Linfield Reports, 9/10/12


The Music Department and the International Programs Office hosted music educators from Iraq on campus Sept. 4.

The group visited under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s professional development program, the International Visitor Leadership Program. The project builds mutual understanding between nations through citizen diplomacy, and allows groups to connect with their U.S. counterparts for a professional exchange.

The visitors were greeted by President Thomas L. Hellie and welcomed to campus at an open reception. They attended a world music class taught by music Professor Faun Tiedge and listened to the Linfield Choir.

“This program provides us with an opportunity to transcend war and conflict, and come together as educators,” says Shaik Ismail, director of International Programs at Linfield.


Lisa Weidman, assistant professor of mass communication, and David Sumner, associate professor of English and environmental studies, will present the first faculty lecture of the academic year Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

The lecture, “Eco-terrorism or Eco-tage: An Argument for the Proper Frame,” will trace the history of the term “eco-terrorism” and its use in the United States to stigmatize the protest activities of environmentalists. Weidman and Sumner will report on their research, which assessed acceptance of the term in public discourse, specifically in U.S. newspapers, and found that the term has been widely adopted. Drawing on theories from rhetoric and mass communication, the authors argue for a linguistic and ethical distinction between acts intended to harm humans and acts intended to harm only property.

“We concluded that the politicized term ‘eco-terrorism’ is an inaccurate label for the activities of environmental activists, for whom the sacredness of life is a core value,” Weidman said.

Sumner and Weidman worked with Linfield students on the project, who helped to analyze newspaper articles that contained the word “eco-terrorism.” Research findings were first presented at the annual conference of the European Society for Environmental History in Turku, Finland, in June 2011. The paper has been accepted for publication in the journal Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.

Sumner arrived at Linfield in 2004 and in addition to teaching, also directs the writing program. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, where he focused on the relationship between American nature writing and environmental ethics. He also holds a master’s from Brigham Young University, and a bachelor’s from the University of Utah. He has published several articles on the genre and ethics of nature writing and western American literature as well as a series of interviews with contemporary nature writers. As a Fulbright fellow in 2007, Sumner taught courses in American nature writing and western American literature at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. He has also delivered invited lectures on these topics at several universities in Germany as well as at the University of Helsinki in Finland.

Weidman, at Linfield since 2009, teaches courses in journalism, public relations and advertising. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California at Davis and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in media administration and mass communications, respectively, from Syracuse University. She has published several articles and book chapters that examine influences on media content, as well as other mass-communication topics.

For more information, call 503-883-2409.


Linfield College English Professor Anna Keesey will read from her widely acclaimed debut novel, Little Century, on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

The novel, which came out this summer, quickly landed on Oprah’s Top 16 Best Books for June and was also selected for The Christian Science Monitor and Vogue Magazine summer reading lists.

The coming-of-age story follows Esther, a young woman from Chicago who rides the rails west in search of her last living relative. At the urging of her older cousin, a cattleman, Esther lays claim to land outside the lawless frontier town of Century, Ore., where a bitter range war between cattle ranchers and sheepherders explodes in violence.

Keesey’s novel, part feminist Western, part love story, and part coming-of-age tale, also illuminates the conflicts that have shaped and continue to shape the American West.

“In the contemporary world all kinds of resources are becoming scarce and multiple parties have legitimate claims to the same space,” Keesey said. “Water politics and heated fights over control of land characterize the West.”

Keesey is an associate professor of English at Linfield and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and her work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories.

The book has been published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in New York City.

The reading is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Linfield College English Department. For more information, call 503-883-2517.


A debate on “Has the War on Terror Undermined the U.S. Constitution” will be the focus of this year’s Constitution Day program on Friday, Sept. 21, at 11:45 a.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

The debate will feature Steve Knott, (pictured left) professor of national security affairs at the United States Naval War College, and Ofer Raban, professor of law at the University of Oregon Law School. The debate will center on the question: is the war on terror consistent with the letter and spirit of the Constitution?

Knott’s most recent book, Rush to Judgement: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and His Critics, was published last spring. He served as co-chair of the University of Virginia’s Presidential Oral History Program and directed the Ronald Reagan Oral History Project. Knott received his Ph.D. in political science from Boston College, and has taught at the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Virginia.

Raban’s recent publications include “Constitutionalizing Corruption” (on the Citizens United decision) and “Cloak of National Security Obscures Logic.” Raban received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his D.Phil. in legal philosophy from Oxford University. He worked as a prosecutor in New York before returning to teaching. Raban taught law at the University of Oxford and the University of Utah, among other places.

This event is free and open to the public, but food is available on a first come, first served basis and space is limited. Please RSVP to

The debate is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice, launched by the Department of Political Science to provide opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the public to participate in discussions of the rule of law, individual rights and competing conceptions of justice. This event will be co-sponsored by the PLACE pilot project on “The Legacies of War,” the Office of Academic Affairs, and the Jack Miller Center Constitution Day initiative.

For more information, contact Nick Buccola, 503-883-2246,


Challenge yourself to commute to work via human powered means – bike, walk, skate board, roller skate, etc. – and join the Linfield College Bike commute challenge.

Log alternative transportation means on the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) web site and help to put Linfield on the Alternative Transportation Map. Go to Team name is “Linfield College.”

For more information, contact Janet Peterson, 503-883-2250,


Linfield College students will open the 2012-13 theatre season with the annual Student Icebreaker. Old Saybrook will be presented Sept. 20-22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield College.

This year marks the 93rd season of plays at Linfield and the 10th season in the Marshall Theatre.

In the play, a one-act comedy by Woody Allen, an orthodontist and his wife host her sister and her sister’s husband, a plastic surgeon, at their estate in Old Saybrook, Conn. When a secret is revealed about the house, chaos ensues as marital infidelity and other confessions come to light.

This play may not be suitable for all audiences and contains mature language and subject matter.

The cast consists of seven members in addition to seniors Chris Forrer, who is directing the piece, and Daphne Dossett, stage manager. Cast members include freshmen Logan Mays and Travis McKenna; sophomores Mariko Kajita, Nicholas Granato, Timothy Singer and Emily Meinel; and senior McKenna Peterson.

Tickets are $5 and seating is reserved. Tickets will go on sale Monday, Sept. 17. Tickets are available at, by phone, or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office. Located just inside 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.


Supporters of Linfield College athletics attended a rededication ceremony of the newly renovated Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame Sept. 8.

The rededication ceremony took place prior to the Linfield football game at 1:30 p.m. Many past Hall of Fame inductees attended, along with college and local community members.

The Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame is located within the Paul Durham Foyer of the Health, Human Performance and Athletics Complex.


John Sagers, associate professor of history, presented a paper, “Eiichi Shibusawa’s Confucian Business Ethics and Western Notions of Corporate Social Responsibility” on Sept. 1 at the joint meeting of the European and Japanese Business History Associations in Paris, France.



7 p.m.: Women’s soccer vs. Northwest Christian


Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

3:30 p.m.: Japanese conversation table, 304 Walker

7 p.m.: David Sumner and Lisa Weidman faculty lecture, “Eco-terrorism or Eco-tage: An Argument for the Proper Frame,” 201 Riley


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Anna Keesey reading, Little Century, Nicholson


7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Willamette


9 a.m.: Cross country at Sundodger Invitational

Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Pacific

12:30 p.m.: Football at Cal Lutheran

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Whitman

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Lewis & Clark


Noon: Women’s soccer vs. George Fox

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer at Whitworth