for the Deschutes Public Library in Redmond and Bend, April 21 and 22. Her presentations were part of the community-wide reading project, “A Novel Idea … Read Together.”



Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: MacReads featuring Nicholas Kristof, McMinnville Community Center


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

11:45 a.m.: Dawn Nowacki, Faculty Learning Commons, Dillin West Wing

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


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

Noon: American Sign Language table, Dillin

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

4 p.m.: Jim Diamond, “Analysis of 45 Years of Satellite-Measured Snow Cover Extent and Climate Data – Where Are We Going?” 105 Murdock Hall

7:30 p.m.: “Execution of Justice,” Marshall Theatre

7:30 p.m.: Jason Brennan, “The Ethics of Voting,” Nicholson


Noon: Free blood pressure clinic, Cook

Noon: Nancy Drickey, China presentation, Dillin West Wing

3 p.m.: Track and field at Oregon Twilight

6 p.m.: Baseball at Lewiston, Idaho (Lewis-Clark State)

7:30 p.m.: “Execution of Justice,” Marshall Theatre

8 p.m.: Dance showcase, Ice


3 p.m.: Baseball at Lewiston, Idaho (Pacific Lutheran)

7:30 p.m.: “Execution of Justice,” Marshall Theatre

8 p.m.: Dance showcase, Ice


11 a.m.: Baseball at Lewiston, Idaho (George Fox)

2 p.m.: “Execution of Justice,” Marshall Theatre