Linfield Reports, 9/12/11


Two leading constitutional scholars will present “Health Care Reform and the Constitution” on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 3 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

Professor James Huffman of Lewis & Clark Law School and Professor Norman Williams of Willamette University Law School will give the lecture in recognition of Constitution Day. The event is free and open to the public.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, called “health care reform” by its supporters and “Obamacare” by its critics, has been at the center of political and constitutional debate since it was signed into law in 2010. According to its supporters, the Act is a modest step toward a more humane health care system that is fully consistent with deeply rooted traditions of constitutional law. According to its critics, the Act is a step toward socialized medicine that runs afoul of basic principles of constitutionally limited government. In August 2011, a federal appeals court in Atlanta declared that part of the Act is unconstitutional. Most experts agree that the U.S. Supreme Court will weigh in on this controversy next year. Huffman and Williams will share their views of these controversies before taking questions from the audience.

Huffman joined the Lewis & Clark Law School faculty in 1973, serving as dean from 1993 to 2006. He earned degrees from Montana State University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and the University of Chicago Law School. He was a fellow at the Humane Studies Institute and a Distinguished Bradley Scholar at the Heritage Foundation. Huffman serves on the boards of the National Crime Victims Law Institute, the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, the Classroom Law Project and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He is a member and former chair of the executive committee of the Environment and Property Rights Practice Group of the Federalist Society. He is a member of the Montana Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He is the author of more than 100 articles and chapters on a wide array of legal topics. In 2010, he was the Republican nominee for the United States Senate.

Williams graduated from New York University School of Law, and clerked for Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. From 1996 to 2001, he practiced in the U.S. Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group of the New York law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt. He joined the Willamette law faculty in 2001. In addition to directing the Willamette Center for Constitutional Government, Williams is faculty co-advisor to the “Willamette Law Review.”

For more information, contact Nick Buccola, assistant professor of political science, 503-883-2246.


A talk on tuition pricing by Jeff Summers, professor of economics, will kick off the Linfield College faculty lecture series Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Summers will present “Institutional Financial Aid, Net Tuition Revenue, and the Tuition Pricing Strategies of Private Baccalaureate Arts and Sciences Colleges.” He will compare data from 269 schools, including Linfield, classified as Private Baccalaureate Arts and Sciences Colleges by the Carnegie Foundation.

During the presentation, Summers will discuss the relationship between institutional financial aid, net tuition and fee revenue, and the tuition pricing strategies of the colleges over the last decade. He demonstrates that financial aid, net tuition revenue and tuition prices all rose during the period, but aid rose the fastest of all. Possible implications of this trend for the schools’ future tuition pricing strategies will be highlighted.

Summers, a member of the Linfield faculty since 1992, holds a bachelor’s degree from Wabash College, a master’s from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by a member of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.


Award-winning poet and Portland native Matthew Dickman will present a reading Monday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College. It is part of the “Readings at the Nick” series.

Dickman will read from his new book, slated to be published in fall 2012 by W.W. Norton & Co. He will also read from his award-winning first poetry book All-American Poem, which won the Honickman First Book Prize, the May Sarton Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Kate Tufts Award from Claremont College, and the 2009 Oregon Book Award from Literary Arts of Oregon.

Dickman is also the author of two chapbooks, Amigos and Something about a Black Scarf. His poems have appeared in Tin House Magazine, McSweeny’s, Ploughshares, The Believer, BOMB online, and The New Yorker among others. He holds a degree from the University of Oregon.

The Los Angeles Times claims “Dickman crystallizes and celebrates human contact, reminding us…that our best memories, those most worth holding on to, those that might save us, will be memories of love.”

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


The Linfield Student Nurses’ Association, along with the Linfield Public Health Association, will host Environmental Health Day on Monday, Sept. 19, at noon in 110 Peterson Hall on the Portland Campus.

Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis, environmental health program director for Oregon Environmental Council, and Maye Thompson, environmental health program director for Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, will present “Healthy Environment, Healthy People: How Exposure to Toxic Chemicals Impacts our Health.” The event will include a noon luncheon, 12:30 p.m. panel presentation and 1:30 p.m. question and answer period.

Thompson will present on recently published research about nurses’ occupational exposure to toxic chemicals and how to limit that exposure. In addition, the panel will engage students and faculty in a question and answer session. Information on how to pursue the process of influencing legislation locally, statewide and nationally to limit the effects of toxic exposure on human health will also be discussed.

For more information, call 503-413-7561.



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

3 p.m.: Japanese language table, Walker Japanese classroom

3:30 p.m.: International student and scholar welcome reception, Jonasson


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

3 p.m.: “Health Care Reform and the Constitution,” 201 Riley

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Willamette

7 p.m.: Women’s soccer vs. Lewis & Clark

7:30 p.m.: Faculty lecture, “Institutional Financial Aid, Net Tuition Revenue, and the Tuition Pricing Strategies of Private Baccalaureate Arts and Sciences Colleges,” Jeff Summers, 201 Riley


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

Noon: Spanish language table, Dillin


9 a.m.: Cross country at Sundodger Invitational

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Pacific Lutheran

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Puget Sound


Noon: Women’s soccer at Puget Sound

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Puget Sound