Linfield Reports, 5/7/12


Susan McWilliams, professor of politics at Pomona College, will present “Redeeming Democracy in America” on Monday, May 7, at 2:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, located in the lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield.

McWilliams will address the belief in American politics that the practice of democracy is declining due to angry citizens disparaging government, distrusting each other, avoiding civic life and professing a hatred of politics and politicians of all stripes. She will discuss what it will take to redeem democracy and restore hope in the American political system.

McWilliams received her B.A. in Russian and political science from Amherst College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University. She received the Wig Distinguished Professor Award in 2009 at Pomona College, and recently completed a book manuscript, Traveling Back: Political Theory in an Age of Globalization. She is also working on a volume that explores the political thought of James Baldwin. She is the co-editor, with Patrick Deneen, of two recently released books, The Democratic Soul and Redeeming Democracy in America. These volumes compile many of the essays written by her father, Wilson Carey McWilliams, who was one of the most prominent political theorists of his generation.

The lecture is sponsored by the Linfield Political Science Department, the Jack Miller Center and the Dean’s Speaker Fund. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nick Buccola, assistant professor of political science, at 503-883-2246 or



The creation of web comics will be the focus of a student reading Monday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield.

Josue Rivas ’12 is the co-creator of a self-published web comic called “Massive Pwnage.” During the reading, “Panel by Panel: Writing and Developing Comics with Massive Pwnage,” Rivas will explain his current work and the creation process behind it. The comic is similar to newspaper comics as it regularly has new episodes. The comic follows three main characters, Encifer “Ence” Enfield, Locke Abrams and Allison Doyle, through their interests in video gaming, art and computers. The artist of the comic and co-creator, Jon Nielsen, will also be at the event. Nielsen will focus more on the graphic and design aspects of the creation process.

Both Rivas and Nielsen are from Portland and began the comic five years ago. Rivas is a creative writing major and philosophy minor. He has been interested in writing comics since middle school. Nielsen has also held an interest in comics and cartoon art since a young age. Recently, both Nielsen and Rivas were panelists for Kitsune Kon, a Wisconsin-based anime convention. They discussed the writing and creation process for comics.

The reading is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield English Department and Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517,



Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, professor of philosophy and institute of advanced study fellow at St. Mary’s College and Durham University, will present two lectures as part of the annual Walter Powell-Linfield College Philosophy Lectures May 7-8 at Linfield.

On Monday, May 7, Sheets-Johnstone will speak on “Animation: Embodied Minds or Mindful Bodies” and on Tuesday, May 8, she will speak on “If the Body is Part of Our Discourse, Why not let it speak? Five Critical Perspectives.” Both lectures will be at 8 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, located in the basement of Melrose Hall.

Sheets-Johnstone will discuss some of the challenging 21st century questions, including whether or not we as humans are embodied minds or mindful bodies. She asserts that animation leads us along a diversity of possible paths having to do with movement, affectivity and sense-making core dimensions of mindful bodies.

Sheets-Johnstone received a B.A. in French and comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley and went on to earn a master’s in dance and a Ph.D. in dance and philosophy from the University of Wisconsin. She is an interdisciplinary scholar affiliated with the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. She has lectured widely in Europe, most notably at the University of Aarhus, Ghent University and the University of Copenhagen. Her interests include philosophy, evolutionary biology, psychology/psychiatry, socio-political dimensions of human life and dance. She is the author of multiple books including, The Corporeal Turn: An Interdisciplinary Reader.

The Walter Powell-Linfield College Annual Philosophy Lectureship is in recognition of a generous gift from Michael Powell in honor of his father. Walter Powell founded Powell’s Bookstore in Portland, the largest private bookstore in the United States with over one million volumes.

The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza at



Three award-winning artists will speak on The Arts and Social Change during a three-day symposium and mini-residency, the inaugural event of the Linfield Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College. Over the course of three days, the artists will participate in a panel discussion, present lectures and work with students in the classroom.

The symposium will include an interdisciplinary panel discussion on Monday, May 7, at 7 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center at Linfield. Panelists include musician Thomas Lauderdale, photo historian Corey Dzenko and playwright Rob Urbinati, who will participate in a discussion dedicated to the arts and social change. The talk will be moderated by Susan Agre-Kippenhan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Linfield.

In addition to the panel discussion, the three artists will each give a lecture:

  • Lauderdale will present “Singer-Songwriter: Learn Your Craft” on Monday, May 7, at 5 p.m. in Delkin Recital Hall.
  • Dzenko will present “The ‘Cruel Optimism’ of Gregory Crewdson’s Suburbs and Suzanne Opton’s Soldiers” on Tuesday, May 8, at 4 p.m. in the Nicholson Library Media Viewing Room.
  • Urbinati will present two talks on Wednesday, May 9, in the lobby of Ford Hall − “Creating a Play: From Idea to Page to Stage, Part One” at 4 p.m. and “Rebel Voices and Necessary Dialogues” at 7 p.m.

Lauderdale, the founder of Pink Martini, has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras and ensembles including the Oregon Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Chamber Music Northwest and Oregon Ballet Theatre. He graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1992 with a degree in history and literature and founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini. In 2008, he completed his first film score for Chiara Clemente’s documentary, “Our City Dreams.”

Dzenko is a photo historian who focuses her scholarship on contemporary U.S. photography. She has presented papers on topics including contemporary photography, whiteness and “post-postmodern” photo theory. She has also published essays in sources including “Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts” and “Cultural Criticism, Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas.” She teaches at the University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College.

Urbinati is a freelance director and playwright based in New York City and the director of “New Play Development” at Queens Theatre, where he curates the Immigrant Voices Project. Urbinati has adapted multiple plays including “Miss Julie in Hollywood,” “Cruel and Barbarous Treatment” and “Rebel Voices.” His plays “Karaoke Night at the Suicide Shock” and “West Moon Street” have premiered at Queens Theatre. Linfield also produced “West Moon Street” in 2011. He received an M.A. from the University of Nebraska and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.

The Linfield Lacroute Arts Series, sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Fund, is dedicated to helping Linfield College present art events and activities for the campus and community. The series will provide four programs over the next two years featuring artists in the areas of music, art and visual culture, and theatre and communication arts.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2802.



The Linfield forensics team is hosting an exhibition debate with Afghan students Tuesday, May 8, at 8 p.m. in Ford Hall.

Four Linfield students and four Afghan students will debate the motion “Access to the Internet is a fundamental human right.” The Afghan debaters will join the conversation via Skype. After the debate, there will be a question and answer session, in which the audience is encouraged to ask questions of the debaters.

“Even with an 11 1/2 hour time difference, we can still participate in intercultural exchange,” said Rachel Mills ’11, who helped organize the debate.

The event is sponsored by the TCCA department. For more information, contact Jackson Miller, 503-883-2625,



The Linfield Pre-Nursing Club is hosting a clothing drive to support the Portland Rescue Mission, Monday, May 7 through Friday, May 11. All clothing in good condition including coats and shoes will be accepted. Donation boxes will be located in Melrose, Renshaw, Riley, Walker and Withnell Commons as well as all residence halls. For more information, contact Janet Peterson, 503-883-2250,



Advanced directing students will showcase their talents in Springfest: Student-Directed Theater Shorts, May 10-12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield.

Students will present two short plays each evening with a different pairing each night. Featured short plays include:

  • Thursday, May 10: “These Shining Lives” and “Saturn Returns”
  • Friday, May 11: “Tone Clusters” and “These Shining Lives”
  • Saturday, May 12: “Saturn Returns” and “Tone Clusters”

“These Shining Lives” by Melanie Marnich and directed by junior Daphne Dossett will be performed Thursday, May 10, and Friday, May 11. The story chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day. Catherine and her friends are dying from radium poisoning, but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits – or endanger the lives of those who come after them. Student actors include sophomores Dorothy Sterling, Chad Swan and Jenny Layton and seniors Caitlyn Olson, Katie MacKay and Marc Pereira.

“Saturn Returns” by Noah Haidle and directed by senior Kanon Havens will be performed Thursday, May 10, and Saturday, May 12. In the play, an astrological phenomenon presupposes that when the planet Saturn completes its cycle every 30 years of a human’s life, life is affected by deep trauma and change. The play follows Gustin, a radiologist living in Grand Rapids, Mich., at the ages of 88, 58 and 28. Gustin is inextricably bound to the women in his life: at 88, his nurse, Suzanne; at 58, his daughter, Zephyr; and at 28, his wife, Loretta. Student actors include freshmen Terran Sobel-Smith and Cody Meadows and sophomores Nicholas Granato and Mackensie Sempert.

“Tone Clusters” by Joyce Carol Oates and directed by junior Chris Forrer will be performed Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12. The play conveys an unsettling look into the disharmony that can subtly take hold in a household when its members fail to see what’s around them. Over the course of the play, Frank and Emily Gulick are interviewed by the “Voice” for a bizarre news program about their 22-year-old son, Carl, who has been arrested for the rape, murder and mutilation of a 14-year-old neighbor girl. The evidence overwhelmingly incriminates Carl, but his parents are unable to accept the truth. Student actors include freshmen Daniel Bradley and Sammi Palmer and sophomores Nicholas Granato and Jenny Layton.

The plays contain adult language and mature subject matter.

Tickets will go on sale Monday, May 7. Tickets are $5 for full price and $3 for students. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available at, by phone or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Located in the lobby of Ford Hall, the box office is open Monday through Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. For more information, call 503-883-2292.



The Linfield College Music Department will host a Jazz Night concert Friday, May 11, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

The performance will feature Double Vision, Linfield’s vocal jazz ensemble led by Dana Libonati, and the Linfield Jazz Band under the direction of Steve Kravitz. The evening will include original compositions and big band standards. Jazz band members in solo performances are sophomores Katelyn Henson and Sylvan Tovar, and freshman Christian Santangelo.

Double Vision soloists will include graduating music majors Jeremy Moll, Logan Freitas, Jessie Goergen and Chelsea Janzen. Performances will include jazz versions of songs by Stevie Wonder, Tower of Power, Al Jarreau and original music by Libonati. The jazz choir will also showcase a farewell for Libonati after 21 years of service as choir director. During the farewell, alumni who were members of the group will be invited to participate in a performance.

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



Young authors will have the opportunity to hone their writing skills at the fifth annual Linfield College Writing Camp Saturday, May 12, in Potter Hall.

Two sessions will be held – pre-kindergarten and kindergarteners will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. and first through fifth graders will meet from noon-2 p.m. Both camps will be taught by elementary education majors. The writing camp is free to all participants and pre-registration is required.

For more information or to pre-register, contact Mindy Larson, assistant professor of education, 503-883-2203, Register online at



The Linfield College Music Department will present its annual Spring Choral Concert, “LaLela!” on Sunday, May 13, at 4 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, located in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

The performance of choral music will feature the Women’s Vocal Ensemble and Wildcat Men’s Glee Club, led by director Anna Song, assistant professor of music. The concert will provide audience members a wide variety of music for men’s and women’s voices, including multicultural selections, music by Billy Joel, Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” and the celebrated “Ave Verum Corpus” by Mozart.

Song earned her bachelor’s in composition from UCLA and her master’s in conducting from the School of Music and the Institution of Sacred Music at Yale University. She has been directing choirs and teaching music in the Portland area since 2001. She is the co-founder and artistic director of In Mulieribus, a professional women’s ensemble that focuses on the performance of early music. The ensemble has been featured on national radio programs such as Performance Today and Millennium of Music.

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



Linfield mass communication students will present research on the history of McMinnville as represented in the mass media 100 years ago on Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield.

The series of presentations, “McMinnville 100 Years Ago,” will show mass media representation of local life a century before. Student presenters are taking the course History of American Mass Media taught by Michael Huntsberger, assistant professor of mass communication. The presentations will cover topics such as agriculture, transportation, civic life, daily life and the role of women in society. The students collaborated with the Yamhill County Historical Society and the Yamhill Enrichment Society in the course of their work.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Huntsberger at 503-883-2271 or or view the research at the Linfield Digital Commons at digitalcommons@linfield.



Michael Hampton, director of career development, will present at two conferences: “It’s Tool Time: Supervisor’s Toolbox” at the 2012 Volunteer Manager’s Professional Development Conference, May 10, in Salem, sponsored by the Mid-Valley Volunteer Manager’s Association; and “Empower, Educate, and Encourage Student Employees to Lead Career Development Programming and Services on Campus” at the 2012 National Career Development Association Global Conference, June 21-23 in Atlanta, Ga.

Barbara Limandri, professor of nursing, will publish a chapter, “Metabolic Syndrome with Psychotropic Medications,” in the Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Nurses.

Henny Breen, MS, MEd, RN has a manuscript, “Virtual Collaboration in the Online Educational Setting: A Concept Analysis,” accepted for publication in the Nursing Forum.




All week: Pre-Nursing Club clothing drive

2:30 p.m.: Susan McWilliams, “Redeeming Democracy in America,” Jonasson

5 p.m.: Thomas Lauderdale, “Singer-Songwriter: Learn Your Craft,” Delkin

7 p.m.: Lacroute Arts Symposium panel discussion, The Arts and Social Change, Delkin

7:30 p.m.: Josue Rivas ’12, “Panel by Panel: Writing and Developing Comics with Massive Pwnage,” Nicholson

8 p.m.: Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, “Animation: Embodied Minds or Mindful Bodies,” Jonasson


4 p.m.: Corey Dzenko, “The ‘Cruel Optimism’ of Gregory Crewdson’s Suburbs and Suzanne Opton’s Soldiers,” Nicholson

8 p.m.: Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, “If the Body is Part of Our Discourse, Why not let it speak? Five Critical Perspectives,” Jonasson

8 p.m.: Linfield forensics team skype debate with Afghan students, Ford


11:30 a.m.: Blood pressure clinic, Cook

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

Noon: ASL table, Dillin

4 p.m.: Rob Urbinati, “Creating a Play: From Idea to Page to Stage, Part One,” Ford Hall lobby

7 p.m.: Rob Urbinati, “Rebel Voices and Necessary Dialogues” Ford Hall lobby


Today through Monday: Softball at NCAA III regionals

11:50 a.m.: Voices, Dillin

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin

Noon: Chinese language table, Dillin

4 p.m.: Japanese language table, 304 Walker

7:30 p.m.: Springfest: Student-Directed Theater Shorts, Marshall Theatre


All day: Seventh annual Student Collaborative Research and Creative Projects Symposium and the 20th annual Linfield College Science Symposium, Nicholson Library

Today through Sunday: Tennis at NCAA III regionals

11:30 a.m.: Japanese language table, Dillin

Noon: French language table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Springfest: Student-Directed Theater Shorts, Marshall Theatre

8 p.m.: Jazz Night, Ice


All day: Youth writing camp, Potter

7:30 p.m.: Springfest: Student-Directed Theater Shorts, Marshall Theatre


4 p.m.: Spring choral concert, Ice