Linfield Reports, 5/9/11


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 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield. A post-show discussion, “Theatre and Politics: A Theatrical Indictment of the Trial of Dan White,” will be held in the theatre Thursday, May 12, featuring Nick Buccola, assistant professor of political science.

“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.

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff; and $5 for students. 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 is open May 14 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. 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 importance of incorporating anthropology in foreign affairs will be the topic discussed by William Beeman, professor of anthropology at the University of Minnesota, in a lecture at Linfield.

“Middle East Foreign Policy: Why the State Department Needs Anthropologists” will be presented Monday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

The United States has been actively engaged in foreign policy in the Middle East since World War II. This period has been tumultuous, in part because the United States had a shallow base of Middle Eastern expertise and poor understanding of Middle Eastern culture. Beeman’s lecture will outline the difficulties America has faced in the past and the significance of learning from these problems for future dilemmas, fostering stability and productive cooperation throughout the region.

Beeman earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago. His research in recent years has explored neuroscience and cognition in conjunction with music and theatrical performance. He is an internationally known expert on the Middle East and the Islamic world, particularly Iran, the Gulf region and Central Asia. He has also conducted research in Japan, India, Nepal, China and Europe.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Hillary Crane, assistant professor of anthropology, at 503-883-2286 or


Brian Gilbert, associate professor of chemistry, and Jesús Ilundáin, associate professor of philosophy, will present a report on grant writing from the CUR dialogues at the Faculty Learning Commons Tuesday, May 10, at 11:45 a.m. in Dillin West Wing.

They will discuss highlights on advice pertaining to grant applications for NIS and NEH presented at CUR Dialogues in Washington, D.C. in February. In particular, they will discuss advice on key items to include or exclude from the application narratives or the types of projects fundable. Most of the advice pertains to funding not involving undergraduates. For more information, call 503-883-2308.


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.


Two student symposiums, the fifth annual Student Collaborative Research and Creative Projects Symposium and the 18th annual Linfield College Science Symposium, will be held together on Friday, May 13, in Nicholson Library.

The symposiums will feature student research projects, independent studies and other activities or class work. Awards will be given for the top posters, projects or tabletop displays as selected by judges. View abstracts at the Linfield Digital Commons,

For more information, call 503-883-2308 or email


The Linfield College Music Department will host a Jazz Night concert Friday, May 13, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

The performances will feature big band jazz and jazz choir. The evening will include original compositions and big band standards. Senior jazz band performers Ryan Dickman, Tracy Beaver, Carolyn Blood, Helen Kehoe and Matt Moss will be featured in solo performances. This will be the seniors’ final jazz band performance at Linfield.

The jazz choir, Double Vision, will feature guest artist Clark Bondy on saxophone, and songs by John Lennon and Little River Band, along with jazz standards such as “Route 66.”

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


The Linfield Center for the Northwest, along with Interfaith Advocates for Peace with Justice and San Martin Catholic Church, will host a conference on immigration Friday and Saturday, May 13-14, at San Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Dayton.

While most of the events will take place in Dayton, the event will be kicked off at Linfield with a brown bag lunch, “Crossing Educational Borders: Higher Education for First Generation, Immigrant Students and Students Without Documents,” at noon Friday in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library.

The conference will run from 5:30-9 pm. on Friday and 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. Highlights include viewing of “Papers” and “The Other Side of Immigration” and responses, a panel discussion, workshops, and state and federal legislative updates.

For more information, email


Young authors will have the opportunity to hone their writing skills at the Linfield Writing Camp Saturday, May 14.

Two sessions will be held – pre-k 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 held in Potter Hall and taught by elementary education majors. The writing camp is free to all participants and pre-registration is required. Register at

For more information or to pre-register, contact Mindy Larson, associate professor of education, 503-883-2203,


Linfield College choral ensembles will be featured in the Spring Choral Concert Sunday, May 15, at 4 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

The Linfield Concert Choir, the Wildcats Men’s Glee Club and the Women’s Vocal Ensemble will present an all-French choral concert featuring works by Charles Gounod, André Caplet, and “Requiem” by Gabriel Fauré for chorus and orchestra. The concert is directed by Anna Song, assistant professor of music.

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. Currently she serves as music teacher at Holy Redeemer School and as director of the St. Rose Youth Choir in Portland. She is also the artistic director of In Mulieribus, a professional women’s ensemble.

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


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,


Lex Runciman, professor of English, led a workshop and gave a reading at this spring’s Terroir Creative Writing Festival April 30. Earlier in the month at the Corvallis Public Library, he was a featured reader celebrating issues 2 and 3 of the literary magazine Cloudbank.



Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: William Beeman, “Middle East Foreign Policy: Why the State Department Needs Anthropologists,” Jonasson


Today through Friday: Men’s golf NCAA III championships

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

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

3:30 p.m.: International students, scholars farewell party, Jonasson

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

4 p.m.: Student artist talks, Art Gallery


Today through Sunday: Softball NCAA regionals

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

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


All day: Student Collaborative Research and Creative Projects Symposium and the 18th annual Linfield College Science Symposium, Nicholson

Today through Sunday: Women’s tennis NCAA III regionals

Noon: Free blood pressure clinic, Cook

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

8 p.m.: Jazz Night, Ice


9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: Linfield Writing Camp, Potter

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


4 p.m.: Spring Choral Concert, Ice