Linfield Reports, 9/16/13


Daniel Pollack-PelznerDaniel Pollack-Pelzner, assistant professor of English, will present “Battle of the Sexes: The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed” on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Pollack-Pelzner will discuss Shakespeare’s most controversial comedy, “The Taming of the Shrew.” This play has intrigued audiences for 400 years with its depiction of a domineering husband who appears to tame his fiery, outspoken wife. In contrast, a recently rediscovered Renaissance sequel by John Fletcher, “The Tamer Tamed,” flips Shakespeare’s power dynamics upside down, presenting a wife who tames her husband instead. Drawing on his work as scholar-in-residence for the Portland Shakespeare Project, Pollack-Pelzner will explore how these plays challenge our assumptions about gender roles, Renaissance culture and the status of Shakespeare in today’s society.

Pollack-Pelzner received his bachelor’s from Yale University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he helped to edit the new Norton edition of Shakespeare’s complete works. He has published and lectured widely on Shakespeare and British literature. He is currently completing a book on Shakespeare and the Victorian novel. His four-part series on “The Taming of the Shrew” appeared on Oregon Arts Watch this summer. He was a visiting scholar at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this past summer.

For more information, contact, ext. 2409.



Elizabeth HillmanElizabeth Hillman of University of California Hastings College of Law will deliver the 2013 Constitution Day lecture on the Constitution and executive power in times of war Thursday, Sept. 19, at noon in 201 Riley Hall. The lecture is titled “FDR, Obama & How Presidents Drop Bombs.”

Hillman is a distinguished scholar and award-winning teacher. In addition, she is president of the National Institute of Military Justice, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting fairness in and public understanding of military justice worldwide, and is co-legal director of the Palm Center, a public policy research institute that played a key role in ending the “don’t ask/don’t tell” policy of discriminating against gay men and lesbians in the U.S. armed forces. She has published two books, “Military Justice Cases and Materials” with Eugene R. Fidell and Dwight H. Sullivan, “Defending America: Military Culture and the Cold War Court-Martial,” and many articles, the most recent a chapter titled “Sexual Violence in State Militaries” in Prosecuting International Sex Crimes (Forum for International Criminal and Humanitarian Law, 2012). Her current research concerns the law and politics of aerial bombing and military sexual violence.

Lunch will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at 11:45 a.m. and the lecture will begin at noon. This event is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice and the Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, contact, ext. 2246.



Bradass87, Linfield TheatreClaire Lebowitz and Jerry Goralnick of The Living Theatre Workshops, along with a cast of Linfield College students, will present the “Legacies of War Onstage in Three Acts” on Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

The “Legacies of War Onstage in Three Acts” will include “Bradass87,” “No Sir!” and a guided discussion about the legacies of war. Lebowitz and Goralnick will be in residence working with Linfield students from Sept. 16-21.

“Bradass87,” a compelling political drama created by Lebowitz, explores the motivations of WikiLeaks whistleblower, Private First Class Bradley Manning. This play has been composed from chat logs of Manning’s own words, trial transcripts and journalistic interviews. Set in solitary confinement at Quantico Marine Corp Brig and on the Internet, “Bradass87” also examines freedom of the press in the U.S.

“No Sir!” depicts the controversial topic of military recruitment in protest of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is presented in front of a commercial made by the U.S. government for military recruitment and was originally performed as street theatre on the giant screen at the armed forces recruitment station in Times Square. The discussion “Legacies of War: A Dialogue” will conclude the production.

This production is a Linfield PLACE (Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement) event and sponsored by The Lacroute Arts Series and The Linfield Theatre. The Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College is made possible by the generosity of Ronni Lacroute, Linfield College trustee and arts benefactor.

Tickets are $5 and will go on sale Monday, Sept. 16. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available at, by phone and at the Marshall Theatre Box Office, open Monday through Friday from 3-5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. For more information, call ext. 2292 or go to



Nagasaki bombA group of Hiroshima survivors and peace ambassadors representing the World Friendship Center in Japan will present a lecture and meet with students at Linfield College during an upcoming visit to Oregon.

The World Friendship Center Peace Ambassador Exchange Team will present “Voices from Hiroshima: The Atomic Bomb and Legacies of War” on Monday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

The team, made up of 16 people including translators, will tell their stories of survival, hope and the rebuilding of Hiroshima after the atomic bombing in 1945. In addition to relating personal survival stories, group members will discuss the rebuilding of Hiroshima as a city of peace and nuclear issues, both past and present. The ambassadors will also discuss various features of Japanese culture such as the tea ceremony, Koto music, peace choir, flower arranging, decorative food carving, the ancient art of calligraphy and Sumi-e painting.

The Peace Ambassador Team will travel through Portland, Newberg, McMinnville, Amity, Sheridan and Salem from Sept. 18-23. The World Friendship Center of Hiroshima was founded 48 years ago to work toward world peace and eliminate nuclear weapons. Sending ambassador teams to tell the stories of survival, hope and the rebuilding of Hiroshima after the atomic bombing in 1945 is one of the peace activities of the organization.

The event is sponsored and coordinated by JoAnn Sims, Linfield adjunct professor, and Larry Sims, honorary Linfield trustee, and the Linfield PLACE program (Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement). For more information, contact Patrick Cottrell,



Max McCombsMaxwell McCombs, internationally recognized for his research on the agenda-setting role of the news media, will speak on “Shaping the Foundations of Public Opinion,” on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 5:30 p.m., in 201 Riley Hall.

McCombs will trace the evolution of agenda-setting research and theory development over the past 45 years, from the first study in 1968 through current applications of the theory, including three levels of agenda setting, the psychology of agenda setting, consequences of agenda setting on attitudes, opinions and behavior, and sources of the media agenda.

McCombs, along with colleague Donald Shaw, coined the term “agenda setting” in a 1968 study to describe the role of the news media in shaping what the public views as important. In his lecture, McCombs will trace the evolution of agenda-setting theory and research over the past 45 years. Since his groundbreaking research, published in “Public Opinion Quarterly” in 1972, more than 500 studies of agenda setting have been conducted worldwide, including many by McCombs.

Maxwell McCombs has been instrumental in the growth of the field of mass communication scholarship, both as a scholar and mentor, and has been called “a living legend” by his peers.

McCombs, the author of numerous books and countless journal articles, published “Setting the Agenda: The Mass Media and Public Opinion” in 2004. The book organizes the vast literature on agenda setting into five ongoing phases of research that explain the central role of the mass media in the formation of public opinion. The book has been translated into seven languages, and an updated, second edition is due out in March 2014.

McCombs retired from the faculty of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 as the Jesse H. Jones Centennial Chair in Communication. He continues to conduct mass-communication research, often collaborating with other scholars around the world. McCombs has served in many leadership roles in the fields of journalism and public-opinion research, including president of the World Association for Public Opinion Research and 10 years as director of the News Research Center of the American Newspaper Publishers Association.

McCombs holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in New Orleans.

The lecture is sponsored by the Linfield College departments of Mass Communication, Political Science, and Theatre and Communication Arts and the Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, contact Lisa Weidman, ext. 2219,



English Professor Joe WilkinsJoe Wilkins, Linfield College’s new associate professor of English, will read from his award-winning memoir, “The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry,” Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at Nicholson Library.

“The Mountain and the Fathers,” published by Counterpoint Press, depicts life in the eastern Montana badlands, a wasteland that forms the people who live there and tends to not let them go. Wilkins’ memoir was named a Montana Book Award Honor Book in 2012, as well as an Orion magazine Book Award finalist in 2013.

Wilkins, who teaches creative writing at Linfield, is the author of two award-winning collections of poetry and has had stories, poems and essays appear in numerous magazines and literary journals, on top of writing his memoir.

Wilkins, born and raised in eastern Montana, now lives in McMinnville with his wife and two children. He holds a master’s in creative writing from the University of Idaho, and a bachelor’s in engineering from Gonzaga University.

The event, part of the Readings at the Nick series, is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Linfield College English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, ext. 2517.



Pioneer Hall, Linfield CollegeLinfield College was ranked 123 in the latest U.S. News & World Report survey of the nation’s best liberal arts colleges. The annual survey ranked nearly 1,400 schools in a variety of categories.

The categories covered in the criteria for the Best Colleges include retention, graduation rate, class size, caliber of students and quality of faculty. Linfield tied for 123 with St. John’s College in Maryland and Wittenberg University in Ohio.

Linfield has also been recognized by other organizations this year. The college was named one of the region’s top schools by The Princeton Review and recognized for academic strength, sense of community and study abroad programs. Linfield was one of 125 colleges chosen for the “Best in the West” section of the website feature, “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

Washington Monthly named Linfield College as one of the top liberal arts colleges where you get the “Best Bang for the Buck.” The “Best Bang for the Buck-Liberal Arts Colleges” ranking is a list of colleges that do the best job of helping non-wealthy students earn degrees at affordable prices. Out of 1,572 colleges and universities in the publications’ broader rankings, only 349 made the cut as best-bang-for-the-buck schools.



Peter Buckingham, professor of history, was included in a Sept. 3, 2013 article in the Houston Chronicle, “Socialist utopia never came, despite efforts of ‘Red Tom’” about Tom Hickey.

Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza, associate professor of philosophy, was elected president of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport, and also awarded the 2013 Distinguished Service Award.

The 2012-13 President’s Annual Report is available online, It records some of the college’s recent successes, provides an overview of the strategic plan and offers several stories on how philanthropy affects the Linfield community.




Noon: French table, Dillin


Noon: American sign language table, Dillin


Noon: German language table, Dillin

7 p.m.: Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, “Battle of the Sexes: The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed,” 201 Riley

7 p.m.: Women’s soccer vs. Pacific


Noon: Elizabeth Hillman, “FDR, Obama & How Presidents Drop Bombs,” 201 Riley

Noon: Japanese language table, Dillin


5:15 p.m.: Cross Country at Northwest Classic

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Puget Sound

7:30 p.m.: “Legacies of War Onstage in Three Acts,” Marshall Theatre


Today and tomorrow: Men’s and women’s golf at Pacific Invitational

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

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Whitworth

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Pacific Lutheran

7:30 p.m.: “Legacies of War Onstage in Three Acts,” Marshall Theatre


Noon: Women’s soccer vs. George Fox

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Whitman