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Linfield Reports, 9/20/10

DUTT-BALLERSTADT HOSTS READING

Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, associate professor of English and creative writing, will present a reading from her book, The PostColonial Citizen: The Intellectual Migrant, Thursday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

Dutt-Ballerstadt’s book explores what happens to intellectuals who move from former colonized countries to the West and how the idea of “home” is compromised through this process. She began her research on the topic when she migrated to the United States from Calcutta, India. She says her book describes the experience of an individual who lives neither here nor there, but rather in an in-between space. Dutt-Ballerstadt uses poetry and autobiographical prose, while incorporating literary and socio-political analysis, to appeal to the intellectual.

“On one hand, there is lightness to knowing that not having an anchor allows freedom of movement,” she said. “On the other hand, not to be rooted is to throw into question a part of yourself.”

Dutt-Ballerstadt immigrated to the United States to pursue her intellectual dreams. This book started out as her graduate research, but after over a decade of experiences it morphed into the published work it is today. The book became the third part of a postcolonial series by Peter Lang Publishing that exposes the complexity of migration and postcolonial citizenship.

The reading is sponsored by Nicholson Library and the Linfield English Department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, 503-883-2517, swhyte@linfield.edu.

RABBI’S TALK FEATURES SCROLL

Rabbi Gary Ellison will speak about Linfield College’s 200-year-old Yemenite Torah scroll Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

Ellison will speak on Yemenite Judaism and the practices surrounding the Torah scroll. The Torah scroll will be on display before and after the presentation.

The scroll, donated to Linfield last year by Cindy Boyce, was written in an Arabian Jewish Scriptorium by Yemenite Jews about 200 years ago. It is now housed in special collections at Nicholson Library.

Ellison received a master’s degree in Hebrew letters and rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1990. He received his B.A. in comparative religion from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He has been a congregational rabbi in Modesto, Calif., and Salem. Ellison has served as advisor to the Linfield Jewish Student Association for the past three years, and has served as guest lecturer for several courses. He also serves as a resource on campus for students and faculty.

The reading is sponsored by Nicholson Library, the Department of Religious Studies and the Chaplain’s Office.

For more information, contact David Massey, chaplain, at 503-883-2259, dmassey@linfield.edu.

STUDENTS JOIN TASTE OF SERVICE

More than 50 first-year students participated in the first annual Taste of Service event on Saturday, Sept. 18. The day connected the summer reading, In Defense of Food, with issues of local agriculture and food scarcity through serving more than 100 hours with six community partners.

Guided by student leaders, the students spent the morning serving in small groups at seven sites: Yamhill County Action Partnership Food Bank, local grocery stores food drive through YCAP, Salvation Army Community Garden, Linfield Community Garden, Barbara Boyer’s farm, Gaining Ground Farm and Dickey Farms. The event is co-sponsored by the Offices of Community Service and Academic Advising.

For YCAP, the service day couldn’t come at a more opportune time. The food bank is running low as more residents of Yamhill County struggle with unemployment and food scarcity. As little as two to three hours of staffing a table in front of local grocery stores can collect as much as 500 pounds of food.

“They may have only been in college for three weeks, but these students are already demonstrating an understanding and enthusiasm for well-rounded liberal arts education connecting learning and service,” said Jessica Wade, community service coordinator.

EXHIBIT OFFERS VARIETY OF MEDIUMS

The work of Kartz Ucci, “Like Smoke and Holy Water,” will be on exhibit through Oct. 9 at the Fine Art Gallery.

Ucci’s work is produced with the medium that best conveys its conceptual content and is actualized through light, sound, video, performance, photography and text.

A central metaphor is the location of desire and the pursuit of happiness, and she has an unabashed interest in the romantic. Language theory and philosophy inform her creative approach and her subject matter is often determined by her physical surroundings.

Ucci’s work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia and North America. She also works in independent film production. Upcoming exhibitions include OPTICA in Canada and Portland 2010. Ucci teaches art at the University of Oregon.

For more information, call 503-883-2804.

CAMPUS CALENDAR

TUESDAY, SEPT. 21

Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

3 p.m.: Japanese conversation table, 201 Walker

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 22

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

Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

Noon: American Sign Language table, Dillin

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

THURSDAY, SEPT. 23

Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt reading, Nicholson Library

FRIDAY, SEPT. 24

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. Puget Sound

SATURDAY, SEPT. 25

10 a.m.: Cross country at Linfield Preview

Noon: Women’s soccer at Pacific

12:30 p.m.: Football at La Verne

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Pacific

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

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26

Noon: Women’s soccer vs. Lewis & Clark

2:30 p.m.: Men’s soccer vs. George Fox