Linfield Reports, 5/5/14


Aimee PhanAcclaimed author Aimee Phan will discuss her book, The Reeducation of Cherry Truong, on Monday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Nicholson Library.

The Reeducation of Cherry Truong is the story of two refugee families − the Truongs and the Vos − and their yearning for reconciliation, redemption and a place to call home in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Cherry Truong’s parents have exiled her wayward older brother from their Southern California home, sending him to Vietnam to live with distant relatives. Determined to bring him back, 21-year-old Cherry travels to her parents’ native country and finds herself uncovering decades-old secrets − hidden loves, desperate choices and lives ripped apart by the march of war and the currents of history.

Phan grew up in Orange County, Calif., and now teaches in the MFA Writing Program and Writing and Literature Program at California College of the Arts. A 2010 National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, she received her MFA from the University of Iowa, where she won a Maytag Fellowship. Her first book, We Should Never Meet, was named a Notable Book by the Kiryama Prize in fiction and a finalist for the 2005 Asian American Literary Awards. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Arts Colony and Hedgebrook. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, Guernica, The Rumpus and The Oregonian, among others.

The reading is sponsored by the Linfield English Department, Friends of Nicholson Library, the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts, and PLACE. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, ext. 2517, or Barbara Seidman, ext. 2210.



Linfield College Portland CampusLinfield will celebrate National Nurses Week with a number of events May 6-12. Activities include academic events, social events and community service opportunities.

Tuesday, May 6

Therapy Llamas – noon, Courtyard

Wednesday, May 7

Transforming Health Care Through Nursing Leadership webinar — American Nurses Association, 10 a.m., 106 Peterson

Thursday, May 8

Clinical Care for Transgender Patients webinar — Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, University of California San Francisco, noon, 106 Peterson

Friday, May 9

Blood Drive — Puget Sound Blood Center provides all the blood used by Legacy Health System patients, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Good Samaritan Hospital (22nd and Marshall)

Medical Missions in Uganda: Guest Lecture — John Kalule, Engeye co-founder and clinic manager, and Sallie Tisdale, RN, OCN, volunteer, noon, 103 Peterson

Saturday, May 10

Future Nurses Day — Spring event for prospective students, 8:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Portland Campus

Monday, May 12

Spring Fling, Florence Nightingale’s Birthday — enjoy food, activities and a raffle to celebrate spring, noon, Courtyard

For more information, contact Ryen McGrath, 503-413-7210,



Kelly Lytle HernandezKelly Lytle Hernandez will present “Caged Birds: The Rebirth of Mexican Imprisonment in the United States” on Wednesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. in the Pioneer Reading Room.

Hernandez, associate professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, researches 20th-century U.S. history with a concentration upon race, migration and police in prison systems in the American West and U.S.-Mexico borderlands. She will present her research on the criminalization of unlawful entry into the U.S. and the boom of Mexican imprisonment along the U.S.-Mexico border during the 1920s and 1930s.

Hernandez is also the director of the UCLA Department of History’s Public History Initiative. Her book, MIGRA! A History of the U.S. Border Patrol, is the first book to tell how and why the U.S. Border Patrol concentrates its resources upon policing unsanctioned Mexican immigration despite the possible targets and strategies of U.S. migration control. Her current research focuses on exploring the social world of incarceration in Los Angeles between 1876 and 1965. Hernandez holds a bachelor’s in ethnic studies from the University of California, San Diego and a Ph.D. in history from UCLA.

This event is sponsored by the Jonas A. “Steine” Jonasson Endowed Lecture. For more information, call ext. 2306 or email



Abraham LincolnSeven of the top Lincoln scholars in the country will present lectures during the conference “The Political Thought of Abraham Lincoln” May 8-10 in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

Linfield has been selected to host the conference and the traveling exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” which will be on display through May 16. The exhibit explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war − the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. Conference lectures will focus on Lincoln, the Civil War and the political thought of that era. Conference schedule in Nicholson Library:


Thursday, May 8

4-5:30 p.m. − Opening Reception

5:30-7 p.m. − “Four Roads to Emancipation,” Allen Guelzo (Gettysburg College)

Friday, May 9

9-10:30 a.m. – “Prosperity and Tyranny in Lincoln’s Lyceum Address,” John Burt (Brandeis University)

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – “Abraham Lincoln’s Competing Political Ideals: The Union, Constitution, and Antislavery,” Manisha Sinha (University of Massachusetts-Amherst)

2-3:30 p.m. – “Lincoln, Sumner, and Shakespeare,” John Stauffer (Harvard University)

4-5:30 p.m. – “Lincoln and the American Amalgam,” Michael Zuckert (University of Notre Dame)

Saturday, May 10

9-10:30 a.m. – “To Preserve and Defend: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation,” William B. Allen (Michigan State University)

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – “Abraham Lincoln and the Ethics of Emancipation,” Dorothy Ross (Johns Hopkins University)

The exhibit was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office and made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War” is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center. The conference is sponsored by Linfield College Nicholson Library and the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights and Justice.

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



Dance EnsembleMembers of the Linfield College Dance Ensemble will present two spring dance concerts, “Linfield Dance Factory,” Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The shows will feature Linfield students performing more than 20 dances with a variety of styles, including hip hop, jazz, modern and contemporary, as well as a piece inspired by Bollywood. Students in Linfield’s Dance Ensemble class, led by Emily Crocker, adjunct professor of dance, choreograph and produce the performances.

For more information, call 541-915-8899 or visit



Zach Gulaboff Davis '14Zach Gulaboff Davis ’14 will present a senior piano recital Sunday, May 11, at 7 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center.

Davis, a music major focusing on music composition and piano performance, will perform solo piano works from the Baroque era to the present. There will also be works for duo pianos.

Davis has completed recitals in both piano performance and composition. As a pianist, he performed at the Portland International Piano Festival and the Oregon Bach Festival, and won the concerto competitions of the Salem Youth Symphony and Linfield Chamber Orchestra. As a composer, his “Sonata for Viola and Piano” won the American Federation of Music Club’s competition for chamber music and another of his compositions was featured at the 2013 Oregon Bach Festival. In addition, movements from his “Piano Concerto No. 1” were recently performed by the Linfield Concert Band and his piece “Scherzo for Piano” was selected as a winner of the Vox Novus Competition and will be premiered by pianist Yumi Suehiro in New York City in May.

He studies piano performance with Albert Kim, assistant professor of music at Linfield, and has previously studied under Jill Timmons, Chris Engbretson and Elise Yun. He studies composition with Richard Bourassa, Linfield professor of music. He will pursue his master’s in music composition at Mannes College: The New School of Music in New York City as a scholarship student after his graduation from Linfield in June.

For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Mike RobertsMichael Roberts, professor of biology, will present a “Last Lecture” on Monday, May 12, at 7 p.m. in 105 Murdock Hall.

Roberts, who joined the Linfield faculty in 1981, will retire at the end of the academic year. His talk is part of Linfield’s last lecture series, which enables retiring faculty to give a final presentation to the community. During the lecture, Roberts will share stories about his more than 30 years of teaching biology and talk about his plans and work now that he won’t be teaching full time.

Roberts co-wrote the book “Receptor Biology: Physiology and Evolution,” due out this fall, with fellow Linfield faculty member and department of biology Chair Anne Kruchten. In addition, Roberts has had a multitude of his work in thermoregulation and receptor pharmacology published in various places. He holds a bachelor’s in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s and Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Wisconsin and conducted his postdoctoral research at Yale University.

A reception will follow. It is sponsored by the Linfield College Office of Institutional Advancement. For more information, call ext. 2547 or email



Linfield Chamber OrchestraThe Linfield College Department of Music will present its spring chamber music concert on Thursday, May 15, at 4 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center.

The concert, which will be comprised of students and faculty, will feature several ensembles. These will include horn, clarinet and string quartets; a woodwind ensemble featuring flute, clarinet and bassoon; a variety of four-hand piano duo selections; a string quintet; a mixed octet with piano, percussion, strings and winds; and a trio featuring clarinet, violin and piano.

The concert will feature works and composers that span nearly four centuries and seven countries: Russia, Germany, Austria, Spain, France, England and the United States. Composers whose works will be performed include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Sergei Prokofiev, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Franz Schubert. The concert will also feature works from living composers Kerry Turner and Kevin Walczyk, a professor of music at Western Oregon University.

For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Jazz NightThe Linfield College Jazz Ensemble will present a Jazz Night concert Friday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The performance, under the direction of Steve Kravitz, adjunct professor of music, will include popular big band music and jazz. It will spotlight seniors Izgi Gulfem Torunlar singing and Max Milander playing piano. Songs will include “Attitude Dance,” “Night Train” featuring the trombone section, “Bye Bye Blackbird” featuring the trumpet section and “Take Five.”

For more information, call ext. 2275 or visit



Amy Orr, George A. Westcott III Distinguished Professor of Sociology, has been elected to the American Association of University Professors-Oregon Executive Council.

Dan Fergueson, director of college activities, has been named vice chair for programs on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA).




7:30 p.m.: Aimee Phan, The Reeducation of Cherry Truong, Nicholson Library


Noon: ASL table, Dillin

Noon: Therapy Llamas – Portland Campus Courtyard

4:30 p.m.: French table, Fred Meyer Lounge


10 a.m.: Transforming Health Care Through Nursing Leadership webinar, 106 Peterson

Noon: German language table, Dillin

4:30 p.m.: Japanese language table, Fred Meyer Lounge

7 p.m.: Kelly Lytle Hernandez, “Caged Birds,” Pioneer Reading Room


Noon: Clinical Care for Transgender Patients webinar, 106 Peterson

4 p.m.: Lincoln Conference, opening reception, Nicholson

5:30 p.m.: Lincoln Conference, Allen Guelzo, “Four Roads to Emancipation,” Nicholson


Today through Sunday: Softball NCAA III regionals

8 a.m.: Blood drive, Good Samaritan Hospital

9 a.m.: Lincoln Conference, John Burt, “Prosperity and Tyranny in Lincoln’s Lyceum Address,” Nicholson

11 a.m.: Lincoln Conference, Manisha Sinha, “Abraham Lincoln’s Competing Political Ideals: The Union, Constitution, and Antislavery,” Nicholson

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin NW Alcove

Noon: Medical Missions in Uganda, 103 Peterson

2 p.m.: Lincoln Conference, John Stauffer, “Lincoln, Sumner, and Shakespeare,” Nicholson

4 p.m.: Lincoln Conference, Michael Zuckert “Lincoln and the American Amalgam,” Nicholson

4:45 p.m.: Track and field at Oregon Twilight

8 p.m.: Dance Showcase, Ice


8:45 a.m.: Future Nurses Day, Portland Campus

9 a.m.: Lincoln Conference, William B. Allen, “To Preserve and Defend: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation,” Nicholson

10 a.m.: Track and field vs. Linfield Open

11 a.m.: Lincoln Conference, Dorothy Ross, “Abraham Lincoln and the Ethics of Emancipation,” Nicholson

8 p.m.: Dance Showcase, Ice


7 p.m.: Zach Gulaboff Davis ’14 senior recital, Delkin